Get Fit, Feel Epic

Monday, 28 January 2013
Get fit, feel epic. Get fit, feel epic. Get fit, feel a bit crap when you're doing it and feel epic when you see the results? More than likely.

I'm not going to lie to you, I've been toying with the idea of writing a post like this for a while but I've never had the confidence. It is thanks to you and the kind, genuine comments I received on my Big Fat Truth post that I've been able to do this. Sandra of The Black Pearl Blog in conjunction with and their Get Fit Feel Epic competition swayed me when I saw the great giveaway for blogging about this. There's nothing like an incentive when it comes to fighting insecurities.

As I've mentioned before I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. Being a UK 18-20 can be difficult but it's not my size that bothers me as much as how awful I feel. Most of this can be attributed to the fact that I have a condition called Fibromyalgia which affects the muscles causing chronic pain and fatigue among other things but I can't shy away from the fact that my weight contributes a huge amount. Pain while dragging yourself around is not helped by being six stone overweight. Due to the fact that gyms are a bad idea for me, I have decided to get fit at home for free doing the amount of exercise I can feasibly do every day. I'd love it if I lost a few inches, of course but the thing I really want to gain from this is to feel healthier.

I've already started and I am slowly losing 1-2 pounds a week. I eat 1500 calories a day including lots of fresh vegetables, less carbohydrates (I haven't cut them all out), less sugar and a serving of fruit. Since I physically can't exercise as much as I would love to I have to keep my calorie intake under control or else it could spiral very quickly from weight stabilisation to gaining weight. I still eat yogurt, eggs, meat etc but I use the whites of eggs instead of the whole thing in an omelette and cut the fat off meat before grilling it in my trusty George Foreman. I'm not saying I haven't wavered and eaten more than 1500 calories or haven't dipped my sticky fingers back into the chocolate drawer for a second helping of snack sized Malteasers but when I do I fully acknowledge that I've slipped and that it's okay. It's just a day and if I don't get results from my new habits I have nobody to blame but myself.

For exercise I use tins of beans as weights and exercise my arms in front of the TV. I walk at least 45 minutes a day to and from school and even if I walk slowly, I am still moving my body and I still count that as exercise. If I am well enough to walk the dog in the evenings I count that as exercise and I log it all in MyFitnessPal. I don't think of the estimated calories I burn as excess calories to eat whatever I want and because I eat big portions of healthy food I find that I rarely get hungry now or go over my calorie limit by more than 100.

My self-confidence is still low. I still wear Spanx, I still cry, I still get hurt when people comment saying I'm fat, ugly and beastly. I'm still not confident enough to do many outfit posts and I'm still learning but this attitude has got me this far. This honesty is what people tell me they enjoy most and if I told you all I'd lost a stone, eat well the entire time, felt completely fabulous about myself since doing X Y and Z I wouldn't be that person anymore. I have to say the first few weeks feel crap. I crave bread, I feel low, I hurt more than usual, I cry about how this is never going to work and how I will always be worthless in everyone's eyes.

They are low points. This blog post was difficult to write and those photos are difficult to share but I hope to feel epic. Maybe not now, maybe not in a month but when I reach my goal of feeling even slightly elated and on the path to epic? I'll let you know.

The Realities Of Life

I will admit that I am a Pinterest addict. If I could spend hours on a website, it would be Pinterest and among dream outfits and beautiful locations I pin homes. I love seeing inside people's homes, appreciating the décor (twigs and shit), mentally taking down tips for organisation and lusting after furniture that cost more than my education. In my mind I live in a clean, airy, organised space. The reality is somewhat different.

There are wet coats hung on banisters, ornaments askew, stray bobbles and hairbands the girls leave everywhere because they can, washing hidden behind the living room door where nobody goes, clean washing that takes a holiday on the kitchen counter, photos in frames that are too big, stained coffee mugs on a watermarked draining board and our art is hung with double sided tape without frames and in different sizes. The things you can count on here are a bouncy labrador, the sound of children laughing and often talking to themselves, the tv as background music, the sound of the washing machine whirring and wine. Lots of wine.

Do I care? Yes, of course I do but this is life. This is what happens when you live in a home and don't have the time or energy to look after it daily. This is reality and I want to share that with you so no matter how much of a floordrobe you have (honestly, mine stays that way and I wasn't quite brave enough to share), no matter how many dishes need to be washed and put away, no matter if you have books as tables - your home is where memories are made and memories make the best décor.

