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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MAC and World Aids Day- 1st December

Aloha Bloggerinos,

As you will no doubt know, I luuurrrvvee MAC Cosmetics. I love the feeling you get when you wander round a store, the fun you can have swatching the pressed eyeshadows, the smell of the wipes, the feel of the brushes......ohhh yeeaahhh *drools*

Because of this snazzy (blowing my own trumpet a bit there) blog, MAC kindly email me little previews of new lines or upcoming offers, which I always read with interest. I don't tend to post about them though (slap my wrist please) but this time, I felt it would be wrong not to.

December the first sees in World Aids day and along with tonnes of other organisations and company's (even my new office) MAC is supporting this valid cause.


Rather than bore you with my shoddy explanation of what MAC is doing, I am going to quote the email (sneaky tehehe). I've dotted about a few products that make mula for this great charity but if you pop yourself along to the website, you will find lots more of enticing goodies. I fully endorse this whole shibang- it's always a winner to support those less fortunate than yourself and you can buy yourself MAC products, guilt free!


MAC Say:

"On December 1, 2010 – makeup artists from M∙A∙C Cosmetics in London, Edinburgh and Dublin will put away their makeup kits and don red ribbons to participate in a company-wide volunteer effort to honor World AIDS Day.

Please find below a brief outline of our involvement….

M∙A∙C artists from London and Edinburgh will pitch in to help at London’s Positive East and Edinburgh’s Waverley Care and give up some of their free time to decorate nominated service areas and meeting rooms which are frequently used by visitors to both Charities. The M.A.C Aids Fund has supported Positive East since 2006 and Edinburgh’s Waverley Care for over 10 years.

To raise awareness on World Aids Day in Dublin, M∙A∙C Friends and Colleagues are joining the Open Heart House charity “Sleep Out”. This will be the inaugural Open Heart House “Sleep Out” and it is a great way for M∙A∙C to develop the support it has given to this charity since January 2000.

Did you know that one Viva Glam purchase can…….

· Provide 1 nutritious meal for a support group for 2 days.

· Provide support and education for 5 pregnant women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS giving them the tools to prevent transmission to their unborn child.

· Buy 1 pair of school shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS.

· Purchase 1 school starter pack of stationery for a child orphaned by AIDS.

· Buy 1 vegetable seed starter pack for a community garden.

· Purchase health education posters for a child care resource centre

· Provide 1 Party Pack for a child to celebrate Christmas, Easter or a birthday.


Since the inception of the M∙A∙C Aids Fund, together we have raised in excess of $190,000,000 (Since 1998, through the sale of Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglosses, the UK and Eire have raised over £4.4m), which is a fantastic achievement towards the help & support of people who are living with HIV & AIDS."

What do you think Bloggerinos?



Images courtesy of MAC.
They did send me some rather snazzy press pictures but could I download them? Nooooo. Once again, technology fails me. *sigh*

Monday, November 29, 2010

Leo, Leo, Leo

Dress: Topshop. Tights: Banana Republic. Shoes: Forever 21. Bag: YSL Muse. Jewelry: Michele, David Yurman.

I hope everyone had a lovely, restful break these past few days. I got a nice surprise a couple of days ago and was featured on Kim's fabulous blog, Brunette Blogging. Check out the interview here! I am back to my busy work schedule, but am excited to wear and share lots of fun pieces I picked up in LA and DC this week…

Catchy catchy catch up

Aloha Bloggerinos,

I'm having to type this in a really cackhanded fashion because I just slammed my swearwording index finger in the swearwording wardrobe door, looking for a pair of swearworing tights! Gargh!! I've got the rage I tell you!

I thought I would give you a little life update post as I have lots of life to update (hahaha I just made myself think of that line from Bugs Life where the Queen says "That's our lot in life! It's not a lot, but that's our life!" haha oh it tickles me so). As you can see, the pain of my throbbing finger has gone to my brain and I appear to be somewhat delirious.

So, tomorrow I am starting a new job. Yeesss I know, I change jobs like the wind but thus is the glamorous nature of a Temp. My job is a little part time number at the council, doing all sorts of officey stuff so should be nice. I quite enjoy working in an office and have come to find that most work on the same basic rules- There is always a hottie (thank god), there is always a really stressy woman who is mean but probably just quite insecure, there is always a boss, there is always someone on your wavelength who you can be your chum. One of my best friends Emma is someone I met when I was working for a very swish company in Liverpool, we hit it off immediately and had many shinangens. Hmmm maybe I should do a little feature on mine and her adventures (they once took us all the way to Ibiza for 2 days ahahahaha)- what do you think?

