Friday, September 30, 2011

A Gift From Riya

Hi everyone, hope you are having an amazing week. I received a parcel from my dear blogger friend Riya this week. She's absolutely gorgeous and has a great blog called pinkstrawberrielove. Not to mention, she's really generous too!

Here's my parcel below. How cute is that panda?

She's so sweet to send me lots of goodies, including adorable bow hairclips.

I love these Asian eyeshadows. L-R: Visee GD005 and Lavshuca PK-1.

The Visee eyeshadow is a pretty yet subtle gold shade! I can't wait to use it.

This is my second Lavshuca eyeshadow and I've become really impressed with them. The shades are so pretty and have a great shimmer.

Will write more about these shadows and feature them in future FOTDs.

I also received this Smashbox Blush/ Soft Lights Duo in Super/Model.

The colour is truly gorgeous and natural looking. The Soft Lights shade on the right hand side provides an ethereal looking shimmer/glow. Again I'll use this in a future FOTD.

A couple of lip treatments. I loved the Lavanila Healthy Lip Shine she sent me a while back, and adore this one in vanilla grapefruit even more! The one on the right is a lip treatment from Dariya. Love the gorgeous packaging and it looks great on the lips too!

An eos lipbalm. I've seen these on lots of blogs and am so excited to finally get to try one! It feels super soft and smooth on the lips, a joy to use!

The Face Shop Nail Polish in PK102, an adorable pink shade with violet sheen:

The Shengjim pencil below is a 2 in 1 lipstick and eyeshadow in shade 01. It's a beautiful, dewy snowy white shade that is so perfect for winter.

Cute crystal stickers in the shape of a strawberry:

A whole range of Hi-Chews. I've not tried them before now, and they're absolutely delicious. So juicy. My husband loves the mango flavour, whilst my favourite is the apple.

She also sent me some delicious biscuits and tea, along with a cute little note:

The biscuits and tea came in a cute little bag:

Thanks Riya for such a great parcel. I love everything in it! Everything was so thoughtfully chosen and I feel so lucky to have received such lovely gifts.

Monday, September 26, 2011

FOTD with NicNic's Gifts

Today's look was made using a couple of items from the gorgeous parcel Nicola gave me (original post here).

The Shiseido Integrate Gracy Eyebrow Pencil she sent me has made it to one of my most treasured beauty products. It's a perfect match for the brows, making my eyebrows looks lovely and thick, and most importantly of all - natural.

On my cheeks, I used a tiny dab of the Canmake cream blush in 11, also from Nicola.

This is a stunning pink shade...

...which on my cheeks looks soft and rosy. I kept my lips natural looking with a tinted lip balm.

A group photo of the products used in this look:

Products Used:

Laura Mercier Cake Liner in Black Ebony
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Honey
Benefit eye Bright
Clarins Instant Definition Mascara
Shiseido Integrate Gracy Eyebrow Pencil in 963
Canmake Cream Cheek in 11 Heavenly Heart
Une Sheer Lips Balm in S03

As I can never get a thin enough line with my gel liner, I've recently switched to cake liners to tightline my eyes. I find tightlining gives a more natural eye.

I almost forgot to mention, I used applied beloved Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate on my skin to give a subtle glow. I didn't mention it in the product list above as its a skincare item.

I've received an amazing response of my giveaway. Thanks to those of you who have entered. If you haven't already entered my giveaway, you can find it here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Giveaway To Mark The End Of Summer

As promised here's my Giveaway to say thanks to all of you for your support!

Thank you for the overwhelming response to my first giveaway. I started collecting purchased items for my next giveaway and suddenly realised I has a few too many items. They would be too heavy for one parcel, so I decided to split them into two separate giveaways (therefore more chances for you to win one!). The second giveaway would commence shortly after this one ends and contains an entirely different range of products.

The products included in this giveaway:

In my most recent post, I gave a sneak preview of my giveaway. Since then, I've added a few more items. Picture of the sneak preview below.

I did a poll in which Sleek Palette would wanted to see in my giveaway. The Storm palette won, and would be featured in my next giveaway.

The Oh So Special and Au Natural Sleek Palettes were not yet released when I did the poll, and are included in this giveaway.

Products In This Giveaway:

Sleek idivine eyeshadow palettes in Oh So Special and Au Naturel.

I found the Oh So Special palette super pretty as they included adorable petal shades.

The Au Naturel is their newest palette and part of their Nude Collection.

Three items from Topshop Makeup:

Powder Blush in Powdered

Crayon in Equinox

Lip Polish in Truffle

The blush pictured above is not the actual one included in my giveaway. I used it as a stand in until I purchased one. The actual giveaway blush is pictured below:

It has a cute dotted pattern.

The blush itself is sealed, so I've lifted a pic of the shade off the Topshop website for you to see. Powdered is a new blush in their range, and is a cute bright pink.

The Equinox Eye Crayon is an easy to apply rose-gold.

The Lip Polish is a pigmented moisturising lip polish in a dark berry chocolate shade, perfect for Autumn/Winter.

I've also added a couple of accessories. A bow necklace and a cupcake keyring.

Individual pics of the necklace and keyring:

An Accessorize lipstick in Berry Rose, a suits all rose shade.

A NYX lipstick in Doll, a popular medium rose-pink

A bag of miniature goodies.


Clinique Moisture Surge

Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Air Kiss

Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Sparkling Nude

Creme de la Mer Face Wask

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement

MAC Pigment in Jardin Aires and Rushmetal

Two travel sized tubes of Jouer Illuminating Moisture Tint SPF20 in Pearl

Giveaway Rules:

  • Open Internationally

  • Must be a follower

  • Leave a comment below with your email address

  • For an extra entry (+1) mention this giveaway in your sidebar

  • For and extra 2 entries (+2) write a post about this giveaway

  • Giveaway ends 6th October 2011

*If mentioning my giveaway in either sidebar or post, please leave me a link to your blog*

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FOTD: Using Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Prelude 33

Today's look features Chanel's New Eyeshadow Quad in Prelude 33. I bought this last week as I really loved the beautiful, subtle shades.

Prelude is part of their Autumn 2011 Collection, and will be added to their permanent range.

Like Chanel compacts before, it comes encased in a velvet pouch.

All 4 shades are cool-toned with a subtle pearly finish.

Swatches of the 4 shades: First two swatches correlate with top two shades of the palette. Third and forth swatch represents the bottom two shades.

I find the two lightest shades perfect for a natural daytime look.

However, in today's look I used the top two shades (the first 2 shades on my arm swatch). Here's a close up of my eye makeup:

Products Used:

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Prelude

Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Eyeliner

Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes Mascara

Shu Uemura Glow On Blush M33E

Boots 17 Mirrir Shine Lipstick in Hollywood (stained on lips)

I'll finish off with a sneak preview of my up-coming giveaway: