Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Wardrobe revamp + How to flatter your bust shape!

I'm sitting here tonight thinking of revamping my wardrobe, I always get like this before the new year approaches. I have so much clothes that I don't wear for several reasons. I was trying to sort out in my head about what I should and shouldn't keep, and it got me thinking twice about what actually suits my body shape.
Please take all my tips lightheartedly, there is no right or wrong way to dress regardless of what people may tell you. These tips some are just my opinion, and all I'm aiming to do is help you think twice about what may be more suited to your body shape. Don't take me TOO seriously! :)


TIPS FOR THE BIGGER BUST

Bigger breasted women can look alot heavier than they actually are. Here are a few simple tips on what to look out for when trying to look slimmer. By all means wear low cut cleavage popping necklines but remember that there is a time and a place for everything.

  • Opt for deep V necks instead as this will be slimming giving the illusion of a longer neck therefore distracting away from the breasts. High or rounded necklines will make you look top heavy.
  • Try wearing a long skinny cotton scarf wrapped around once, with both long bits hanging at the front to break up the proportions if wearing a round neckline.
  • Wear a waist belt to clench in your waist to reveal a more proportioned silhouette.
  • Make sure that the end of your necklace doesn’t end right on the largest part of your breasts. A longer length that reaches to your stomach or a shorter length will be more flattering.
  • Avoid thin straps and opt for thicker straps instead to offer you support and balance out the proportion.
  • Wrap dresses and tops are great as they accentuate the waist and distract away from the breasts.
  • Make sure you are wearing the correct bra size, this will make a HUGE difference as it will lift and support.
See Kim Kardashian getting it right for her big bust... Also note how she has worn nude heels with the white dress to elongate her legs to make her appear taller. (Images: Google)



And look below at Kim getting it wrong even though she is wearing a waist belt and V neck. Why did she get it wrong? Because she is wearing a top underneith the dress that cuts her at the wrong point, her hair is out and ends right on her breasts creating more fuss and volume where it shouldn't be. She has also worn shoes that cut her at the ankle making the proportions look off. Keyshia Cole on the left got it right.


TIPS FOR THE SMALLER BUST

A smaller bust is great, in fact you can pull of almost any style whilst looking classy. You don't have to worry about anything popping out or looking trashy. Here are some of my tips.


  • Opt for higher or rounded necklines, stay away from V necks as this will only make your breasts look smaller but, a rounded V may work.
  • Wear frilly and patterned tops around the bust area to introduce detail and create volume.

  • Avoid thick strips as it will make your breasts appear smaller, thin spaghetti straps are much more flattering.
  • Wear chunky or layered necklaces to create more volume around the breast area to create more dimension.


See Alicia Keys getting it right for her small bust.. (Images: Google)

What are your tips? I'm getting rid of any of my clothes that don't fit, make me look fat, and make me look blah. I'm keeping all my clothes that make me feel special and I aim to dress 'special' everyday. Start the new year as you mean to go on!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Bubblegarm's 1st Birthday!

(Image: Google)

WOW!

It has officially been 1 year since I started blogging - 30th December 2008 was my first ever post, check it HERE and my first ever debut on my blog was January the 17th, check that HERE. Originally I was going to blog anonomously but that idea went down the drain and I'm glad it did.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of my followers, those who were with me from the beginning and those who found me along the way. I never imagined 'Bubblegarm' to be quite as succesful as it is so thank you all for motivating me! I can't believe how many of you care about what I think! :)

I would like to encourage all fellow bloggers to keep blogging even if nobody follows or comments on your blog. It really doesn't matter, blog because YOU want to! I did it because I found it really theraputic and needed to release all my creative energy.

Lots of hugs from me to all of you!


Muhsine
Pronounced: Mu si né
Writer of Bubblegarm.

Clothes shopping + 1 lipgloss!

Yesterday I finally got some non make up related items! I love shopping, I could do it for a living! :)

Beige real leather ankle boots - Zara (Sale price £39.99)


Crocodile pattern beige clutch - Zara (Sale price £9.99)


Top - Mango (Sale price £9.90)
Waist Belt - mango (Sale price £8.90)


Beige cotton blazer with brown stripe lining - Mango (Sale price £34.90)


I had to sneak in one makeup item! I purchased 'Pink Lemonade' lipglass by Mac. It's a milky but a tiny bit fluorescent at the same time peachy coral / pink colour. The colour reminds me of Barry M's 147 peachy pink lipstick. See swatches below!


What did you get from the sales?

