Thursday, 25 October 2012

Ted Baker Wash and Makeup Bags

I finally got myself a decent pair of makeup cases for my handbags! I've always used my good old Clarins freebies but it was seriously time I invested in something decent! So I picked up:

Ted Baker Glitter Bow Small Wash Bag in Twinkel - Nude
Ted Baker Small Makeup Case in Truden - Black

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Orange = Expression! - FOTD

Today I wore:
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in #7 Corail Aquatique
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Centre of Universe

Dyno x

I've done a little Shopping...

A few bits I picked up - I'll share some of the interesting stuff in a few haul posts sometime later this week. 

  • Lush - Tisty Toasty Bath Bomb, Magic Wand Bubble Bar, Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Bubblegum Lip scrub 
  • L'Occitane - Shea Butter Foot Cream
  • MAC - Pro Eye Makeup Remover, Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
  • Boots - Stila Smudgestick Waterproof Eyeliner in Stingray
  • Ted Baker - Bow Wash and Makeup Bags
  • Zara - Knitwear
  • Lipsy - Dress Cocktail Top

Dyno x

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter

I got this cute sized Benefit product with InStyle's magazine, I think there were three products to collect this month: Benefit 'Benetint', 'Cha Cha Tint' and 'Sun Beam'. I already have 'Benetint', wasn't so interested in 'Cha Cha Tint' so had my eyes set on 'Sun Beam' highlighter. I already own 'High Beam' - a silvery pink highlighter so this new addition from Benefit included in a magazine was a great way to add it to my collection. 

Described as a "golden bronze highlighter gives you a natural, sunkissed radiance. Dot & blend over makeup on to cheek & brow bones for a bronzed glow that complements all skintones. It’s liquid sunshine in a bottle!" - Benefit.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Shu Uemura 24k Gold Eyelash Curler Limited Edition

"Limited-Edition version of the cult classic Shu Uemura eyelash curler in premium 24k gold for ultimate, eye opening beauty. Sleek and sophisticated, the iconic Shu Uemura eyelash curler features enhanced design and upgraded features for ultimate precision that delivers the perfect curl. White silicone pad in a "mushroom" shape provides a protective, stay-put edge for improved safety and optimum curl. Upgraded patented hinges with precise engineering provide the perfect amount of pressure on eyelashes. The unique curved angle suits all eye shapes, with ergonomic handles ensuring stability, giving you complete control to create the ultimate lash." - Shu Uemura

This is my first splurge on an eye lash curler. I've never really made a habit of using them and have a cheapy one tossed somewhere in the draw that doesn't get any love. Now although I have small lashes I managed to make my mascara just work wonders on it's own. But I felt it was time I upgraded my routine and invest in the limited edition version.

Gucci Girl OOTD No.16

Today I wore:
White Skinny Jeans - Miss Sixty
Black Turtle Neck Dress - Mango
Controller Military Cardigan - Firetrap
Khaki Striped Canvas Boot Charm Handbag - Gucci
White Wooden Heel Peep Toe Stilettos - Gucci

Dyno x

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Essie Nail Lacquer in 'Mint Candy Apple'

Continuing with my current Essie obsession I have for you my new manicure of the week: 'Mint Candy Apple'! I'm totally in love with Essie Nail Lacquers and this Tiffany blue/green look alike is such a gorgeous pastel/minty colour!

It goes on creamy; first coat is slightly streaky and sheer but evens out and applies completely smooth with a second coat and is completely opaque (I had a topcoat applied). I know it's a bright summery colour and not exactly fall appropriate but I don't care! Hey - I was feeling bright and brave! Totally love it and on my toes with a golden tan it looks so gorgeous!!!

Dyno x

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Diorshow Newlook Catwalk Eyes Set

"Inspired by catwalks and backstage make-up tips, the prodigious New Look Mascara with volume enhancer action thickens, separates and extends the lashes for an infinitely multiple lash effect. The set also contains a mini 5-Colour Couture Eyeshadow palette to reveal and enhance the intensity of your eyes." - Dior.

