Sunday, 27 March 2011

In The Ears

Knockout - Lil Wanye & Nicki Minaj
Superbass - Nicki Minaj



Nothing new or exciting, but I've been listening to Pink Friday all week (along with Cee Lo Green's album, Lady Killer)
In other news... I brought a ring from H&M a few weeks ago, and I've literally worn it on the same finger since I've had it. So last night I decided to try it on another finger, and of course it got stuck. After my finger lost feeling and went purple, Dad had to get the metal clippers out and chop it off - boo :( - after 2 hours of me screaming and moaning it's now off. I have a very swollen finger which will hardly bend, a standard Sunday morning.

Hope you all enjoyed the sunny week we had, back to rain now waheey!

,
x

Monday, 21 March 2011

Giveaway & Make Up Swap

Hey ladies!



I have noticed that I'm nearly at 30 followers! This might not sound a lot, but I really apprecitate you all! I'm happy having 30 dedicated readers than 549151681 people who don't even know my name!
So to celebrate, I'm thinking of a giveaway when I get to 40 followers. I'm from the UK so is there anything you would like to see included?
I'm going to put it together during the next week or so, with both high and low end products :) so let me know.

Also I would love to do a make up swap with someone!?
Comment below if you are interested and leave me your e-mail address!
Or contact me at altbeauty@live.co.uk

Keep smiling, it's a beautiful day!

,
x

In The Ears

Bright Lights Bigger City - Cee Lo Green
Let Me Clear My Throat - DJ Kool
Bottoms Up - Nicki Minaj & Trey Songz
Guilty pleasure this week is... What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (yuck)




Some older songs this week, but the weather has been putting me in such a good mood and these are a few of my favourite songs ever!

I even had a sing-into-the-hairbrush moment earlier, which is pretty embarressing.

In other news... I start my new job tomorrow!
So last day of freedom today, I'm going to grab some cereal and tuck up in bed with Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte.

Have a lush day

,
x

The Real Me?

I came across this tag on Jessica's Blog earlier today, and I thought it would be a good chance for y'all to get to know me better! 

& to start here is a lovely goofy picture of me and my boyfriend.


1. What's your favorite color? Neutral tones of brown
2. What's your favorite number? 3
3.What is your dream career? Either a journo or an events planner
4. Where do you see yourself living when you're on your own? Aus with my man.

5. Where is your favorite place to travel? I loved America and Sri Lanka but southern France is the nicest place ever.
6. What do you do in your free time? Clean and tidy. And blog.
7. Favorite clothing stores? Love Ted Baker, Mango and Zara at the moment
8. Dream car? 2 litre turbo diesel Vauxhall Corsa VXR  ;)
9. What TV shows can't you live without? American Dad and Friends
10. 3 things you need in your life are... Family, a camera and a big comfy bed.
11. I can't sleep without...? Having a tidy room
 12. If you were given 1 million dollars all for yourself what would you do with it? Buy my dream car, then do loads of shopping. Then buy a beautiful house.
13. I have a celebrity crush on...? Robert Webb - LOL
14. What is your favorite treat to eat? Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie - I agree with Jessica!
15. My favorite wild animal is...
Chipmunks, they're so cute!!
16. What is your favorite season? Summer
17. My favorite childhood shows were... The Tweenies and The Hoobs
 18. Why did you start Blogging? My friend, we started this together but now it's only little me :(
19. What do you hold close to your heart?
Photo's
20. What is one music artist that you are in love with? Cee Lo Green

I tag all of you, I want to get to know the people behind the blogs! (:

,
x

Sunday, 20 March 2011

End To The Weekend

This weekend has been all about chainsaws, cars and the pub.
Not for me, for my other half.
It has been a dull weekend and I've spent most of it sitting in the car like a spoilt brat (ha).

But now I have the evening to myself, which means I can bang some posts out.


So today, I made my way to Boots - determined to find something to sort my skin out - and I had heard some good things about No7's Hot Cloth Cleanser so this was one of the first things I ran for.

I also purchased No7's Natural Blush in 20 Honey, it's a really subtle pink, almost a tan colour but looks really flattering when worn. I'm not really a huge blush fan - I'm too paranoid that I'll look like a hooker. But this one is nice!