Monday, 28 December 2009

Benefit - Some Kinda gorgeous (deep) Review

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! Thank you for all the lovely birthday messages on twitter! :)

Anyway, back to the good stuff!

I have purchased this product twice, I am almost out of it and only have a few uses left and thought I would share my opinion. These photos were taken from my Haul in mid October which is why the compact is full.


Swatches..


The 'Some kinda Gorgeous' is marketed as a foundation faker meaning that it's supposed to look like skin and not foundation. I would have to agree as it contains no shimmer, illuminating properties or anything that wouldn't naturally be on the skin. I would say it's similar to a 'cream to powder' formulation without it actually turning to powder, and what I mean by that is that there is no cakeyness or powdery residue and instead you are left with a matte velvet finish.

However, saying that I mainly used this for contouring and bronzing with a small fluffy brush. It's a bit too dark to use all over my face without a tan. I would compare this to the Chanel bronze universal but a more natural version of it.

Overall I love the product, but don't think I will be repurchasing as I'm determined to use up my other bronzers!

Packaging: I don't like it, it looks cheap - who likes white plastic? Not me.
What I use it for: Contouring / Bronzing
Coverage: Light - Medium
Price: £20.50

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Bright Lips - Slightly Megan Fox Inspired!

I went a bit crazy experimenting with make up! I hadn't done a bright lip in a while, and took Megan Fox's make up style as my inspiration.

I like an orange toned red and used a velvet matte lip pencil by Nars in 'Red Square' I usually reach for it in the summer but digged it out for this look! Makeup should have no boundaries! I topped it off with a coral lip gloss by Benefit in 'Fresh Squeeze' which has blue reflects in it, I added cool tones to contradict the warm but quite like the effect!



Here are my tips for this look:

  1. Make sure you have a matte face.
  2. Apply pale shimmery colours to the eyelid & define crease with a matte light brown e/s.
  3. Apply winged eyeliner concentrating on the outer corners only.
  4. Apply black eyeliner to the waterline.
  5. Apply black mascara.
  6. Apply a orange based red lipstick & top with a cool based lip gloss.
  7. Apply bronzer and highlight. I used Illamasqua's bronzing duo in 'Glint & Burnish'. (No blush!)

Are you ditching the smokey eye for the bright lip this time of year? I think I'm 50/50!

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

I dyed my hair!

It's my birthday on Friday, yes I'm a Christmas baby and my hair was in need of an update!

I used 6G light golden brown by Clairol perfect 10. I would have tried to dye it naturally with the essential oils and herbs but seen as I hadn't done it before, I wasn't in the mood to experiment only to chemically dye it after. Forgive me! :)


Clearly, my hair looks nothing like the girl on the box, it looks a little darker but it's inevitable that after a couple of washes it will look more like it.

Phwoar at the shine! :) I did use the Fekkai glossing cream for the 1st time, (I had a small sample) I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it, or that it's fresh dye. Will keep you updated on that, I kinda hope it isn't as it's so expensive!





My hair is getting longer, woohoo! :) I also dyed my clip in extensions, so they are exactly the same colour and can't wait to wear them!



The last time I had my hair done was almost 2 months ago, you can see my roots were looking bad but yay for growth (you can see my natural hair colour now!) My hair looked flat and dull, but after the dye it looks super healthy and super shiny!



I think I'm lovin' it! What do you think?

Monday, 21 December 2009

LUSH: Lemony Flutter Review

Lemony flutter is a cuticle butter that claims to repair your dry cuticles. I have been using it everyday since purchasing it and my cuticles have never looked better! I have used similar poducst such as cuticle oils and creams but nothing has been as effective and as practical as this!

Voila!


The formula is a thick pale yellow paste that is slightly oily but dries rather quickly with no residue. I have also been using this on my elbows, knees, feet and even as a night treatment on my hands, works a treat!! It smells REALLY lemony as the name suggests, for me it's lovely but may not be for someone who hates citrus scents!


Price: £5.37 for 50g
I think that this is amazing value and I will be repurchasing over and over again. I keep the tub beside my bed or chuck it in my handbag for easy access!
To visit the website for Lush Click HERE.

INGREDIENTS:
(VEGETARIAN) Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion (Citrus limonum), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Beeswax (Cera alba), Lanolin, Soya Oil (Glycine soja), Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Cold Pressed Organic Flaxseed Oil (Linum usitatissimum), Mango Butter (Mangifera indica), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Perfume, Cold Pressed Organic Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Sodium Borate (Borax), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben, Propylparaben}

Have you tried this, if so what do you think?

