29 October 2011

I hardly know where to start with this one! So much to include, so I'm splitting it into a couple of posts so there's not too much of an overload! I'm going to try and include different photos for each post so it's not tooo photo heavy!

My wonderful friend Eve who works with Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model invited me the live event with press passes - excited is not the word! So with two invites, my friend Gemma and I got to ExCeL nice and early on Friday to get involved with everything. After receiving lovely goody bags we headed inside to the show.

Now, the atmosphere of this event was absolutely fantastic. It was packed out to the max, and every stall was busy and bustling. When we got in, Amy Childs was on the Kiss catwalk showing off her new range of clothing with some other models. I didn't personally think I'd like many of the pieces, but I surprised myself and some of the dresses and shirts were really lovely. As much as I'm not a TOWIE fan, she did look lovely! Some of the stalls were pretty average - there were some great stalls such as Lauren's Way, GHD and NYX etc, but there also were some stalls which didn't quite fit in in my opinion. From vintage clothes to boutique jewellery to hair dressers and teeth whiteners - there was something there for everyone, and every stall had a deal to be thrown at you!

The main Live Catwalk was absolutely amazing! The male dancers put on a great show (as well as showing us their lovely bodies!) and the BINTM models strutted their stuff perfectly on the catwalk. Jade, this years winner, stood out a mile - she is absolutely stunning. The whole show was electric!

One of the highlights for me was the lovely VIP area, and the Bloggers Bar that we could just walk straight into, grab some tea or coffee was all mind-blowing! All of the staff in the Bloggers Bar with the BINTM team were really lovely and friendly. We were very well looked after, and I met some lovely people.

Gemma and I had an amazing time! BINTM Live is a great event with so much to do and see - even after walking around the exhibition about 30 times, we still came across stalls we hadn't seen before! If you went, I hope you had a great time too, and if you didn't..make sure you sort yourself out some tickets for next time :)

Next posts will be about the items I bought! Keep an eye out!

-Tamsin xxx

ps: don't forget to check out the Southwest Bloggers Event - I've had some VERY exciting news and the plans are amazing - make sure you sign up if you're interested!

MAC Miss Behave

28 October 2011

The 'Quite Cute' collection from MAC which was out in April this year was one of my favourites. The peaches, pinks, beiges and lilacs were completely up my street and many of the items from the collection became some of my faves, such as the lipstick 'Playing Koi'. I never managed to get my hands on any of the mineralize blushes, but recently I managed to buy one from a blog sale: Miss Behave

It's a gorgeous peachy beige, and the heart is a minty green. I think this actually works better on my skin as a highlighter more than anything. I've been applying the peach as a blush and using the mint heart on my cheekbones, and I think it's working well. The peach is very subtle on my skin, as you can see in the photo, but the mint heart is a gorgeous frost and really gives you a little glow, which I love. Plus, isn't it the cutest blush you've seen?! I think this would be perfect for anyone who has a lighter skintone.

Did anyone else love the Quite Cute collection? I'm trying to find a Playing Koi lipstick around at the moment as I ran out of mine - silly limited edition! If anyone is selling any of their Quite Cute collection, link me up!

-Tamsin xxx
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Bershka Love

27 October 2011

Bershka is a shop I knew of, but always overlooked. That is until a couple of weekends ago when I went shopping with Abby. She took me in and showed me some great items, and I am now a complete Bershka convert. The prices are low, yet the quality is fantastic - what more could you want from a high street shop?! When I'm teaching, there isn't a Bershka near me, so it's either online shopping (yey for their new online shop!) or Plymouth when I'm down seeing the Sailor.

Here are a couple of items on my wishlist:

Like what you see? Postage is only £3.95 - no excuse not to do a little online shopping! I am buying at least 2 of the 4 items here next week!! I need them in my life asap! Does anyone else love Bershka?

-Tamsin xxx

making memories #2

26 October 2011

001. Last night, my boyfriend and I went to see Alfie Boe in Les Miserables. I'd had these tickets booked for about 7 months, so we were both really really excited as we're massive fans, being singers and all! I've lost count of how many times I've seen Les Mis now (I used to go once a month!) and the cast were outstanding. Best I've seen in a long while, but my GOD was Alfie great. We met him outside after the performance and he signed our programme and my fav CD of his that never leaves my car. He was so lovely and had a full on chat with us. Truly made my night!

002. This is my beautiful dog Buzz. 2 weeks ago, my beautiful other dog, Eddie was sadly put down. Something happened in his back and his back legs were suddenly paralysed. There was nothing we could do and I was devastated and rather traumatised at losing my dog, as he really was my dog. I'm just grateful I still have this beauty in my life! It's great being home for a week and walking him. He puts a smile on my face.

003. My boyfriend and I are becoming pretty obsessed with spoiling our hamster, Herbie. We went out to Pets at Home the other day and came back with this huge, rather extravagant climbing frame. So far, she's really enjoying it and is definitely loving the fact it's also an edible climbing frame!

