Friday, 31 December 2010

This Weekend Mac Free Standard delivery


Just thought I'd share the code I've received for free standard delivery with Mac this New Years weekend, enter the code 2011 at check out.

Thank you so much for supporting my wee blog, I really do appreciate it.  Sorry I've been a bit AWOL, tis the season.

Wishing you all the very best in 2011.

Diane x

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Party Red Lip - Vanessa Williams/Wilhelmina Slater Inspired Look

Hi there lovelies,

Thank you so much for supporting my blog.  I do hope you like the look that I created.  I was inspired by the picture below of Vanessa Williams in her character as Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty. 

I always find myself admiring Vanessa's make-up.  I may not have her striking blue eyes but I'm rather fond of my baby brown ones :-) 

I think Vanessa Williams is one of the lucky few that just gets more beautiful with each passing year. 

Here are some pics of the look that I created:

If you would like to see my tutorial of this look on YouTube click here here.

Products used:-

Boots No7 Shine Free Primer on T-zone
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #173
Eve Pearl Concealer in Tan - dark circles
Benefit Powderflage to set under eye concealer
Eve Pearl Concealer B - over hyperpigmentation around mouth
Nars Loose Powder in Mountain
Nars Bronzer in Casino to contour
Nars Orgasm blush

Mac Prep and Prime Eye - Medium Dark - over entire eye lid as a base
ELF Mineral eyeshadow in Natural on lid
Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany in crease
Mac eyeshadow in Rule - above crease
Mac eyeshadow in Rice Paper - inner tear duct and browbone highlight
Clinique brush on cream liner in True Black - top lash line
Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner in Zero - lower waterline and lash line
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in black

Barry M #3 red lip liner pencil - outline lips
Mac Russian Red Lipstick

I do hope I've managed to do some justice to the look!

Thanks so much for reading.

Diane x


Wednesday, 8 December 2010

15% off Bobbi Brown /Dior /Illamasqua /Smashbox /Origins etc

In case you fancied something from one of these brands and have been holding off, now maybe a good time to buy or better yet get someone else to buy it for you :-)

In Debenhams online in the UK they are currently having 15% off beauty products, which includes Estee Lauder, Illamaqua etc which expires 12 December 2010 but excludes Chanel and some concessions may not be participating.  Free standard delivery is availabe until December, not international orders though sorry.

So if you fancy get the Illamasqua liquid metal in Enrapture that I used in my recent party look video click here to view then you can now pick it up for £14.45 instead of £17, and cream blushes are reduced to £13.60 from £16.  This is the look I did using Enrapture:-

And you can pick up Dior products in this offer too, the Diorskin Poudre Shimmer Amber Diamond is now £26.77 reduced from £31.50. 

Debenhams are also offering 30% discount off gifts.  I love Debenhams!

John Lewis are having a price match promotion too! I've spotted they are offering 15% discount on Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown which is brilliant as Debenhams don't stock Bobbi Brown.  They may well be other brands discounted but I'm afraid you'll have to search around the site to find out.  Standard delivery is free for orders over £30.

Also, don't forget to buy via a cashback website to earn money on the money you spend, I always use Topcashback site it's free and Debenhams currently have a special 5.05% cashback rate, which ends tomorrow so you could get 20% off, although cashback is never guaranteed, I've never had any probs getting paid out from Debenhams.

If you take a look and spot any major bargains you'd like to share with me that would be great to hear.

Diane x

Saturday, 27 November 2010

How to get Mac Free Standard Delivery

Hi there everyone,

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and a very warm welcome to my new followers.

In case you don't know, if you go on and use the EMAIL AN ARTIST option on the bottom left hand site of the home page, ask them anything you would like advice on and when they reply by email to you, at the bottom of the email there will be an option to click on a link to complete a short survey and get free standard delivery for doing so.

When I say short I mean it, talking seconds here, approx six clicks, your choice to type in more details if you like.  I just added that I would like them to make it easier for non pro Mac customers to purchase pro products.  I left quite a detailed but polite message.  Just makes good business sense to me, happy customers and more sales!  What's not to like!?!

