Sunday, 30 June 2013

What's In My Bag: Night Out

There is no doubt that I'm a curious person, I love Instagram for its insight in to peoples lives, I love what's in my bag posts, favourites videos, and just generally knowing what other people are up to, or what they're currently using. Having never done a 'What's in my bag' type post before I thought I'd just share with you what I tend to take with me on a night out. I was supposed to be heading out last night but instead ended up having a chill night in, stuffing my face with Drumstick Squishies (new love) and watching The Valleys. I know, I shouldn't love it but I do. Not to put my freshly packed bag to waste, these are the products I'd planned to take out with me for touch ups.
Obviously it's without saying that your phone, keys and purse are essentials - I like having all these items tucked securely in my bag as I'd be distraught if I lost my purse or phone and know lots of people that do this reguarly. My purse is from River Island, as you can see I'm loving studs lately.
I don't like to carry too many cosmetics with me, purely because I don't want to lose or break them and if they're there I have the urge to apply more to my face the more I drink. Never ends well. In my bag you'll always find a lipstick, or two in this case. I usually opt for a red lip on a night out and my two favourites are Mac Russian Red and Diva. Mixed together they make the perfect colour. I also always carry a powder compact with me for touch ups as I hate to be shiny. I'm currently loving the Mac Studio Fix Powder and I'll usually have a pack of Kleenex Blot Papers with me also. If I've had time to do my make up carefully and properly prep and powder I wont take any other products, if I'm in a rush I tend to pop a concealer in my bag to fix any flawed areas.
As for the hair, being from Essex means it's almost obligitory to attempt to make your hair as huge as possible for nights out. For quick fixes I always carry a comb with me for a little backcoming and then something like the Batiste Plumping Powder for a bit of added volume.
Finally, to finish off the contents of my bag I like to take a spray or perfume along, nothing expensive or oversized. I like the Body Shop EDT's, they're small, smell deliciously fruity and fit nicely in your handbag and then I couldn't be without my compact Model Mirror. This has small LED lights in so you can check yourself out in low lighting.
That rounds up the contents of my bag. What do you normally carry with you on a night out?

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Clarins Splendours Limited Edition Summer 2013 Eyeshadow Palette

*Clarins Splendours Eyeshadow Palette, £31.
Usually the sound of the postman knocking on my front door is a noise I dread as it means waking up early on my day off to answer the door, usually to a package addressed to my parents. However a few days ago when the postman hammered on the door I skipped downstairs to greet him as I was expecting a beaut of a parcel. Inside said parcel was the recently released Clarins Splendours Eyeshadow Palette which is b-e-autiful.
 The packaging alone is enough to stop you in your tracks for a second glance as the reflective outer casing reveals a beautifully detailed Aztec print when it catches the light. Inside you'll find four eyeshadows, all pigmented and creamy, as well as a cream eyeliner and two minature brushes for on the go application. Embossed in to the product itself is an Aztec design, which makes this palette even more lovely to look at and slightly difficult to bring yourself to use at first.
All four shadows contain shimmer, not of the chunky, glitter variety but finely milled, pretty shimmer and the shades compliment each other well. There's a pale champagne, a burnt orange gold, a lavender pink and a deep, rich brown. The eyeliner, although it appears to be a classic black has a slight purple undertone.
This collection was inspired by the ancient ruins of South America, a region driven by colour and print. The offerings of their Summer 2013 collection include products that will deliver glowing, bronzed skin with easy application lip products. Already on my list of products to go and look at is the Bronzing Compact and the Shimmering Body Oil.
Priced at £31 this palette is on the more expensive end of the spectrum but every detail has been thought through and I can't fault this product at all. Limited Edition for Summer, this makes for a luxurious treat to add a bit of glamour to your make up bag.