004. There has been so much great music out recently in the charts, but my fave song of October (maybe even this Winter..who knows) is 'Video Games' by Lana Del Ray. The lyrics and simplicity of the song give me chills. I will leave you with the beautiful lyrics of the chorus.

'It's you, it's you, it's all for you
Everything I do
I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you
Tell me all the things you want to do
I heard that you like the bad girls
Honey, is that true?
It's better than I ever even knew
They say that the world was built for two
Only worth living if somebody is loving you
Baby now you do'

-Tamsin xxx

MAC Strobe Cream

23 October 2011

The perks of having an all beauty makeup therapist mum is fantastic. Occasionally, I inherit items from her that she hasn't got round to using that much. A more recent example of this is when she gave me Strobe Cream from MAC.

Mac describe Strobe Cream as ' The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanticals; de snoozes, de- stresses , moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Enchances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight.' 

Now, I have been using this almost as an illuminant on my cheekbones, but I know a lot of people use this with tinted moisturisers or under foundation, so it's a product that can be used many ways which is a bonus! 

Without flash
With flash

Consistency isn't too thick but holds its ground. It smells slightly fragranced of something light and airy, and of nothing that would irritate the skin. When blended in, it doesn't feel heavy on your skin or too greasy. Hopefully you can see in the photo with the flash that it isn't over-shimmery as some highlighters or glow creams can be. It's more pearly and iridescent which I absolutely love. I've been using it on my cheekbones and sometimes under my brow bone, and it really is a gorgeous additive to makeup. I must try it under foundation when I'm feeling a little better. I should imagine this works wonders in the summer with a tan in the evenings! I can't wait to try it out when we eventually get to next summer.

MAC Strobe Cream isn't cheap. You can get a lot of highlighters or glow creams a lot cheaper, but I think you get what you pay for - it does what it says on the tin. For £12.00 you can get 30ml, but I have the 50ml bottle which is £21.50, but it will last you ages, as a little goes a long way. Unfortunately I have no photo of it on my face, but I will make sure I have it on in my next FOTD!

-Tamsin xxx

Girlz Only dry shampoo

21 October 2011

So I mentioned just over a week ago in my 'try buys' post that I was going to test and review a new dry shampoo I picked up in Tesco. The dry shampoo is called Girlz Only in Dawn 'til Dusk. (I think there will be lots of comparisons to Batiste in this review, as you would imagine!)

I'd never heard of Girlz Only before I spotted it. It was definitely the bright packaging that caught my eye. Shiny metallic turquoise, pink and purple would catch anyone's eye I think! On packaging terms, when you stand it next to Batiste, I personally think Girlz Only is more eye catching and to my taste. I love the girly image and bright colours, and if eye catching is what Girlz Only is after, then I think it succeeds in that.

The bottle is only 150ml - slight downside when you compare it to Batiste and their new massive bottles which have 400mls. Batiste did do 150ml bottles, but these were increased to 200ml recently, so the price went up. So if it's price that's important for you, then Girlz Only might just do the trick.

The actual application of Girlz Only was really good I found. It does have the same consistency of Batiste and can come out powdery if you spray too close etc, but this can be expected. I applied the same way I would with Batiste, and the results were great. Even though Batiste does do a variety of fragrances, I would say that Girlz Only wins on the smell front, hands down. 'Dawn 'till Dusk' has a real citrus fragrance that lingers in your hair for absolute hours. It smells more like a perfume than a fragranced dry shampoo. Serious thumbs up in my opinion.

Despite the incredibly pre-teen 'trying-to-be-cool' name, this dry shampoo has won my heart. At £1.50, it's a fab bargain item that every girl can afford and it comes in 3 different frargrances. I just wish Girlz Only would make bigger bottles - then I'd have my perfect dry shampoo. I'm not 100% sure which shops you can get Girlz Only from yet as it's relatively new, but I got mine from quite a large Tesco, so head there and I'm sure you will find it.

Will you give Girlz Only a try?

-Tamsin xxx

sniffle saviours

20 October 2011

If you follow me on twitter, you will have seen me moaning about an awful cold I came down with last Saturday. I never get sniffle colds where you have blocked noses and the like (I usually get more throaty illnesses like throat infections) but my GOSH this one has made up for lost time indeed. It started making a full appearance whilst out shopping with Abby on Sunday, and we're now on day 5 of this hellish cold. I'm not gona lie, I look and feel pretty awful so obviously no FOTD's or the like, so I thought I'd do a post about the three items that I've relied on whilst at work.

Carmex classic tube: My lips have been beyond chapped this week, and I always go back to my trusty Carmex when I need more moisturising and healing than anything else. The phenol in Carmex numbs your lips (I love this sensation) and removes dead skin, and the camphor relieves the pain. I have been applying this like crazy and my God it works.

