Things I’ve Fallen in Love With… #1

…While working in Selfridges.

You may have noticed I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks. That is because I have been working at the lovely Charlotte Tilbury at Selfridges, and… well I haven’t been organised enough to pre-write and schedule blog posts (forgive me).

As you can imagine, I get to see so many people on a daily basis, that I have fallen in love with many a thing while working there. I try not to venture too far out of where I need to go to (usually staff room to beauty hall, and back again with the occasional toilet trip in there too) as I will fall in love with too many things. And I definitely, definitely, do not, under any circumstances browse round the beauty hall. No siree. That would be dangerous!

Of course, working with the make up at Charlotte Tilbury has made me want it all, and it saddens me to know that I just can’t have it all! I decided to break my Charlotte Tilbury wish list down into more manageable chunks and the first few items I just have to get besides the Colour Chameleons I already have are…

1 – The Rock ‘N’ Kohl Pencil in Bedroom Black. Is it kohl? Is it gel? You never could tell, for although it’s in a standard pencil format, this is the creamiest, blackest pencil I have ever come across – just like a gel in a pencil. You can smudge it out within the first minute to create smokey looks, and after that it sets and stays put All Day Long. You can wear it in the waterline and it will last a lot longer than anything else I’ve tried. Definitely first on my list and a steal at £19.

2 – Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49). Charlotte created this for a certain Hollywood legend to help define her face, and boy does it work! The contour shade is such a beautiful, warm and natural shade, and can also be used as a bronzer, and if it’s possible for a highlight to be natural, this is it. It’s not sparkly, just frosty – and can be built up for more intensity. The two products together work in perfect harmony. This highlight looks gorgeous down the nose too, something I would never normally dream of doing on myself, but with this, it just works! It also make a really nice under-arch highlighter.

3 – The Dolce Vita Palette (£38). Out of all her beautiful palettes, this seems to be the one I am drawn to time and time again, and probably the one I sell most of too. Oozing with russety copper shades, it’s just gorgeous and looks stunning on all eye colours. The shadows are really creamy and pigmented and last all day.

4 – Penelope Pink K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick (£23). Charlotte’s lipsticks are really moisturising and you can actually feel it on your lips. They contain an extract from an actual Lipstick Tree which the tribes used to use to defend their lips from anything harmful, so I like to feel I’m doing good for my lips as I apply this! The colour is a pinky purple nude, which I just adore. It has a slight sheen to it when you first apply it, but as the day goes on the sheen fades yet your lips are still the colour of the lipstick. I was really surprised at just how long lasting they are for a moisturising lipstick.

Now onto the things I have spotted on people passing by….

First up I spotted a woman wearing these tights which I instantly fell in love with.

A quick Google search told me they are Agent Provocateur ‘Whip Me’ Stockings – and it’s then that I notice fully what they say! I didn’t fancy forking out £35 on a pair of stockings that I’d want to wear as fashion tights – so had a quick internet search…. and came across these on ASOS (What The Actual!?!!!!!!) but also came across these two on eBay which I thought were a good and cheap alternative for under £10 (search love backseam tights on eBay).

I also spotted one customer with stunning holographic silver nail polish which I’d assumed would be Color Club. I, naturally, being a nail polish whore, asked her what it was – and she told me it was Barry M! BARRY M! I have already been out and bought this, and it’s part of the Boots 3 for 2 offer. Now here’s the part where I kind of feel like I’m in some strange outer-universe. I’ve been searching online to give a link to this polish, and it seems it doesn’t exist and no one knows about it but me (and the lady wearing it in Selfridges, and the lady she had seen wearing it and asked where she got it from). Surely we’re not the only 3 people in the world to own this polish?! I don’t understand why the Bloggosphere hasn’t gone wild over this! I mean, it’s SO holographic, and from memory, under £4. I will do a nails of the day with it soon, promise, but it’ll have to wait a while as I’m giving my nails a Dr Lewinns treat at the moment.

The only, and literally the only thing I could find was an image of it from someone selling one on eBay which I think is actually the teal version, not the silver (and it went for £9)…. some clues I can give you while you’re hunting it out… it has a texturised matt silver lid, the barcode sticker on the side, as well as the barcode number, says NPLEB13C, and the little sticker on the bottom says BOOTS C 335 Limited Edition. I’m guessing the ‘Boots’ means it’s exclusive to Boots. If I find out anything further, I shall update.

Right – after speaking with the PR company for Barry M, I can give you the official scoop – they’ve created four limited edition glitter polishes – two exclusive to Boots, two exclusive to Superdrug. The Boots ones are Silver Lights (silver holographic glitter) and Tinsel Town (multi-coloured strands), and the Superdrug polishes are Fairy Lights (pink holographic glitter), and Gold Dust (rose gold strands). Phew. And this is what it looks like.