The Big Fat Truth

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Today I wanted to write a post that's quite personal. I want to tell you my experiences with being fat, the negative (and positive) experiences I've had and my opinion on fat shaming because it isn't okay. I've been big for as long as I can remember. Varying degrees of fat, of course but always bigger than my friends. I've also always been tall and I've been told I carry it well but that does not disguise the fact that I am a UK 18-20, I have arms that are as big as some people's thighs, my thighs touch when I walk and my stomach hangs over the waistband of my jeans. Yes, I have curves but those curves are also padded in excess fat which is unhealthy and often times unsightly. I have been at war with my body for a good fifteen years and that has damaged me more than cholesterol ever will.

A few days ago there was an article written by my least favourite journalist bar India Knight, Liz Jones. It featured a friend of mine Callie who is a beautiful, fat woman who happened to be appearing as a plus size model in Evan's summer campaign. There were other large and proud ladies in the article, all who had given their opinions on how they had struggled but are now, by and large, learning acceptance and love of their bodies. The article was half decently written with a third of the famous Jones entitled vitriol that I expected but it was the comments that shook me the most. Strangers sitting behind their computers calling these women ugly, obese (clinical term which I will accept but absolutely not as an insult), lazy, unhealthy, disgusting - you name it, it was there. There were good comments but they were lost in a sea of hatred*.

Now, I don't know about you but I don't harbour intense hatred for slender women. Envy, slight jealousy, appreciation for their appearance and determination but I certainly do not hate them. I'm not going to pretend I only notice their personalities or how their eyes sparkle like a Tiffany diamond because if people loved the way my eyes sparkle they'd love me every time I saw cake. From a fat woman who has tried every healthy eating plan, diet, lifestyle change, exercise plan and meal replacement plan only to have fallen off the wagon, that is quite a bold thing to say. Sometimes we joke "You're so beautiful, you bitch" and mean it ever so slightly. Sometimes we say we don't care what we look like yet we're lying to ourselves profusely. Sometimes this happens to the thin and toned, the round and tender and all those in between. Yet, I wouldn't dare say a thin person was unhealthy disgusting or unhealthy, not because I'm politically correct but because I'm a decent human being.

The fact of the matter is, fat people deserve a life without bullying. Fat people deserve to be able to go for a run and not be laughed at. Fat people deserve to wear nice dresses in the same style as a size 10 only three times as large. We deserve to be able to eat an ice cream without someone commenting on our health because most people don't give a crap about health. They will put it under the umbrella of health as it's deemed more politically correct but it's madness. If you don't fancy fat chicks, that's your prerogative but realise that these people have control over their bodies and choose to be this way. We all know calories consumed plus calories burned equal weight loss. It's simple math but yet there's an obesity epidemic. You won't catch fat, I promise.

I have issues with people calling themselves curvy when they're fat but it's a separate issue. I'm very upfront about most things and I know I am not curvy. I am harbouring a lot of excess weight. I am not Beyonce but at the end of the day since fat has such negative connotations in society it's whatever you associate with. If curvy is your empowering word, let's do this. I think it's completely not okay to promote obesity as a lifestyle choice just as much as I think it's abhorrent to promote extremely slim bodies as a healthy choice. I think it's awful when children are forced to eat processed, calorie filled meals as the norm and are not introduced to balanced meals and fun exercise as part of their every day lives.

The fact is, I'm an adult and these are my choices. I am steadily losing weight but some weeks I go up a few pounds. My children eat healthy, balanced meals that include chocolate and cake (I love cake, did I mention that?) I exercise, eat well but I fail with portion control and emotional eating. That is my burden to bear. It is not a free for all for people to comment on the size of someone's thighs. Be the best person you can be, be the person you want to be and leave people who do no harm to you alone. If we die alone in our 3XL coffins covered in Reese's cup trays and all we ask for is a hole for a McDonalds milkshake straw in case we're not actually dead - still not your business.

I have cried too many hours about my weight as have thousands of people out there, young, old, black, white, thin and fat. Despite the "You should go on a diet" comments, rarely people do. It is up to us to decide when the time is right for that and negative comments achieve nothing because it seems like heart attacks are only allowed for the thin.

You can find the original article complete with comments here - WARNING: It's a Daily Mail link therefore it will drop your IQ several digits upon opening.

Electric Feel

Friday, 25 January 2013

Blue reverse ombré wig - £12.99 from Hair Passion.

