Friday 30 November 2012

November Favourites!

Zara Woman White Eau de Toilette
This 30ml bottle cost me around £6-£7 pound from Zara, it's a lovely fresh, clean scent that is perfect for everyday use! I really recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap fragrance!

Make Up For Ever HD Primer
I bought this is a little 'test me' set while I was in New York last Christmas, I really do like this primer. It's quite thin and you don't need much, plus it keeps shine at bay! I'd like to try it with the MUFE HD foundation too.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
I bought this after Tanya Burr (pixi2woo from Youtube) said this was her favourite setting powder. I trust her opinion as she has worked as a make-up artist for years and worked on celebs like Millie from MIC! She was right, this powder is wonderful to use!

MAC Twinks Eyeshadow
My Urban Decay Naked palette is given so much of my love that I feel I have neglected my MAC eyeshadows. Autumn has made me pick more purple, brown hues to match the autumnal colours, this one is perfect!

MAC Springsheen Blush
I'm addicted to this blush, it gives me a lovely rosy glow. It really helps brighten up my face on cold winter days!

What are your November favourites?
Love Kat

Wednesday 28 November 2012

All I Want For Christmas

*Sings* 'All I want for Christmas is... you!'
There is only 26 days left until Christmas, so I thought I'd show you wants on my wishlist, thought it might give you a few ideas for your own!

001. Zara Coat with Quilted Sleeves - £139
I adore Zara's clothing, it's so chic and simple and looks very expensive. Okay, this coat is actually expensive but I think it's a statement piece that will stay on trend for seasons to come!

002. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch - £25
Youtubers and bloggers have been raving about this Clarins product. It claims to smooth over imperfections and leave a perfectly flawless base for your foundation. I need this!

003. Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour - £25
I've noticed a lot of my make-up collection contains matte items, it's an automatic response to having oily skin but now my skin has calmed down thanks to Quinoderm (see post here), I want a bit of a glow to my cheeks. This lovely blusher comes in 6 different shades, I love this one named 'Lovely Rose'.

004. Chloe Eau de Parfum - £52
I have quite a fragrance collection building up and Christmas is a perfect time to add to this. I have worn Chloe perfume for years and need to add it back onto my dressing table!

005. Benefit They're Real Mascara - £18.50
I've not really tried many Benefit products, but I've read fantastic reviews on this 'They're Real' mascara. I'm hoping for fluttery long lashes!

What's on your Christmas wishlist?
Love Kat

Friday 23 November 2012

A Product for Acne Sufferers!

At 20, I would like to have told the blogosphere that yes, your spots go away after your teenage years. I'm in final year of university and I STILL get spots the size of little mountains!

A brief history of my skin: I have suffered from acne since about the age of 12-13, this was treated with a course of strong medication called Roaccutane. I don't advice this to everyone, my skin got so much worse before it got better. I am now left with scarring and a few spots here and there which flare up with hormones.

I recommend Quinoderm, I got this over the counter in Asda for a few pounds and it's worked wonders!

Originally I was looking for Panoxyl, but the pharmacy assistant told me they no longer stock it and Quinoderm was it's replacement.
It's a gel like formula that you apply directly onto the spot, it does sting a little but it's not uncomfortable. I like the stinging sensation, makes me feel like it's actually working!
I just dot this on my spots and any little blemishes that are forming, it's a miracle worker, my spots are a lot better after applying this at night!

Widely available, don't need to see a doctor.
Reduces spot size.

Doesn't smell too great.
Stings slightly but not unbearable.

This would be a great product for most acne sufferers but if you are really struggling with spots, it's best to see a doctor and get something stronger prescribed.

Have you ever tried Quinoderm?
Got any other acne fighting recommendations?

Love Kat

Friday 16 November 2012

Gift Guide: For Her

Shopping for gifts at Christmas can drive anyone insane! Struggling to find a perfect prezzie for your BFF, mum or sister? I've done the hard bit and searched high and low for different gifts at different budgets. Click the links, purchase and sit back with a cuppa, your shopping will be done in seconds!

Models Own Mini Nail Polish Set - £8
Strapped for cash and need a gift under £10? This nail trio is contains glittering polishes that will be perfect for the party season. 

River Island Chronograph Emily Rose Watch - £25
Rose gold is big this season and everyone is lusting after a Michael Kors but this beauty is a fraction of the price at £25.

ASOS Double Stone ID Bracelets - £18
Remember friendship necklaces? ASOS has provided a chic update to this tradition with these lovely gold bracelets. One each!

Topshop Slogan Purse - £10
This pretty little pouch can be used as a make-up bag, an extra storage place in your handbag or a pencil case! 

Parisian Chic Weekly Planner 2013 - £12.95
Every organised girl wants to be seen with a chic organiser. This one from Topshop has a cute Parisian theme, she'll be pencilling in more cocktail dates with you!

Has anyone else posted gift guides? Leave a link below!
Love Kat

Monday 12 November 2012

Eyelash Extensions Experience

Getting some eyelash extensions was very unplanned. I complimented a friend in uni about how fluttery her lashes looked and she told me about the Christmas Event our local salon was having that day. All treatments were 75% off, which meant these extensions only cost me £5 instead of £25, bargain!
I thought I'd give them a go and let you guys know how it went in case you are planning to get some this Christmas.

The treatment it's self only took 5 minutes. She just got me to remove all my eye make-up and lay down on the table. I picked the medium sized lashes for the middle and inner corner and the long ones at the ends to create a little flick or cat eye look. The beauty therapist instructed me to keep my eyes closed and not to open them at all during the application. She applied warm glue to the base of each extension 'clump' and dropped them as close as possible to my lash line. It ever so slightly stings because of the heat but its not unbearable. I kept my eyes closed for a few more minutes to let the glue set and then took a peek in the mirror. They actually looked so fluttery and lovely! I was told they could last up to a week with good care.

Straight after the treatment

The next day with eyeliner

Top tips for keeping them in good condition:
Don't apply mascara, the lashes go clumpy.
Use oil free make-up remover.
Be careful and gentle when removing eye make-up.
Never pull them out!

To remove them I just took a really hot shower and then careful slid the lashes off my own. I haven't noticed any of my own lashes being lost after the treatment. I would recommend this for anyone looking for fluttery lash for Christmas occasions, just take good care of them!

Love Kat


Monday 5 November 2012

Models Own Wonderland Collection (Featuring Snowflakes NOTD)

For those who are already getting excited for Christmas like me, the Models Own Wonderland collection is a perfect way to inject a little Christmas sparkle into your life!

5 shimmering polishes make up the Wonderland collection: 
Snowflakes: Think snow globe silver pieces.
Northern Lights: Pink glitter for girly girls!
Jack Frost: A pearlesant dream. 
Blizzard: Silver disco sparkles.
Southern Lights: Pretty purple shimmer.

I picked up 'Snowflakes' this afternoon in Boots, sadly the rest of the collection had sold out. Fingers crossed they'll restock soon so I can take advantage of the 'buy one get second half price' deal!

I layered 'Snowflakes' over Sephora for OPI's 'Already Famous' to create this OTT glittery/sparkly gold nail! Everyone loves a bit of OTT nails in the festive season!

You can purchase the shades at Boots or here.

Have you tried any of the shades from the Models Own Wonderland collection yet?
Love Kat
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