Hey all! Haven’t posted in a while, been lots going on! I had my birthday, which can only mean a run down of the glamorous birthday makeup, nails and nuevas cosas!!!
This was my “trial” session for my birthday makeup which was created by using MAC’s Carbon up to the crease, blending out with Mulch and a little Patina. Inglot’s pearl was used as an under eyebrow highlight. Apologies for the state of my brows – waxing commenced the next morning…when I got this beauty of a manicure!
Originally opting for a classic French, I succumbed to the offering of glitter tips. Pretty glad I did. If I got sick of them I knew they could be painted over, provided an acetone-free remover is used. It can be pretty hard to type on my little Blackberry buttons (yes, I am still on the BB side where it is lonely and cold) and on the laptop but oh how we have to pay the price for a little glamour sometimes!
All of the gifts were amazingly gorgeous, including the Lush products at the front which smelt incredibly delectable. Tiny Hands, the hand shaped bar at the front, melts into a dreamy hand lotion that nourishes your skin in vanilla, chamomile and marigold. In the middle is a “Butterball” bath bomb and on the right hand side is a shower melt. I love the smell that permeates pretty much every street in the country that contains a Lush store. Definitely puts you in the mood to get clean 😉
If any of you have been lucky enough to find a Gilly Hicks store I’m sure you’ll remember the exotic holiday and island theme that permeates the store (as is common in the Abercrombie family, with Hollister as prime example) and the range of fragrances. Pointed Piper is a gorgeous holiday scent that really reminds me of “Island Kiss” from Escada. Give it a few minutes to develop. On first spray it can be a bit overpowering but it gradually folds out into light pleasant wafts of sunshine. Makes me look forward to leaving Winter behind!
In keeping with the Abercrombie theme, I bought this scrumptiously scented Malibu Beach body lotion from Hollister with my birthday money. It’s one of the sweeter lotions in the range. It basically has that gorgeous nutty, warm smell of cocoa butter BUT without the thickness to it – it literally sinks in to your skin instantly and leaves a healthy sheen and once its sunk in there is a distinct trace of a coconut scent. Delicious!
I picked up a lovely new addition to my lipstick collection – MAC’s Pretty Please, a sheer cheerful nude with a light pink finish.
In the aim of looking more groomed (yes the eyebrow and nail combo inspired me) I purchased a brow tinting kit from Benefit which contains a brown paste and powder to build coverage on the brow and make it look darker and neater. This is makeup, not permanent. I think it made a nice difference. I did look more put together in a less obvious way and I would recommend it but not the small brushes they supply if you need more control.
The Dior Mascara does a fine job of volumising and I enjoy using the wand. However I’d still prefer to buy a cheaper mascara given the choice… so not too much to comment on there. Dior certainly doesn’t provide the finest performance in high-end cosmetics and I would much rather recommend Lancome or Clinique.
In my own experience Maybelline is the best option mascara-wise for my own lashes as they need a mascara that prides itself on volumising and thickening properties. Everyone’s lashes are different so you do need to list and cross off the mighty task of finding the one that works for you from your to-do list. That’s the thing with makeup. You can’t confidently recommend one thing to absolutely everyone. Perhaps only those who have your own ‘diagnosis’ will find your holy grail product useful. Even then, with the same problem, many need further small adjustments to the solution.
My mother gave me this stunning pink bracelet from Lime Blue Diamonds – I have to admit I’m almost scared to wear it as it’s so pristine and glistens beautifully. She also presented me with a sleek, patent purse from Ted Baker which was great as the zip on my last wallet, which had been imported all the way from Korea, had broken and trying to open it with these nails was quickly becoming a nightmare!
Hope whenever your next birthday may be, you are blessed with lots of lovely things and amazing people around you! And Happy Birthday to all fellow Capricorns!
Lots of Love,