I had said that I'd be doing an outfit post but I had a confidence crisis which led me to this post. An almost outfit post because it really is almost an outfit. The necklace from Primark alongside the Primark grey cross circle scarf tucked inside a long black cardigan paired with a new electric blue reverse ombré wig; It's half an outfit, okay?

So this wig landed on my doorstep today and I was thoroughly excited. I planned on doing a post in which I wear this out for the day and comment on people's reactions, my own confidence crisis etc while wearing it to see if bright colours when you don't class yourself alternative can work but I thought after a trim of the fringe that this deserved to be seen before that happens. Let me know what you think because I'm in love with it. Ocean blue with black tips and a fringe I cut in (if it's a bit wonky it's because master hairdresser Laura did it and not due to some defect in the wig itself). It's a little thinner than some I've had from Hair Passion but still beautifully soft with the colour being impeccable. No more bleaching and getting La Riché Directions all over my bathroom to achieve bright hair!

The nails are Illamasqua Stagnate with a Barry M Pink Multi Glitter accent nail. I paired this with a matte neutral eye, a light flush on the cheeks and soft pink lips. As much as I wanted to go all out with a purple or red lip I thought I may need to don my latex catsuit and cape and I'm not ready for that commitment.

Revlon Lip Butter in Macaroon

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Revlon Lip Butter in Macaroon - £7.99

This little beauty needs no introduction as I'm sure you're all aware of what it is, what it does and the irresistible shades it comes in. In case you're new to it, this is a pigmented lip balm with a touch of gloss - a three in one product, if you will. It is moisturising, packs a punch with colour if you layer it on a little and lasts for two to three hours if you're not eating or drinking. The colour is a light berry pink and can be lightly applied for a hint of colour or layered for more of a glossy lipstick look. I didn't find the wear time disappointing as I wasn't expecting the wear of a lipstick and as a habitual re-applier it really makes no difference. The one thing I was expecting was more product for the price. The tube is quite long and yet there doesn't seem to be a lot of product in it. For £7.99 I expected a little more but I imagine if you use it as just a light slick of colour it would last a good few months. I will be repurchasing a few more shades for summer and I have my eye on a few of the lighter pink shades.

The guilt we bestow upon ourselves.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013
I wanted to write this post but hesitated, testing the waters with a 140 character tweet before I dared. What if people think I hate motherhood? What if people think I'm a selfish mother who doesn't want to be around her children? I stopped myself right there because I realised this is why I'm writing this. Will people actually think I'm a terrible unfit mother because I want to have a quiet moment with a coffee and a glossy magazine? It is the guilt we bestow upon ourselves - the guilt of wanting to be a person?

I can't tell you how many times I have been called "Layla's mummy". I have a name but they don't want to know because that's who I am to them. I am the walking womb that gestated their child's thirty second best friend. I find myself introducing myself this way too and I don't think I have gone an entire conversation with someone without fitting in that I have a fiancé and two children. Girls. Aged four and two. It's like I feel guilty if I don't slot them in there because they are a huge part of my life. It is not a guilt that is pushed on me by anyone but myself. I am their mother.

I am also Laura. I'm twenty four years old and I like coffee, writing, finding shoes that fit me, pouring over endless extortionately priced magazines, singing and the days where I don't have to cook. I like the days when I win a coin toss and don't have to tend to that dirty nappy. I like taking off my day clothes, hoisting my chest into a dress and going out. I have locked myself in the bathroom and cried when my kids have got too much like Charlotte from Sex And The City. I have thrown caution to the wind and busied the children with a DVD while I've eaten chocolate in the kitchen just because I didn't want to share. I have also booked a babysitter and text every ten minutes to check everything was okay. That's every ten minutes for three hours.

So often I see friends say "I've had a fantastic time but I've missed my children" or "It was so good to be out and I'd love to do it more often but I do love my children and would never be without them". These quotes? They're mine but they're not unlike so many I've seen and heard. I pulled directly from Facebook after what I like to call 'Mum guilt' sets in. I feel the need to justify my fun.

I love my children. Of course I do, who doesn't? I love being with them, I love teaching them and seeing them learn about the world we live in. I enjoy making homemade meals, walking with them, singing, laughing, playing...but it gets exhausting. There's a point where I need adult conversation, good music and a gin and tonic. There's a point where a quiet hot bath and Vogue is what the doctor ordered. A babysitter is a welcome relief when you need to work somewhere with good wi-fi and strong coffee. A babysitter is a welcome relief when you just need to dance off the dust of the day.

