Give Your Heart A Break - Demi Lovato Cover Music Video

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Don't know if those who read my blog know I have a YouTube channel...if you are interested you can watch my videos here. This is my cover of Demi Lovato's new single 'Give Your Heart A Break'. The music video was shot in Portugal over the span of 2 - 3 days. 

I had a lot of fun being in it and I'd like to thank my film crew, consisting of one member (so I guess it's not really a crew), for being so patient, directing and filming all of it for me. The editing is done by me on i-movie. 

For a first music video cover, I'm really happy with the outcome of it. It's a shame we don't have fancy filming equipment to make the footage more steady (stabilizing on i-movie only does so much) but hopefully next time I'll be able to use my mini tripod and place it on a table. Anybody want to guess what my next music video cover is going to be?

Zara TRF - Black Lace Shorts

Finally I own a pair of lace shorts! The best bit is that I bought these on sale from Zara, TRF collection. Original price: £22.99 Sale price: £17.99 These are really girly and comfortable. It has a zip on the side and it has elastic around the waistline. The first time I wore them, I paired it with some black tights and light sweater with a chunky knit long cardigan from Mango to balance out the shorts.

I am a little disappointed though as the material kept scraping against the knit cardigan, damaging the ends of the shorts. They aren't fully black anymore as it has bits of pink/white (from my cardigan) which kind of destroyed these shorts. Oh well...I'm just glad I didn't pay full price for them.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine - Monte Carlo

Sunday, 22 July 2012

This is the first time I've tried a Chanel lipstick. Once at the Chanel make up counter, I asked one of the make up artists to match me up with a red lipstick. She asked whether I've ever worn red lipstick before so I told her I never have. The shade she picked for me was Monte Carlo (shade number 62) from the Rouge Coco Shine line as I told her I prefer a glossy look as opposed to matte finish.

I like this Chanel lipstick, think I would rate it the same level as Lancome lipsticks. The colour lasts long and it doesn't feel dry or heavy on my lips. It is non-scented. This is what it looks like on. It's not red red, but it's red enough compared to my other lipsticks. The price for this lipstick is £24. I would recommend this to you if you are looking for a long lasting lipstick and prefer sheer finishes!

Lancôme Le French Touch Lipsticks

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Lancôme have released for Spring 2012, 3 limited edition lipsticks (2 shown above) in the following shades:
  1. 314 - Rose Candy (First image)
  2. 316 - Soft Marshmallow (Second image)
  3. 318 - Sweet Marmalade (Coral colour when swatched on back of my hand)
Original price: £23.50 
Sale price: £12 (That's why I bought two!)

The tube is small, great for travelling with and also very pretty. These lipsticks are not scented which is one thing I like about them - another thing I like are how wearable these shades are. These are great every day pink shades. Rose Candy is a Barbie pink colour whereas Soft Marshmallow is a cool toned pastel pink colour. The texture of these lipsticks are sheer which is great as it gives a bit of shimmer and shine whilst keeping lips moisturised. I do find I have to reapply every few hours but that's ok. Top it off with a coat of lipgloss to make the colour stay longer and you should be good!

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In Place Concealer SPF 10

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-In-Place concealer is my favourite concealer. It costs £20 for 7ml. Although it is expensive, I do find this concealer lasts for a very long time. The liquid concealer comes with a wand for easy application. 

My shade is 02 light medium and I always go back to this concealer. It does what a concealer is meant to do - conceal blemishes. A little dab is all you need, use sparingly and blend out with a small brush or clean fingertips. It gives very good coverage and is really long lasting. This concealer is very natural looking and does not give a cakey feel. I do find, however, if you use it under your eyes, it may set into fine lines so I tend not to use it there. 

If you are looking for a long lasting concealer from a premium cosmetics line, I'd definitely recommend you to give this a try.

How to get people talking about your hair

Monday, 16 July 2012

Waterfall Twist Braid 
Waterfall French braid
Packaging Are you bored of your hair? Read on and I'll tell you how to get people talking about your hair...guaranteed! I was watching these hair tutorials on YouTube and came across one called the Waterfall braid. It's a French plait embedded in your hair with a waterfall effect. I'm not very good at hair styles so I asked my sister to watch it and try it on my hair.

