Friday, 29 April 2011

Life of an IPhone Vol.1

1-3. Our bedroom is finally finished!
4. Disney - the best study pick me up
5. Disney Store!
6. Nick at Sea World -there's a nemo above his head!
7. Studying uggh
8. Marauders map - I WANT
9. GAH - sadly my most overused word (is it a word?)
10. Procrastinating

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Bumble and Bumble

Hey Dolls

Since starting blogging, hair care and styling has become a particular passion of mine. I have an exact image in my mind of how I want my hair to look and am constantly on the lookout for products that are going to give me volumised, sleek (and long) hair. Two such products which I've been using for a while now are by Bumble and Bumble...

A recurrent theme on Magic'sinthemakeup is that I find products I love and work really well for me but quickly discard these as I read blog reviews or watch you tube videos about new products. This happened with both Bumble and Bumble's thickening spray and creme de coco masque - I really need to learn that the grass isn't always greener!

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray

I've tried lots of thickening sprays and lotions in the past - you may remember in my big hair how to post, I recommended the Samy version, which I do still like. It definitely gives lots of volume however, after a while I felt it quite heavy and there was a constant danger of spraying too much and being left with sticky hair. Bumble and Bumble's thickening hairspray works much in the same way, I spray it in sections onto damp hair before blowdrying my hair with a round barrel brush. The spray gives lots of volume that holds through the day without weighing hair down. I'm not too keen on the the scent (once it settle it's a little minty), but once sprayed into the hair you can't really smell it and the effect is definitely better, than the smell is worse!

Creme de Coco Masque

One thing I don't spend a lot of money on is my everyday shampoo and conditioner, my l'oreal elvive does everything I want it to - I prefer to save my money for a good conditioning masque. By far, creme de coco is the best I've tried. Firstly, it smells amazing! If you love anything coconut-y you will adore this. The scent sticks around in your hair until the next wash and I absolutely love getting whiffs of coconut throughout the day. The masque contains coconut oil, Shea butter, almond oil and mango. I use creme de coco once a week on a Sunday (ya'll know that's my beauty day) and I feel it really sets my hair up for the week. After using the masque my hair is so sleek and shiny and also really quite straight (miracle). As I use lots of volumising products that are notoriously drying for your hair, I feel that this masque helps to replace all the moisture lost and sooth my guilt a little bit!

I promise not to forget about you any longer!

Next I really want try Bumble and Bumble's Brilliantine and texture cream...have you tried these or any other Bumble and Bumble products? Let me know what you think!

Love Nicola

P.S I love saying BUMBLE AND BUMBLE!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Some new loves

Hey Dolls :)

Here are some new beauty superstars!

1. M.A.C Giggly Mineralize Blush

Can I firstly say, I really dislike the name 'giggly', for some reason it makes me feel uneasy. However, as a blush I really love this product. I can't help but be sucked in by the lilac heart - damn my poor will power! When I first tried giggly (ugggh, see I hate this stupid name) I was a little worried as it seemed quite powdery however, while the pigmentation may not be as strong compared to other MAC mineralize blushes, it doesn't fade on the skin. On the cheek, the colour translates as a light bubblegum pink, which as you should all know is my favourite! Also the lilac heart gives the blush a lovely, subtle sheen. Where it lacks in formulation, giggly makes up in prettiness!

2. M.A.C Impassioned and Girl About Town

Due to the arrival of the sun, the last couple of days I've broken out both Impassioned and Girl About Town. Both are amplified cremes, so the formula is smooth, creamy and inredibly pigmented. Impassioned is a funny old lipstick, each time you look at it, it seems to change colour ranging from a bright pink to a juicy coral. Girl about town is a bright fuschia and has been one of long time favourites. I can't help feeling instantly happy wearing either of these lipsticks - love!

3. Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil

I was always a little wary about trying a cleansing oil on account of how oily my own skin is. However, on a recent shopping trip with my mum we both decided to give the Shu Uemura cleansing oil a whirl and I honestly think it's one of the best decisions I've made. It just seems to work really well with my skin. Firstly, it removes my make up so easily, no scrubbing needed. Secondly, it acts as a really mild cleanser. It's quite a fluid oil that emulsifies when rinsed. Importantly, I only use this at night, prefering to use my Cleanse and Polish in the morning. When I rinse the oil off, it does leave a slight residue, which I personally like to leave overnight meaning I wake up in the morning with lovely moisturised skin. Actually, I've only been moisturising my skin a couple of times a week lately, it just doesn't need it! However, there are two major drawbacks - firstly, the price is ridiculous and actually makes me feel a little ashamed every time I think about it. Secondly, it uses quite a lot of mineral oil so I'm going to keep a close eye on my pores. However, so far it's working really well for me - I'll keep you all updated!

4. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

My lovely friend Cheryl recomended this to me and honestly after using it I'm not quite sure how I ever lived without it. I use this as a primer under my foundation - it provides a really fresh, luminous base on which to put my make up. It really brightens my skin and contains my favourite thing ever - Witch Hazel - to help tighten tired skin. I think it's important not to rub the product into the skin, instead I apply my foundation straight after application which I think helps give my skin a luminosity. Plus it smells AMAZING!

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.

Hey Dolls :)

I think by now, with the amount I've whittered on about it, you should all know I love Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. There's something about Carroll's nonsensical logic that always captures my imagination each time I read the books. When the wonderful Ann hinted months ago that The Scottish Ballet were putting on a production of Alice, my excitement went into overload and I (im)patiently bided my time until more information was released. I was even more excited when, later, Ann invited me to a very special date...a wonderful bloggers event to celebrate Alice in conjunction with Blytheswood Square.

The event happened on Saturday and it really was a magical day! It began in the absolutely beautiful Blytheswood Square hotel. Immediately, the first thing I noticed was the amazing chandelier in the foyer which you can see the very end of here - I would like one similar in my house (ha)

On the day, I was running rather late due to an impromptu stop at the stupid uni library and getting rather lost, so I fear I may have seemed rather hysterical to those who met me first, for this I apologise!! I really am quite normal and capable of polite conversation really! Anyway after a quick chat with lots of lovely bloggers we were whisked off to watch a couple of films detailing the ballet's creation from the beginning stages to how the performance works technically on stage. Being a theatre studies student, I was sucked into the technical and conceptual sides of the ballet which I think really paved the way for watching Alice later.

We were then absolutely spoiled with a beautiful afternoon tea, each getting our own little cake stand to munch on.

The blytheswood square had created the stand to fit in with a mad hatter tea party - it was amazing! We had the tiniest cupcakes I have seen with popping candy and wonderful purple cakes that tasted of parma violets. There really is no better way to make me happy than with cake!! During our afternoon tea, the wonderful ladies from The Rainbow Rooms came in and demonstrated how to get the perfect ballet bun. I'm going to do an demonstration post on this, as I think it's a perfect way of getting a bun without using a doughnut (which I've posted about before) as I knew a few of you were worried your hair wasn't long enough to cover the doughnut.

For the next hour, we were able to get our hair done by the lovely rainbow room ladies (they demonstrated on me how to use my beloved dust it, always spreading the dust it gospel!), get a hand massage from some of the blytheswood therapists and get our make up touched up by Jane from smujj (I fell on love with about 4843739 new lipstick colours). I also went on a tour of the hotel and spa, led by the lovely (and very funny) spa manager Leon. The spa is absolutely amazing, it instantly instills a feeling of calm with its soft lighting and incense and everyone roaming about in slippers and gowns!

I have been raving about the spa to everyone I've spoken to since Saturday, I cannot wait to go and try it out! Shall be the perfect exam stress buster!

It was then time to go and watch Alice, I don't really know where to start! The entire performance was absolutely breathtaking and was simultaneously beautiful, whimsical, dark, funny and disorientating. The performance doesn't stick routinely to the book instead juxtaposing abstract episodes that were often recognisable (like the tea party and painting the roses red) but always seemed slightly slanted. Rather than falling down the rabbit hole, Alice falls through the lens of Charles Dodgson's (otherwise known as Lewis Carroll) camera

Fun Lewis Carroll fact courtesy of my friend Lynsey, if you've read the books (or seen the disney film) you'll know there's a character of a dodo. This was incorporated because Dodgson had a stutter and so, when trying to say his name, he would say dodododgson (geekfest over). When reading about the performance, it was noted that the Alice stories were an early milestone in surrealism and you can definitely see a shift in a surrealist direction as opposed to adherence to traditional Victorian depiction of the John Tenniel illustrations in the books.

