Monday, 27 September 2010

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As many will know and perhaps some will not; October is breast cancer awareness month. This is a time of year where so many get together to push the cause and help the countless charities reach that same goal. Obviously a cure is right up there at the top, but on the way these charities are working towards more effective treatments, better aftercare and support and most of all awareness; teaching women (and men) to check themselves regularly and to know their bodies and campaigning for more government funding.

I think the effectiveness of treatment is hugely important. My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. She started radiotherapy which didn't work. She then started chemo. That didn't work. Finally they operated. That didn't work. At 39 she died in late 2006 having spent the last 3 years of her life in pain. The research they're doing today means patients won't need to go through treatment after treatment without knowing whether it will work or not. How awesome would it be for them to be able to say to someone: "Radiotherapy will work for you, you'll be cancer free in 4 months"? Amazing. Aftercare is crucial; providing a support system not just for the patient but for the family and friends. There's a woman on YouTube by the name of April Capil. An amazing woman whose videos inspire cancer patients and survivors alike. She does makeup tutorials and inspirational videos and is a prime example of how care should be. One on one, life affirming and self esteem boosting.

There are misconceptions about breast cancer. Some believe that you're only at risk if a close family member has had it, though only 1 in 5 diagnosed have a significant family history. Men don't realise they can be affected too - around 300 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK. Sadly, 70 of those men and 12000 out of nearly 46000 women die from breast cancer each year - 1300 of those women are under 50.

There's a bright side. Despite the figures, more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before thanks to research funded by these charities. Unfortunately, the government only supply around 1/3 of the funding needed which is why the generosity of the public is so crucial. Every penny counts. Regular (monthly, quarterly, anual) donations are the best way for these organisations to survive and keep doing their work; it means they have regular funding rather than having a huge chunk of money throughout October then flat lining in November onwards.

These are a few charities I urge you to consider supporting:

Breast Cancer Care
Cancer Research UK
Breast Cancer Campaign
Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Each charity will focus on different aspects of cancer; some will focus on care, some on research. There are countless charities outside the UK as well but if I talked about those, I would be talking about something I know nothing about! Get on Google, talk to people. Cancer affects 1 in 3 people in their lifetime - whether it be through your own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a friend or family member. It's something close to everyone's heart.

Giving up a glass of wine a week will mean you can donate a tenner a month - and if you tick that little Gift Aid box (if you've paid tax in the last 3 years I believe), the charity can claim back an extra 17p per pound! Like any charitable donation, it is tax deductible.

One of my favourite lines when I was fundraising for Breast Cancer Campaign (yes, I knocked on your door and asked you for money and I'm damn proud of it!) - especially for the fellas - Do you like boobs? Yes?

Save some then.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

MAC Venomous Villains

When I first heard about this collection in July, I wasn't all that excited about it. Then I saw the preview images and it perked me up a little bit...but I didn't fall in love with anything. I thought the packaging looked like your little sister had put stickers all over your brand new makeup.

The launch date grew closer and I kept thinking about it, and I'm browsing through the various VV haul videos and blog posts that have come out, I'm really liking it.

I'm not the biggest fan of MAC nail polishes. They're pretty colours and some are unique and very interesting but I don't think the formulation is on par with the price so I tend to opt out of purchasing them. However, I do think I'll be picking up Formidable!. Keep it on the down low - I'm meant to be on a ban.

I've also got my heart set on a blush: Bite of an Apple - a matte coral pink, beauty powder in Briar Rose and French Quarter greasepaint stick. My mind will probably change when I see everything in front of me.

Anything you've got your eye on?

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Forever 21 SHIP TO THE UK!

Yeah, you read correctly.

I might be very, very late in reporting this but I've only just seen this on their website after popping on to have a quick browse.