You can learn how to achieve this look here (Waterfall twist) and here (Waterfall French braid). The Waterfall twist is easier as you only take 2 pieces of hair whereas the Waterfall French braid requires 3 pieces of hair. What I didn't expect were the amount of compliments I would receive with it. I even got stopped by a lady whilst walking home telling me she admired my hair style and asked how she could do this. So just before I end this post, I'd like to thank everyone who has complimented my hair style in the past month and a huge thank you to my sister who helped plait my hair at 7am in the morning. 

Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch)

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Having seen this product advertised everywhere, from magazines to posters on buses, I thought it would be time to buy one for myself and see what all the hype is about. Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat is a highligher pen. It's pricey - costing £25 but it is from a premium cosmetics brand so I hope the product justifies the cost.

Packaging is simple but effective. It's gold and shiny which adds to the high end feel of the product. The applicator brush on the pen is soft and flat, allowing you to evenly apply the product. The pen has a clicky top to press for the product. At the Yves Saint Laurent counter, I asked the make up artist to help match me up with a shade, since I do not trust myself to find my own shade (Don't exactly want to walk out of my house with two different skin tones!). He looked at my skin colour and immediately told me I'm a shade 2.5. Impressive.

I tried the 2.5 shade under my eyes in the store lighting and it was indeed a perfect match. The product glided on smoothly and did not feel cakey. It did cover up dark shadows and made me look more wide awake. You can use this pen anywhere on your face where you have dark shadows, under the eyes, sides of your nose and to brighten up dull areas. What I like about this product is that it's travel friendly, you can easily put this into your make up bag and touch up when needed. On the down side, you can't see how much of the product is left in the pen and the tip of the pen would require cleaning.

Would I use this product daily? Probably not. I would only use this product if I've stayed up super late and need that something extra to cover up dark circles. (Concealer normally does the trick anyway.)  Benefit also has a product, of which some may be familiar with, called Eye Bright - It's a chunky pink/peach toned pencil which does the same job. Only difference is that Benefit's Eye Bright has a slight shimmer in the pencil. I like to apply Eye Bright to the inner corners of my eyes which helps to brighten them also.

So ladies, don't worry if you didn't get enough sleep last night, invest in YSL's luxurious Touche Eclat pen and it will conceal those dark shadows and enhance your natural features too!

Lancôme Duo Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara

Thursday, 12 July 2012

This is one of my recent Lancôme purchases! This mascara pack contains 2 Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara in black which retails for £30. The mascara wand has a decorative rose design which adds a nice touch to the packaging. The wand in the last picture is cone shaped, thinner towards the front and thicker towards the back. I think the original Lancôme Hypnôse mascara gives a more dramatic look compared with the Hypnôse doll eyes mascara. Doll eyes formula is quite thin but it does give you the chance to control and build up the layers as necessary.

Compared with other mascaras I have used, this one is really good and is level with Benefit's Bad Gal Lash which is my all time favourite. I tend to go for more natural looks when it comes to eyelashes so my routine is to curl lashes and to add a coat of mascara. If you are after an every day mascara which is not too dramatic, this is the one for you. It lengthens your lashes as well as provides volume without clumping. It really does give you a natural doll eyes effect. 

Jenny Packham for Lancôme!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Jenny Packham have teamed up with Lancôme to create this beautiful designer gift set which includes a Jenny Packham make up bag and 5 travel sized Lancôme products! With the purchase of 2 items from a Lancôme counter nationwide, one to be a skincare item, you will receive the following products:

From left to right...
  1. Lipstick - L'Absolu Rouge 06 
  2. Lancôme Génifique - Youth Activator
  3. Eau Micellaire Douceur make up remover
  4. Lancôme Hypnôse Volume Mascara
  5. Visionnaire Correcteur
The make up bag is shaped uniquely with a curved zip design to hold everything inside together. The rose designs are printed on both sides of the make up bag, there is a shiny jewel attached to the strap, very chic and elegant. This is definitely one of my favourite make up gifts! If I remember correctly, last year Lancôme did something similar, offering free Lancôme products with the purchase of 2 Lancôme items but it didn't include a make up bag. 

The lipstick is a shimmery light red/pink colour, a very wearable every day shade. Lancôme's Génifique is a serum, suitable for all skin types, to help your skin look radiant and glowing! I love using this product before I apply cream on my face. If you have dry skin, it helps to hydrate it, the serum is light and absorbs quickly. Eau Micellaire Douceur make up remover is gentle and fragrance free. Lancôme's Hypnôse volume mascara really does volumise your lashes. Visionnaire is also a serum to keep your skin looking youthful and wrinkle free! 

There's something for everyone in this gift set - a great way to try different Lancôme products without breaking the bank!