Sunday, 30 January 2011
I used random.org to generate a number, a few entries where disqualified as they didn't actually follow my blog!
Anyway the lucky winner is Jennifer Leigh! Congratulations!
I would recommend taking a look at her blog it is lovely, and Jennifer I will be e mailing you to get your shipping address, congratulations!
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Hopefully I will get better at this whole nail art shebang and have some better pictures to show you soon. I will also give the Models Own pens more of a whirl and hopefully have a review up soon!
Thursday, 20 January 2011
The drawers go quite far back which is a pleasant surprise. This is the top row, in the first draw I have lip pencils, sticks and glosses. In the middle draw is single eyeshadows, paint pots and my one lonely pigment and in the last draw I have eyeliner, kohls and anything to do with lining, as well as my primer potion which I didn't know where else to stick.
The bottom draw has been reserved for my eyeshadow palettes as it is the biggest.
So what do you think? I love it, and it was half price so not too bad for £9.99! They also had a couple of other designs if anyone was interested.
Monday, 17 January 2011
My nails are pretty short at the moment because I got stressed and bit them all off (bad habit of mine) and that put me off painting them for a while, but I'm glad to be back on the wagon!
I used China Glaze Something Sweet for the pink, and the blue is China Glaze For Audrey.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
The pictures aren't the best quality, it's hard to get decent lighting at 7AM when its raining outside...
Anyway, I used my usual Nars foundation and MAC concealer, and for my cheeks I used MAC Melba. On my eyes I used the yellow from my Inglot palette (it is amazing and bright!) and MAC Carbon, which if I am honest is a pretty shit black, but it worked for this look. I also used feline kohl. For once I didn't do my brows.
I also tried a bit of contouring on my lips using Nars Laguana Bronzer and my MAC I Get No Kicks pencil above the lip. I also used MAC Viva Glam Gaga and the gloss on top, I think it actually worked in making my lips look a little fuller!
Although this is quite a bright look, the black toned it down and made it wearable for the day. I really enjoyed wearing it and got a few compliments so I was quite happy with myself. It also lasted 13 hours so very impressive!
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Yay stuff from the Lush Valentines day range! So you will get, It's Raining Men shower gel, the Love Birds soap, Frog Prince and Ex Factor. Unfortunately my local lush didn't have the mushrooms so I couldn't buy one to include.
To enter you have to be a follower of a blog. All you have to do is comment below saying what your favourite cosmetics brand is and why.
You can also get two extra entries by
- Tweet about it. Include @cocoalikegnomes somewhere so I can see it
- Blog about it or include it in your blog role, link it in your comment below.
The competition will end on the 31st of January and I will ship internationally. Good luck!
Monday, 10 January 2011
You apply it like you would a liquid eyeliner, along the base of the lashes. I tend to do it of a night time after my cleansing and toning, just so I know I am not rubbing it off when I put make up on.
Unfortunately I do not have any before and after pictures, but if you look at any of my FOTD photos you can see the results, I even have people ask me if my lashes are real which I think shows that the products has been working!
I have been using the product since September, and it is still going strong, which is good as it shows that you get a fair bit of product in the tube.
The main issue for me with LiLash is the price. It sells for $139.97, which is about £90, so very pricey. I didn't pay for the product myself, my mum got it for me for my birthday, and I'm not sure that I would spend all that money on this product.
Having said that, I know my mum has re purchased this as she has been using it since the start of 2010. She is blonde and has very fair eyelashes, that are very short and the product has had a lot more effect on her lashes. They have darkened the lash so even if she isn't wearing mascara she actually looks like she has some eyelashes, and they are a lot thicker and darker so I feel if you do have thin short lashes this product will really help, but if you lashes are pretty dark and thick already its not really worth the money.
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Love Birds Soap - Another product that I am excited about. It just looks so beautiful and it smells like vanilla and jasmine, the same fragrence as the old B Never perfume, Keep it Fluffy, Lush also do this scent in a ballistic too.
So there we go, thats all the valentines day products, minus the gifts. Are you excited for any of them?