It was amazing to see such well known characters given their own individual slant. I absolutely loved the re imagining of the mysterious and quite sinister Jabberwock, who, rather than being represented as a monster, was given a definite human form, corrupted by the placement of a box over his head.

As ever, the Scottish Ballet's set (which was quite different from the christmas productions I have seen previously, Alice used lots of light projections as opposed to fabric dropbacks) and costumes were amazing.

Alice has left Glasgow now but you can still catch it in the following places and dates:

Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Wed 20 – Sat 23 April 2011
Inverness Eden Court
Wed 27 – Sat 30 April 2011
Cardiff Millennium Centre
Wed 4 – Sat 7 May2011
Aberdeen Her Majesty's Theatre
Wed 11 – Sat 14 May 2011

Also, if you want an insight into the backstage of a ballet, this Thursday at 7.10 you can watch the dancers put on their make up (so excited) and warm up before the performance as well as following all of the action on twitter. I am definitely tuning in, we had the chance to look at the face charts of the performance and they are beautiful! Find out more about the live streaming event here.

A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in making Saturday possible. Every little detail was taken care of and I can't imagine the amount of work and organisation that went into it...even down to the goody bag tags and our name tags screamed Alice!


Monday, 18 April 2011

Sad Panda

Hey Dolls :)

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Glasgow so Nick and I decided to go a walk along the water and get some much craved vitamin D. It's a long standing joke between the two of us that I repel sunlight because I wear so much black, I know it's bad but honestly I feel so self conscious when I wear colour. However, I shocked Nick yesterday when I actually wore pink!! Though I feel I may have compensated for this in some other way...

Face - M.A.C Studio Finish concealer / Prestige Mineral Foundation / Illamasqua Unrequited

Eyes - Two Faced Shadow Insurance / M.A.C Carbon / MUFE Aqua Eyes / MUFE Smoky Lash

Lips - M.A.C Sugarimmed

Apparently I'm not happy unless there is at least one part of me shrouded in black, old habits die hard!

Lots of Love

Sunday, 17 April 2011

A beauty bloggers guide to...


Being the rather shallow excuse for a person that I am, when I need cheering up I turn to beauty products. Nothing makes me happier than to take a couple of hours to just stop and indulge in a spot of D.I.Y beauty therapy...

1. Glitter

Glitter makes me happy. Whether it be on my nails or slathered all over my face (ha) it always cheers me up. I blame it on living with two of the campest men in Scotland (probably) for two years and being subjected by them to a face full of glitter at Death Disco every month. I am in absolute love with O.P.I's teenage dreams...

Pink rainbow glitter! Also you should all know my love for M.A.C's 3d glitters

Getting some sparkle on and dancing on my couch to Candi Staton, to me, is instant happiness!


I think the best feeling in the world happens when you've just stepped out of the shower after exfoliating head to toe. I think it's the combination of having silky smooth skin and feeling squeeky clean. If this is quickly followed by going to bed with fresh sheets and reading Roald Dahl - well that's a perfect evening right there!

3. Face Masks

I remember the first ever sleepover I had with my friends when I was 12 - we all sat in our pyjamas watching films, eating a ridiculous amount of sweets and applied a face mask. I remember thinking we were so grown up and sophisticated! But still to this day, I equate face masks with pampering, despite a mask being an important part of my skincare routine, and find it rather relaxing sitting for 10/15 minutes with a face mask on. My favourite is still Liz Earle's deep cleansing mask and as it's clay based, I like to keep mine in the fridge so it's lovely and cool on the skin when applied.

4. Bubbles

From the first time reading The Bell Jar, one quote always sticks in my mind:

'There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.'

It's true! Baths have always made me happy, from making bubble beards and tidal waves when I was wee to now, twenty years later, using them as a way of de-stressing and pampering. I think I've blogged about the Sanctuary's Bidadari range before - it is beautiful. This shimmering bath creme is such a lovely product, it makes lots of amazing, shimmering jasmine and ylang ylang scented bubbles that make me feel all sleepy. It's the simple things!

