Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday's FOTD With a Bunny

Here is a quick post to show you this sunday's face of the day.

I didn't put a lot of makeup on today but I wanted to do something slightly more colourful than my usual brown eyeshadow.

But let's start at the beginning. 

My base is the new YSL Fusion Ink foundation. I haven't bought it (yet) but the lady at the makeup counter was nice enough to give me a little sample. It's my first time using it and I'm loving it ! It is incredibly lightweight with a decent coverage. The finish is more on the matt side (which is what I like) and it seems to last pretty well (don't quote me on that though because I haven't worn it for a very long time yet). I then used my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (which isn't on the photographs for some reason) to cover the breakouts I've been having lately.

I gave my cheeks a bit of colour with the Body Shop Honey bronzer and the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Frisky. I like this blush because it gives a really healthy glow and has a tiny bit of shimmer running through.

On my eyes I used three colours from my Urban Decay Glinda Palette (limited edition, sorry !) I used the bottom-left peachy shade all over the lid with a hint of the kaki (bottom-right) shade in the outer corner and a dash of the purple (upper-left) along the lash line and I then accentuated that purple line with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Rockstar. (I heard that purple makes green eyes stand out.)

I coated my lashes with Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes mascara (not on the pictures either – can you tell I'm very distracted today ?!)

On my brows I used my trustee Soap&Glory Archery in Love is Blonde (I've seen a version that has a spoolie included … Is that for real ? Can't wait to go back to the UK !)

On my lips I patted a Clinque Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry on top of my lip balm just to give them a little something something.

Lastly I sealed everything in with the Soap&Glory One Heck of a Blot powder and the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray.

All I did to my hair is have it wind-swept all day.

And I had my little winged eyeliner Princess with me to help me take the photographs. Isn't she a beauty ?!

How's your sunday ? Excited for the week ahead ?


Thursday, 18 September 2014

1st Alphabet Bags Order

The 10th time I saw that "You Look Lovely Today" clutch in a blog post I knew I was going to have it. It was just a matter of time.

It must have been Lily Pebbles or Viviannadoesmakeup who pushed me over the edge. But anyway upon seeing it for the 11th time I followed the link and landed on the Alphabet Bags website.

I had a snoop around and ordered that clutch for myself and a little something for The Man whose birthday was yesterday.

They came in a giant envelope wrapped in brown paper with two really cute postcards (and lovely stickers). I was already in love.

It isn't much but it makes all the difference compared to other online services (I think). It's just that little extra effort that makes you go "awwww" (they could have just shoved them in the envelope and sent them away)

I seriously like the quality of these. They're made of a quite thick material and feel very sturdy. The zip ain't breaking anytime soon ! Also the inside is lined and can be wiped clean – very handy if you ask me. The writing as well seems like it won't chip or fade. The finish is perfect and that's all I can say at the moment because neither of us have used them yet. 

All in all I'm very impressed by this small family business. I'm very happy with my order and will probably order some more for birthday or christmas presents.

I also really like their sister website The Calm Gallery for prints, postcards and tea towels. This is probably where my next order is going to take place.

Is there a design that really caught your eye ? Does their gallery also make you want to redecorate ?


Monday, 15 September 2014

Gym Bag Essentials | I Have to Be Somewhere Afterwards

Today the new school year starts for most uni students and a few others (I'm guessing). To me new school year means new fitness resolutions. This year I started ahead (see this post) so that I wouldn't look too ridiculous when I go back to my usual sport classes at uni.
This semester I'm thinking about attending Zumba, Fencing, Aerobics and maybe Yoga.

The thing with uni classes is that they sometimes take place during lunch. This means that more often than not I have to transform myself from sweaty red monster to fresh looking student in order to attend my afternoon lectures.

After a few mistakes I think that I've come up with the perfect kit to achieve that transformation and to have a pleasant sport session. It is also not too heavy to carry around with me all day.

For the workout itself I need my trainers, hairband and bobby pins to keep my hair off my face, a bottle of water to stay hydrated and my headphones to keep me going if I'm going to the gym and not to a class. (I also have workout clothes but they're all in the wash ^^,)

I always make sure that I have a clean pair of socks in my bag because no one wants to exercise bare foot or have to keep sweaty socks on afterwards.

The first step of the transformation is the shower (duh) so I take my pink microfibre towel (doesn't take up a lot of space - perfect!) and a shower gel. I don't usually wash my hair simply because it'd take too long so I make sure that I have some dry shampoo with me to freshen everything up. And my Tangle Teezer to tame my mane.
Deodorant is pretty self-explanatory.

Face wise I use face wipes to start with a clean canvas and apply a bit of BB cream and concealer to my reddened face and a dash of mascara to my lashes. I finish off with a bit of powder to keep it all shine-free.

Other miscellaneous objects include a pack of gum and one of tissues because that's something you always need.

This is all you really need to make a cute version of yourself after an intense workout !
But the favourite part of my gym bag still are my brand new bright pink'n'orange in-your-face Nike trainers !!!

What are your gym bag essentials ?