As soon as you finish the survery your free delivery code comes up, make sure to note it down and the expiration date, usually valid for 3 months.

These codes come in really handy when I want to get hold of the pro pan blush and/or eyeshadow refills, which I can't get at my nearest counter.

Hope this comes in handy for you all.

Wrap up warm and hope you have fun whatever your plans for the weekend.

Diane x

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Serum freebie

Hello my lovelies,

Hope you are all doing well, please feel free to let me know how things are with you and of any products you would recommend.  I'd love to get to know you all better, anywho back to the business at hand...

Fancy a free sample of the above?  If you do you can get one via the Boots website, click here, I've already requested mine. 

This product has105 reviews on the Boots website and a 5 star rating, sounds pretty darn good, but there isn't a list of ingredients on this website, I'll have to go direct to Olay I guess for that or hopefully it'll be on the sample.

If you decide to post a review of the product on the Boots website you will go into a prize draw to with a Spa day for you and two friends.

Oh how I do love! :-)

Diane x

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Space.NK. 20% discount code!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my new followers, thank so much!  And a big thank you to those of you that have given me and my blog such lovely support.

I just had to bring you this news, Space.NK are having a limited offer discount code valid from Wed 17th to midnight Sun 21st November, in store and online, it includes Spa treaments. 

The code to use online is NDULGE20 or to get the discount in store simply click 'n' print this Space.NK voucher.

As luck would have it I'm meeting a friend in central London this weekend, so perfect timing for me, I wanted to get her something from Nars as a Christmas present anyway, how fab is this for me! and I may well get something for myself too, I always have Nars products on my wish list.  If I do I will have to somehow restrain myself from opening it until Christmas, that's going to be tough!

If you order online the standard delivery is £5, "warning" I wouldn't book a Sat morning delivery if I were you, it's a whopping £20, here is the link to the website,, where you can get Nars, Laura Mercier, Shu Uemura etc.

Hope this comes in handy for you.

Diane x

Friday, 5 November 2010

Bargain Alert: Elizabeth Arden Where Beauty Begins Colour Collection

Another bargain at this time it's an impressive Elizabeth Arden set.

Elizabeth Arden Where Beauty Begins Colour Collection

 Elizabeth Arden Where Beauty Begins Colour Collection, the RRP is £190 but are selling it for £45 delivered!

All the colours in this set all sound really lovely, apart from Fizz eyeshadow, no idea what colour that woul;d be!  Here are the details;-

10 Eye shadows in Sunny Pink, Indigo, Limelight, Fizz, Nude, Black Plum, Mink, Slate Blue, Silver Taupe, Midnight Emerald 12.5g

- 2 Cheekcolors in Golden Rose & Terrarose 7.6g

- 1 Pressed Shimmer Powder in Soft Gold Shimmer 3.8g

- 2 Lip Pencils in Crimson & Taupe 1.1g each

- 2 Eye Pencils in Midnight & Espresso 1.1g each

- 3 Exceptional Lipsticks in Smooth Mauve, Soft Red and Red Door Red 4g each

- 1 Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara in Black 2.7g

- 2 High Shine Lip Gloss wands in Sparkling Ruby & Golden Pearl 4ml each

- 1 Nail Lacquer in Red Door Red 6ml

- 3 Brushes and Brush Pouch

- Red Door Eau de Parfum 5ml

- Red Quilted Bag

This would make for a very special Christmas gift.  Here is the link if you are interested;

Diane x

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Mac & Mickey Contractor Collection 2011

I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing more about this collection.  It is a collaboration between Mac and Mickey Contractor who is Macs Director of Makeup Artistry for India, a very well renowned MUA to the stars including the very beautiful Aishwayra Rai!


The international and US launch date is 6th January 2011.

