Friday, 1 November 2013

Wonderbrush - MAC 217 and my favourite MAC eyeshadow

This brush was on my list of things I needed for absolutely aaaages. I'd watch youtube videos of people creating gorgeous washes of colour on the eyes and almost always they'd have the 217 in hand, working it's magic. BUT, almost twenty pounds is so painfully expensive for an eye brush.
Let's face it, we are all addicted to our brilliantly priced, amazing real techniques brushes so forking out that much money on a single brush can seem ridiculous, however, I do not regret this purchase at all.

I've always had issues with the application of eyeshadow, no matter how many pixiwoo tutorials I watched I just always seemed to look like a 5 year old had done my makeup. However, the 217 is an absolute game changer. The soft, densely packed and angled bristles means you can create a beautifully blended wash of colour literally instantly. The eyeshadow world is now my oyster. I think if you are planning on taking the mac brush plunge, make sure it's this one.

I'm usually a simple matte neutrals kinda gal when it come to my eyes but lately I've been craving a little shimmer and have discovered Woodwinked by MAC. This shadow is just peeerfect for Autumn. I would describe it as a browny/rusty colour and is great for wearing with lashings of black mascara for an everyday work look which can also be smoked up if you want to make things a bit more exciting.

What brushes do you use for your eye makeup?

Aysel x

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mists

I recently drove down to the Westfield's shopping centre in Stratford for the first time since it opened. My usual place for spending all of my money is Bluewater, or Covent Garden if I'm feeling fancy, but after googling the store list Westfield's had to offer I thought I'd finally take the trip up to East London. One of the stores that I'd been looking forward to perusing was the US based lingerie heavyweight Victoria's Secret. To be honest, I wasn't massively into the bras and knickers they had to offer, but what DID catch my eye was the huge array of 'Fragrance Mists'. And they were on offer for 3 for £24.

I spent a good 20 minutes spraying every mist until there was no space left on my arm/coat/scarf, much to my boyfriends annoyance. I eventually settled on 'Such A Flirt', 'Enchanted Nights' and 'Midnight Dare'.

'Such A Flirt' is a light, floral mix of starfruit and white orchid, it's the sweetest and most girly of the three and I like to spray this liberally over my clothes in the mornings, not particularly because I'm a flirt. just cos.

'Enchanted Nights' is from the limited edition 'Fall' (that's Autumn for us British) collection. It is a blend of coconut flower and silky sandalwood. This is probably my favourite of the three, mainly due to the scent of sandalwood. Up until I started my new job I had no idea what Sandalwood was or smelled like, however, I have started to do some relaxation sessions at work which include using various aromatherapy oils and I have become really fond of the warm and woody scent of sandalwood. So if that's your thing, give this a try.

Lastly, 'Midnight Dare' is another fruity scent mixed with raspberry and my fave again, sandalwood. This one is pretty similar to the aforementioned enchanted nights. I'm not gonna lie, I picked this one cos I liked the name and the bottle. After a few hours wear, this one literally smells like sugary fruit on your clothes. Weird, but I kinda like it.

All in all I've been really enjoying these mists. They are not the most sophisticated or long wearing but are great for everyday wear rather than going for your favourite (expensive) perfume every morning. The packaging and names on the bottles are super cute, look pretty on any dressing table and if you like smelling sweet and girly, you will like them. They would also make a great christmas present with the offer on too!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Autumn Nails - After School Boy Blazer

I am in the throes of an essie love affair. The long wear, wide set one swipe brush, the array of seriously b e a u t i f u l colours on offer. When it comes to lacquering up my nails, essie has my heart (sorry barry m gelly's, there's room for you too). I didn't think my love could get any deeper until I saw this little guy doing the rounds on the blogging circuit. 

After School Boy Blazer looks almost black on the nails but reflects a gorgeous deep, midnight navy in the light. I slathered this on my nails on Sunday night and couldn't bear to take it off and rocked it to work the next day (even though I'm not allowed to wear stuff on my nails). Naughty.

You will get a good 5 days wear out of this with no chips if you use a good top coat (seche vite is the holy grail of top coats- get it).

And it has the best name ever. Look no further for your navy hues this Autumn. You can pick this up for about £8 in boots.

