Thursday, 30 December 2010

What I got for christmas...

Long before I became a 'blogger' I would read other beauty blogs and would especially love any haul or birthday/christmas treat related post. This is because I am a shopaholic and a tad nosy so here is mine. Photo heavy, here are just a few of the lovely things I have received this christmas.

Illamasqua blush Excite - A true dolly peach which is just gorgeous!

Light swatch of Excite - Illamasqua

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl over Illamasqua Excite (photo not being kind creates a beautiful subltle glow)
Benefit Girl meets pearl...a more workable version of Highbeam has more slide to it than it's predecessor but the same beautiful pink pearl highlight effect

Philosophy Warm and Toasty - Espresso , buttered rum and cocoa.....erm no I will not get out of the bath yet!

The Urban Decay New York Palette - yes it's gimmicky, yes it's larger than need be but come on it lights up! Gorgeous especially 'loaded' also get 2 24/7's and a mini PP...perfect!
Front Cover Hot rods - Imagine Urban Decay 24/7's with a smudger on the end and easier to in love
Cult Classic Orgasm, Pillow talk and sex machine in the 'love set'

Swatch of Front Cover Hot Rods 
Molten brown yummies - My faves being Eucalyptus and Gingerly (a scent I already have in the sparkling eau de toilette. It makes you feel instantly warm and cosy)

To top all of these wonderful treats off I also received a new cream coat with black piping detail, a gorgeous chiffon pink scarf, a Suzy Smith 'grown up' lady bag, Pj's Chocolates, Bangles, CD's, Belle de Opium + Jean Paul Gaultier Madame perfume (my amy perfume as my boy calls it) and a partridge in a pear treeeeee. Thank you santa! 

I also got so many fabulous books which deserve a whole new post just for them. I have literally 10 pictures of inspiration I need to recreate, my favourite being a turquoise Sophia Loren look from 1963 which oozes glamour. 

Wishing you all a very very happy and prosperous new year filled with all the love and laughter you desire....2011 will be a good year I can just feel it!


Monday, 27 December 2010

Huge christmas surprise!

Hello all, I hope you have all had an amazingly magical christmas filled with delightful food, drink and lots of presents.

So I have some news, let me set the scene.

Christmas morning 7am wrapping paper everywhere toys strewn all over the floor, Miss Jones ogling her new toys when my boy appears at my feet with our son by his side gift in hand....a small square box.


No fancy fireworks, no gimmicks just my boy and our gorgeous son in our home on christmas morning. I could not have been more surprised or more happy. 

So thats my news, Miss Jones is going to be a Mrs Corrigan : ) 

Post to follow with the nitty grittys of the new make up!

Lots of Love 

Enjoy the rest of the Christmas holidays


Wednesday, 15 December 2010

And the winner is........

******Girl In the City Glasgow********

Please send me your address doll so I can get it on it's way to you.....should reach you by next April with the post as it is ; )

Congratulations and enjoy!!!!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Christmas wish list ramble

Firstly a huge thank you to all the Facebook lot and the lovely bloggers for lending some much needed advice regarding my troublesome skin.

The word up on that front is (according to my GP) all due to those little darlings that we call hormones so I shall not bore you with the particulars but my skin is on the mend quicker than I thought possible. So hopefully one can banish the industrial strength concealer! Result!

Secondly there has been a distinct lack of updates or 'looks' of any kind. That my little sugarplums is because I have been walking around looking like something the cat dragged in. I love love love christmas but I feel like the past 3 weeks have been nothing but hectic and i'm still not done!

3 more presents to get, 4 parcels to be delivered and about 60 cards to write. I have also decided that I am going to embark on a day of baking festive goodies and fresh cinnamon rolls for christmas morning breakfast  to create a super sugary sweet ambience for my baby boys first proper christmas morning.  So my mind has been pretty much swirling with sugar, ribbons and bows as opposed to lipstick, gloss and glitter.....not for long though!

I have the urge to do something craaaazy I have been a make up bore for weeks now sticking to my bronzer, nudes and mascara combo. Hell, Miss Jones talks bore off more like. But this saturday is my works party and I am going to cram my face with as much glitter and gloss as it will hold!

On to my wish list....

Nars Love set....I just want it no explanation needed

Illamasqua blush in excite see swatch here courtesy of flickr..just because my life would be complete if I were to have a true peach blush to tinkle on my apples of a morning

Vogue The covers book..inspiration

Chocolates...because thats what christmas is about eating sugar for 48-72 hours non stop

Novelty Pyjamas....Essential as a result of the previous want, when jeans feel like they are cutting into your intestines

The Naked and Famous Album (listen to a little here)  to bop along to as I slob in said novelty pj's whilst eating the chocolates

If I was to be lucky enough to receive these gifts I promise to be a good girl for the whole of 2011.

What is everyone else hoping to unwrap christmas morning?


Monday, 6 December 2010

Skincare SOS Calling all bloggers help needed!

Aaaaaahhhh what the hell is going on!

I have been battling with my skin for the past few months at first I put it down to stress, then to using too many new products, then to hormones, diet in fact just about everything you can think I have blamed it on.

So to try and rectify the situation I have banished all new fangled products and have gne back to basics.

By basics I mean basics, these were the products I used all through my university years (when sleep was lacking and alcohol was plentiful) yet my skin was always ok.

So im using boots sensitive foaming facial wash twice daily, Boots vitamin E moisturiser twice
 daily, bio oil to remove eye make up, boots sensitive wipes to remove stubborn make up and good old TCP/Savlon or tea tree oil to treat the odd stubborn spot.

Money was tight as a student and the majority of the money I had went on clothes not on skincare hence why all of the products are cheap and boots own brand. However let it be said that these have never let me down.

As an alternative to an exfoliator I use a muslin cloth with my foaming wash when I feel my skin needs a pick me up.

I have been doing my new boring I mean basic routine for 2 weeks and my skin is getting better but still not what it was. Apparently i'm 'over reacting' according to everyone I bore with my skin 'problem' which I may well be, i'm not saying my face is covered in spots but I know it is not in it's usual state at the moment for me. I would not feel confident going sans base to the shop which is ridiculous for a grown woman to feel.

I used to be the kind of girl that could get away with using a little concealer and bronzer with no base but now I need a good coverage everyday. I think this is what is causing havoc with my my pores. Its a real catch 22.

The only other things I can think is that I did stop drinking my usual 2L of water which I used to do religiously. But surely H20 cant affect skin so much...maybe it can!

So my new plan is to drink lots and lots of water, I find having a pint pot filled with water or a large bottle always with you is the easiest way. If i'm cleaning I will have a huge glass filled with water near the sink so I keep drinking and make sure I refill at least once before my cleaning is finished.

When at the gym I will make sure I drink two 500ml bottles instead of one, I have also tried to avoid fizzy drinks which is hard because I am actually addicted..oh sweet sweet bubbles be mine.

So thats all really i'm cutting down on chocolate (HARD) increasing water, exercising more and keeping my skin free from any gorgeous smelling products (BORING)

But what I want to know is why? why now at 25 years of age is my skin acting like that of a pre pubescent girl.  Has anyone else had the same problem. I would really really appreciate any advice you have or any magic products to make my skin glow with health.

FYI - My skin type is sensitive/combination and my main breakout areas are my cheeks and forehead

One other thought I had was maybe it's linked to having my son. My skin was lovely and clear throughout pregnancy and the first few months after having him but problems started when my cycle kicked in properly. Oh I don't now i'm sick of summising, short of putting a paper bag over my head i'm at my wits end!