Here are the details of the collection;


Yash - Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Gulabi - Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
Mehr - Mid-tone blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Mocha - Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)

Flesh - Mid-tone nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Lust - Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)

Athma (Description TBA) (Limited Edition)
Jaan - Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Vivah - Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Folie - Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
Carbon - Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
Oomph - Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
Marvel - Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Rani - Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Saffron - Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Siahi - Deep turquoise blue (Limited Edition)
Ivy - Bright green (Limited Edition)

BlushesGana - Bright white gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Sur - Mid-tone rose brown (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
NC41, NC43.5, NC44.5 (Limited Edition)

Moisturecover Concealer
NC23, NC43, NC44, NC45.5 (Limited Edition)

Moisturecover Double-End Concealer
Coral Corrector/Yellow Corrector (Limited Edition)

The blushes sound suspiciouly like Nars Albatross and Douceur, curious, very curious...we shall see.  I'm also very interested to see what Saffron eyeshadow will look like.

The foundations and concealers also have caught my eye, I have been matched to NC44 but never owned it so would be interested to see if I would match one of the other shades, would be a shame as they're limited edition!

I'm very interested to see what this collection looks like, and if it is one that will be well suited to people of colour and I say that because the foundation and concealer shades are all around my skin tone range :-) 

I'll be waiting for Christine from Temptalia or Karlasugar to post on their blogs/YT channels as they seem to get a look at everything in advance and get us all even more excited for new collections.

Gotta get past this frenzy of holiday collections first!  Tomorrow for me will be Tartan Tale, if you follow my YT channel, I'll do a video on whatever I decide and manage to get as well as a blog post.  Decided to get it in person rather than order online this morning as then I'd have to wait for delivery (no patience!) and risk them saying stock is gone after I've place the order, no chance.  My counter said it'll be put on display tomorrow morning and I'll be able to go first thing. 

It's so hard to see the products all over YT as we always get collections released a little later over here in the UK, grrr but in a way I get to see some reviews and swatches first so can make a more informed choice about what might interest me enough to part with some moolah, so there is my silver lining I guess!

Diane x

Issey Miyake A Scent Eau De Parfum Gift Set 40ml

Issey Miyake A Scent Eau De Parfum Gift Set 40ml

I know I'm on a roll all of a sudden but wanted to bring you these offers before they disappear!

This is my favourite scent at the moment and I'm wearing it everyday, lovely light floral scent, but it has depth too without being the least bit overpowering. have an amazing deal on at the moment for this gift set, it's RRP is £60.40 but is selling this set for £41.20 delivered!  What does the set include you ask;

- Issey Miyake A Scent Eau De Parfum Florale Spray 40ml (RRP £46.50 it's this price at Boots)

- Issey Miyake A Scent A Moisturising Body Lotion 75ml
- Issey Miyake A Scent A Moisturising Shower Gel 30ml

This is such a good deal and includes delivery too!  If you are interested here is the link.  Also, to save further you can purchase via TopCashBack website is completely free to use and I have earned almost £200 so far!) you will earn 7% cashback and they have a good tracking record and I've received my cashback from them in the past, so that could shave off another few quid!

Diane x

Christmas Shopping Events at Boots

Boots are holding special Christmas Shopping Events instore during November.  If you are planning on spending £50 or more in Boots soon, best to find out when your store will be holding one of these events as for every £50 you spend in one transaction you will receive 1200 Advantage Card points, that's £12 worth of points to spend in any Boots store!

Apparently there'll be exciting extras put on during the events, from expert advice and free prize draws to demonstrations and makeovers using the latest beauty products.

In my nearest two large Boots stores my next event in on 11 November.  As it happens I already have most of my Christmas shopping done but I do hope this helps someone out if you are planning on getting a few bits in Boots soon.

Here is the link to the details, just put your post code in the box on the left and you'll find out when your nearest store is having their event:

Diane x

Free Nails Inc with Glamour Magazine

Hi lovelies,

If you fancy a free Nails Inc varnish, grab the December issue of Glamour magazine, out on Thurs 4 Nov, (£2 with Charlotte Church on the cover), and with it you'll find a free full size Nails Inc. varnish.