Dior is another one of my weaknesses. As of lately I've been trying out different mascaras and Dior Newlook Show was on my list. Lucky for me Dior came up with a extra treat - A full size Dior Newlook Show Mascara with a mini 5 colours eyeshadow palette as gift sets for christmas. I love a good gift set so jumped to the opportunity  I gathered if I don't like the mascara at-least I had the most cutest palette in the world - so handy for travelling!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

MAC By Request Lipsticks

"You voted. We answered. Your long-lost favourite Lipsticks, Lipglass and Eye Shadows are back, exclusively online, for a limited time. From the soft sheen of Moth Brown to the neon pink of Candy Yum-Yum, get them while you can." - MAC.

I knew the only things I wanted from this collection were two lipsticks. A total of nine products were chosen as winners -3 lipsticks, 3 lipglosses and 3 eyeshadows. All which are great but I only really wanted and needed the lipsticks. 

MAC By Request is an online only exclusive launch and I picked up my holy grail most favourite pink lipstick in 'Candy Yum Yum' and a new addition to my collection 'Moxie'.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

New In: Zara Haul - Chain Details

I randomly went into Zara on Monday and came away with these gorgeous items. This is my first none designer bag in about eight years! I'm very fussy when it comes to handbags and so when I saw this bag I was so surprised that I fell in love with it immediately. 

My main use for it is probably going to be to carry around my iPad or laptop as it's the perfect size for travelling alongside my everyday handbags. It's just so much more pretty looking than my current laptop bag!

The shoes - Oh my goddd the shoes! Such perfect black suede pumps and the chain detailing just threw me so far I wanted to keep the shoes on all day and night! They match the bag so perfectly!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Creme de la Mer - New 'The Moisturising Soft Cream'

New In: "Introducing the Moisturizing Soft Cream, a luxurious new formula that delivers miraculous benefits." - Crème de la Mer.

I'm a huge fan of Crème de la Mer products. I've used to date almost all of their face creams and have settled between using the original Crème de la Mer for days when I need heavy duty moisturiser and the Gel de la Mer all other times. You can read my full review of them here.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Current Love: YSL Touche Éclat Complexion Highlighters

"The UK's #1 luxury beauty product!* For instant light, luminosity and radiance. Light falls in love with the skin, banishing darkness & signs of fatigue and adding instant radiance. The must-have pen of makeup artists, Touche Éclat is the one beauty essential no woman should ever be without." - YSL Beauty.

YSL Touche Éclat Complexion Highlighter has been my go to highlighter pen for about seven years now, I first got it when I was around 17 years old, I picked this up on a whim only because it was a YSL product and a high end brand, not a clue what I'd do with it or where to use it. I blame my mum for this - she's wrapped me up in the likes of Dior, Chanel, YSL and Clarins! So when I first got into makeup and skincare that's all  I really knew - Now I'm so much more smarter with brands!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Lush Volcano Foot Mask Review

"Make your feet feel a million dollars! A zingy, ice cool, mint mask for when you feel like you cant go one step further. Our product inventors have done some fancy footwork here. This formula gets to the root of things that cause unsightly, sore feet." -Lush.

First let me just say I don't have unsightly feet, my encounter with a homeless man in San Francisco made me realise and appreciate that I really do take good care of my feet - he said I had 'nice toes and great looking feet', they were well groomed and pedicured but I was wearing sheer tights! If he could see through those at how nice they were then they must look super cute out in sandals lol.

Anyway I decided to take my foot pedicure regimen to another level by introducing a foot mask. Behold the Lush Volcano Foot Mask...

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Review

I've been getting into using different eye creams for about two/three months now. I don't need them for puffyness, dark circles or fine lines but more for the moisturising factor. I noticed slight dry skin patches around my eye area so just thought I might as well look into eye skin care. 

I've tried a couple from Clarins (great all rounder eye cream but I wanted more moisture), YSL (I didn't notice anything), and my all time favourite Creme de la Mer (amazing but very expensive) for everyday use I started to consider the expense of using Creme de la Mer on a regular basis - way too pricey. So I've been searching and testing and have finally settled on Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

Marie Claire & InStyle Magazine Freebies...

I do like getting little treats from magazines and this month the treats were lovely!
L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream - from Marie Claire
Benefit Sun Beam Complexion Highlighter - from InStyle

Friday, 5 October 2012

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Haul

"Pure platinum Hollywood glamour. Channel the legend's luster & sex appeal in a colour collection distinctively Marilyn. It's everything you need to capture the MM look. Specially designed packaging features imagery from The Black Sitting. Limited Edition." - MAC.

