Tuesday 27 November 2012

Recent Faces of the day (November)

Date Night
Saturday night for work
Feeling Festive
Geek Chic
Friday Night Work
Another Date Night
Purple Haze

The bad quality photos were taken on the ipad/phone. Any looks you would like recreated or like to know certain products just ask!

Sunday 11 November 2012

Picture Sunday (6)

New Barcardi Tee <3 / Been Corrupted By The Mother/
Editing/The Note I Left For My Housemate(He Still Went To Use It!)

Celebrating Grandads 70th/ 
Purple Jeans/ My New Tripod

How was your week?

Friday 9 November 2012

October Favourites

Its November, which only means one thing October Favourites!
Hope you all enjoy the video sorry about the missing piece in the middle. 
Pictures of all products :

This was a favourite before but sure it can be one again!

Inglot AMC Blush in 52

Oh god I am even shorter then a 12 year old!

If your a "Little Women" like me here is the link to the jumper

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Utan Range Review

Before I left for Portugal, Debenhams sent me the new Utan Tanning Range to review for their beauty club. Utan is from Ultimo which we all know for lingerie. Here is what they say about the range;
"Available in an array of shades UTAN not only delivers a deep, even, long-lasting colour it assists in re-sculpting and reshaping the body contours. Easy to apply, streak-free and odour free."

The range at the moment has nine products, from exfoliators to gradual tanners, moisturisers to instant tan and medium shades to extreme dark shades. I was sent four of their products to review, two tans and the exfoliator and moisturiser.
Here's what I taught of each product:

Diamond Dust Body Exfoliator
Utan claims;
"Luxuriously helps to gently lift away dead skin cells to deep cleanse and boost circulation for a smoother even skin tone and texture. Step 1 in preparing for your perfect tan."

Now I am totally not one for exfoliating, never been part of my beauty regime really basically because I can not stand the big bits of sugar and salt that does be in exfoliators. And coming out of the shower all read and blotchy. So when I received this exfoliator I did not have high hopes for me liking it. But saying sure an exfoliator is an exfoliator one is the same as the next would be wrong. This has no bits, there is no blotchy red skin after the shower. Its basically like rubbing moisturiser into your skin. At first I taught that was basically it , that it was a moisturiser because of its non bitty creamy texture but it actually exfoliates! I had two blotches of tan on my hand from taking these pictures ( see picture below of tan), with a little squirt of this and a little rubbing tan blotches disappeared and no harsh marks as if you just taken off layers of skin.
I would defiantly recommend this exfoliator especially if your like me and do not like the harshness of other exfoliators. 
Price: €22.50 for 200ml
Utan Diamond Dust Exfoliator on left, Utan Shimmering Gold Body Moisturiser  on right

Shimmering Gold Body Moisturiser
Utan claims;
"Is a golden iridescent indulgent moisturiser for the body that enhances the skin tone as it assists in re-sculpting the body contours."
Now it has not replaced my daily body moisturiser but has become my going out one. I just love the golden iridescentness it gives your skin and it looks great with a tan giving it another dimension and taking the flatness out of an all over color. I can not really comment on its other benefits as I only wear it on the very rare occasion of me going out.
Price: €24.00 for 200ml
Can not really capture it on camera but when  you see it in the light its a beautiful golden sparkle.

Self Tan Mousse Medium California Sun
Utan claims;
"For an instant golden tint upon application as the deeper, radiant color develops over 3-4 hours"

Now these pictures were taken back in May when I first received the product to review. When I was basically a ghost (lighter then Mac NC15)
Photos on left are before and photos on right are after.

Ever just wanted a hint of tan well this tan is for you. Its perfect for an Irish pale complexion there is none of that orangeness that you can get from other tans and even Sally Hansens Light Glow is extremely yellow in color. Which can be off putting on the redness that appears in Irish skin tones. This just gives you that hint of tan that looks completely natural. 

Its easy to apply in its mousse form using just a tanning mitt and surprisingly no smell detected at all. It did not quickly wash off either or in dodgy patches like other tans I think I got about four days of sun-kissedness. There is only one off putting thing about this tan and its the price! Its very hefty! But if your into a good quality tan then by all means buy away.

Price: €38.50 for 150ml

California Sun (medium) mousse on left and Ibiza Extreme on right.

Self Tan Lotion Dark Ibiza Extreme
Utan claims;
" For an instant silky smooth deep bronze tint upon application as the deeper, intense color develops in 3-4 hours"

When I received this package this bottle scared the beejaysus out of me and I refused to test it! It was a few days before moving to Portugal and the last thing I wanted to do was go there looking like an Orangutan. My ghostly skin would not have handled this well and I could not for the life of me put it even near a hidden area of my skin. 
Well since arriving back my paleness is no more ( more on that in another post) and I am now around a Mac NC 25/ C3 so when it came to heading out with my bestie Amy last weekend, I bit the bullet and lashed the stuff on. Unfortunately I did not do before pictures of this and I could not take even pictures of my skin today because basically after 3 showers the tan is still there! So here is an after photo of just before I hit the town.

As you can see from the hands its a dark tan, I have Mac Face and Body N5 on my face including bronzer and its still not an exact match, the tan is darker. Application was easy and produced no streaks, downside is it proper stinks! Sleep in the bed with someone and you will be sleeping on the couch till you shower! It even bugged me in the bed and I was the one wearing it. Once you shower though the smell goes away and your not as dark as you were but you could totally head out again without applying anymore tan. And five days on I still have a color on me and its in no way patchy. If you can get past the initial smell then this is exactly what it says on the tin a deep intense long lasting tan.

Price(hefty again): €43.00 for 200ml

All Utan products can be purchased on Debenhams.ie and Ultimo.co.uk

*All opinions are my own, yes I was sent the products for review but in no way was my opinions altered to favor or disfavor the brand.*

Monday 5 November 2012

Hair Update

Well the last time you remember seeing me I would have this beautiful lilac hair. My Hunt For Silver Purple Ombre post is the most popular on the blog. As most of you know I went to Portugal for the past six months and unfortunately my lilac hair could not last the six months! It did not even last one shower. Portugal's water is so hard especially around Albufeira where I was and my purple tint would just instantly wash out, no matter how long I left it in for. 

So I had no choice I had to wave goodbye to the lilac hair I had worked so hard to get and move on. To say  I hated my hair been blonde would be an understatement! And the root regrowth was too much to deal with when your working 12 hour days, 6 days a week. So I got the great idea to dye my hair RED!

Best decision ever! Not, the red leaked out my hair, if I sweated it got all over my bed clothes and work shirt as you can see above was a beautiful uniform! After two weeks my hair was a weird shade of red and blonde and some in between colors that I desperately wanted the blonde back.

The only option I had was going darker then my natural color and try and correct this disaster. I went for the darkest brown I would find without been black and whacked on two bottles of the stuff. It was acceptable to say the least! Blonde peaked through still but I did not mind so much it just resembled some highlights and it was a vast improvement on the red.

So where am I at now! Well when I returned for my sisters wedding I got my mam to book me in to get my hair balayaged, I knew before I had left I had liked the style on brown hair and taught it would be easy enough to maintain as I still had a few weeks left over there.

It did not turn out exactly how I wanted( does it ever). I feel the balayage is too high and kind of looks like my highlights are growing out. The hairdressers put them in as streaks as well which I found weird as I believed it should have been just one color. But I am an Irish women and we just sit in the chair and complain later.

I only really like it if its curled as it shows it off better , having it straight is just a no go really, I rather just tie it up if I am not feeling like curling it.

So whats next well I am giving my hair a break till Christmas, the sun dried it out a lot and I got quiet a bit chopped off because of damage. So I am letting it recover and then I am on another mission to get it back to lilac, but this time I have learnt from my mistakes and I know what I need to do no trial and error this time.

Sunday 4 November 2012

Picture Sunday (5)

Tanning for Friday night( review this week)/ Hiding the fluffy socks under the boots/
Recovering from the hangover with munchies!

Me on Friday night/ Been featured on Beauty Emporium's Blog

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