The varnish is worth around £11 and comes in four colours: pale pink, brown, dark red and deep plum.

The magazine is on sale until Thurs 9 Dec.

I'm certainly going to check these out, deep plum is callling to me lately.

Diane x

Free Clinique Mascara at Boots

Who fancies a freebie?  and a Clinique one at that.  Me please!

There is an offer on at the moment at Clinique counters in Boots, if you hand in any old mascara you have, can be any brand mascara, they will give you a free sample of Clinique High Impact or High Lengths mascara as a free trade!

I'm trying this out for myself tomorrow, I think I'll try for the High Impact one!  The offer ends Tues 16 Nov.  One per customer.

Hope you manage to grab one and me too : D

Diane x

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Autumnal Look - Nars Surabaya Duo

Hello my lovelies,

Here are some pics of an every day autumnal look I created with the Nars Surabaya Duo. 

I filmed a video creating this look for YouTube, if you would like to see it please click here.

Products used:

MUFE Face & Body 18, Nars Loose Powder in Mountain, Eve Pearl Salmon concealer - Tan,
Benefit powderflage, Nars Casino Bronzer and Lovejoy blush

UDPP, MUFE Face & Body 18, Benefit powderflage, YSL Eyebrow Pencil,
Nars Surabaya eyeshadow duo, Mac Grand Entrance and Saddle, Eyeko Mascara,
UD 24/7 glide on liner in Whiskey and Zero

Mac Cork lipliner, Boots No7 Moisture Drench lipstick in Golden Rose, Barry M lipgloss

I'm not sure if the pics or video does justice to just how gorgeous these colours against my brown eyes, they really flatter my eye colouring, the Nars Surabaya duo is such a great duo for me, money well spent!

To amp this up for a night time look, all you need is black liner on both lash and waterlines, smoke out to your hearts content and you will have the classic, black fading to brown "smokin" (that always makes me think of Jim Carrey in the Mask) evening look!

Diane x

Friday, 15 October 2010

Nars Holiday Collection 2010 on the website now!

Get ready for another collection, this time from Nars which is on the UK website now, see  What's in the collection?

Okinawa Trio Eyeshadow (limited edition) £32
Melusine Duo Eyeshadow £23
Etrusque Single Eyeshadow (limited edition) £16
Sex Appeal Blush £19.50
Petit Monstre Lipstick on left & Little Darling Lipstick on right (both limited edition) £17
Downtown Lip Gloss on left (limited edition) and Bougainville Lip Gloss on right
Pokerface Nail Polish (limited edition) Magnetic Purple Orchid, £13
Bad Influence Nail Polish (limited edition) Smoky Taupe, £13

nars holiday 2010 swatches review photos all
Picture belongs to
 As you will see this collection has Nars' first ever eyeshadow trio. For the new blush they did not repeat the etching that was on the Douceur blush in the previous collection, which is a shame as embellishments go I quite like it. 

According to the amazing Karlasugar blog, Sex Appeal is a nearly invisible pale pink (and is a permanent addition to the line and Little Darling lipstick is an extremely sheer grey pink-beige.  This makes it quite easy for me to avoid temptation as I don't think they would do much for my skin tone or pigmented lips.

See anything you like?

Diane x

My Nars blushes swatched

Hello folks,

Like everyone I'm always searching for swatches online of products before I buy and hoping that I come across some that are on a similar skin tone to mine, so with that in mind I filmed a video swatching my Nars blushes, which are Douceur, Gina, Lovejoy, Orgasm, Cannes, Torrid, Albatross, Sin, Casino, Taj Mahal.

If you would like to see my video please click here, below I have posted stills of the swatches from my video.

From left to right: Douceur, Gina, Lovejoy, Orgasm, Cannes layered with Orgasm on top, Torrid.

From left to right: Taj Mahal heavy swatch, Casino bronzer, Sin, Albatross highlighter.

From left to right: Taj Mahal blended, Casino bronzer, Sin, Albatross highlighter.

