Archive | September 2012

Vintage Vixen with MUA prt 1 – It’s All About the Lips Baby!!!

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I’ve been in love with Vintage and eccentric clothing and looks since I was young. My Dad was a sailor and I used to wear one of his cast off uniform jackets everywhere, I loved that jacket sooooo much! I loved old clothes and unusual clothes and much of my shopping was, and still is, done off the high street in second hand shops and army surplus stores!

Recently vintage has become very trendy and the pinup girl / rockabilly look in particular is very popular! As I tend towards that sort of look I thought I’d do a couple of posts on achieving it with my favourite budget brand MUA.

This first post is all about the lips. I ❤ lipstick so much and to really achieve that vixen look it’s gotta be red every time! This can be a very difficult colour to wear so here are my 3 top tips for getting it right:

1. Use a lip liner! This will help to stop the lipstick from bleeding and will also help you to get it right (believe me it helps :))

2. Use a lip brush! This will help you to get definition and make application easier. I find it almost impossible to apply red lipstick without a brush (too clumsy!)

3. Blot, Blot, Blot! This may sound obvious but it is essential with dark lipsticks to help them stay put. It’s also a good idea to blot between layers if you’re going for a really deep colour.

First up is lip liner, MUA do a brilliant one called Red Drama which, if blended in will go with all red lipsticks (I used it in the picture above). To top it off this has a sharpener in the lid!

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MUA do 2 amazing lipsticks, both work well with the lip liner and both have an amazing vintage look about them.

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Shade 1 & Shade 13

To achieve the perfect pout follow these steps:

1. Line your lips to get the shape you desire. Top tip make sure the liner is sharp as definition is easier to achieve! If you want you can use this as a base for your lipstick and fill your lips in with it!

2. Carefully fill in the lips remembering to make sure the liner is blended well. It looks very odd when the liner is obvious! If you can get hold of a lip brush that has a lid this is best as you can take it with you for touch ups. I have one which uses the lid to push the brush into so it’s full length when you use it, very handy!

3. Blot and refill you lips, I normally do this once or twice but it’s entirely up to you what your preference is here. Make sure to keep some tissue in your purse for touch ups later.

Simples as the dodgy meerkat says ☺

These are beautiful shades of red and will set off any outfit but particularly a pretty swing/Audrey Hepburn dress!

They fulfil any Vixen’s need to look drop dead gorgeous with a killer pout and I wear them regularly. They really do have staying power and I’ve only needed to reapply a couple of times during a night out depending on how much I drink etc. For £1 each they’re bargainous!

Next time Vixen Eyes!

Nat x

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Sephora No Longer Cruelty Free

For my followers and any other’s who have access to Sephora own cosmetics I’m sorry to say they’ve entered china and are no longer cruelty free :(. I found this out through Logical Harmony’s recent post:

http://www.logicalharmony.net/sephora-collection-cosmetics-are-no-longer-cruelty-free/#axzz27W8xMkvm

It’s getting unbearable seeing so many companies do this and saddens me greatly!

PETA is currently in talks with China to get non-animal testing approved and the first tests are due to be approved any day – see here, of course this is only one test but it is a start! Why can’t these companies actively help this? They are once again putting money before ethics!!!

It’s Sunday Night I’ve Got Work In The Morning It’s Time For A Facemask & Naughty Dessert!!!

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I went out last night and though I was in before my car turned back into a pumpkin I couldn’t get to sleep as I’d drunk too much coke ggrrrrr! It’s like speed to me and keeps me awake, no red bull or recreational drugs needed here just good old coke!

So today I’m feeling a bit bleurgh and grrrrr and I’m sure the little darlings realised as they’ve driven me nuts all day ☺ and to top it all off I set the oven on fire and couldn’t get it out fast enough so had to be rescued by hubby who sorted it, mortified so much for the capable modern woman!

As a result I was in dire need of some me time and a good soak. It seems to be getting to be a habit now of mine to have a face mask on a Sunday night and tonight I had an extremely naughty dessert to go with it!

Anyway, on to the face pack! The one I used tonight is the Superdrug Detoxifying Dead Sea Mineral Maskwhich is recommended for normal to oily skin. I am neither of these but I love face masks that are actually clay like and this is one of them…

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As you can see from the pic this is a lovely thick clay like consistency and feels lovely when rubbed over the skin. The only drawback to this kind of mask is it’s a bit of a bugger to get off ☺!

The first thing that hit me was the smell of lavender it is strong and so lovely, lavender is such an amazing plant and is used a lot in relaxation as the fragrance has such a calming affect. I used to have an Avon spray for my pillow (before I found out they weren’t cruelty free), that I used all the time, bliss. As you can imagine I was in heaven!

