Monday, 7 July 2014

New In: NARS Dual-Intensity Eye Shadow



When I got the invite through to go to the NARS EYEconic Pop-Up in Space NK on Broadwick Street, I was like a giddy child. NARS has always been on my wish list but for one reason or another it hasn't ever made it into my collection. I had read a little about the new NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow's and getting to see them in person and give them all a good go with the help of a NARS makeup artist made me go week at the knees. They are all just so beautiful and giving them all a good ol' swatch made them all swiftly head on over to my wish list instantly. Can you tell I had a good time yet?

As I've said many a time before, I usually prefer a matte shadow or one with a subtle shimmer. Anything too much I used to steer totally clear from, but lately, I don't know what has happened but for me, glitter and crazy shimmer is in and I need it all. Any hint of glitter and I'm head over heels... Give me all the glitter, please!

I have 6 of the new NARS Dual Intensity shadows in my collection, all of which are stunning shades that I know I will get so much use out of. I also got my hands on their new Wet/Dry eyeshadow brush #49* that works so well with these shadows as they are specially designed to work with either a wet or dry application. Apply with a dry brush for a slightly more sheer sweep of colour, although it can still be layered to pack a bit more of a punch but for full intensity add a little water into the mix and your eyelids will be filled with a high impact and opaque colour and the best bit is that they're still super blendable!


Top: Dry    Bottom: Wet
L-R: Giove*, Dione*, Sycorax*, Callisto*, Europa*, Subra*

They're utterly stunning aren't they? I would usually wait to give a product a go before I photograph them, but this time I just couldn't. I needed to rip them open and give them a good go! My favourite looks at the minute are either Callisto across the lid on its own with it in the inner corner of the eye and under the waterline. Super glittery and super pretty! I also have tried Callisto across the lid with Giove blended into the outer corners and crease and Sycorax blended in to make the eye a little deeper, this is a super pretty smokey eye and I cannot wait to give it a go again. With these shadows there are so many options and it makes them so much more usable. Great for the day with a subtle shimmer and even better for the night for a glittery smokey eye! Perfect! 

I love these shadows and I really want to pick up some more of them! They're available to buy in Space NK at the minute but if you don't have one near you then you'll have to wait until the 1st of August to give them a go when they are available nationwide. 

love them all but Callisto is my definite favourite. What shades have you got your eye on? 

Lorna x

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Video: June Favourites



I'm back with another video and this time I'm talking June Favourites... There are some firm favourites that I often talk about and also some new products and goodies in there including the exciting new app BeautySpotter.!

What have been your favourites this month?

Lorna x

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Summer Nails: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Greenberry


Now we all know the hype around the Barry M Gelly Nail Paints and I just had to post about it to reiterate how great they actually are. The one I'm talking about today is the one polish that I just can't stop myself from using all the time, despite my enormous and ever-growing collection. A super bright and super shiny turquoise that suits my skin tone perfectly. I love Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Greenberry, can you tell? These polishes are super affordable for the quality and if you don't have any in your collection, then honestly, you need to get down to the shops and pick some up! My collection is growing, but I'm an addict, we all know that! Plus this mani looks amazing with a glitter accent too... Topshop 3D is my fave!

What's your current favourite Nail Polish colour for summer? 

Lorna x

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Ilumi: Healthy and Easy Ready Meals


I love cooking and try to cook everything from scratch where I can but honestly it's not always possible and so when Ilumi asked me whether I would like to try out any of their ready meals* I happily obliged as I'm always happy to try something new, and I knew they'd be perfect for those days I don't have time to cook or perhaps those days I just can't be bothered. I have been trying to make an effort to eat more healthily lately, it hasn't been going that well but these have definitely helped it. 

All you have to do is pop it in the microwave or heat it up in a pan and it's done! Some of them advise that you have pasta or rice with it where as some are a meal as a whole. Callum has been loving them as they're so quick to make but the only thing I would say is that portions can be a little on the small side so sometimes I would definitely recommend making something on the side. I often make some fresh vegetables to go with it as I hate not having any fresh vegetables or salad with my dinner, it feels so strange! I was so surprised to see how tasty they were, usually I find ready meals to be a little on the bland side but these definitely were not! You can see all of the ingredients on the front with none of those nasties unlike other ready meals, which means you can feel a little better about not cooking it from scratch. Obviously I wouldn't eat these every day, but as I said before they are great for those days you don't feel like cooking a meal but they will still be equally as tasty! 

They have some amazing dishes to choose from, I received a selection of both the meat and fish/vegetarian as I don't eat meat but do eat fish but Callum does eat meat and it's safe to say that all of the meat ones went first! I've still got a few left to try and I honestly cannot wait to give them a go! 

What ones take your fancy?