Shipping rates are quite steep at $34.95 - $44.95 depending on how much you spend. Plus you've got to take into account the customs charges you'll inevitably have to pay. Paying $34.95 for shipping when your purchases can't come to over 18 quid (to avoid that dreaded customs letter from Parcelforce) seems a little silly to me (same reason why I stop myself from ordering from Cherry Culture) so for now I think that if I ever really, really want anything I'll resort to having them bought on my behalf by Jackie. Because we have an agreement. Right? Right.

It's still exciting! I'm thinking of possibly heading up to Birmingham when the F21 store up there opens up but we'll see. Interesting choice for their first store on the other side of the pond. I did hear they were opening one up in Westfield which is much I'll wait.

Some of my old fashion illustrations...

I really miss doing work like this. I miss painting too.





I still take photographs and do still take on freelance work when I'm offered it...but I'm constantly pining to be creative in some way and most photographic jobs don't offer me that. I miss waking up and feeling excited about making something new that day. I miss most if not all of my possessions having at least one speck of paint on them.

I think tomorrow, I'll get a small canvas out and see what I can do.

PS: You can find a small selection of my work here.

Have a wonderful week!

Chrissy xx

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Review: Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly

As I've said before, I've had quite a complicated past with Lush Shower Jellies. When I first received one, I was a Lush virgin and didn't know what the hell do to with it! What happened? It disappeared down the plug'ole and I was sad. I believe it was a Christmas one...champagne something? Champagne Snow Showers - good old Google.


What Lush say about Sweetie Pie:

"Sweet and sophisticated fruitiness. Lashings of blackcurrant and bergamot essential oils in a sour cherry and coconut jelly make this about as fruity as you can get. It is incredibly difficult to resist taking a spoonful. Instead, take a handful and smooth it over your hair and body. Passing strangers will smell you and find their minds wandering to fruit pastilles."

When I first used it (after researching how to use them!) I immediately thought of Ribena. The delicious smell of blackcurrant is what first hits you. Inbetween the blackcurrant and the whiff of bergamot...ohh GLITTER! Yes. Glitter. Subtle glitter which doesn't glue itself to your skin once you've rinsed off - a sparkly shower is always good times. I do love this shower jelly; love the scent, love the way it subtly lingers even a few hours later and love that it lasts absolutely ages. I've used it twice a day since I received it about a month and a half ago, closer to two months and it's only just starting to run out. I've got about 4 or 5 showers left in it and it's the small 100g pot.

I've most definitely changed my mind about shower jellies and will be trying more soon. Woosh, you're mine.

How I used it:

Put on some exfoliating gloves, got 'em wet, rubbed a tiny amount (literally about the size of a thumbnail) between my palms and watched it lather right up...then rubbed all over and rinsed off! I find it helps to use the gloves or a loofah, otherwise clumsy young ladies like myself find it slipping and sliding all over the show.

Photos nicked from

How I Clean My Brushes + Makeup

I've always thought there isn't really a right or wrong way to clean makeup brushes. Sure, there's the whole "don't dry them standing upright" rule but there aren't really any with regards to what to use and how to do it. Except you know...don't soak the buggers in bleach.

So this is what I do:

Every day, immediately after use:

White face towel - cheapies from ASDA, 50 odd pence for a pack of 4.
e.l.f. Daily Brush Cleaner, £3.50 from

1. Spray brush cleaner on brush
2. Swipe across towel a few times, then in a zig-zag motion
3. Spray again to make sure all product is gone

Once every two weeks:

Simple baby shampoo - available from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets, about £1.50
Alcohol, got mine for under a quid at the chemist down the road

1. Squeeze a palmful of baby shampoo into a dish
2. Add 2-3 drops of alcohol and mix.
3. Wet bristles with warm water, taking care not to wet the ferrule
4. Dip brush into the mixture and swipe across hand a few times, then in a zig-zag motion
5. Rinse product out of bristles with warm water, gently squeeze dry.
6. Repeat.
7. Lay flat on a towel, slightly tiled downwards. I do this by folding the edge of a hand towel over a few times to create a "pillow"

I hang kabuki brushes upside down to dry (elastic hairband, paperclips and the doorknob - it's all a huge operation) so they keep their shape.