...and lastly I got Neutrogena's Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub. I haven't heard anything about it & I'm starting a whole new skin routine tomorrow so I will let you know how I get on with this and the Hot Cloth Cleanser. However I can tell you it smells amaaaazing. Almost like those refreshers you eat as a kid. Yummy.



There is still as few more things I want to get, I really want a good brush cleanser and a nice eyebrow pencil, but I don't think £12.50 is reasonable for a pencil!? So it looks like a visit from the E.L.F fairy.
One other thing I have done is chop down a spare mascara wand - I've seen a lot of people have been doing this in light of Clinique's new bottom lash mascara & I thought it made so much sense so I did it myself!
And my god, it is so much easier! I wouldn't pay £10 when I've just done it for free - it's worth doing..


The No7 range isn't something I used to use at all, but now it's what I head for first! I had so many of the £5 vouchers and I've got some really good things out of it.. (Quick Cover Blemish Stick, Cleanse and Care Eye Makeup Remover and a Quad Eyeshadow Palette.) I have one voucher left - any recommendations on what to buy with it?

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Back to work/school now...
,
x

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Favourites

I figured I should share with you lovely ladies some of my favourite products/items at the moment. Enjoy!




1. Soothing Eye Make Up Remover (Boots Botanics Range) - I have nearly run out and I'm gutted! Need to buy some more urgently! It's one of the only make up removers I've found that doesnt sting after use, and it smells a-ma-zing.
2. Bare Minerals Boxom Lips in Amber - A treat from my boyfriend when we went for a spa weekend, instant plump and tingles & such a flattering colour.
3. Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner - Long lasting liner, what more can I ask for!?
4. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 200 Soft Beige - Still looking for that flawless foundation, but this will do for now! Plus it hasn't gone that foundation-y smell to it which always makes me gag.
5. E45 Endless Moisture for Radiant Skin - Two words, Life. Saver.
6. Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo - Perfect for those mornings where 3 alarms just isn't enough!
7. Clinique Moisture Surge - A free sample with Glamour's 10 year edition, I will most definetly be buying a big bottle when I'm done with this. 5 minutes and your skin is as smooth as a baby's behind.
8. £1 Earrings I picked up when I was getting a manicure last week, it was a tiny nail bar and only the one woman worked there and I sort of took pity and just brought them without properly checking them. But turns out they're lush!
9. Elephants I picked up whilst travelling in Sri Lanka - They're homemade from wood and cost me the equivalent of about 10p for both, the tsunami reminded me of them because obviously Sri Lanka suffered from a huge tsunami a few years ago.
10. No.7 Cleanse and Care Eye Make Up Remover - ONLY £2 WITH THE NO.7 £5 VOUCHER. Yes, bargain!
11. Volume Million Lashes in Black - You can't really have a favourites without a mascara ;) Still love this one, but not at all a fan of Maybelline One by One - the 'lash catcher' actually hurts.

In other news, my StayMatte powder has just gone crumbling into the carpet, boohoo :(

Have a nice day

,
x

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Buh-Bye Roots


 I have needed to dye my hair for AGES.
It had gone a gingery brown and didn’t suit me in the slightest,
So I thought I’d do a nice easy before & after post…


BEFORE



AFTER



-insert sigh of relief-

I need a haircut so badly! The Frankie Sandford cut has grown out and is whisping round my neck day by day, growing it into a bob is taking for-ev-errrr.
(Hence the messy clipped up-do!)

Any suggestions on quick hair growth?

,
x

NB. PLEASE excuse the bad pictures, one was taken at 3am and the other.. well I don't really have an excuse! Just pure lazzzzzziiiiness.

In The Ears

Alexis Jordan - Good Girl
Emily Osment - LoveSick
E.T - Katy Perry & Kanye West


So this week it's all about the girly pop!
I'm kind of fooling myself into thinking it's already Summer, we had about 3 days of sunshine here in Norfolk, and I was wearing the most summery clothes you can imagine, you would've thought you'd slipped and fallen into Southern France in the midst of July!
These songs are so bouncy, cheesy and easy to sing-a-long to, just my cup of tea! :)

So I've decided on a holiday! (I'm so impulsive). As both mine and my boyfriends birthdays have been this month we thought instead of getting each other extravagant gifts we would just use the money for a holiday in a couple of months. Were thinking Turkey, it's dirt cheap and boiling hot - can't ask for more!

Have any of you lovely ladies been to Turkey? I'm basically asking is it safe? ha.