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Lilash: A few months later

I started using Lilash in August and used it every night until then, I later only used it every other night, then 2-3 times a week, and now I'm using it roughly once a week or whenever I remember.

I have done a 6 week update, but what is it like a few months on? This is what they look like with no make up...




BEFORE: WITH MASCARA
As you can see, in my opinion they weren't too bad, not amazing but 'good'.



AFTER: WITH MASCARA
Well now it's a different story, I get asked about my eyelashes all the time and even get accused of wearing mascara when I'm not! My eyelashes when I wear mascara are aiming for the stars....


I no longer use an eyelash curler, I'm happy to apply my mascara directly which is good news. I don't know how long the results will last when I stop using Lilash but hope it lasts forever :) I would say my lashes are significantly longer and curlier but not thicker or darker. I think that by decreasing the amount of times I used it in a week helped my lashes have a healthy process in maintaining and prolonging the growth. The only thing that is slightly annoying is that I don't have a perfectly even lash line as some lashes are in a race to grow quicker and some are slow coaches.


Some questions I think you may want to ask:

Did you have to trim your eyelashes?
No, I never felt the need to do it, they didn't look bizarre in my opinion.

Did you experience any discomfort, stinging, allergic reaction?
Not really, the first couple of weeks my eyes were bloodshot a little but it faded.

Did your eyelids get discoloured?
Yes, a little bit - I looked a little ill. It wasn't too bad though.

Did your eye colour change?
No, though I have heard that it happens. My eyes were hazel and they still are the exact same shade.

How long before using it did you see a difference?
4 -6 weeks.

Did any of your lashes fallout?
No, not really, maybe 1 or 2 (that I know of) during the past months.

Would I recommend it?
Errr yes if you want longer curlier lashes, but it's expensive so think carefully!

Click HERE to visit Lilash's website for any other queries you may have.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review, I did not get paid for it - this is my personal opinion.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Barry M - Silver Metallic liquid eyeliner Review

I have been rocking the silver eyeliner today (yes during the day), I think it was the snow that prompted this look! :) I was sent this to review from Barry M and wanted to share my thoughts with you.


Firstly, the packaging: Plastic exterior, firm felt tip applicator with screw top lid.


The first thing that impressed me was it set after a few seconds & it did not budge even after vigorous rubbing. The formula of this is quite silky, not gloopy like the Gosh metallic liners, it's much easier to work with. It's also pigmented, what you see is what you get!

Well done to Barry M!


I got a lovely compliment from my husband when he saw my eyes, even my mum complimented me, she wants one too now!
TIP: Why not add some reflects glitter from Mac over the top for a flirty more striking night time look this season!
Price: £4.50
This metallic liquid eyeliner is also available in black, blue, green, gold and pink. (I think I also want the black one!) Click HERE to view!

FYI: I did not get paid to review this, this is my personal opinion.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

DIY: The natural way to colour your hair!

I have been reading Daniele Ryman's - Secrets of youth and beauty, aromatherapy for natural rejuvenation and have come across interesting subjects.

The whole book is split into 3 sections;

Part 1: Plants & oils for beauty & anti aging.
Part 2: Face & body beauty & anti aging treatments.
Part 3: Pampering

Click the image below, to see a detailed explanation of the contents.


The most interesting subject for me was in part 2, she explains how we can lighten and darken our hair using natural ingredients as mentioned below.

Chamomile hair tonic for blonde hair: Chamomile helps lighten blonde hair as it is a natural bleach.

You will need: 12 flower heads of chamomile or 5 chamomile tea bags, 600ml (1 pint) boiling water, 2 drops essential oil of chamomile, 10ml (1 dessert spoon) of vodka and a large bottle to put it all in.
  1. Add flower heads or tea bags to a teapot and cover with 600ml (1 pint) boiling water.
  2. Leave to steep and infuse for several hours.
  3. Strain,
  4. Add vodka (This acts as a preservative) and essential oil of chamomile.
  5. Transfer to bottle.

You can use this tonic to massage the scalp between shampoos or added to the last rinse after shampooing. This quantity should make enough for approx 10 applications and should keep for 2 -3 months.


Rosemary hair tonic for dark hair: Rosemary helps condition dark hair and maintains the colour.

You will need: 6 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 600ml (1 pint) boiling water, 10ml (1 dessert spoon) of dark rum, 2 drops essential oil of rosemary and 1 large bottle to put it all in.
  1. Add the rosemary sprigs to a teapot and cover with 600ml (1 pint) boiling water.
  2. Leave to steep and infuse for several hours.
  3. Strain.
  4. Add rum (This acts as a preservative) and essential oil of rosemary.
  5. Transfer to bottle and leave to rest in the dark for 1 week.