I also disinfect my powder and cream makeup every 2 months. I lay all my products out - open - on a towel and lightly mist alcohol over them, wait for them to dry then put them away. This is also a good opportunity to throw away expired products or get rid of things I just don't use anymore.

Though there are a million videos and blog posts on this, I hope it helps someone out there!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Birthday + Christmas Wishlist

So my birthday is coming up at the beginning of November then right after that is Christmas! I state the obvious...I'm good at that. THEN in January, is John's birthday.

My boyfriend and I have decided to write wishlists that we can pick and choose from and set a budget. He won't mind me saying this: I am excellent at buying him presents. The last gift I got him (bar clothing and random stuff I see that I think he might like...usually involves chocolate) was an Xbox 360. Now he gets me really adorable and thoughtful gifts but they're always things I can't really use in day to day life. So we're going for practical. Practical of course includes makeup. A lot of makeup.

Here we go...


Dolly Mix blush

227 brush

109 brush

Soft Ochre paint pot

Vanilla pan eyeshadow

Wedge pan eyeshadow

Sketch pan eyeshadow

By Candlelight MSF

Myth lipstick

Why not chuck in a couple more pro palettes and a quad. Please. Love you!

Estee Lauder:

Blue Dahlia palette

Miu Miu:

Vitello Lux bag in Nero...long shot but why the frack not eh? I can't seem to find this on sale ANYWHERE online though!

Dolce & Gabbana:

Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Ocean (DROOL!)


Pure Lipstick in Tea Rose


A kitten
Hot chocolate from Hotel Chocolat
My own Starbucks
My own shirtless cocktail mixer (even though I don't drink anymore)
My student overdraft paid off
A new phone - a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 would be nice
A shopping spree in Boots...
...then Superdrug

You have exactly one month and 25 days.

THANKS BABY!!! xxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

I carry around a lot of crap...

I'll make this quick...

The bag I usually carry around is one I've written about before here.



There are a few compartments which is perfect for me as I tend to throw a good 3/4 of my life in my bag just to make my life that much easier...note the sarcasm.


Outside pocket holds my Oyster card, phone (not pictured but it's a crappy old Sony Ericsson) and these two silver rings that I need to have polished. Keeping them there reminds me...sort of.


Inner pocket holds a tatty pack of gum and a pen.


First half carries my umbrella - a must in England, sunglasses - not so much a must in England, my glasses and makeup bag. Also a few random receipts.


Inside my makeup bag (from Primark - bargain!)

A few brushes: No7 eyeshadow brush - short handle so it's perfectly sized. A sponge tip/brush that came with a Paul & Joe palette, Lancome blush brush that came with (surprise surprise) a blush and a Shu Uemura powder brush - again has a short handle.
Accessories: Little mirror, hairband.
Lips: Natural Collection lipstick in Autumn Sunset - one of my faves. e.l.f. mineral lipstick in Nicely Nude. NYX gloss in Queen of Africa.
Eyes: Chanel liner I'm trying to use up, sample sized Benefit Bad Gal Lash, purple palette I bought from Hong Kong.
Face: MAC Studio Fix, Natural Collection blush (I forget the shade name)and MAC Studio Finish concealer
L'Occitane hand cream - freebie in a magazine.


Next compartment has my wallet (River Island), diary (Paperchase), camera, keys and random bits of paper/receipts.


Zipped compartment in the middle holds tampons, hand sanitizer, heartburn chews (gross) and usually paracetamol/tylenol. I get headaches and migranes a lot. I also usually have a clear nail polish and whatever colour polish I'm wearing that day in case of chips.

So that's it! Pretty boring huh?

What's in your bag?

Tiny e.l.f. Haul

A couple weeks ago I decided to put in an order for a few elf products I've been wanting for a while. I was running low on brush cleaner too so I ordered 2 back ups. Also picked up doubles of a couple things and another eyeshadow quad for a friend who isn't able to get elf where she lives so I thought it might be a nice little gift.



