"Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art" - Ralph Waldo Emerson (American poet)

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Wedding Make-up


Well I certainly am in the right place for wedding fever! It's all gone a bit Pete Tong here in London town. I don't profess to love the Royal Family - I think that they have too much money for nothing but I find myself somewhat touched by this couple. They really do seem like they are in love and I think Kate is really genuine and pretty to look at. Not horsey which is a good start for their children. Mixing up the genes never hurt. 

I love a good bride I do. I especially love it when they keep things natural and simple. You should be glowing from the inside out on your wedding day or you're probably marrying the wrong man.

Just a couple of rules to follow:

a) If you're not happy with the makeup the artist has just applied TELL THEM. Do not just sit there and inwardly fester. This is one of the biggest days of your life and there will be photos. You cannot photo shop your face out of them.

b) A lot of people will be kissing you including your man. Don't make him wear your lipstick too. Get a product like Lipcote which you put over the colour of choice to ensure it stays on your lips only. I wouldn't use a gloss either - most guys I know hate kissing a girl with loads of sticky gloss. Exfoliate your lips beforehand with a product like this to get rid of dry skin.

c) You'll be smiling a lot (I hope) so whiten the teeth a couple weeks before using Blanx Extrawhite Intensive  Whitening Treatment - I have used and really saw results.

d) Do not turn yourself into an orange. I know everybody likes to have some colour blah blah but gosh how pretty pale skin can be - work your makeup for a retro feel.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Muslin Cloths

 I have got to thinking that's it's pretty expensive and wasteful to keep using cotton pads every time you want to wipe your face. These muslin clothes are good value if purchased through ebay. They are the are the answer to your night time makeup removal routine. Use before bed - rinse in hot water and use a cream cleanser or cold cream to take off residue then just chuck in the washing machine and you should have plenty to use till laundry day. Much more eco than wipes which should only be used for nights when too drunk or tired to wash your face properly.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

So - What If? Happy Easter.

So whatever. Yah I wasted a night of this amazing Easter bank holiday cleaning my windows and doing my nails and a facial. Girls of London that are single and have nothing better to do unite! Facials are important!

Clean to Purple Rain - it's liberating! 

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

She's Got Legs!!

So I don't have time or money to get my legs waxed right now. I had been stressing about what I was going to do for the last few days. I have a really cute new pair of shorts and I wanted to get my pins out! I usually use Veet waxing strips but I am getting annoyed with them - they are great for the bikini line but no - it's not easy to wax the back of your legs. And no - I don't want my friend to do it for me despite what the commercials say is acceptable. And it's messy - and sticky. I would not 4 star this product. You need patience and a cool environment.

I have in the past used hair removal cream and I remember it gave me a slight rash so I didn't touch it again for years but I grabbed this from Veet. I tried it last night and it worked just fine and rash free this morning. I have researched on the Web and they say they DO NOT test on animals so if you're busy and want to wear that skirt or shorts definitely try this out. I would go for the one for sensitive skin. Only drawback is a funny smell (but it is burning your hair off). Make sure to exfoliate and moisturise to avoid ingrown hairs!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

My First Pedicure

Hi! My Parental Units are here hence lack of posts. London has been extremely well behaved in regards to the weather so I thought my Mum might like to get her feet out. What do you think - not a bad attempt on another person. It's actually not that easy and I salute all pedicurists.

Nail Envy Nail Strengthener by O.P.I.
Topshop color in Moving House
Seche Vite fast drying top coat

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Tan Enhancers

I was lucky to spend time with my friends Hattie and Tammy this past weekend in Whitstable, Kent. We were so blessed with the weather and I did manage catch the sun (and wore sunscreen of course). I never seem to bronze right away - I have millions of freckles and they sure came out. I don't mind them - I can deal but I like to even them out a little and have been on the lookout for a bronzer.

I decided to try Bronzing Rocks from the experts in suncare and tan enhancment St. Tropez. I purchased them because they have multiple uses and they give me that "hi, I'm a North American girl with natural sun kissed skin" look.

The Bronzing Rocks can be used in a number of ways - dip a bronzing brush into the rocks and gently swirl around to gather powder on the brush, then apply to the forehead, bridge of nose, cheeks and decolletage for a bronzed and glowing look.

You can also pick up the rocks with your fingers and apply as an eye shadow or even on the lips with a clear gloss.

Will last a very, very long time.

Monday, 4 April 2011


I have an addiction. I am addicted to buying bars of soap. It's getting out of hand but I love them and can't get enough. My favourite is Mysore sandalwood soap from India and in fact whenever my pal at work Nicola's family goes back I ask them to please bring me back a few so I never run out. It smells amazing and it will literally smell up your bathroom. It's made out of vegetable oil so quite natural and safe. CHEAP!

Dr. Bronner's Organic Magic Soap bars are quite simply amazing and they have one for babies. He looks a little mental but I can assure you they are the best soaps. Around £4.00 in a health food store - completely ethical. I have the almond scent one and you will smell like a bakewell tart. YUM!

Thank goodness for Hemp

Finally the last one I will share which is also in my collection was a gift from David. He had it in his bathroom and I used it and fell in love. Who cares if it's a man's soap - it smells amazing and a great exfoliant. A little pricey at £14.00 but it's a treat. Lasts ages.

"Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap