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    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    RIVER ISLAND - WISH LIST

    so last weekend, i walked into a River Island for the first time in months & can't quite believe how nice the clothes are! don't get me wrong, i realise that RI is a very popular brand but i used to work there whilst i was at college and got so sick of the sight of the clothing i literally never set foot in there again after i left! the main problem i usually have with River Island is that i feel there clothes lean on the tacky 'chavy' side and are sometimes outrageously over-priced! this could be something to do with the fact that i feel robbed that they don't offer student discount but hey ho.... anyway i was pleasantly surprised on my last visit, below are the items which are on my 'to-buy' list!



    River Island Wish List


    L- R: Floral Denim Jacket - £30, Leopard Print Crop Top £16, Pink Leopard & Chain Print crop top - £14, Cream Geometric Print T-Shirt - £12

    River Island Wish List
    L-R: Black Floral Print Slim-Leg Trousers - £30,  Aztec Print Leggings - £18, Purple Caged Wedges - £50, Light Green High Hem Midi Front Skirt - £22

    Sunday, 29 January 2012

    EYELASH EXTENTIONS

    i've been getting eyelash extensions done for a couple of months now but haven't got round to blogging about it so thought i would do a little post to show the results! 

    The whole lash extension process takes 1 hour and a half for the first initial session and then you need to return every 2 weeks or so for 1 hour long top-up sessions. I get mine done in a salon in Dedworth (near Windsor) by a great girl called Tasha who charges £60 for the first session and then £30 for top-ups but obviously this will fluxuate in different areas. One word of advice I can give you is: Don't be tempted to go somewhere cheap!! Remember that skilled professionals will charge a premium rate and you shouldn't entrust a trainee to do this treatment for you as you could end up with having your eyelash all pulled out and trust me it is very painful!! I got a set of top-ups done in Bournemouth as I couldn't come home to get them done by Tasha and the girl did them really badly and the extensions ended up pulling my real eyelashes out leaving me with sparse stumpy lashes!! 

    Just to briefly describe the process of the treatment itself: You lay down on the technicians bed with your head nearest to them. The technician will place rubber pads underneath your bottom lash line which stops any glue getting onto your face and gives her/him a surface to work on (this is the strangest part of the treatment and always makes my eyes water slightly!). Next the technician will use two pairs of tweezers to select an individual lash and attach a lash-extention to it with a small bit of glue, this process is repeated until your full set is attached. When I went for my first set of extensions, I was really anxious as I hate having things near my eyes (crazy that I would get lash extensions I know!) but you honestly hardly notice it and I always find it a really relaxing treatment.

    BEFORE:

    Eyelash Extensions Before


    I always have the 14mm lashes attached which are very glam but as I have large eyes they still look natural enough for daytime wear! i can honestly say this is the best investment for me as i used to wear eyelash extensions religiously day and night anyway and this make it so much easier! I also find that i can now leave the house without worrying about make-up as my lashes are always perfect and i receive a lot of compliments on them!! I've posted a before and after picture of my lashes so you can see the effect whch they give. If anyone has any questions, please let me know!

    AFTER: Really does make such a difference!


    Eyelash Extensions After

    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR MAXIMUM COVERAGE

    i have worn the regular double wear foundation for years and recently saw review posts of this particular foundation online so thought i would try it out for myself. a lot of people seem to have had problems with buying double wear max. cover as the sales assistants tend to advise that it is only for people with 'problem skin' or for use as a camouflage make-up. i am quite lucky as i have pretty good skin, but it tends to get oily/shiny throughout the day so i like full coverage and have always worn heavy foundations...which drew me to this particular foundation!

    Double Wear Max Cover
    My sales assistant (John Lewis, Watford) was actually really laid back about me purchasing the foundation and just advised me to use a small amount and make sure to really blend it in well. i opted for the 'creamy tan' shade which now seems slightly pale but i just use bronzer to warm the tone up slightly.

    the consistency of the foundation is really thick and creamy and you really do not need much to get good coverage. it's worth taking the SA's advise and buff the foundation into your skin well otherwise it can look a bit cakey but it leaves an absolutely flawless finish. my favourite thing about the foundation is that it gives an almost dewy complexion! Although at £26.50 it is touch pricey, you only need a small amount so the foundation lasts for a long time and i am a true believer that you get what you pay for with a foundation! i would rather spend more money knowing that what i am putting on my face is decent quality rather than scrimp and end up with bad skin!!