If only things were like this at an office. Thank you

Just a little subnote here- I was looking for tights for my first day at new work tomorrow. Why not wait til morning? I hear you ask. Well, this is why: When I went for my interview last week, I dramatically underestimated how long it would take me to fanny about getting ready. I suddenly realised I had 5 minutes before I had to get in the car if I was going to make it on time. I dashed to my wardrobe to find some tights but alas, there were none to be had. 3 Minutes to go. Had a desperate search through the wash basket (gross I know but it was dyer times) but no luck. 1 minute to go. Then at last, I found a pair of tights in the spare room and presumed I had left them there because I do tend to leave things everywhere. Pulled them on, got in the car. Felt VERY uncomfortable, like my legs were in cast iron clamps and lets not even get onto how my lady department felt!! I went through the whole job interview suspecting my blood supply to my legs had been cut off, drove home and ripped them off at the front door. It turned out they were my sister's tights. My size 6 sister. I rest my case.

In other job type news, I am just getting involved with a new venture that is all very top secret but I'm VERY, very excited about and I think that when it is launched, may well be something you'll like too......mysterious eh? Watch this space.

What I suspect you are all waiting for is baby girl Watson news. This week I am 24-25 weeks pregnant which sees me at 6 months- good grief doesn't time fly?! My bump is now unmissable and I can feel her kick/punch, wriggle and turn. I really love feeling her move and tell her a silent hello (if I'm in public, always best to try not to look too mental) but recently it's been making me feel quite nauseous and heart burny, mmmm lovely.

People have been soooo generous already. My grandma has knitted her all sorts of things, Matt's parents have bought tonnes of clothes and are sending a pretty generous cheque to enable us to buy a super duper pram/pushchair thingymajib, we've been offered a bouncer by a new neighbour and a steriliser by another relative! Oh, and my Dad says he's bought me a nice changing bag- woop woop! What I was really touched by though is that some of my YouTuberinos have offered to make things for her, like a cross stitch picture for her wall- how kind is that? She's not even born and already so loved.

We haven't had any snow to speak of in our neck of the woods which is a bummer because I luurrvvee the snow, but perhaps it'll be a white Christmas? We're spending it in Formby (near Liverpool) with Matt's parentals, so there will be chocolate and good TV galore!

Mindycat (clutching at straws here hahaha) is pretty cross at the moment. We're keeping her in the kitchen at nights because when baby girl Watson comes, we'll want our bedroom doors open and I don't want Mindy suffocating her or anything, so she's a bit shirty. Honestly, sometimes I feel a bit abashed round her and try and make it up to her with treats, talk about being manipulated!!

I have bought a few nice things really (it had been agggesss since I treated myself), so hopefully a few reviews are on their merry way to you as well.

Hmmm, I've just read this back and realised how looooooong it is, and what's worse is, I don't have any pictures to beautify here I come!

What's been going on in your world?



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lou's Reviews :: Lush- Irridescent Glitterbug

Aloha Bloggerinos,

Two Lush reviews in two days, I'm spoiling you!

I have bought three of these to date and will continue to purchase these because in my eyes, they're fabulous. The Glitterbug is infact a bug shaped massage bar chocablock full of bluish mauve sparkles that transfer to the skin with the staying power of no other glitter product I've tried before. If glitter isn't your thing, then I'd recommend you stay well back!


My first experience of the famous Glitterbug is not one I relish. I was 18, at university in Liverpool and eagerly getting ready for a big night out. I had popped into Lush that day and grabbed a few things, not really taking the time to find out what they're uses were. What a mistake-a to make-a!!! I foolishly presumed the sparkly little bug was a soap, jumped in the shower and rubbed it EVERYWHERE. I remember thinking it was a bit odd that it didn't lather and was rather scratchy but carried on none the less.

It wasn't until I stepped out of the shower and looked at myself (nudey tudey) in the full length mirror that I was met with a blue, sparkly, mirrorballed human smurf! I had put soooooooooo much on that I had literally turned myself blue! I nipped next door to ask my flatmate if I was perhaps over exaggerated the situation but alas, she confirmed I looked MENTAL. I learnt a valuable lesson that night- befriend the Lush Sales Assistant and do your research!