I really do hope this post helps others to get a good idea of how these blushes might work on their skin tones.  For reference in foundations I'm Mac NC44, Nars Sheer Glow Cadiz, Make Up For Ever (MUFE) HD #173 and MUFE Face and Body #18.

Thanks for stopping by!

Diane x

Andrea Fulerton Trio Colour Layering System

Hi there,

So I've started to buy and enjoy nail colours that I've never thought about wearing before and my newest addition, is an Andrea Fulerton Trio purchased from Superdrug cost £7.99.  I posted a vid featuring this nail product and others, if you'd like to see it click here.

According to Superdrugs' website these polishes were developed by Andrea Fulerton who is an established, highly respected and renowned artistic nail designer, at the top of her field and has twice been voted British Nail Professional of the Year

It is in fact 2 colours that you can wear separately or layer to create a 3rd colour or effect. I purchased one called Foxy Lady (apparently Nigella Lawson named these as she Andrea Fulertons' friend and client), here is are some pics;-

I have on the bronze colour underneath which is pretty opaque and then the two tone bluey/grey on top and love the results, kind of makes for a golden two tone plummy bluey colour, obviously I'm just making up colour names here!  Let's just say it's a very unique colour and I'm loving it.  Dries reasonably quickly too.

There are 16 trios which means you can create upto 48 shades, and for £7.99 I have 3 lovely nail colours, not bad, although it's worth noting that the total amount is 8.8mls and most full size nail varnishes are 10mls I believe.

Diane x

Mac Venomous Villains & Viva Glam Cyndi Lipglass

Hello and many thanks for following my humble wee blog, much appreciated:-

Below are swatches and pic of me wearing Bite of an Apple blush, a lovely coral matte pink shade that gives a beautiful healthy glow to my cheeks, for reference I'm matched to Mac NC44 and wear Nar Sheer Glow in Cadiz.

 Left Mac Salsa Rose, Right Bite of an Apple

Top Mac Salsa Rose, Bottom Bite of an Apple

Next to show you lovelies is the Formidable Nail Lacquer which reminds me of Mac's blue brown pigment, this is the first time I've ever worn a shade like this, it's quite daring for me and takes a bit of getting used to but I really enjoy the two tone effect, hopefully you can see this effect in the picture.

Lastly, Viva Glam Cyndi lipglass, gorgeous colour, very opaque, a little goes a long way and it feels moisturising too, I noticed it wears well on me and when it does start to fade it does so evenly.

Viva Glam Cyndi Lipglass

Top left Viva Glam Cyndi lipglass, Cyndi lipstick top right


I'm wearing Bite of an Apple blush and Viva Glam Cyndi lipgass with no base

I didn't get much from the collection but what I did pick up I've very happy with.  If you would like to see my YouTube vid about these products, click here.

Thanks for reading, hope this post has been of some help to you.

Diane x

Thursday, 30 September 2010 15% skincare discount are currently offering a 15% discount off the skincare department, the code is HQCYS15 expires midnight Sunday, you can go direct to the site here;

I don't know if this code is just a general one for all to use or specific to me, but I'm thinking and hoping general as I'm passing it on to you!

The have many high end brands such as Chantecaille £££! Nars, Murad, Elemis, Elizabeth Arden, Korres, Philosophy to name but a few.

Hope this has been of use to someone out there.  I've ordered from in the past and had no problems with delivery.

Diane x

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

FOTD Alexandra Burke - Start Without You Inspired Makeup

Here is my attempt at recreating Alexandra Burke's beautiful makeup look in her Start Without You music video.  I have uploaded a video to YouTube of me creating this look, to view click here.