I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the £1.50 eyeshadow quad I purchased a few months ago so decided to pick up another, this time in Rocker. You get a glittery white, a shimmery peach and purple and a glittery black. Pigmentation is decent, great for the price. With these shadows, the glitter actually stays on your lid unlike others *cough* Nars *cough* and though a little chalky, they blend well. I'm a sucker for packaging though...and this doesn't do it for me sadly...but for £1.50...


Another product I've been wanting is their mineral lipstick in Nicely Nude. It's lovely. Goes on smoothly, colour is gorgeous and best of all it's just effortless. I could easily smear this on without a mirror and feel confident that I don't look like a rabid asylum escapee. I did my research before purchasing and knew not to expect a nude like the name suggests. It's a light pink with a mauvey undertone and subtle golden shimmer making it very wearable. It's soft and moisturising but not particularly long lasting. At £3.50 a pop, I'll be picking up a few more shades.

Next, 2 back up daily brush cleaners. The smell is pretty overpowering but it doesn't linger. Does a great job at spot cleaning. Also picked up another eyeshadow brush...for the hell of it!


Lastly the blush/bronzer duo from their studio line. Again, £3.50. This is meant to be a dupe for Nars Orgasm/Laguna duo and whilst I don't have either to compare there are reviews I've read that better compare the blush to Deep Throat. I only have a couple problems with this and neither are major. They're quite powdery and I wouldn't say the bronzer could be used for contouring as it's shimmery...but that's just me!

Have you ever purchased anything from e.l.f? What did you think of it/what are your faves?

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Small (mostly) Urban Decay Haul

I FINALLY managed to get the Naked palette! I know, I know...I'm late...but for whatever reason, my House Of Fraser didn't have an Urban Decay stand and if they did, the sales assistants gave me their usual snotty "naaaaa dunnaaaa" attitude (I live in Croydon...anyone who's been here/watched the news will understand) so I walked out and never went back. A week later, I saw a stand in Boots - almost hidden - and picked up the last one which one cheeky mare had stashed at the back of the stand behind the Big Fatty mascaras and eyeshadows! Since they were having a 3 for 2 offer...of COURSE I gave in and picked up All Nighter and UDPP in Sin. I believe the offer is still going so head down to Boots to take advantage!


Also picked up another MeMeMe Blush Box this time in Rouge. I also have Coral and Pink. Coral is by far my favourite with Rouge coming in a close second.

Hair dye...self explanatory...will try and get John to take photos of the results. I'm dyeing (cringe) to get the red out of my hair. Anyone who has any tips - pleeease share!



I won't post swatches as I'm sure that if you haven't picked up the palette yourself, you've seen 3009 blog posts and YouTube vids about's so pretty...

So that's it! Have you bought the Naked palette? Do you love it? Of course you do...

Sunday, 12 September 2010

MAC Pulls Rodarte Collection

MAC have decided to pull the controversial Rodarte collection, scheduled for release this month. I'm not entirely surprised by this and I don't think anyone else is.


Plenty of bloggers out there have written about this so I won't repeat it. Below are a few posts about the collection in case you're not familiar with it.

Vex In The City
Get Lippie
London Beauty Queen

What do you think of the collection? Was the promise of donations enough to redeem both MAC and Rodarte?

Coming up: What's in my bag/purse, How I clean my brushes & what I use, LUSH reviews.

Monday, 6 September 2010

MAC Holiday Collection 2010

Aptly named A Tartan Tale, MAC's 2010 Holiday Collection features tartan themed and wonderfully stylish packaging, gorgeous wearable colours for Autumn/Winter and as usual; beautiful gift sets any girl (or guy) would be happy to receive.
The collection presents adorable themed shade names like My Highland Honey powder blush and The Faerie Glen lipstick.



The collection launches in October so start writing up your wishlist! (and tell me what's on it!)