Another customer was wearing this Zara Duffle Coat which looked great on her. Okay, so she was stunningly beautiful, but she said so many people ask her about her coat! I am definitely going to have to pop into Zara to give it a whirl.

And then, the things I have convinced myself I need while walking from the staff area to the Beauty Hall. I go the way that means I walk through as little of the Beauty Hall as possible – as I said before, could be dangerous to my bank balance. However, this plan of mine could have a flaw, because now I absolutely need a neon sign from Gods Own Junkyard (located on the Lower Ground), in my life, which retails at £1430 or thereabouts. Chris Bracey, aka the neon man, has been making signs for years for anyone who’s anyone, and now I want in on it! The one I am particularly taken with is a star shape and says ‘Lucky’ in the middle, but I can’t seem to find it online. Meanwhile, this Love one is also rather fetching.

I also never knew I needed a Jellyfish Tank from Red5 in my life, but alas, I seem to. 

Plug it in, and a fan from the bottom pushes the ‘jellyfish’ gliding around the tank. It’s really beautiful and mesmerising – check out the video to see it in it’s full effect – it looks even better in real life. There are different light settings, although blue is my favourite… and I’m thinking this is a Christmas present waiting to happen for myself son.

In a similar vain, I think he would love this Wall Climber remote control car, which can drive on walls (but not ceilings, I asked). I will have to carefully consider the impact this may have on the walls of my house and anything hanging on them… but what little boy wouldn’t love this?!

Anthropologie is beautiful to look round – some of the things are rather pricey, but I was surprised to discover these monogram mugs were only £8 each.

Oh, and while I’ve been on the tube escalator, I keep seeing these Sophie Conran Measuring Spoons on the John Lewis advert and have taken quite a shine to them.
And before I knew it, I’d spent 2.5 hours creating a blog post of things I needed, making me lust after them even more. So that is where I shall leave this post. I shall try to be more organised with scheduling posts. See ya soon!

July Wishlist

It’s Jullllllyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Already…. man, this year is zooming by!

I haven’t done a wish list in a while – but I have been noting down things I’d like to buy or try so thought I’d shove them in here, in case anyone has any feedback on them… might save me a few pennies!

The first thing I’d like is the Nars MakeUp Your Mind: Express Yourself book, which is a make up book from Nars. It looks like there are a load of different make up looks in here for inspiration, two of my main loves are make up and photography, so I think this would make me a very happy girl. I know this photo (taken from the book) is of a man, of which I am not, but I am loving the eye make up!

Essie Pink Parka is next on my list. On a recent visit to the beautician, I noticed it sitting on the shelf – calling out to me with it’s POWness. The most gorgeous neon pink, well, in the bottle anyway… I must try this. I’ve had a little squizz round and can’t seem to find it anywhere for sale (it was part of the fall 2009 collection), not even eBay worldwide! If anyone knows how I can lay my hands on a bottle, please let me know.

I am yearning for gorgeous, long, fluttery eyelashes. I loved the results my Lilash gave me, but I just can’t afford to be spending that much. I have seen a few blog posts about Rapid Lash with seemingly good results – I’d like to give it a whirl.

I’m just not happy with my foundation at the moment. Those couple of super-bright days made me realise my face base is not cut out for summer. I want something that doesn’t look ashy or ott, but still not too dewy, and long lasting. I don’t think I’ll ever find it, but while I am on my quest Illamasqua have released their Skin Base Foundation.  It claims are “blendable… perfect complexion… undetectable in a professional HD environment… smoothes… softens… conditions your skin… natural, buildable coverage” If it can live up to the hype, maybe it will be my holy grail after all? I feel a trip to Soho is in order to check this out in real life.

Bumble & Bumble Creme de Coco Masque sounds divine. A thick, coconut scented masque for the hair, which leaves it soft, shiny and gorgeous. Yes please!

Lastly, not beauty related, but I’d love one of these little fellas for my garden, and one of these cute doorstops for the kids room.

Have you tried any of these things and care to add your two pence before I hunt them down?

My September Wishlist

September has come around pretty damn quick, has it not? My little boy will be starting big school *sniff*, the weather gets cooler (or hotter, apparently – I’ll believe it when I see it!), and it’s my birthday. This year I turn 27, and the question “what would you like for your birthday” has been asked a few times, which has got me thinking about what things I would really like. These aren’t things I’m expecting for my birthday – just things, that if I had the money, I’d have.