5. Colour

M.A.C Pink Friday, M.A.C. Petals and Peacocks, YSL Rouge Pur 128

Just looking at these lipsticks make me smile. I love colour in my make up, and the easiest way, I think, to incorporate a bit of colour into your life is through lipstick. Whether you sheer it out with lip gloss/balm, only wear it in the privacy of your own bedroom or be Baaaaam purple all over your mouth, every girl should own at least one bright, happiness enducing lipstick.

If all of this fails, I advise you watch numerous charlieissocoollike videos whilst eating cheese/cake/mini eggs

And if that doesn't work, I fear there's no hope and you will forever be a little sad (in a charming way) like an extra from a Tim Burton film...

Lots of Love

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Why boys are rubbish...

Hey Dolls

This week I was confronted with the words no girl wishes to hear, especially whilst watching the vampire diaries...

'You're going to have to stop spending so much money on make up'

My initial reaction, like the child I am, wanted to have a complete tantrum. However, after some consideration I suppose Nick is right - the fact I keep finding make up still in the bag that I don't remember buying is silly, especially when we have a whole new house to decorate (I did however, knock over all his stupid Futurama toys as way of revenge). So today I took to my make up drawers and had a rifle and rediscovered two rather pretty products...

In this picture I am wearing Accessorize's merged blush in pretty please and for the first time, despite buying it two weeks ago, bourjois effect 3d gloss in 61. Every time I try one of the Accessorize blushes I can't believe how pretty they are. Pretty Please is probably more effective as a highlight as I really had to layer it on to see the pink. The bourjois lip gloss in the tube looks really pink but seems to look more peach on my lips. I love the formula of it, it isn't sticky at all and lasts quite a long time on the lips without going all gloopy. However, I am a wee bit undecided about the wand, it's a soft plastic applicator which is a little big for my freakishly thin top lip.

Fitting in with the thrifty theme, the very next day I had planned to buy a new conical wand from Sally's - it was a lot thicker than my babyliss one and I was imagining long loose waves. However, today I tried using my huge toni and guy tongs like a conical wand. I just wrapped my hair around the barrel and held it for a few seconds. I really love the effect it gives!

Let me know if you're a make up pauper too!

Lots of Love

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner

Hey Dolls :)

I absolutely love gel eyeliner and for the last couple of years I have been 100% monogamous to M.A.C's fluidline in blacktrack. However, when maybelline finally released their gel eyeliner here, I was rather excited.

I've been using the liner for about a week now and I LOVE it. Honestly, I think it's comparable to both MAC and clinique's gel liners (which I've recently tried and also like) but in maybelline's case it's cheaper and you get a brush! Consistency wise, the liner is really soft and smooth and doesn't feather when applied. It may not be as black as other gel liners but I still think it's quite a dark, inky colour.

In terms of longevity, it lasts about as long as my fluidline, by the end of the working day my flicks could probably do with a touch up but the only liner I've tried that actually lasts the full day is illamasqua's precision ink. One thing I have noticed is, once applied, it does take a little longer to dry than blacktrack and for the first few applications I did have transfer onto my brow bone, though a little extra care helps to stop this.

I was really excited to try the liner brush that comes in the box and I was really surprised - I think it's a brilliant shape for liner application! You can use the very thin edge of the brush to get a really defined, sharp edge or use the flat side to get a thicker smooth line across the lid. The shape gives you lots of control over the product and is a brilliant alternative to my usual brush of choice, mac's 209. Here is how it looks on...

Overall, I think this is an excellent quality product for the price, and would be especially good if you're venturing into the world of gel liner for the first time. Have you tried this or want to? What are your gel liner experiences?

Love Nicola

Friday, 1 April 2011

I fail at life

...well at make up anyway. Tonight I'm going to a friend's engagement party and spent a reasonable amount of time doing my make up...I was quite happy until I snapped some FOTN photos...

1. Double Wear you irritate me - how can something look so nice in person but look so bad in photos!? I hate that grey ghost face DW gives as a result of the SPF, look at the colour of my face compared with my neck ugggh!! I need some serious photo appropriate foundation suggestions!

2. Apparently I have lost the knack of putting on false eye lashes - what is up with my right eye lash!? Thank goodness I looked at these before I went out!

Though how amazing is illamasqua's succubus?? At least I got one thing right...

Have a lovely weekend!!