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Givenchy Blooming Collection

Launching this month is Givenchy's Blooming Collection for Autumn/Winter 2010. I'm adoring the visuals. Combining fresh pinks with deep blues, this collection gives a lovely, refreshing take on A/W against the upcoming season's usual darker shades.


Le Prisme Yeux Quatour:


L-R: Purple Show, Midnight, Pastel Model


L-R: Khaki Egerie, Blue Collection, Sienna Silhouette

Le Prisme Blush:


Blooming Pink

Le Prisme Visage:


Blooming Pinks, Blooming Apricots

Gloss Interdit:


Blooming Coral

Le Vernis:


Blooming Pink

There's more in the collection but these are the products I'm most excited about and will be looking at.


August Wins & Fails

So I think I'm going to start doing these favourites slash regrets posts. I like to be with the in crowd yanno?


Models Own polishes - beautiful formulation, great staying power.
Pantene Aqua Light shampoo & conditioner - really is super light and a delight to use.
MUA MakeUp Academy makeup - bargain and beautiful pigmentation.
Swaps! - need I say more? Well...I have.
MAC Humid eyeshadow - a perfect shade to transition into autumn/winter makeup.


Maybelline Dream Mousse eyeshadows - next to no pigmentation, difficult to work with.
Barry M body glitter - falls off within 3 seconds of applying it. Don't ask why I decided to wear body glitter...
Clinique Superfit foundation - lovely on though!

What are your wins and fails?

Friday, 3 September 2010

(Mostly) A Brush Haul

I picked up a few brushes today as well as an adorable pair of earrings and Grease Lightning from Lush.


Serious breakout going on in the chin area and I'd given the last of my beloved Grease Lightning to John's little brother to try out so I layered on the slap and headed out to buy some more. I really do feel this works. Within one day my blemishes are significantly reduced in size and day two leaves a colourless bump on my skin - much easier to conceal than a huge red beast.


The earrings...are lovely. I like cute little things like this. On top of that, they were cheeeap! A couple quid at Primark. They have a ton of statement jewellery in at the moment so go and have a look, fill your basket and play dress up when you get home!


These two Shu Uemura brushes are lovely and soft. The number 14 (synthetic) brush is like many Shu brushes; multi purpose. It's described as being a foundation brush. It's a little small for me as a foundation brush but is the perfect size for concealing large areas or getting into the little nooks and crannies of your face with foundation. The number 17 (pony/squirrel hair) brush is the perfect brush for highlighting. It distributes product beautifully and diffuses it for a natural glow. I haven't used it for any cream products yet but I'm sure I'll get round to it.

The MAC 189 is a large foundation brush with synthetic fibers. I have the 190 and it's too small for me. I like a quick application and this allows me to do that. Flawlessly. As you'd expect, it's soft and perfectly formed for both powder and cream/liquid application. I'm really looking forward to using this more.


The eos lip balm that I got sent in my swap - in love! Couldn't have come at a more perfect time either as I've just lost my Lush lip balm and my Lizzy Arden 8 Hour Cream is a little heavy considering the humidity at the moment.


This is how NOT to bake cookies. Thanks John.

I also picked up a bunch of gifts so I won't show those but I put in an e.l.f. order today so I'll be posting that as soon as it arrives!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Another one of these things...

Good for passing the time...and making yourself feel better by thinking anyone is actually interested in your life...which they are not...

