MUA Pro-Brow Ultimate Eyebrow Kit Review

Thursday, 27 September 2012

£3 from here

I picked up this brow kit on a whim. I went to Superdrug to see if they had any of the MUA foundations in stock and noticed this little box on display. After opening a tester and realising it was very similar to the HD Brows and Benefit offerings, I decided to pick this up for only £3, despite it's £3.50 price on the tag (online it's £3 too!). A bargain if I ever saw one.

If you've read this blog before you'll know how much I love MUA for more than just their price tag. Most is actually very good quality, their eyeshadows and nail varnishes especially a £1 a pop (£4 for a palette). I had high hopes for this palette and it did live up to expectations (kind of).

First of all, the packaging is nice. It looks sleek and although it's a little chunkier than it needs to be, I can still put it in my handbag for touch up's on the go. It contains three shades that can be used as colours and a highlight or mixed to create 'your shade', a gel/wax to keep your brows in place, a pair of mini tweezers and a dual ended mini angled brush. I used the tweezers to tidy up the strays and while I prefer my Tweezerman tweezers, they do the job. They're fiddly to use as they're so small and the tip is quite chunky but they can grab the hairs with some focus and patience. The brush is quite a nice addition but I'd still prefer to use my own angled brush for this as it's easier to get a precise line. The colours are decent but it would have been better to have a light and dark option instead of one size fits all as I find while the darker colour is a decent match for me, the pigmentation leaves something to be desired and it needs a lot to build it to the colour in the pan (the swatch above is 3 layers for a true colour). The gel/wax could be thicker as it doesn't hold all of my hairs in place for long (about 30 minutes in some strays had started poking out).

All in all, this kit is a good one for the price. MUA have done well and with a few minor tweaks this could be a great kit but it won't be replacing my HD Brows just yet.

What Laura Loves: New Things!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

I bought this chunky cream knit jumper with elbow patches for £14 from Primark. I needed a thick knitted jumper that I could wear over a vest in the winter for college and I fell in love with this one. I see me pairing it with black skinny jeans with thick socks and boots or with my new dark blue bootcut jeans from New Look.

The Sims 3 Hidden Springs and The Sims 3 Supernatural are something I've wanted for a while. I love The Sims 3 and would go as far to saying it's my favourite game. I frequently waste entire nights with my Sims and a bottle of wine because (shh), I don't get out much. The Hidden Springs box doesn't come with a disc but a code that you enter into the website to download the official town. From what I played of Supernatural last night it is very good (I accidentally turned myself into a zombie and a fairy at the same time which was hilarious and it took me two Sim days to work out how to change back....I'm still a fairy).

These bootcut jeans from New Look were only £9.99 but when I got to the till I only paid £6.49! I do love a good bargain! I own two pairs of jeans - a pair of light distressed denim bootcut jeans which I never wear and my black skinny jeans which are worn out and falling off me so I decided it was definitely time for new jeans for the autumn. There's nothing I love more than jeans, boots and a jumper in the winter for warm and cosy fashion. I'm not breaking fashion rules and I'm not going out of my way to push the limits of fashion on the school run so a good pair of jeans is a staple. I love New Look's jeans as I'm quite tall with long legs and their 32" leg fit me well (their 34" fit perfectly with heels too). I bought the 'Sagittarius' necklace from New Look too at a whole £1!

These boots are from Primark with an original price tag of £12. I found them in a charity shop brand new with tags for £5. Who loves bargains? Me! I also love charity shops. They're not the nicest boots in the world but I have my eye on some gorgeous boots that I can't yet afford so these Ugg style boots will keep my feet warm on dry, cold days, at least. Not stylish but comfortable for every day running around.

Last, but not least, I picked up a few bits from Primark. 100 denier tights which I love to go with a gold metallic dress for my sister-in-law's wedding reception next month, a black knitted beret (I love hats but have seemingly lost my black beret), a skull scarf and two pairs of knitted cosy socks in cream and black to wear with boots and with pyjamas.

I also picked up the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in shade 04 which I posted about yesterday, an MUA pressed powder and a huge leopard print umbrella with a black ruffled edge from Primark as when I was emerging from Gamestation the heavens opened and suddenly rain soaked everything in sight accompanied by huge dark clouds and a sudden darkness at 1:30pm. Never a better excuse to buy a new umbrella!