So I propose that we shed off the need to validate our choices. Whether that's working away from home a few days a week, putting our children into childcare for a day during school holidays because we need a break or letting our hair down and allowing ourselves to be more than mothers because we are. We are more than mothers.

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave In Conditioner

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave In Conditioner - £3.99

I love Aussie hair products. I love the scent and I love that they actually do what they say they'll do for a fraction of the price of higher end products. This leave in spray conditioner is no exception. I use this after conditioning on damp hair and it leaves my hair manageable, less dry, easier to brush and much easier on the eye. If I use this with the 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor my hair feels almost virgin despite being dyed three times in the last two weeks alone. It's worth it's weight in gold to me and I urge you all with long, dry or colour treated hair to give this a go.

It also works on synthetic hair to help detangling and on children's hair (if yours are like mine and can't stand washing their hair) as a fun way to get those knots out without another screaming match dip.

Soap & Glory Crazy Sexy Kohl

Monday, 21 January 2013

* Soap & Glory Crazy Sexy Kohl - £18

Let me start off by saying that I am usually not a fan of coloured liners. I can't seem to pull them off and I'm not a huge fan of colour on my eyes anyway so when this beauty landed on my doormat I was a bit dubious. The eyeshadows in Smokin', Aubersheen and Dandy Plum are all colours that I would happily wear but the eyeliners (L to R: Superblack, Cocoa Bean, Aquabat, Blue My Mind and Grapevine) seemed very bright in the tube. However I decided to give them a try.

I was so pleasantly surprised. The kohl is soft so that it doesn't tug at the waterline but hard enough that it doesn't smudge or squish too much if you use slightly too much pressure. The pigmentation is amazing and while these are bright, all apart from Aquabat I can get to work with any neutral eye in my Naked palette and all work well with the three eyeshadows provided. If you buy the liners alone you can only pick up Superblack and Cocoa Bean and they retail for £5 each so you're really getting a good deal here.

The eyeshadows are beautiful. Soft without much fallout, pigmented like nobody's business and in great every day colours that would work with a variety of skin tones and eye colours. You can buy the Lid Stuff quad palettes for £10 each and Soap & Glory have put one colour from each palette in this set making it perfect to sample their eyeshadows and eyeliners without forking out a fortune. I had no problem getting these out of the packaging and they would easily fit in an appropriately sized palette if you didn't want them in the tin.

This is one of my favourite 'collections' of products and I'll definitely be checking out more Soap & Glory make up after the success of this.

Giveaway: Win a MAC lipstick of your choice

Since it's 2013 and most of us are on a bit of a spending ban, I thought I'd sort out a little giveaway to win a MAC lipstick of your choice. You can find all of the shades to pick from here.

The giveaway will run from today until the 31st January and all you have to do to enter is to use the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck!
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More than literature; the gift of memories.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

While it's still frozen over in our garden it's been a day of baking (chicken and mushroom pie and corned beef and onion pie, if you're wondering), curling up under duvets snatched from beds and napping in front of the TV. I have hung one of my favourite Christmas decorations inside our vase of artificial lilies for decorative appeal for no other reason than to hold something of the season with me all year.

I embarked on a big project this evening. I am writing a children's book for my daughters. The tale of a fairy who lives in a majestic willow tree and who has been warned not to get her wings wet. This fairy is rather precocious and the story builds from the fairy getting her wings damp and embarking on a journey to redeem herself. It's loosely based on a story my late nan used to tell me while curled up in bed and I clearly remember asking for it again and again up until my pre-teens. Each time I heard it it had changed slightly; the product of her ageing memory and my ageing ability to understand more complex themes. I will adapt this story for my daughters, bind them and allow the book to go wherever it may lead. I feel they need a story that has meaning. I feel since they never got the chance to meet their gorgeous, talented and inspiring great-grandmother this is the best gift I could ever give to them.

More than literature; the gift of memories.

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte in 110

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Rimmel Kate Moss matte lipstick in 110 - £5.49

After the huge success of 107 I felt I needed to try more. I was at the pharmacy picking up a prescription and while I was waiting I started swatching some testers. I fell in love with 110 but, as my luck is, there were no actual lipsticks there. I decided to go into town and pick one up and I'm so glad I did. It's beautiful.