Sorry about the rubbish swatch, this is what it looks like with rubbish lighting on instagram.

Aysel x

Monday, 30 September 2013

September Favourites and a Short Introduction

Welcome to Girl inform Me!

I am Aysel, I'm a twenty five year old mental health therapist living in Saaath London. I figured I spend 99.9999% of my time outside of work reading makeup, beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogs that I might aswell give it a go myself (the rest of the time I'm in boots).

So here are a few beauty bits I've been enjoying in the month of September.

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation in Shade 15 Opal 

I can't seem to make up my mind whether I'm a full coverage or 'no makeup makeup' kind of girl. On one hand, I like the perfect face look but it can get a bit cakey and rocking that look everyday to work in a mental health unit... bit much. So lately I've taken to applying a small amount of this with some concealer every morning. This a full coverage so you only need the tiniest amount but it isn't too thick and it's not overly matte so it's pretty good for everyday use. The staying power is great, lasting me a full busy 8-10 hour day and at around about 15 quid I think it's quite good value for your monies.

Soap&Glory Peaches And Clean 3in1 Wash Off Deep Purifying Cleanser

I have to admit, I am a complete skincare novice. Up until about 6 months ago, I really didn't give a monkeys about cleansers, toners, moisturers, serums, whatever. But seeing as I've hit the mid-twenties (lucky me) I thought I'd dip my toes into the world of skincare. I picked this up as part of an offer on Soap&Glory products in Boots a couple of weeks ago. I've been using this after removing my eye makeup and before I jump in the shower. It smells pretty good, like synthetic peaches and a hint of mint and it tingles. After washing off (which I do with warm water and my trusty Primark flannels) my skin feels very clean, fresh and baby soft. Thumbs up all round. If you don't really know where to start in terms of skincare, I think Soap&Glory is a purse friendly place to start, offering a range of products promising a number of exciting things for your face and body and the packaging is flippin lovely.

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

This little thing is my Holy Grail mascara. My lashes aren't amazing, they are very light and not the longest in the world but seriously, this transforms them in the blink of an eye (see what I did there), making them longer, thicker and curlier. If your on the look out for a high end mascara and don't wanna take my word for it, go to a Lancome counter and ask for one of the little samples, I think you'll like it. I've actually stopped using this so much lately, as it's coming to an end and the thought of finishing it and not having a replacement fills me with anxiety. It is expensive but it's GOOD so I can't complain.

Soap&Glory Supercat Carbon Black Extreme Eyeliner Pen

Before I bought this last week, I was flitting in between Rimmels Exaggerate liquid eyeliner, which I used since I was about 14 and Maybellines Lasting Drama Gel eyeliner. The former is easy to use, but likes to travel down my face and the latter I have just not mastered yet when it comes to applying gel liner with a fineliner brush. So I picked this up, again in Boots (can you see a pattern forming?) and I really love it. The felt tip thingy is just so easy to use, whether you want a thick, dramatic cat eye or just to thicken up and line the upper lash line, my dog could do it (kind of). It also does not budge and does not make you look like a panda 2 hours into the day. Deffo one of my new staples, Soap&Glory, you know your shit.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in 720 Notting Hill Nude
(£3.50 on Amazon)

This is the first ever nude lipstick I have tried that doesn't make me look like a weirdo. Usually I try a nude on, it makes me look dead or like I'm wearing foundation on my lips. Just no. But this shade is just so nice. It's nude but also a little peachy and it just looks lovely. The wear is not amazing, so I carry it in my bag for touch ups throughout the day.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple

This one isn't going to be something you haven't come across before. Everybody and their mum has tried and loved the Revlon Lip Butters and I can confirm that they are definitely something to shout about. The formula is amazing; moisturising, hydrating, packed full of good stuff. The wear is longlasting and the colour range offers something for everyone. I picked up Candy Apple which is an eye catching orangey red but very wearable at the same time. If you are like me and feel nervous about sporting a bold lip, this is a great one to try out. Next on my list are Peach Parfait, Berry Smoothie and Creme Brulee.

So there ya have it. Hope you liked my favourites.

Aysel x

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