Sudocrem: I've had a huge case of the sniffles, and the nose blowing (as nasty as it is) has been off the scale. The skin between my nose and lips has been so sore because of this, and I've been applying my Sudocrem around the nose before bed and during the day (if I'm not going out haha!). It really soothes and calms the sore skin, and the added antiseptic in it helps the soreness also. I don't care if I have a white moustache when I go to bed - it helps!

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation: I've reviewed this foundation here and I really do love it as my alternate to Diorskin Forever. The thing I love most about this foundation is the way is truly makes your skin look like it has nothing on, and gives such a flawless impression. I've only been putting the foundation on when I've been teaching or had to pop out of the house, and it certainly makes you feel a lot better about yourself, but doesn't make you feel like you've caked your face in foundation. It's been a lifesaver.

Not your normal beauty post, but it's certainly helped me get through the blocked nose, streaming eyes and tissues in the last few days! It's now half term for our school - hurrah! The staff have been dropping to their feet with tiredness and illness, so I now have 10 days to relax and spend time with my family and friends. Lovely!

-Tamsin xxx

*Don't forget my Eylure and Elegant Touch giveaway - ends tomorrow at midnight and will be announced on Saturday.

Eylure and Elegant Touch Event

13 October 2011

This is an exciting post for me, as it's about an event I went to last night. When I started blogging, I never in a million years thought I'd go to any form of blogging event, but when I had an invite out of the blue, my jaw dropped. Excited is an understatement, but throw nervous and scaredy-cat in there and you have my exact feelings. The event was Eylure and Elegant Touch, which was even more exciting as I have dabbled with Elegant Touch nails in the past (when the nails arn't looking so great!) and I am an avid fan of Eylure lashes, period.  

The event was held at the gorgeous Callooh Callay bar in Shoreditch (fancy a glam drink out in East London? Head for this bar!) and myself and my trusty friend Gemma walked into a cosy intimate bar area. Eyelashes, nails and nail wraps were laid out before us everywhere. Dream?! There were lovely ladies available to apply pretty much any choice of lashes or nails of your choice. I went all out and went for some pretty garish Union Jack nails, but why the hell not! Whilst drinking cocktails and some bubbly, we chatted with some gorgeous beauty bloggers. It was just so surreal to me!

-Photo Heavy!-

Gorgeously modelling the Union Jack nails is the beautiful Eve-Yasmine. I didn't take half as many photos as I would have liked, but meeting people and chatting keeps you busy! As I ended being the last to leave, the ladies from Eylure and Elegant Touch gave me absolute masses of lashes and nails, so keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway.

I honestly had an amazing time and am so grateful for being invited, and meeting some gorgeous lovely ladies. There are some amazing new Limited Edition collections coming out next month, and I urge you all to get excited for their release! Now I just have to look forward to the girls at school tomorrow asking where my Union Jack nails came from! Setting a great example as a teacher, definitely ;)

-Tamsin xxx

Rimmel Vinyl Max Lipgloss in Outrageous

5 October 2011

Ok, I am not going to lie - I am a total lipstick person. I really don't do lipgloss. The minute I apply it, the wind will blow like crazy and I will have hair splattered all across my lips, my hair will be sticky for the rest of the day..ugh. You get the drift. However, when I won Emma's giveaway last month, one of the items I won was a lipgloss. I like to be fair, and the colour looked gorgeous so I thought I'd give it a try. The gloss is in shade 'Outrageous'.

Nothing much to report on packaging - it's pretty much standard Rimmel, but the tube is pretty massive! I do like the transparent plastic on the top of the handle with the Rimmel crown on.

The gloss IS fragranced, but it's not too overpowering or sickly sweet as some lipglosses can be. Rimmel's main feature of this gloss is that the wand is absolutely huge! You pretty much need only one stroke to get a full application, with a couple of touchups, although you could be subject to putting on too much gloss as the wand does hold quite a lot of product. 

Now, stickiness. On a scale of 'lipgloss stickiness', this gloss rates very low, I must admit. It felt more moisturising that sticky, which was a pleasant surprise. I wore this for the day at work and did have to reapply (all those diet cokes and coffees I drink..tsk!) but the staying power is pretty good actually.

The thing that really won me over with this gloss was the colour. The natural peachiness of this shade is just so up my street, and it showed lots of pigmentation without being too orangey or nudey. Absolutely perfect for me.

These glosses are much like the Rimmel Vinyl lipglosses, but the Vinyl Max basically have a bigger wand. They retail for  £5.49 and I really feel that if you like to get money out of a product and you like your lipglosses, this will be a good one to go for - and this is from a non-lipgloss wearer! I think this will be staying in my lip product drawer, as on the days I do want to dig out a lipgloss, this will be the one I choose.

-Tamsin xxx