Enjoy the songs, and enjoy your day.

,
x

Desk VS. Vanity

One desk.
Two Ideas.
What Story Does Your Bedroom Tell?


I love my desk, it’s a gorgeous glass-topped pine wood table. But what should be on display here?

Should it be my laptop, diaries, books, and stationary? Or should it be my best friend – make up.

I’m a working woman, so I need my inner nerd to be only a reach away – but a working woman still needs to look her best right!?

After switching and changing for many weeks now, I have decided.

Make up can no longer be my soul mate.

[Cue violins]

Your bedroom can say so much about you, mine is filled with clothes, jewellery, scatter cushions, candles and as of late, make up. But I don’t want my first impression on someone to be ‘insecure teenage girl’ (we all know it’s not really what us make-up fanatics are… but that is the way of the world) so I have opted for the smart sophisticated WOMAN. The scatter cushions and candles can stay, but everything else needs to be out of the way of those judging eyes.

So hello bookworm, goodbye MAC.


What story does your boudoir tell?,

X


NB. This may sound like lots of people come into my bedroom, they DON’T. I just want a cleansed room for a fresh outlook on life, I can’t wear my make-up goggles anymore.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

These Boots Are Made For Walking... All Over My Superstitions

Who defines superstition?

Apparently 3 drains are unlucky if you walk across them, but in order to avoid them you have to face other obstacles.

For example; today I’m walking to the nail bar – naive little me – I come across 3 drains and I’ve always been told it’s unlucky to walk over these, so I avoided them by walking in the road. And I nearly got hit by a car. Not just any car. But the car containing an ex-boyfriend and his friends. And yes they beeped their bloody horn. I could still hear them laughing as I realised I had nearly been run down.

"Cringe" just doesn't cut it.

So boots, next time we’re walking all over those 3 drains.

On the other hand… Don’t my nails look nice?
I guess not walking over those drains meant I came home super cautious looking super chic.





,
x

Bouncing Back

We have had an unexcuseable long break from blogging,
but we're back with a bang.


Thank you so much to all of you lovely ladies who have hung on in there!
SO much has happened, but that is all to follow (very!) soon.

Keep smiling & enjoy the sunshine,


Ciao,
x

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

What We're Loviiiin'

Now we're in the swing of getting more blogs out to you all, we felt as though we should share a few things with you, just a random selection of what is keeping us smiling at the moment <3



Memories






MAC Wonder woman collection (didn't want to do a whole post as everyone is!)

Give it to us nowwww!! Along with the Lady Gaga range, that would be peachy.


Our pets <3





Feeling lonely?
Grab your pets and cuddle up in bed with them.


Big fat gypsy weddings

(source: google images)

This programme has been on TV before, but there's a brand new series now. It's fascinating watching someone elses way of life. But although travellers have this image about themselves, watching this programme just changed it all 100% for me. There are so many strict rules within their community (no sex or alcohol before marriage, young girls can't leave the house unaccompanied, not allowed a job) but they obey them all, and when asked they said they wouldn't change a thing about their lives - it left me thinking, they're so happy with their restricted lives but then a typical young english girl is as free as a bird but is always trying to rebel. This is what I hate about England - there's always something people can find to complain about "it's too sunny, it's too cold, it's too dry, it's too wet" I'm just sick of it - take me away, LA/Australia wherever you fancy! OR JUST LET ME BE A TRAVELLER SO I CAN HAVE AN AMAZING DRESS!

How are you guys?
We're house hunting, job hunting, life hunting as always!

Don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube account (:

altbeauty92

xx

Monday, 17 January 2011

Youtube - Tag: This or that?

Hey guys!
We've finally recorded our first video for Youtube, it' a 'This or That' tag
It's up on youtube right now so don't forget to subscribe and
follow us on twitter!
 
 
Click below to watch the video (:
 
 
 
 
We had a good time recording it so if all goes well we'll be recording another within the next few days, so go easy on us! Let us know if you have any constructive criticism for us, any videos you would like to see, or your own channels for us to have a nose around!
altbeauty92
xx

Saturday, 15 January 2011

E.L.F Haul & Some New Products

  Before you start reading this, the pictures are poor quality as I was in a mad rush to take them before I went to work. I don't even know why I decided to chose that time in which to do it. Duuur!
So please accept our apology :)


So after watching countless Youtube videos of AMAZING make up collections mine looked slightly pathetic, to say the least. This spurred me on to finally do my first E.L.F purchase.
It arrived quickly, they even text me when it was dispatched which I found great. I've always thought E.L.F has come across as a real hit or miss, so this is to let you lovely ladies know how I'm getting on!

