Monday, 2 March 2015

Rawrgirls Review . . . Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in Stare!

My love for Illamasqua really bloomed when one of only three standalone stores opened in Liverpool's Metquarter shopping mall, probably my fave shopping haunt in the city. The Metquarter is always chilled, pristine and houses many of Liverpool's cool designer stores and eateries. If you're a local, you'll also know that they are home to the best courtesy bathrooms in the city centre. If you're not a local, there's a little tip for you before you go spending your change elsewhere ;)

Anyhoo, last week I was invited to partake in an Illamasqua make-up tutorial to celebrate the launch of their latest product, Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel (£18.50 each). It's different to powder and pencils because it allows you to draw finer hairs and fill in gaps more realistically. The Illamasqua MUA working on me had the most fabulous brows I've seen in a long time, so I knew I was in good hands. She decided that I would suit the darkest shade, Stare, and proceeded to demonstrate a couple of different looks on my brows. She showed me how to work the angled brush to avoid the dreaded Sharpie look in favour of a more natural, soft colour. Secondly, she explained how to get a more dramatic look by angularly defining the top line of the brow more, and highlighting it by using a concealer on the forehead so the dark brow gel pops against the skin.

The gel applies like a dream and is so easy to work with, and a little goes a very long way. I also purchased the Illamasqua Angled Brush (£19), because after the session I realised just how rubbish the supposedly angled brush that I had been working with actually was!

I'm still practising my fine lines and the fading technique, but I couldn't be happier with my 'new' eyebrows! I'm super impressed with the staying power too. My old powder which is from a very famous eyebrow-centric brand isn't very durable if I'm honest, but this cream/gel formulation is water resistant and I actually need to use eye make-up remover to get it all off at the end of the day! 

So yes, I can't pimp this product enough! And I also recommend popping to your nearest Illamasqua store or counter for a tutorial on a planned, or new, purchase. It's not something I usually do, being from the 'sorry to bother you' school of cosmetic buying, but I learnt so much from the MUA in such a short time that I would definitely ask for a demonstration and application advice on an unfamiliar product next time, it really does make all the difference to how you use it when you get home.

Huge thanks to Metquarter and Illamasqua for the invite :)

J - Make 'em Stare.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Reverse Bucket List Tag

After reading Kathryn's reverse bucket list post earlier this week, I was inspired to write my own! I'm getting closer to 30 and although I haven't actually written a bucket list, there are still a lot of things I'm hoping to do and a lot of places I want to visit. 

The thing is, I think too often we focus on what we want, and don't take the time to be appreciate everything we have and all we've achieved so far. With that being said, I want to introduce 50 things I've done so far! Check out my reverse bucket list.

Reverse Bucket List Tag

1. Quitting my job to travel the world

2. Trekking the Inca Trail to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu

3. Climbing an active volcano

4. Spending 10 days on a desert island in Fiji (without Internet)

5. Sleeping under the stars

6. Reading the Game of Thrones series

7. Living in Australia

8. Celebrating New Years Eve in Sydney

9. Falling in love with my soul mate 

10. Walking along a palm tree

11. Starting a fashion blog

12. Being featured in a fashion magazine (or 3)

13. Interviewing Theo Paphitis

14. Surviving Y2K ;)

15. Watching Lana Del Rey perform 

16. Having the same friend for 26 years

17. Whale watching

18. Having a BBQ on Christmas day

19. Taking perspective photos at the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

20. Collapsing in a fit of hysterical laughter

21. Catching a motor boat at Iguaçu Falls

22. Attending a Full Moon party

23. Being in the front row of a concert

24. Strolling around Times Square

25. Going to Glastonbury

26. Getting soaked on Maid in the Mist

27. Standing under a waterfall

28. Swimming in the Great Barrier Reef

29. Snorkeling past a shark

30. Tubing in Vang Vieng

31. Winning a free holiday to Barbados

32. Gwen Stefani calling me her favourite

33. Taking an outdoor bath

34. Glacier Kayaking

35. Visiting the Kingdom of Butterflies (and Hummingbirds)

36. Taking part in a ghd photo shoot

37. Caving in Laos

38. Wading through a flash flood in Cambodia whilst locals giggle

39. Learning what my name means in Portuguese

40. Riding an elephant

41. Mastering the art of walking into Hanoi motorbike traffic

42. Sleeping on a beach

43. Taking selfies with Brazilian school children

44. Drunk shopping at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain

45. Being proposed to

46. Walking straight to the front of a nightclub queue in Miami

47. Travelling on the Greyhound bus

48. Spending the night on Halong bay

49. Driving past the Queen (who was visiting a local community centre)

50. Standing next to Nicholas Hoult at a festival 

So although this isn't officially a blogger tag, I'm pretty sure it should be! Therefore I'm going to tag Josie, Katy and LaurenHave you posted your reverse bucket list? If so - please leave your link in the comments below, I absolutely love reading these posts! 

T - Feeling thankful.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Six Of The Best - Dungarees!

I'm pretty excited about the return of dungarees this season, having been a fan of the bib down look for years, so I'm keen to snap up some more styles while the going is good!

Here are six of the best, as much coveted by *Miss Piggy voice* - MOI! . . .

H&M are running the high street show when it comes to your standard skinny dungs, they're keeping it classic in traditional denim at £29.99.

ASOS are boldly combining 3 key denim trends this season - flares, rips AND dungarees, but boy does it work! Loving this pair at £45.

These River Island floral dungarees are just £20 in the sale but sizes are limited online, so if you find a pair at that price instore, snap them up!

Whistles. Oh Whistles. So chic, so worth the £120 if I had it going spare!

Missguided are giving us a bit of gangster glam with their pinstripe bib and brace at £35. Not gonna lie, I'd totally wear these to the office too.

Finally, Boohoo are going all out for comfort in their fab grey marl jogger style dungarees at just £20. Loungewear has never been so stylish!

So what do you think? Are you a fan of this trend? What style do you prefer? I think my fave style is the traditional skinny denim but I could easily be swayed to the pinstripe cotton which I think would look super cute with some crisp white pumps and matching plain tee this summer! 

J - Dunga-weeeeeeeeeeee!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

New Season Mi Moneda at Fraser Hart - Diseno Bordeaux Flake Coin!

So Tara and I are kind of obsessed with the new season Mi Moneda at Fraser Hart. We have quite a few amazing pieces between us now which you've probably seen over the years, including bracelets, rings and carrier pendant/necklace combos, and adding to the collection never gets old! My new baby is the eyecatching Diseno Medium Bordeaux Flake Coin (£35). This medium sized coin features a stainless steel surround protecting a gorgeous deep purple jewel cut centre with suspended gold flakes inside, and it is a beauty!

Mi Moneda coin c/o Fraser Hart
Mi Moneda Diseno Bordeaux coin
Mi Moneda Diseno Bordeaux coin
Mi Moneda Diseno Bordeaux coin

Isn't it pretty?! Like tiny golden islands floating in a deep purple ocean, swoooooon!

Fraser Hart has a ton of new in Mi Moneda styles just waiting to be plucked and popped on, here are a few of my faves . . . 
Each time that I get a new coin I try to go for something completely different to what I have so far, yet somehow they always seem to look perfect with my one and only gold deluxe carrier pendant and mismatched rose gold necklace set. I love the mixed metal look that you can achieve with this brand which is why my very first set was made up of a gold carrier, rose gold chain and silver coin! I should really get a new carrier in a different colour though, or at least a different sized gold one so I can double up like T does. The possibilities are as endless as your purse, which unfortunately in my case, is not bottomless - sob! ;)

Don't fret however, because prices start at just £11 for a small Roca coin (I have the medium mint one and they are stunning, so don't be fooled by the seemingly low price!) but rise to just under £300 for the most expensive ready to go three piece set so there really is something for every budget and style, meaning Mi Moneda truly is the ultimate in personalised jewellery, and once you pop you just can't stop, trust us!

J xoxo
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