Thursday, 20 September 2012

I'm hoping to update this week but I'm down with a cold and since my immune system is a load of crap when I go down with a cold it lasts about three weeks. At the moment my eyes are bright red, I can't stop blowing my nose or coughing, my head is thumping, my throat is sore and I have more body aches than you can shake a stick at. Here are some photos from the past few days which include a sleeping, ill Amelia and a duvet day with the dog watching Ryan Reynolds films.

George Quick Dry nail varnish in Shade 86 Rollercoaster

George at ASDA's quick dry nail varnish in Shade 86 'Rollercoaster'

I love nail varnishes and I love ASDA's £1 nail varnishes for more than just the price. I find the formula decent with just two coats to opaque and the colour choice to be brilliant. I prefer the formula to MUA's £1 offerings but I prefer MUA's colour selection. This shade was something I picked up on a whim. In the bottle it's an olive colour with gold shimmer running through yet on the nails it's a pure olive/khaki green with no shimmer (but you can see the gold undertones, if you know what I mean?) I love this colour as I wear a lot of tans and nudes or blacks with golds so this colour goes perfectly with them without looking too glitzy or too nude as a pale pink would do. I'm definitely going to repurchase this when I run out.

What Laura Thinks About: Wigs! (Review)

Monday, 17 September 2012

The 'Layla' full wig** courtesy of Annabelle's Wigs*

So, wigs. When did it become such a taboo? Is it still a taboo? Can celebrities get away with it because they're just that, celebrities? Can I only wear them as fancy dress or on a night out in an ironic way? It seems that way sometimes and to that I put on my fancy hair over my natural greasy mess and walk along confidently.

I wear wigs a lot. I have many different lengths, styles and colours and while sometimes I'll wear my natural medium brown hair naturally (it's at that growing out stage that just hits the shoulders), half the time I just can't be bothered. I want to look done and wigs allow me that freedom of changing my hair all of the time without the damage from chemicals and heat. I started to buy from a shop on eBay which were alright but about a year and a half ago I discovered Annabelle's Wigs. They have a great range of styles, lengths and colours to choose from and most of the wigs and synthetic hair extensions they do come under £30! A bargain if ever I've seen one but what about the quality?

I have issues with some wigs. While they all claim to be 100% Kanekalon which feels like real hair, most will go matted within a week of wearing them, especially at the nape of your neck where the hair rubs the most. They'll start to look worn, broken and stuck together so there's no way you can pull that off as a natural look. With these wigs I experience the matting within a month and I can save it after that. It takes time but as long as you brush these wigs with either your fingers or a synthetic hair brush and keep them stood upright when drying or not being worn they can last for months and months with daily wear. I wear mine around 3/4 times a week so that's brilliant for me. £30 is the price of a cut and blow dry where I am so £30 for a new colour, cut and style that's efficient and can be changed whenever? I'm there.

Wigs may still be too far for people to use every day. I know someone who uses a lot of hair extensions but refuses to wear a wig even though until I mentioned it she just thought I used extensions and changed my colour a lot! Wigs don't have to be a staple part of your outfit but I find there is so much choice from natural to not-so-natural that it's a crime not to. The wig comes with adjustable straps inside a netted cap and all you do is adjust the strap to your head size (not too tight as they can give you a bit of a headache), tuck all of your hair inside (or under a hair net for those with long hair), brush through and adjust it to your liking. With these wigs you can't use heat on them but there are a range that they do that can take heat. I haven't tried them myself but I'm sure they're worth the extra money if you wanted to wear yours a lot.

A few tips:
1. Run a tiny amount of baby powder over the hair to dampen the shine and make it look more natural.
2. A wig with a fringe (side or full) looks more natural and wear a hairband or a hat to cover the parting if it looks too unnatural for your liking.
3. If you don't have a wig stand hook the netting cap over the shower head so the length can hang freely to dry/when you're not wearing it as it helps to avoid tangling.

I'm currently lusting after this dip dye wig and this bright red wig.

What do you think of wigs? Which wig from Annabelle's are you lusting after?

* Annabelle's Wigs very kindly sent me this item to review but that hasn't affected my view at all considering I have previously spent money there and will continue to use them for my wigs.

** I tried to take the photos in natural light inside and also in direct light outside to show you all the natural tones and highlights.

Lifestyle Changes.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
I'm going to admit something to you all. Most of you who will have seen photographs of me know I'm overweight but I am obese. I have gone from a generous size 16 (the national average in the UK) to a size 20 in most shops and while I'm pretty tall at 5ft9in, even I can't carry that off. I am heavy and I no longer feel good about myself, in or out of Spanx.