What I used;

Make Up For Ever (MUFE) HD Foundation # 173
Nars Loose Powder Mountain
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer Tan, set with MUFE HD Powder
ELF Cool Bronzer, darkest brown to contour, medium brown to blend contour
Mac Format Blush
Nars Albatross Highlighter, top of cheek bones, forehead, bridge of nose, chin, under contour in cheek hollows to add extra definition

Nars Smudge Proof Primer
Mac Spiked Eyebrow Pencil
Nars Biarittz e/s all entire lid
Elf Cool Bronzer, darkest brown on lid and up over crease, under lower lash line 1/2 way
Nars Lola Lola e/s over ELF darkest brown
Mac Vanilla pigment, inner corner socket/tear duct and brow bone highlight
Clinique Cream liner - True Black upper lash line & outer 1/4 lower lash line, set & deepened with Mac Carbon e/s
Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner zero upper waterline
Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner Whiskey, lower waterline
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara Black

Mac Creamola Lipliner all over lips as base
Mac Cork lipliner as outline
Mac Freckletone Lipstick

Tada all done!

I think it's a gorgeous look even if the liner above the upper lash line is alot more dramatic than I would usually like to wear it.

Diane x

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Fancy a free facial or makeover and a free goodie bag?

Just seen that Boots are having a Premium In Store Event across the UK between 8th September 2010 and 5th October 2010, where you can enjoy a free facial or makeover at premium cosmetic counters.  Here is the link to the event on the Boots website, where you can see full details.

You will be able to receive either an express customised makeover or personalised facial plus a complimentary goodie bag.

The brands that are taking part in this event are;

Elizabeth Arden
Estée Lauder
Fashion Fair
Yves Saint Laurent

You don't need an appointment but as these events are only running in selected stores, it's best to call first to check.  Events start from 3pm until late. 

Diane x

Monday, 27 September 2010

Quick grab Clinique bargains & more at

Hi lovelies,

I had to let you know about some fantastic bargains on the Love Makeup website link.  They posted on their Facebook site about 6/7pm this evening that they were having a clearance sale on Clinique, Stila, Urban Decay etc, so I hot footed it over there.  Here is the link to the Clinique section on Love Makeup

Here are some items I picked up as Christmas presents and of course got some bits for myself :-)

Clinique Butter Shine Lipsticks £5 (normally £14.50).

Clinique Full Potential Lipgloss £5 (normally £13.50).

Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour £10 (normally £23.50)  They have got 2 shades one of which is a limited shade Blackberry Bloom.

Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo £5 (normally £18.50) I got Tiger Lily but don't see it on the Clinique website so probably a limited edition also.

YSL Eye Brow Pencil - Dark Brown £8.99 (normally £17).

Had to bring this to you, it's never too early to get Christmas bargains!!!

Diane x

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Clinique & Caudalie Some offers on

Clinique Shimmering Stripes Blush1. Clinique Shimmering Stripes Blush, which is now half price from £23 to £11.50, I think this would make a great gift for someone or yourself. 

   2. Clinique Purple Hues Eye Quad, reduced from £22 to
   £14.67 & if you buy two Clinique items you get a free 30ml Makeup Remover. 
   Here is a link to the offers on; Clinique Offers

3. Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa in a Box, reduced from £21.53 to £10.76, I think this would make a great gift.  Link to this offer: Caudalie Offer  What is in the box you ask? 
■Caudalie Crushed Cabernet scrub 50ml
■Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream 75ml
■Caudalie Vine Peach Shower Gel 30ml
■Caudalie Fleur De Vigne French Milled Soap 20g
■Caudalie Nourishing Body Lotion 30ml

I found these items under the Boots Offers tab and then under the section, When it's gone its gone.  There are a few other offers including a Too Faced Celebrity Favorties Clutch set which is now half price reduced from £25 to £12.50.

There is also a 3 for 2 promotion on selected Boots No7 range at the moment.

Thanks for stopping by.

Diane x

Friday, 24 September 2010

Correction - Mac Venomous Villians, will be on the shelves in the UK on...

I phoned my nearest counter this morning, they said they already have the stock and they will be putting it on display on Thursday 7th Oct!  Last week they told me Thurs 30th Sept and I went today to take a gander (1st Oct) only to find out it won't be on display for another week - boo.  Thankfully, I had other things to get and had a successful shopping trip anyway so not a complete waste of time and money getting there.