Hi, my name is: Christina
Never in my life have I been: on heroin
The one person who can drive me nuts is: my mama for being so damn hardheaded sometimes!
High school was: a difficult time but less stressful
When I'm nervous: I crack my knuckles, pee A LOT, drink a lot of water
The last time I cried was: this morning when the postman left.
If I were to get married right now my maid of honor would be: I honestly don't have any really, really close girl friends. So I have no idea. Probably dress my cat up as a chick. He'll do.
My hair is: Medium brown and long
When I was 10: I stole a ton of my brother's porn to sell to my guy friends.
Last Christmas: we didn't do presents because we were struggling. Not this year!
I should be: cleaning the bedroom.
When I look down I see: my boobies!
The happiest recent event was: finding out my ma is doing much better (health wise) this morning!
If I were a character on 'That 70 's Show' I'd be: Jackie
By this time next year: we'll have (hopefully) moved to a new place of our own or back to Hong Kong!
I have a hard time understanding: why people don't think...
There's this girl I know that: doesn't shower for days at a time. We don't speak.
You know I like you when: I make fun of you or am being rude/sarcastic.
If I won an award, the first person I would tell would be: my brother!
Take my advice: and don't fall asleep chewing gum or eating toffee. It's gross and ruins your new haircut.
Something that I really want to buy is: just about everything I see.
If you visited the place I was born: you'd sweat 4 inches off your body and leave in debt.
I plan to visit: CUBA
If you spend the night at my house: you'll always get breakfast in the morning
I'd stop my wedding if: it didn't feel right
The world could do without: damn pigeons
Most recent thing I've bought myself: Nail polish
Most recent thing someone else bought me: MAKEUP! Tons of it! Heart you!
My favorite blonde is: JOHN!
My favorite brunette is: ME!
My middle name is: not public information
This morning I: wanted to sleep because I'd been up all night...again
The animals I would like to see flying besides birds are: Giraffes and cute!
Once, at a bar: I got hit in the back of the head with a metal pole. Wanna feel the dent in my skull? It's shexy.
Last night I was: trying to get to sleep! But instead, watched ANTM.
I don't know: anything
A better name for me would be: George.
Tomorrow I am: going back to the Post Office! YAY! (?) then possibly starting some new paintings
Tonight I am: Rushing to do everything I was meant to do today (clean house)
My birthday is: no big deal
I can sing: when I'm on my own

First Swap!

And it started with talks of a Sleek palette...

Yesterday, I received a package of the best kind. SWAP GOODIES!

There were a bunch of things I really wanted from the States and the lovely lady I swapped with wanted Sleek palettes. The rest was up to us! I absolutely adore everything she bought me and I hope she loves what I got her too. AND! Crazy little gem managed to find the Wet n Wild palette I wanted!



First up is a handful of glosses.


WetSlicks Fruit Spritzers in Papaya Splash


N.Y.C. Extreme Lip Glider in Metro Mauve


Revlon gloss in Pink Pop




NYX round glosses in Red Tint, Ballerina Pink and Queen Of Africa





Wet n Wild Ultimate Expressions eyeshadow palettes in Fantasy Island and Paradise Cove & Wet n Wild Eye Expressions palette in Contemporary Art



Wet n Wild ColorIcon palette in Lust



CoverGirl Eye Enhancers palette in Shimmer Sands

eos lip balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew - I couldn't take a photo of this because Reggie saw me take it out of the package and thought "OHH A NEW TOY" and it is now somewhere under the friggin' bed! I have tried it though, and it feels SO nice and smells/tastes so yummy. I'll make John crawl under there and get it for me in the morning.




NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Black Bean and Cottage Cheese & Wet n Wild gel liner


CoverGirl LashBlast Volume, L'Oréal Voluminous (my favourite mascara - EVER!)& L'Oréal Lineur Intense liquid liner



NYX 5 Color Shadow palette (The Caribbean Collection) in I Dream Of St. Lucia


Red Cherry lashes - #505 and JB/CP - These have pretty much convinced me to suck it up and get over my fear of falsies.



MAC pigment samples: Circa Plum, Naked, Tan, Vanilla



MAC iridescent powder samples: Golden Bronze & Silver Dusk


Sonia Kashuk brushes! Love!

Finally, GUMMY BEARS! John and I have already decided I should probably put one packet away...cause I'll shove them all in my mouth at once. No. Joke.

Thank you SO much girl, I love everything you got me and I really hope we can do this again because I really, really enjoyed myself and I hope you did too!
I'll post again when she receives my package and share what I bought for her and why!
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