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
These pictures make my arms look fat. I am glad I am going on a diet. But in this picture you can see the shimmer of the paint pots a bit more. They really are gorgeous.
So what did everyone else think of this collection? Did you get anything/will you get anything?
Monday, 3 January 2011
So the eyes where done using Inglot. The lid colour is slightly darker and more brown then Brulee. I also used Illamasqua precision ink and MAC Vanilla pigment as a inner corner highlight and brow highlight. I forget how much I love this pigment sometimes. I also used my Illamasqua brow cake. Oh and Feline Kohl!
My face is done using my usual NARS Sheer Glow and MAC Moisture Select concealer, plus my MSF Natural, and on my cheeks I have Melba. On my lips is MAC Hug Me.
I love this look and got a lot of compliments on it. It is slightly darker then what I normally wear so it made a pleasant change.
Sorry for the shortness and lameness of this post, the 11 hour shifts are starting to take their toll.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
- Be a size 10 for my 21st birthday. This involves dropping a dress size, well maybe two dress sizes and I have 7 months. Hopefully I can do it!
- Take better care of my hands. I work with water and hardly ever wear gloves, I need to moisturise my hands more and take to protecting them!
- Drink more water. I have about 1 glass a day which is appalling, and its beginning to show in the dehydration lines around my eyes.
- Get a job that I actually like. I think this will be a lot easier when I move back to London as there is more opportunity and I won't have to pay rent so I can always start interning and not having to worry about rent.
- Not worry as much. I make myself sick by worrying and getting nervous and it holds me back from too much stuff, I just need to relax and get on with life.
Not a huge list, and some are the same as every year, like loosing weight, but I think they are all achievable. I've checked out other peoples resolutions and seen that I'm not alone in my wanting so good luck to us all and happy new year!
Saturday, 1 January 2011
Keeping on the eyebrow theme we have my Illamasqua brow cake in Storm. This is a fairly new purchase, but I love it so much and it beats all the other methods I have used for my brows hands down. The colour really suits me and it stays put all day. I also love the Illamasqua eyebrow brush, it is amazing for filling in brows.
This year I have also really been into highlighting the inner corner of my eye and highlighting underneath my brow. My MAC pencil in Fascinating has really helped with inner corner highlighting, and if I want a stark brow highlight then I will also use it there. I couldn't find my Teddy pencil, which is brown, but if I could I would definitely include that for lining my waterline!
Next up is my three favourite eyeshadows, all MAC, Blanc Type, Brule and Wedge. I use these colours constantly and I am glad I finally got a camera that can show the difference between Blanc Type and Brule. I use Brule all over my lid, Blanc Type to highlight and Wedge to blend out my crease.
Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner is my favourite. It is the easiest to use and it was the product I learned how to do eyeliner with when I was about 14. I have tried other gel liners but always come running back to this one.
Last up is Make Up Forever Smokey Lash mascara. This has been a firm favourite for about 2 years. It lengthens and makes lashes appear fuller and holds a curl amazingly.
Next up is face products. First of all we have Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc. This is my favourite foundation I have ever tried. It doesn't feel like it is clogging my pores and gives me a flawless looking face. The shade also suits me better than MAC shades.
To set it I use MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural. The shade is actually Medium Plus, which is a little darker then I am. My face is a completely different colour to my body though and this helps even out the difference. The product is light and non clogging and makes my face last all day.
My favourite concealer is MAC Moisture Select Cover. I only use concealer for under the eyes and this helps brighten up the area.
Last but not least we have my go to blush. It is MAC Melba. This is one of the first ones I got and I use it when I am unsure what to go for. Its a very flattering shade.
I don't have any favourite lip products as I am very fickle and use a different product most days. I also don't have any favourite body products because I am just using stuff to get it used up. My favourite haircare is definitely Phillip Kingsley. This year my hair has really improved condition, and I think it is due to this shampoo. It finally has a shine again!
So I think that just about covers things. It's not too exciting, but I don't think staples ever are. Lets hope 2011 is more of a skincare year for me!