My order:
Blush (Innocence, Shy, Coy)
Hypershine Lip Gloss (Vixen, Flirt, Honey)
Lipstick (Classy, Posh)
Concealer (Light Beige)
Nail Polish (Mint Green)
32 Piece Eye Palette

Everything was neatly packaged and in great condition, except this:

(Classy)

It literally made me gag - the lipstick had quite obviously been used, then snapped & came complete with a nice long thick hair! I know it was cheap, but COME ON. It was sealed within all of the plastic, the same as the other products so god knows when it could've happened!
Is it even worth me getting my £3 back?!
Apart from this - the other products are good.

Blush

(Innocence, Shy, Coy)

The blushers are in awkward packaging, a slide mechanism that had me scratching my head for a moment. They're fairly powdery & loose when applied, but as I've said before, they weren't expensive so I can't be too unhappy about it! Despite this, they do look nice when applied.

32 Piece Eye Palette


I was very impressed with the 32 piece palette, some colours really jumped out at me, there's a gorgeous gold shade which I can't wait to team up with MAC Gold Reflects!

Lip gloss

(L'Oreal Glam Shine Sheer Cassis, L'Oreal Glam Shine Oriental Fuchsia, Vixen, Flirt, Honey, MAC Dazzleglass Bare Necessity, MAC Dazzleglass Sugarrimmed)
The E.L.F lip glosses are okay, they're very simple so the colours don't seem to stay around for long once applied, also, I find them quite sticky which is never a nice feeling.
The L'Oreal Glam Shine lip glosses are great, the colour just pops! I would recommend buying yourself one of these because they have such a nice feel to them when applied & the heart shaped wand gives great coverage and makes it easier to avoid any mess.
MAC Dazzleglass, well I think you can all predict that I'll rate them highest - it just proves, you get what you pay for!

Lipstick


(Posh, MAC Pink Friday LE, Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Pink)

The other lipstick purchased from E.L.F is really nice! The only thing I don't like is the packaging. You know when you're young and you get given those £2 lipsticks for Halloween or whatever and they smell and feel like a toy - well that's how I felt about this lipstick, until I applied it and it looked really nice. The colour seems to stay put for a while!
I'm loving lipstick these days, I can't get enough! Which is why I just HAD to have the MAC LE Pink Friday lipstick, you can see where I've swatched how bold it is, it's a really opaque pink & it's by Nicki Minaj so I can't complain!
The Rimmel lipstick isn't really a new purchase, I just forgot how complimenting it is on your lips.

Nail Polish

(Mint Green)

This product didn't impress me at all. This picture was taken after a base coat and 3 actual coats. However the colour is nice once it's been caked on, so I will be wearing it again - just when I have a lot of spare time!

So to conclude, E.L.F was a disappointment - give me MAC any day.

Have any of you had similar experiences with E.L.F? Or am I being stuck up and sensitive to the fact it was so cheap?

altbeauty92
xx

Project 365


One of our New Years resolutions was to take a picture every day for a year, we've seen this on other blogs and decided we want to be able to look back on 2011 and have a trigger for our memories. For example the picture above is one of the few we have together from our holiday to Corfu last year :(
This is why we've added a new page at the top to share our pictures with you across the year.

Sorry we haven't been blogging! Had a very busy few weeks (mostly partying) but we will get pictures up and reviews written in no time.
Enjoy your week! 

altbeauty92

Friday, 14 January 2011

Outfit of the day - 01

FTDHey ladies, we hit the city last night and we always mean to do an OOTD when we go out but never remember - last night we did!
Harriet
Wearing:
White top - New Look
Pink vest top - Topshop
High waisted jeans - Topshop
Wedges - New Look
Necklace - Charity shop
Watch - ICE
Alexandra
Wearing:
Stripy top - New Look
Trousers (with attached belt) - River Island
Wedges - New Look
Necklace - Topshop
Sorry about poor quality photos, we were at a friend's flat and were doing our best not to include the bright pink domestos in the corner!
What have you ladies been up to recently? We can't stop partying these days! We'll always be out until the lights are on.
 
altbeauty92
xx