New Foundation – last Autumn/Winter I wore MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15. NC15 is my actual skin colour, but I find it very very pale. I’m used to toning up one with foundation, but this time I went with it, used Hoola over the top to stop me looking quite so ghostly, and applied blush as per usual. When summer came, it seemed too heavy so I switched back to Sheer Cover. Right now it seems to sheer for me, and goes shiny too quickly, ‘Buff’ is perfect for me colour wise, so it’s a shame really. The e.l.f. mineral foundation is another I’ve tried recently but it’s another pale one. I don’t tan very well, so over the summer was having a spray tan every 2 weeks. I really miss having that glow about me and these pale foundations are just adding to it! Anyway – there’s one by Guerlain – Lingerie De Peau that I’d like to try, and Sweetcheeks has been raving about her new NARS foundation over on CheekyBeauty so I’d like to give that a go too. I’ve also spotted MAC doing a long lasting foundation too, so that’s another for the list. [update – I have bought a new Guerlain, but not the Lingerie De Peau – review coming soon}

MAC Palette – I love MAC eyeshadows. I constantly repurchase my fave few that get used up time and time again, and I’d really like to start a palette. The colours I’d like to put in it are Mulch, Sable, Knight Devine, All That Glitters, Satin Taupe, Retrospek, Rice Paper, Honey Lust and Ploof! – that’s all for now. While we’re on the subject of MAC there are a few things I have my eye on from up coming collections – the Later pigment from the Alice + Olivia Collection, and then from the Venemous Villains Collection I’m liking the look of Beauty Powder in Oh So Fair, MSF in She Who Dares and Innocence Beware Lipstick. I may change my mind once I see them in the flesh, but from the photos I’ve seen that’s what I think I’ll like.

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Sparkle Eyeshadow – this is part of the new Black Velvet Collection, which isn’t available in the UK yet, but is available to buy in USA. I saw a swatch of this on MakeupandBeautyBlog and have been lusting after it ever since. Just gorgeous, and limited edition so I’ll have to get in there quick! [update – I’ve since seen this in John Lewis, so it is available in the UK, and sadly not as nice in real life. Don’t get me wrong – it was still lovely, but in the swatch pics it looked almost like a liquid finish, which doesn’t seem to be the case for the actual product. I didn’t like it enough, so left it]

Chanel 5171 Sunglasses – completely the wrong season, but I saw these advertised in a magazine today and fell in love. Just look at the bow on the arm! Love, love love. [update – tried them on and love them even more! Have found them really cheap here]

Gucci Guilty Perfume – at least, I think I do. I am on the look out for a new perfume, seeing my MAC Turquatic is down to the dregs. I had a sniff of Guilty and initially didn’t like it – but immediately had to smell it again – something was drawing me to it and I don’t know if it’s because I like it or because it reminds me of something. I haven’t quite put my finger on it yet so am going to go back to Boots and spray it on my skin, see how I feel having it on me all day. Could it be Lola by Marc Jacobs that it reminds me of? I just had another whiff of my swatch card and it reminded me of my friend who always wears Lola. Answers on a postcard. [update – not so sure after wearing it, it’s very very strong! Still can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of]

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – Something isn’t quite right with my skin at the moment. I have a lot going on at the moment so I’m not sure if it’s hormones doing their thing, or just need a change in my routine. I’m generally quite good at using up skincare until it’s all gone, unlike make up! I had been sent a foaming Body Shop cleanser as part of my last Beauty Bible package once, which I really loved and got on with. Then I went away and forgot it, all the local supermarket could offer me was the Neutrogena alternative, which now seems to have been discontinued. The only pump-foam cleanser I could find in Boots was their own brand Tea Tree & Witch Hazel, which I got and regret. It stinks and it’s no where near as nice as the other two. Perhaps I need to be spending a bit more on something so important? I hear nothing but good about this Liz Earle product and I love that you wipe it off with a muslin, exfoliating at the same time. [update – have purchased, review coming soon]

Les Khakis Des Chanel Nail Polish – I love the look of all three of these. If I had to pick one, from the promo photo I’d go with ‘Khaki Vert’ (right) as it looks so different from anything else, but if I’m honest, I’d like all three please!

Muberry Alexa – ok, this is setting my sights high, I know – but I love it! I’m hoping to get some money for my birthday, head down to the outlet at Bicester and see if anything else takes my fancy within my price range.

 Pandora Double Weaved Bracelet – This is meant to be a charm bracelet but I’d wear it without. It’s so simple but something I really really like.

Michael Kors Watch – I have only ever had one watch, it was D&G and covered in diamante – most impractical, it caught on everything! I’ve never really had much need for a watch but since I’ve started photographing weddings I actually need one. I think the MK5039 by Micheal Kors is really pretty.

I could actually go on for ever, looking at various sites and picking things out (a girl can dream!) but for now, I will stop there, as these are the things I actually want. Mum, if you’re reading I also need some Sheepskin protector spray please – thanks xxx

please note – these are not my images.