If you read my post on MAC and Marilyn Monroe's collection here then you will know how boosted I was for this collection. Sadly I'm quite disappointed. The promo images looked amazing and got me so excited, but the selection and quality of the products for me was a let down and being totally honest if your a tanned complexion like me this is not a very versatile collection. Lucky pale ladies I tell you!

Briefly speaking, the lipsticks are the highlight of the collection, one of two items I love the most. A repromoted blusher is my other most loved item. Apart from that the eyeshadows which are easily dupable, gritty with fall out and fade easily made me leave them behind - the packaging was convincing but the product such a fail. The nail lacquers also easily dupable, the dazzleglasses one of which 'phiff'' I have already and the other was just plain with silver sparkle. The blusher 'legendary' too powdery on my complexion. The beauty powder was way too light and ashy looking on my complexion so majority of this collection items were a total miss for me. So many products like lip and eye liners/products are permanent at MAC that don't make this collection unique in anyway either. To top it off I'm not a false lash person and don't do MAC mascaras.

But here's what I got anyway...

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Essie Stylenomics for Fall 2012


Essie 'Stylenomics' is the name of the new limited edition nail lacquer from Essie; it is also the name of the new Fall 2012 nail lacquer collection from Essie featuring six new shades: 'Stylenomics', 'Miss Fancy Pants', Don't Sweater it', 'Recessionista', 'Headmistress', 'Skirting The Issue'. I picked up 'Stylenomics' and 'Miss Fancy Pants' from this collection and absolutely love both of them!

Check out my new manicure with 'Stylenomics'!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed for Normal/Combination Skin purifies pores and is 'A Refreshing cleansing mousse which eliminates impurities, make-up and excess oil while respecting skin’s natural moisture balance. Comforting Coconut extract nourishes, softens and boosts skin’s radiance. Soothing formula neutralises the drying effects of hard water.' 

This is my everyday go to cleanser! It's a cream Texture for my normal/combination skin and it's so effective at leaving my skin squeaky clean.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Dior 5 Couleurs Designer All in One Artistry Palette in #308 'Khaki Design'

"Dior has created 5 COULEURS DESIGNER, an ultra-professional and totally new version of the mythic 5 COULEURS palette. Five different textures have been brought together in a single case to create eyeshadow styles through layering." -

"1-BASE light, 2-COLOR iridescent, 3-SHADE satinity, 4-SHINE pearlescent, 5-LINER mat represent the 5 essential steps used by professional makeup artists to draw attention to the eyes and create ultra-graphic eye makeup looks." -

This palette is a limited edition palette from the Dior Golden Jungle Collection for Fall 2012, named as #308 Khaki Design

Lush and Kiehls Haul...

Today I got the chance to get out to the shops for a bit after a crap few days... I wanted to get a few bits from Lush and after using up some samples from Kiehls I decided to purchase them in full size.

  • Lush Volcano Foot Mask
  • Lush BB Seaweed Face Mask
  • Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask
  • Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment
  • Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye
  • Kiehls Samples

Monday, 1 October 2012

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick 'Pink Pearl Pop'

"A shimmering twist on an instant classic. Cremesheen Lipstick and Cremesheen Glass get infused with crushed pearl in 15 new Asian-inspired shades. Modern pinks, nudes and corals pop and glow against all skin tones with a light-reflecting finish that leaves lips luminously and decidedly lacquered. With foolproof coverage, gleaming shine and creamy gloss, this smooth and seductive update to Cremesheen is Double Happiness for your lips." - MAC.

I'm a fan of MAC's Cremesheen Lipstick Formulas, so with the new additions I've been jumping for joy! Firstly to report: I'm glad these new editions with a twist are a permanent at MAC and secondly the shades of colours are so pretty - coral, pinks and nudes with a slight pearly twist. Of the eight shades available I grabbed this one first to try out: 'Pink Pearl Pop'.

September Favourites...

Monthly favourites is the post I look forward to the most! I get to remind myself and share with you what I really like using plus some new additions that steal my heart! So here's my loves of September:

  • Gucci Premier Perfume
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara
  • Kérastase Resistance Masque
  • Essie Nail Lacquers
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
  • YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks
  • MAC Yash Lipstick
  • MAC Paint Pot Soft Ochre