I have always loved The Body Shop Body Butter ($17.50) and it is the only lotion that I would use on my body religiously – I am usually too lazy to apply lotion after I shower *lol*
These babies come in cute, colorful tubs and they smell so good I literally want to eat them! The texture is also nice and thick and it does spread like butter. Plus it is non-greasy and sinks right into your skin, leaving it baby soft and moisturized for up to 24 hours!
There is currently a deal going on in the UK where you can get a 200ml tub at half price (£6 as supposed to £12) so run to your nearest counter and pick one up!
Flavors That I Love
* Brazil Nut
This summer we are seeing blue eyeshadow paired with pink lips everywhere.
#1 Tropical Look
||Taken from The Body Shop 2007 Summer Tropics collection, this look screams hot and is great for those with a tan or darker skin – light skinned girls should steer clear of this to avoid looking drag-queeny.
* Rim your entire upper and lower lash line with a navy kohl pencil. Next, smudge a shimmery teal eyeshadow all over your upper and lower eyelid. Apply several coats of mascara.
* Add an extra pop of color by sweeping a bright pink color on your apples.
* With color this bright, you definitely need to start out with moisturized lips. Next, whip out your lip liner for a little definition and apply a shimmery hot pink or magenta lip gloss onto your lips.
#2 Icy Look
||For a more understated look, try Shiseido Maquillage’s 2007 Summer collection which is better suited to those with pale skin.
* Sweep a baby blue or sky blue eyeshadow all over your upper and lower eyelid. Line your lower inner rim with a white pencil. Finish the look by curling your lashes and applying several coats of mascara.
* Define your cheekbones with just a hint of peachy blush.
* Slick on a medium pink lip gloss.
Move over MAC, Barry M Fine Glitter Dust and Dazzle Dust are like the hottest thing right now!
Used by celebs like Jamelia, Christina Aguilera and Girls Aloud, these loose powder eyeshadows are available only in the UK and are comparable, if not better, to MAC’s pigments and glitters. They come in a little glass jar with a black plastic lid just like MAC Fluidlines, only smaller in size. There are a total of over 60 gorgeous colors to choose from, which are all shimmery and highly pigmented. The Dazzle Dusts are just like MAC Pigments while the Glitter Dusts are the same but mixed with tiny pieces of glitter. They are both uber fine, smooth and totally non-gritty. Plus they are super easy to blend and stay on for hours too! I *love* wearing these when I go clubbing – they just make my eyes sparkle!
I currently own the following five colors and I am definitely going to get more:
From Left to Right: Chocolate, Old Gold, Pale Purple, Purple and Blue Grey
Sold exclusively in the UK, Barry M Liquid Eyeliner comes in an array of wearable colors to make your eyes pop.
I have Black and Brown, both of which are intensely pigmented and I reach for them almost on a daily basis.
The felt-tip applicator is great for creating a thin to thick line and really helps the color go on easily without tugging the skin. The liner also stays on for hours and never flakes or smudges. Definitely a no-brainer that is great for anyone. I am never going back to my Inoui liner again!
Barry M Liquid Eyeliner is available at Boots and Superdrug in the UK for £4.50 (~$9).
I have been getting a lot of e-mails and requests regarding this topic so here is a comparison of the three. Hope you guys find it useful!
||* widely available
* a tube can last up to 3 months
* easiest to use
|* problem of smudging/flaking/clumping
* needs to be removed at the end of the day
* constant use can cause lashes to become dry and brittle
||* can provide a subtle to really dramatic effect
* can be customized for different styles and lengths
* no smudging/flaking/clumping
* minimal damage to lashes
* a pair can last up to 2 weeks
* relatively cheap
|* application requires practice and time
* needs to be moved at the end of the day
* risk of falling off if not glued on properly
||* looks most natural
* can last up to 4 weeeks
* can be customized
* no smudging/flaking/clumping
|* most expensive
* needs to be done professionally at a salon
* results can be uneven
* cannot be used with oil-based removers
So what’s my favorite you ask? If you look at the list of pros and cons, you probably would have guessed it – yes false lashes! I used to use mascara every day (L’oreal’s Voluminous was my HG) but it made my lashes really brittle and they kept falling out. So I gave fake eyelashes a shot and all I can say is I will never go back to mascara. I wear Ardell falsies on a daily basis and I have never been happier. I also tried Ardell’s lash extension kit. I totally loved the results but it is just too high maintenance. Read my review here.