I'm not sure if I'm going to pick anything up yet, will have to wait and see...

From what I've seen I really do like the artwork on the boxes but I don't really care for the artwork actually on the products, a bit childish looking for me, the artwork sketches that are on the boxes would have been much more appealing.

Is there anything you have your eye on?

Diane x

FOTD - Quick & Natural Look using Smashbox & Mac

Here's what I did;-

Make Up For Ever Face & Body, No's 18 & 26 mixed
Smashbox blush soft lights duo in Casting Filmaker blush and highlighter used on cheeks

Smashbox blush soft lights duo in Casting Filmaker; blush side used all over lid, up to and just over crease & under lower lash line outer 1/3, the highlighter side placed on the middle of the lid and in the inner tear duct.
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero, upper waterline
Max Factor False Lash mascara top and bottom lashes
Benefit Eye Bright lower waterline
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer - Tan

Mac Cremola lipliner all over lips as base
Mac Cork Lipliner as outline
Mac Viva Glam V

Hope you like it, I did! :-)

Diane x

Nars Vintage Nails Collection - Complimentary Mini Orgasm Nail Polish

Nars has just launched exclusively on the internet it's Vintage Nails Collection.  Each costing £13.  Link to the UK website here.

 New Nars Cosmetics Vintage Nails Collection

Here is the extract from the Nars website;

NARS introduces a Vintage Nail Polish Collection including ten shades that will be re-launched with NARS’ signature longwearing formula, imparting an initial high gloss luster that is water and detergent resistant.

These vintage polishes are being brought out from the archives to NARS counters for a limited time.

Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP Free.

Now for the freebie!  Not exactly free as you only get it if you spend £30 and you still have to pay for delivery unless you spend £50 on the UK website!  But if you're planning on making a purchase now is a good time if you've always hankered after Orgasm nail polish.

free Nars Cosmetics Orgasm nail polish

Happy shopping.

Diane x

ELF Cool Bronzer, swatches and review

I LOVE products that have multiple uses for me.  And this little beauty fits that bill and is only £3.50 here in the UK.  One other big plus for me is that the colours are matte, which is ideal for contouring. 

OK so I will admit it doesn't have the most luxurious texture ever, far from it but I like it so much that I bought 3 more for family members together with the ELF Studio Complexion brush, also £3.50 (which also has multiple uses but that's another post!), which I lightly dab on the colours I want.  I would not advise any swirling of brushes on this, you will end up with a powdery mess!

Now how do I use it? The dark reddish brown I use for contouring on my face, and on my eye in the crease and outer V, I also mix this with the midtone brown to make a bronzer for me, the midtone brown on it's own is a fantastic blending colour for my crease.  Next comes the pink, I use this as a blush and if I'm in a rush I'll put it on my lid and the browns on my crease.  I really like the look on my cheeks, it adds a natural warmth to my face.

The pale colour you may have noticed I don't use, I do not care for it at all, chalky consistency and doesn't do anything for me. Perhaps if you are fairer you could use it to tone down some of the colours if need be...

It's quick and handy, especially for the school run rush!  There was a time earlier this year where I quickly did this everyday and got myself out of the door, feeling I looked "natural" but polished.  That's why I got it for some of my family members.  You can get so much out of this little palette, which is shaped like a Nars palette but is hard smooth plastic rather than rubbery like Nars', it also has a good decent sized mirror inside.

Below are some pictures, you may not be able to see the midtone brown as it's very close to my skin colour, which is why it makes a great blending colour for me.


The fact that it is only £3.50 makes this a steal for all the uses you can get out of it.  If you get the chance you might want to give this a try, if you don't like it you might be able to give it to a friend/family member. 

ELF are always doing promotions on the UK Facebook page, whenever they hit certain "like" targets they offer free shipping, so more money to spend on products, usually there is always a minimum of a £10 spend.

Here is a link to the ELF UK website and ELF USA

Thanks so much for reading.

Diane x