Friday, 12 September 2014

Liebster Award

image courtesy of google
Believe it or not but apparently I've been nominated for an award. Yup. Me.
I've been nominated by Amberose (thank you !) and without further ado I will answer her 10 questions. Here goes :

1. What is your phobia ? (excluding spider says she)
Well I don't think that I do have a phobia. I'm a bit uncomfortable in the dark (slight nyctophobia) and for some reason I really don't like being in a tunnel with a car (a hint of claustrophobia maybe) but that's pretty much it.

2. Would you rather fight a tiger or shark ?
Definitely a tiger. For starter I'm a lot more at ease on the ground than I am in the water and tigers are cute like kittens (what do you mean they're not like kittens ?!)

3. Why did you start blogging ?
Because I really really enjoy writing and I thought that it could be a good use of my extensive makeup collection. Plus whenever I would talk about it my friends would tell me how good an idea it was (thanks !)

4. Are you a planner or do you like to do things spontaneously ?
While I'm really good at being organised I much prefer doing things spontaneously.

5. Cat or dog ?
Cat !

6. Most prized possession ?
I really don't know. I don't put much value into material things. Maybe my laptop because it has everything in (like all my pictures of the last 8 years)

7. Tea or coffee ?
Both. I enjoy both equally. I like all kinds of tea just like I like having an espresso or a caramel latte with whipped cream on top.

8. Who would be at your ultimate dinner party ?
I don't want any celebrity dead or alive at a dinner party. I'm the most happy with my closest friends and family.

9. How did you pick your blog name ?
It took me 2 years to find a decent name. The idea comes from the nickname a friend gives me. Moineau which means sparrow in french. From there I went to feathers and I paired it with brushes for 3 reasons. 1. It's like pairing two of my passions, writing and makeup. 2. I like the sound of it. 3. It spells FaB and that just sold it for me.

10. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Determined. Passionate. Impulsive.

… but I made that one !

And now for my nominees :

Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder
The Secret Stash
Glam O'clock
The Shallow Void
Maybe Marta
Palm Trees and Lipstick
Amelia Writes
Better than Ann
Laura's Little Loves
Rambles from my Makeup Box

You'll have to answer these 10 questions :

1. What is your favourite thing about blogging ?
2. What is the thing you like the least about blogging ?
3. How has blogging changed your life ?
4. What makeup item can you not live without ?
5. What is the last thing you regret buying ?
6. Is there a motto or an advice you live by ?
7. What's the number one thing you would tell your younger self ?
8. What country would you want to live in ?
9. What is your favourite recipe ?
10. Blog or Youtube ?

There are just a few rules :
You must link back to the person who tagged you
You must answer all questions above
You must come up with ten other questions of your own
You must tag eleven other bloggers with under 200 followers


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

2 Unexpected Beauty Gems

I've recently placed an order on feelunique. (it's not my fault, the sales drew me in) I didn't order an awful lot of stuff but among other things I picked up the Daniel Sandler WaterColour Blush in Cherub (thanks to Essiebutton and her tailored made colour ! You lucky girl !) and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (I've been ehm-ing and err-ing about this one at least 10 times and well … now it's part of my collection)

If I wasn't expecting to be disappointed by these products I wasn't quite expecting to be woawed like I am either. Let me tell you I have been very pleasantly surprised.

I had never used a sponge to apply my foundation before so I couldn't compare this one with the Beauty Blender for instance. But nevertheless I absolutely adore how it applies foundation and concealer on my skin.
It leaves everything looking exceptionally flawless and particularly well blended. I find it takes a little more time than using your fingers or a brush but it is worth it on days when you have a few more seconds to spare. The shape is perfect to get everywhere even under the eyes, around the nose or to cover spots.
The only thing that I am unsure about is the cleaning process. So far I've cleaned it after each use (which makes it considerably more time consuming) but I'm still not sure how well you can actually clean it or how long you're supposed to keep it. (if you know a good way to clean it or how long to keep it please comment below)

I had never used a liquid blusher apart from the Benefit Chacha Tint which can be used on both lips and cheeks.
I love the colour of chacha tint on my skin but I find it hard to work with. If you dot it on your cheeks (like they suggest you do) there's no way (no matter how quickly you move) you can blend it completely and you will be left with a nice colour but you'll still be able to see the dots a little darker. I find that the chacha tint is also too pigmented for my fair skin and the only way I can rock it is if I put it on before my foundation (I put a little bit on the back of my hand and apply with my RT stippling brush). The one amazing thing is that it doesn't fade at all. It stays put all day !
Anyway. The watercolour blush not only is about half the price it is also about 10 times better and easier to apply ! The colour cherub works very well on fair skin and adds a lovely glow. It blends very easily and wears well. Here's how I do it :
1. I shake it !
2. I put 1-2 drops on the back of my hand (as you can see above, it's very runny)
3. I use my Real Techniques stippling brush to apply it onto my cheeks
4. I stare at myself in the mirror because "Man are my cheeks looking good !"

yup, my brush isn't clean

All in all I am extremely happy with my latest beauty discoveries. Together they make a very healthy looking version of me.

Have you tried any of these ?