This is another winner from Superdrug and left my skin feeling ok which is surprising as I thought it would dry it out!

But how can I forget! What about the extremely naughty, sweet and yummy dessert I had? Well, how about Mint Aero Balls in custard, you know you’re gonna have to try it, looks a bit urgh but absolutely divine (my new fave word). Go on give in to the yummyness xx

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Have a fabulous week, peace and love
Nat x

AromaVille Hops Hemp Honey Natural palm-free shampoo bar

Picture reproduced with kind permission from Valeria at AromaVille

My sister has been going “natural” for a few years now. She researches everything and will only buy natural products. We were talking the other day and I mentioned that I had discovered some lovely looking shampoo bars on Etsy and wondered if she’d like to try it. After a lot of scouring of ingredients and umming and aaaahhhing we stumbled upon AromaVille who are based in High Wycombe (UK).

We were really impressed with the quality, range and ingredients! I ordered the Hops Hemp Honey palm free shampoo bar as I liked the combination of ingredients. My sister ordered the Rosemary Nettle Aloe Vera palm free shampoo bar.

The price of these bars was really reasonable £3.50 each plus £2.70 postage. They arrived beautifully wrapped and smelt divine!

I’ve been hesitant to use a shampoo bar before as I’ve always figured you don’t get a lot for your money but a lot of makers claim they can last 1-2 months so this is on a par with bottled shampoos. Of course it does depend how often you shampoo and how long/thick your hair is or if you live in a hard or soft water area!!

The first time I used this I wasn’t too sure what to do so I made sure my hair was really wet and rubbed it into my hair, I then massaged it in further as I would with a normal shampoo. I was surprised at how well this mixed into my hair as, usually, I find the first wash doesn’t seem to sink in and I have to do a second! The smell of this shampoo is gorgeous and reminds me of one that my mother used on us as kids. It also lingers a lot more than any other shampoo I’ve used and I continued to get lovely whiffs all through the day even after using a conditioner!

My hair felt so clean and the shampoo washed out really well which was a concern as I live in a soft water area. I definitely needed a conditioner with this (mainly due to my hair being dyed!), but the differences in the feeling of residue was amazing. I really had to work to get rid of the conditioner and I hadn’t used as much whereas the shampoo washed out quickly and didn’t feel heavy at all.

I absolutely love this product and I’m really pleased I tried it. The great news is they ship all over the place 🙂 and a number of their products are vegan!!!

I also got a shave bar which I’ll review soon.

Find the lovely AromaVille on Etsy and their main website.

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/search?q=aromaville&view_type=gallery&ship_to=ZZ&min=0&max=0

Main Site – http://www.aromaville.co.uk/

Happy shopping xx

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All Shined Out

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On Saturday night I did the Manchester Shine half marathon (13.l miles) walk for Cancer Research, as you can imagine I was pretty pooped on Sunday!!!! It was fantastic fun and there’s still time to enter the London event if you fancy it!

As a little treat to myself on Sunday and to try and wake myself up I thought I’d try the Exfoliating Ice Blast Gel Maskfrom Superdrug. It’s recommended for all skin types and has spearmint oil to really refresh!

The mask is a blue colour with very fine Dead Sea Salt Crystals to exfoliate. As the crystals are so fine it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin and I wasn’t too concerned I’d inadvertently over scrub! The instructions say to gently rub into a clean, cleansed, dry face and leave for 10-15 mins.

When I squeezed the mask onto my hand it didn’t hit me with a minty smell which disappointed me at first but once I put it on my face I was glad it hadn’t! The spearmint was lovely and subtle and really helped to open up my nose and airways, it was a bit like going into the Steam Room at the gym when they put menthol through. My skin didn’t feel cold with the mask on but once I washed it off my skin felt so fresh and the water drying on my face kept giving me a fresh boost, it was lovely 🙂

I really liked this mask and it really did make me feel less zombie more human afterwards! I highly recommend it as a pick-me-up after a night out or an event like Shine as it really does make you feel better and your skin feels lovely!

Below I include a rather fetching (not) picture of me at Shine, enjoy…

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Bargainous Co-operative deodorant and toothpaste

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This morning I popped into the co-op and found 2 bargains! Cruelty free toothpaste for 49p and deodorant for £1.49!!!! I haven’t tried them yet but im sure they’ll be great!

The co-op is one of the best shops for cruelty free as they were one of the first to be BUAV approved. Their fixes cut off date is 1985! You don’t get much more dedicated than that, check out their website here for more info on their ethos and what they offer!!!!

They have some amazing programmes in place to help the environment including their Bee Plan which is helping to increase the bee population in the UK with considerate farming and the expansion of wild flower meadows an hedgerows!

A company very close to my ❤!