Use as a tonic lotion to massage the hair and scalp between shampoos, or added to the last rinse after shampooing.


Click image below for a larger view direct from the book.


I am eager to try this out, when I was younger I remember putting chamomile water in my hair and sitting in the sun so that it lightened, which it did.

Has anybody tried anything like this? I think this is the way to go, as chemical based hair dyes really damage the hair even though we refuse to accept it.

Hourglass Visionare E/S duo 'Prism'

I received this eyeshadow duo from Zuneta today as a Christmas gift. I had to share it with you immediately. I have never ordered from Zuneta before, and am not very familiar with the brands that they stock.

The brand 'Hourglass' was created by Carisa Janes in LA which was launched in Sephora in 2007.

The first thing that strikes you about this brand is the glossy bronze luxurious packaging. The duo in 'Prism' includes a blue toned gray and sparkly black, perfect for a smokey eye.



Here are the swatches... They are quite buttery and smooth but I also found them slightly powdery. The black is extremely pigmented, but the gray isn't. The colours are nice, but nothing that isn't already out there.



The size of the product is similar to a Nars e/s duo, just ever so slightly smaller. I like all my eye shadows to be the same size as it makes life a lot easier when organising. :) The duo includes a little brush and the lid comes with a mirror which swivels all the way around.


Price: £28

Personally, I think this is priced quite high. I would rather buy a Nars shadow. but, I do love the packaging and imagine I would feel rather special using it!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Storage Ideas










Images: Google
Click HERE to watch a video on my current jewellery storage with tips at the end!

Brush Rolls for sale!

I finally made a 'few' brush rolls, this time I padded the whole thing which took me longer. I have been SO busy, so wasn't able to make as much as I would have liked. Click HERE for more information.


They fit 'real' size brushes, and not tiny travel ones. These are the ones which I used when photographing, it will give you a rough idea as to what will fit in it.


All purchases will be gift wrapped, free of charge as pictured below.


What are your thoughts on this project? To be honest, I don't want to make anymore as it's so time consuming. I get bored of projects easily and am always wanting trying something new.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Mac Lilicent Blush Creme Review


This is my mums blush and I have worn it a few times and wanted to share my thoughts.

Lilicent is a lovely peachy pink colour that is of a muted tone with no glitter or shimmer. Cream blushes are amongst my favourite sort as they avoid the cakey look of what a powder can sometimes give. The formula of this is very creamy and blends easily and gives a gorgeous dewy finish. This colour is very versatile as it will look beautiful on pale and darker skin tones.
However, this doesn't have staying power, it just seems to disappear as the clock ticks away.

Price: £16.00

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Not in the mood for neutrals!

Yay, finally some photos of me wearing my recent purchases!

I keep my promises! :)

We went out for dinner this evening, and this is the look I opted for! I was not in the mood for neutrals, I was in the mood for green! However, I kind of 'naturalised' it.

FACE: Laura Mercier 'Oil Free' tinted moisturiser
CONCEALER: Mac Studio finish NC35
UNDER EYE CONCEALER: Mac Moisturecover NW30 (I also added YSL Touche Eclat as I didn't feel it brightened enough.


EYES: Urban Decay 'Absinthe' e/s all over the lid. Mac 'Humid' e/s on outer corners and smudged into the crease, Urban Decay 'Baked' in the crease, Mac 'Femme Fi' (LE) e/s to highlight. Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in 'Stash' (olive green) on upper and lower lashline. L'oreal Voluminous mascara.



LIPS: Nars Striptease lipgloss with a nude lipliner.
CHEEKS: Benefit some kinda gorgeous foundation faker in 'deep' to contour. Bobbi Brown cream blush in 'Dusty Mauve' as blush (discontinued) and Nars 'Albatross' to highlight.

The hair was volumised to the max! Blowdried upside down and then added some velcro rollers in!


The Lush curly wurly shampoo and American dream conditioner was a treat to use. My hair smells really nice and feels a tiny bit softer but nothing drastic. So far, so good though! Will do 'proper' reviews on them once I fully decide on what I think.

On my nails I wore OPI - Barefoot in Barcelona from the 'Espana' collection. It's a lovely nude with enough pigmentation for it not to wash my hands out. I think it looks lovely and elegant and it was also a hit with the hubs! :)