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Monday 15 October 2012

The Cosmetics Kitten's Diary :) --October 14th--

Hi guys! I am thinking of starting a feature on my blog which is a bit more 'lifestyley' than what I normally do. I'll still do reviews, OOTDs etc like normal, but once a week I'm going to do a little diary entry on what I've been up to the past week! We'll see how it goes, but I'd love to do it every Sunday. Through chatting in #bbloggers it seems people love having a nosy at lifestyle posts, so here goes!!
The Cosmetics Kitten's Diary
What have I been up to this week?
Last weekend was so much fun, on Friday night my boyfriend Scott and I went to my best friend Heather's flat to catch up with her and her boyfriend. It was long overdue! She'd recently adopted two bunnies so I got to meet them....
Cute bunnies! 
And give lots of love and cuddles to her amazing dog, Cody. Now Cody is a 'clearance puppy'. He may be a Chihuahua, but he thinks he's a cat, is the fluffiest thing ever, and most hysterically, has a tongue that he can't keep in his mouth.
That tongue is like that ALL THE TIME. He makes me laugh so much.
On Saturday night, my aunt and uncle joined us for a murder mystery evening with my parents and Scott. I'm no stranger to murder mystery parties, I've done loads, and blogged about one HERE.
They're great fun, I thoroughly recommend it!
And how was work?
In case you don't know, I'm a teacher. A primary teacher, but right now I'm working in a nursery. Obviously I can't give too much info about that (always the fear of being cyber stalked!!), but sometimes I have to share funny stories! For example:
Me: Who's got news?
Boy: Me! I do! I'm going on holiday!!
Me: Lucky you, where are you going?
Boy: Uhm... I think it's 'Blackpool'... No, wait, it's BLUEPOOL!!!
I honestly couldn't stop laughing. He was determined he's going to Bluepool. Who knew?
I got sent home on Wed with a tummy bug and didn't go in Thurs or Fri so it was a short week, I felt lousy tho!! Feeling better now. :)
And how are the cats?
For someone who is a self confessed crazy cat lady, I don't feel I give my cats enough blog time. They are literally my BABIES. This week, Dana has learnt where her treats are, and jumps up onto the kitchen counter, knocks them off, and opens the packet on the floor to eat at her leisure.
But who can resist that face (and slightly chubby body)??
Anything else?
Well, yes. My boyfriend Scott sold his car (he's unemployed - sadface) so he had a bit of money. So yesterday we went into Glasgow to go shopping and have dinner. I got some lovely stuff which I'll share with you in other posts. Here's some pics from our day:
MUA Constellations in Scorpio, my new cat hat and kitten mittens, strawberry daiquiris in TGIs, me drinking cocktails, a gorg bag I resisted, Scott and I in TGIs, me at dinner. :)
Well, what do you think of this feature guys? Too boring? I don't have the most exciting life haha! Would you enjoy reading something like this?
Let me know!

~ Lauren ♥
The Cosmetics Kitten

Thursday 11 October 2012

MUA Nail Constellations.. All of 'em!! =p

As soon as the MUA Nail Constellations were released, I knew I had to have them. Considering one Ciate Nail Caviar is £18, £15 for all five MUA shades was a pretty decent bargain to me. I have never tried this form of nail art before, so I was pretty excited.
Just for a disclaimer here, this post is not going to show you the Constellations in their full glory. This post will just show you my first attempt and the process I underwent. Trust me, these babies are really pretty and you can go onto the official MUA blog to see how they look, properly, on gorgeous long nails, not wee stubs like mine.
But anyways, my experience...
 They really are pretty, and there is SO MUCH in every bottle, these will last you forever. However, there is a LOT of spillage when applying these, so I set up a little 'Constellation Station' - nothing fancy, just a folded piece of paper opened back up, with something underneath each side of the paper to ensure all spillage falls into the middle crease. Ta da! 
Haha, told you it was nothing fancy. Worked a treat tho. The application process is relatively easy, you apply your chosen nail polish base colour and allow it to dry, before painting on a thicker second coat which you'll sprinkle the Constellations on to. I struggled with my first attempt, I was way too cautious and I couldn't get any beads out! Don't be afraid to SHAKE that wee bottle. Beads will come pouring out, but your Constellation Station (ha) will catch them all.
I didn't like to press down on the beads to seal them with my finger as some came off, so I pressed my nails down onto all the spilled beads that had collected on my paper. That worked really well. You then remove the top of the bottle and either using the funnel or just the paper you've shaken over, return the extra beads to the bottle. Easy.

Just for a simple contrast, I painted one hand with a white base and one hand with a black base. This was my messy attempt (thumb nails are rotten because I was too scared to shake lots of beads out). The left picture is always on the white base and the right picture is of the black base. 
I put Seche Vite on my thumb, index and middle finger, but I kinda wish I hadn't as, as you might be able to see, it kinda spoils the affect. On my other two fingers, I just sealed the tip of my nail with Seche Vite and after a few hours I have had no drop offs.
 Left - white base, Right- black base
As I said, my nails are too short and my first attempt too cautious and messy for this to show how pretty these actually are. For £3 each, I really recommend them. I love all the colours to be honest, can't wait to try them with different bases!
Natural light (left - white base, right - black base)
You can buy thesefor £3 each in your local Superdrug or online HERE.
What do you think? Have you tried Caviar nails? Would you try these? Which Constellation is your favourite?
Let me know!

~ Lauren ♥
The Cosmetics Kitten

Tuesday 2 October 2012

My Hair Heroes! :)

I don't blog very much about my hair, although it is a massive part of 'me' - I don't feel myself unless I have all my makeup and hair done!
In case you didn't know, my hair is pretty much all extensions. I've blogged about them here and here. I probably should look after my hair a little better than I do because of that, but I am always reluctant to splash out on high-end hair products. I recently purchased Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and was not impressed (review here), so I think I'll stick to what I know for now! =p


Aussie 3 Minute Miracle 

 I swear by this! I use it instead of a conditioner every time I wash my hair, in conjunction with an Aussie shampoo. I haven't found any real difference between the different 3 Minute Miracles, they are all amaaaazing. Usually they are on special offer, they're £4.99 each but normally on 3 for £10 or similar.
They are a lovey design, basically you just squeeze and it comes out the bottom. I think maybe you lose some product at the end with this design but I like it. As soon as I put it on my wet hair it detangles and once I've dried my hair, my hair is SO FREAKIN' SOFT that I can't stop stroking it. And as odd as that looks, it's pretty awesome. BUY it.

Tangle Teezer

I know every girl and her blog has reviewed this, so I won't go into detail. I have had this for about 18 months and it's the only brush I use (except when blow drying my hair). It makes my hair incredibly soft, and while I do feel it often brushes over knots rather than through them, it's still my go-to brush. It also is nice for a wee head massage. It's a little steep at £10.99 but worth it.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Light & Blonde

 I don't wash my hair very regularly (I know, gross) as blow drying and styling damages my extensions and they take sooo long to dry. So in between washes, I LOVE this Batiste dry shampoo (£3.99, but usually on offer). It's blonde tinted, so not only does it soak up any grease, but it also helps hide my roots! Genius.

Babyliss 230 Pro Elegance Straighteners

My old faithful straighteners died before Christmas so I did a lot of research before requesting a new pair! I obviously thought of GHDs initially, but turns out these straighteners were actually more highly rated on Amazon and always gets positive reviews! They are £80 but you can usually get them on offer for like £40.
Straight hair!


Babyliss Curling Wand

I wear my hair wavy more often than not, and this curling wand is perfect for that. Its conical shape ensures more relaxed, natural waves than a 'ringlet' style. You can still use it different ways though - smaller sections = more defined curls, larger sections = loser curls etc. It's about £25.
Different looks all achieved with this wand
So what do you think of my 'hair heroes'? Do you use any of these products? What are your hair heroes?
Let me know!

~ Lauren ♥
The Cosmetics Kitten

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