I have always been overweight. I don't remember a time when I had a healthy relationship with food. From my mother's yo-yo dieting and binges of a huge multipack of crisps on a Sunday afternoon watching the Eastenders omnibus to my father taking multipacks of chocolate bars with him when he went fishing to "control his diabetes". My brother is thin but that's just the way he has always been whereas everyone else? Overweight or obese, for sure. So my relationship with food has never been particularly brilliant and I've always used eating as an emotional reprieve from depression, boredom or stress. Coming to terms with the fact that I now have to see it as food is difficult.

So, I am 5ft9in with size 9 wide fit feet, a 38D bust and a solid size 20 all over. I don't look healthy, I don't feel healthy and I need it all to change. I want to lose weight to fit into size 12 clothes and size 8/9 shoes again. I want to feel solid but healthy with less of a stomach and more confidence to bare my arms in sleeveless tops. I want to be able to buy the fashionable clothes and not have to pay more for extra material in other shops. I want to look good in slim fit jeans and heels.

So, I start. Slowly, at first because God knows I don't have the stamina to go all out with workout DVD's and the gym five days a week. I can't afford pre-planned and delivered diets and I'm not good without my morning coffee with two sugars. So:

  • Drink a glass of water every two hours at least.
  • Drink a/another glass of water if I feel hungry to decide if it's actual hunger.
  • Have a carb-free day on alternate days.
  • Do a workout DVD twice a week, even if I don't get through it all or have to stop. Do something.
  • Walk the dog with music in my ears to distract me from the physical act of actually walking for three miles.
  • Continue to walk ten minutes a day to and from school.
  • Cut out energy drinks unless they're Monster Lo-Carb with 48 calories.
  • No other fizzy drinks or chocolate.

    You see, I'm not really a big eater. I eat one meal a day which is usually something carb based like pasta. Today I had two tablespoons of homemade mashed potato with mashed vegetables. I do snack on a chocolate bar once a week (a big one, not a little one) and make our own kebabs with Turkish bread bought from the kebab shop over the road. I won't miss eating itself but I'll miss what I eat, if you get me?

    This is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change. If I don't eat better and move more I will end up like one of those people on Fat Families and I want to set a good example for my children, whatever my weight. I want to be healthy and happy and I know my health nor happiness is benefitting from being obese. I don't like BMI's as there's far too many things wrong with them but whether that scale tells me I'm obese is irrelevant. I don't disbelieve it. I am not happy.

  • Eyelure Individual False Lashes

    Tuesday, 11 September 2012
    Eyelure Individual Lashes

    First of all, I'm sorry for the bad quality of the photos. My phone is playing up and won't focus the way it should. I'm trying to get a new digital camera.

    So, false eyelashes. I like Eyelure lashes but I don't love them. I find the glue to be very good but the lashes themselves no better in quality than the strip lashes I buy from Hong Kong (99p for 10 sets!) Luckily I was given this set by my friend Christina as I wouldn't go out and purchase these, even if they are only a little more than £5.

    First off, they are very long. The medium length are long. The long ones are astronomically long. Great for those who want a very dramatic effect but I suffer from very short eyelashes and mild alopecia so all I want is to look relatively normal in the eyelash department. Applying these was tricky and the end result wasn't worth the faff, if I'm honest. They needed trimming and by doing so I cut off some parts of my own tiny eyelashes which doesn't help matters and the glue dried oddly and even though it was applied evenly and spreaded while on, I ended up with tiny crusty glue balls on my eyes. Not nice.

    All in all, these will be great if you want a dramatic look or to thicken yours up and are much cheaper than eyelash extensions but I will be sticking to my easy to trim, Eyelure or not, strip lashes.

    MUA Matte Foundation

    Sunday, 9 September 2012

    A quick review on this amazing £2 foundation from MUA. Yes, I am an MUA addict but I am poor and love make-up a little bit too much. As you can see, it isn't a matte finish at all as I'm dewier than Spring but honestly, I love it. A little bit of powder dusted over the top and it's perfect but it would be great on it's own if you like the dewy look.

    So, I'm very pale and I bought the lightest shade. The shade is close to perfect for me and is quite yellow so it takes away the coolness of my skin and covers the red rosacea on my cheeks perfectly. It is very thick and quite difficult to blend but I found using my fingers was easier and buffing in at the end works well.

    This has taken over most of my foundations. For £2 for a decent sized tube it is a cut above the rest of the more average foundations like Collection 2000 and even some of Rimmel's. I would liken this to a thicker Wake Me Up foundation and while I would love to see more than three shades, it's the best quality foundation for the price I have ever found.