Lorna x

*PR Samples, Reviews 100% honest as always!
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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Graduate Fashion Week With Bourjois: Makeup Rundown



I was jumping for joy when Bourjois told me they wanted to take me to Graduate Fashion Week to learn everything about their makeup and how it is used for a fashion show and with the head makeup artist Lan Nguyen there to give us all of the tips and tricks of the trade... Well, I just couldn't wait. 

Firstly I want to say that the team behind Bourjois is honestly so lovely! It's so nice to see such a well known brand have such a lovely and down to earth team behind it. When I got there, I met the two other bloggers Jade and Em, the super lovely girls that I had the pleasure of spending the day with and we were then taken backstage to where the magic (makeup, of course...) happens! We sat down and chatted with uber talented head makeup artist Lan Nguyen and got to quiz her on all things beauty and Bourjois! So many tips, but the main one I picked up was don't worry about what the products are meant to be used for, use them for whatever you want! I'm talking eyeshadows as a highlighter or blush and blush as lipstick! Through doing this you'll get more use out of your products so they won't go to waste and of course it'll save you money in the long run and it looked amazing!





We got the chance to watch the University of East London Graduate Fashion Week show and I was super excited. I have had the opportunity to go to Fashion Week in the past but unfortunately things got in the way and in the end I couldn't so actually, this was my first proper fashion show! And boy, it definitely didn't disappoint. I love fashion and of course beauty and with the chance to see what goes on beauty wise backstage it made me think about the look as a whole a lot differently! For the UEL GFW show it was nude makeup all round and it looked amazing. Some of the collections we're quite jazzy and some we're very neutral and so it worked really well to compliment the looks so there wasn't too much going on and complimented all of the different pieces which I thought was really interesting to see. I was surprised to see so many pieces that I would actually wear myself and of course the show made me want to get my nude makeup down... 



After the amazing show with some super proud parents in the audience (I was sat next to some and they were going crazy, it was super nice to see and also kept me very amused during the show! I definitely heard Bella and Beautiful shouted rather a lot!) we headed backstage again to see more of what was going down makeup-wise for the shows coming up later. Smokey eyes we're a massive one and was really interesting to see how it was applied with the matte black and with eyeshadows as a highlight! 


Green equally played a big part with the focus being under the eye... I need to try this out! Plus, how gorgeous are these models?! If I could steal their faces and change them for my own then I definitely would, but for now, the makeup will just have to do.... 




On to the subtle gold and this MAC pigment was swept across the lids for subtle, yet beautiful yellow gold look. Super simple, yet super effective! 

I honestly had the best day and I am so so thankful to Bourjois for letting me come along with them! They gave me an amazing goody bag to take home of which I have been testing out so will update you with a haul and first impressions some time soon! 

What was your favourite look? 

Lorna x

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Video: Milkmaid/Halo Braid Tutorial for Mid-Length Hair



So I recently learnt how to style my hair into a beautiful Milkmaid or Halo Braid. Hairstyling is usually a foreign language to me but with this style it's too easy not to be able to do and thought it would be worth showing as I have mid-length hair, making it slightly more difficult. You can still follow if you do have long hair though it'll just be a little easier and you'd just be pinning the hair differently, same concept and working method though! 

This hair style is perfect for the summer months, and of course the Festival season. I actually tought myself how to do it the day before I went to Field Day Festival as I had some time to spare and I loved it so much I actually wore it on the day. It lasted all day and all night, all the way through all of the dancing and the insanely good weather! I may have underestimated the weather though as we were expecting rain and totally didn't think of the sun... It made it so much better though and we were so lucky! If you're looking for a fun festival to go to, perhaps as your first festival, perhaps your forever going to festivals but this is a great one for anyone. It has a range of music, often we don't actually know many of the people playing, but we always have the best time. And the best bit? You get to go home to your own bed, so no camping! (One day I will though... Glastonbury next year? This hair will definitely be coming out...)

I had the best day, and the nicest hair to go with it! Thumbs up from me, and the plus side, I had so many compliments... Bonus!

Lorna x

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Cutting Out Face Wipes: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water


I hate to say it, I used to always be a Face Wipe kinda gal. I wouldn't always use it to clean my face as I know it doesn't do that but it took my makeup off so much more easily before I would properly cleanse. With all of the bad talk surrounding face wipes, I knew I wanted to stop using them, I just didn't think I ever would. Until the wonderful product that is a Micellar Water came into my life. I started using the L'Oreal one, but it's this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water that I've stuck to and it's made me bin the face wipes for good. It essentially does the same job but I just find that I don't have to rub as hard and the makeup is removed a whole lot more easily. If you're a face wipe lover, and want to change too then I'd give this a go if I were you. It's affordable, it works and it's converted me, so perhaps it could convert you too.... 

Lorna x

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