I was a unexcited over the original Kate lipstick collection and only picked up one colour but when the matte's came out I got extremely excited. 107 for me is perfect from the deep wine colour to the creamy yet demi-matte texture and staying power but it's much more of an A/W colour than a S/S. I needed something equally as beautiful that I would use just as often in the same formula. 110 covers that as it's a beautiful orange toned deep pink/red shade. It's a coral but not as you know it. It swatches an orange red but on the lips looks shows it's almost neon appeal with tones of orange and pink similar to MAC's Impassioned and Party Parrot (although they are more pink toned).

This colour would look phenomenal on those with darker skin tones but I think it can definitely be pulled off on those with lighter skin if you wear it with confidence. While you can get a lighter colour with a softer touch it's still pretty opaque in one coat and that can seem a little daunting, especially if you want to wear it as it is without a lip balm to soften the colour more.

I truly believe this is one of my favourite S/S colours ever and definitely one of the top 3 in my collection.


Friday, 18 January 2013

I've been trudging through six and a half inches of snow all day with soggy knock off Ugg boots (I knew they would come in handy one day) and numb fingers. Yes, we had a snow storm and boy, did it settle. I love snow because it's such a rarity to have so much of it stick around. There's something about it that makes any countryside or city look magical, pure and beautiful even for a little while. Living opposite a pub near a main road that's usually littered with moving vehicles it's lovely to not hear low rumbles of car and not have hoards of people gather outside my gate in the early hours of the morning on their walk home.

Today we drank hot chocolate, cranked up the heating, warmed our soaked gloves on the kitchen radiator, made snow angels in old jeans, threw compacted snow balls at walls and lesser compacted ones at each other and watched as psycho pup got her first taste of the fluffy stuff.

MUA Mini Reviews

All MUA products shown are between £1 and £3.50 available here or exclusive to Superdrug

As you all probably know, I love MUA for their quality vs their price tag. Some things are hit and miss but overall their quality, colour and product range is just fantastic. Instead of boring you all with full reviews I thought I'd do mini reviews so you can get the gist of a product and whether it's worth it.

Blush Perfection
While it can seem a little oily to the touch this blends in beautifully with my fingers. I chose the shade 'Yummy' which is a deeper peachy pink as opposed to 'Dolly' which looked quite a bright pink. It gives a light glow that can be built up and looks perfect with highlight and a fixing powder.

Pro Base
I love these concealers and they do a good job. It felt oily in the pan to the touch like the cream blush but blended out well and didn't leave my face feeling sticky. I don't think much of the highlight shade but the two concealers work well with my pale, slightly rosy complexion.

Pressed Powder
A repurchase for me as it's not heavy or cakey but still sets foundation well all for £1. It's big enough to swirl your brush and my only gripe is that the lightest shade is still a touch too dark so I have to use a very light hand.

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream in Cotton Candy

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream in Cotton Candy - £2.99

I've written about these lip cream's before here but I didn't show swatches or the actual applicator so when I picked up another in the shade Cotton Candy I thought I'd take a few photos with my new camera.

As I said in my other review these are so brilliant for the price. A slightly moisturising matte liquid lipstick with instant colour pay off that can be built to be much more opaque than on first swatch. I was torn between the two pinks, Cotton Candy and Fairy Cake but decided on Cotton Candy as seemed a little brighter. I wear this alone, on my cheeks and also underneath MAC's Rebel to add a more pink tone and can't believe this is so versatile for £3. It's definitely something I will get a lot of use out of.

Barry M Glitter Polishes

Barry M in Pink Multi Glitter and Aqua Glitter - £2.99

I can't rave about Barry M nail varnishes enough, especially the glitter which is opaque in two coats even without a base coat. They are by far the easiest glitter polishes I've ever had the displeasure to remove, the price is extremely reasonable, the brush is decent and the colour range is fantastic.

The pink multi glitter is absolutely beautiful and I will definitely be picking up a few more of these. It's much more of a rose champagne than pink and is the perfect antidote to boring neutral nails (neutral with a little more pay off in fun). The aqua glitter was a little thinner in colour and did need a base coat to get it fully opaque but I could see this working well alone with another coat. I used it as an accent nail with the pink as my outfit was neutral with a pair of statement teal jeans. Matching my nails to my outfit is not usually something I consciously do but these shades just worked so well I thought I just had to.

All in all for £6 for the two these are fantastic and will definitely last me a while. You can usually pick these up on buy two get one free or two for £5 offers which makes them that much more tempting.

A struggle with shoes and a love for accessories.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Shoes - New Look | Bag & necklaces - Primark

I have big feet. Most size 8's don't come close to fitting me and wide fit size 8's are hit and miss. Most size 9's fit me but again, it is hit and miss. I have an ongoing battle with the high street to find shoes that not only fit but are also stylish and shoes that I actually want to wear and I am failing miserably. While there is lots I would change about myself, my shoe size big on that list and how I wish that one day I'd wake up with perfect size 8 feet so I could buy shoes from eBay without worrying. How I wish that when I did buy shoes they didn't come under men's sizes.

With that said, I do manage to find a few diamonds in the rough. Case in point, these studded shoe boots with an astonishingly high heel that make me 6ft3. When I tried them on in New Look yesterday it was on a whim. There were no size 9's in the shop as I'd been told they only stock a 9 online now (boo, hiss) and I was desperate to find a good pair of heels. To my surprise they did fit. Sure, they were a little tight on the toe due to the narrow space the platform creates but they fit. It must be a sign. After tottering around the shiny, slippery floor to make sure I wasn't going to break my ankle after the first step, I took them to the checkout and loved them so much I put them back on to walk to the car. Yes, I did that.

So while these shoes are my new death shoes and I'm sure there's a very high probability that I will wreck them or fall to the ruin of my ankle bone, I will be wearing these out Saturday night - snow permitting. There's the other thing though. The unspoken rule that if one can't buy shoes, one can definitely buy accessories. I picked up this big bag to hold my everyday essentials such as extra nappies and wipes, my camera, purse, travel make-up bag, phone, a book, a notebook etc. I find it difficult to find bags big enough to fit everything I take with me on a day to day basis with a zip and a few compartments inside for a reasonable price. While this is not my beloved Alexa (I could squeeze things in or downsize - promise) it is my new day to day bag.

And the necklaces? Shiny.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory

Rimmel Match Perfection in Ivory - £5

I'd heard good things about this foundation and after falling in love with Rimmel's Wake Me Up last year I thought I'd give it a go. I picked mine up for £5 in Wilkinson but the price does seem to vary £2 or so in different places. At first I was a bit blah about it. It didn't leave me as 'glowy' as the Wake Me Up but wasn't matte either but as I started to use it more I realised it was a decent product.

For one, it has a pump unlike the Revlon foundation I could compare this to. The colour looks a little too beige on my hand but once it's applied it looks very natural against my pale, pink toned skin. At first I found it difficult to blend as with other foundations I usually just dab some on and blend out with a buffing brush but I found if I applied it with a foundation brush all over in an even layer and then blending out from there it gave a lovely finish with decent coverage. It lasts about four hours on my dry skin alone but with primer and pressed powder I stretched it to six so definitely not the best product for all day wear on me but decent enough for the every day natural look. I'm not sure how it would hold up in the heat as it's currently blisteringly cold here and I find my foundation sits better in cold weather.

Overall it's a product I'll be repurchasing as a stand by but I think the Wake Me Up foundation is still my favourite Rimmel product.

Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Incite

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Incite - £15.50

I was woken this morning by a delivery that really excited me. From the black packaging with black tissue to the two small boxes inside, I was excited. The boxes contained something I had been lusting after since before Christmas but could never truly justify but last week on a whim I ordered two Illamasqua Pure Pigments in Incite (one for me and one for my best friend).

There's 0.04oz of product which for pigment is a lot. To get the depth of colour on the swatch I pressed my finger into the dispenser hole and pressed on to my skin so as you can see if you tapped some out you'd get a lot more product and a little goes a very long way. The colour is a beautiful rich copper gold with a hint of champagne which would look perfect over any neutral eye or as an accent to a black. The texture is silky and smooth unlike some other pigments I've tried that can feel chalky and slightly grainy which is a huge plus, especially when using it on your eyes but what do you expect from Illamasqua?

Illamasqua say that it's to be played with. It highlights eyes, cheeks and brows. It can be mixed with eyeshadow, blusher or can be used alone. It really is a multi use product and I can see me using this as a highlight with a tan but since I am extremely pale as an eyeshadow would be the most wearable use.

What I didn't do was wait because if you go to the Illamasqua website here you can pick up Incite for a mere £5 plus P&P along with a whole host of products that I may or may not have just ordered with over half off.

What Laura Pinned: Fashion Inspiration

Wine red, intricacy, gold, rose gold and classic draping.