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” (www.misslaurenalicephelan.com). 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?
Lx

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?

Char
xxx

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

MAC Powder Blush- Dame




I recently blogged about picking up a MAC powder blush- Well Dressed from Cheapsmells.com 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?

Char
xxx