I love the moment before you open a Lush product and it is all new and fresh and pristine. Mmmm
Since then, I have learnt the art of the Glitterbug. The idea is to warm up the bar in your hands and then either use as you would any other Lush massage product or use the residue from your hands to rub into anywhere you want the shimmer. I like it on my arms, shoulders and decolletage, but not my face!

Aside from it's obvious brilliance (gliiittttteerrrr), it also has other fantastic properties, like the shea and cocoa butter it's made from that give your skin a well earned drink. Glittery moisturised skin? Yes please. Lush tell us that it's scent is made up of rose, neroli and sweet vanilla, but to me it just smells of Glitterbug...helpful!

I have looked on the website and it seems to have gone, although when I was in store today, they had plenty, phewf!

The Iridescent Glitterbug retails for £3.25 (i think!) and will last you a VERY long time, well worth it for its unique effects, moisturising properties and general yumminess to have in your collection.

Have you tried this? What did you think?



Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lou's Reviews :: Lush - Once a Year

Aloha Bloggerinos,

What a festive Saturday I'm having! Matt is here tapping away on his laptop, the cat is curled up, Love Actually is on, I've done a bit of present wrapping and we just had bacon rolls- bliss, bbuuuurrrrliss!

With this in mind, I thought I'd give you my thoughts on the most Christmassy massage bar I have ever smelt- Once a Year. This massage bar retails at £3.95 for 60g which is quite steep in my opinion but if you can't treat yourself at Christmas, when can you?

It consists of the big pink oval and a quirky cream moustash which has gold sparkles in it. I did detect a hint of shimmer in the pink oval too but nothing substantial, so if you aren't a glitter fan (a crime in my eyes) then you'll still be alright.

This little number is packed with shea butter (your skin will love you for this), almond essential oil and hazelnut oil which is said to have deep moisturising properties and form a protective layer around your skin without blocking pores- super!

Sparkle sparkle!
When I first smelt this I thought "Mmmmmmmmmm Christmas!" but couldn't quite put my finger on it. Maybe desserts and suchlike? Since looking on the website, I have discovered that is in infact Brandy! Whilst brandy isn't my usual tipple, the scent is distinctly festive and something I really enjoy. I would also say that the fragrance isn't overly feminine or girly, so could be used with a loved one...ooerr missus ;)

I love this so much I may well buy a backup because it saddens me greatly when LE items leave us, like Jingle Spells did, and never come back.

Have you tried this? How's your wrapping coming along? Anyone want to send me another Once a Year? Mwahaha!



Friday, November 26, 2010

A New Start

Aloha Bloggerinos,

As some of you may well have noticed, my blog has had a bit of an overhaul. I felt it was getting a bit cluttered and messy but didn't know how to sort it. To be honest, it's a wonder I managed to set it up in the ruddy first place!

So here I was, whinging away to Zoe of Zoella about the whole thing and taaadddaaaa she fixed it for me! I'm still bugging her for a few more tweaks that hopefully you will see soon (muchos thankos zoe!) but so far, what do you think? Don't you think it looks a lot cleaner and fresher? I feel like singing that song that goes, "it's FRESH! Exciiiiiiting, do do do do do doooooo".

If you don't recognise Zoe, I will eat my hat.

So this post is to say, "Hi, My name's Louise and I'm back in love with my blog" and also, most importantly, a MASSIVE thank you to Zoe, who didn't have to spend a long time doing this for me but she did anyway and I appreciate it so very much.

Lots of fun and exciting things coming up :)



Thursday, November 25, 2010

Love Letters to LA

I had such a lovely time this past week in LA and just wanted to share with you some of the pictures I snapped in my 48 hours of shopping there. I am now off to the East Coast to enjoy some time with my family. I hope all of you have a perfect holiday!



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Roses are Red

Top: RL Collection. Cardigan: BR Monogram. Skirt: H&M. Tights: F21. Shoes: Banana Republic. Belt: GAP. Pins: H&M. Jewelry: David Yurman, Michele.

Bella Sugar Cosmetics Update

Aloha Bloggerinos,

I'm just uploading a Barry M Collection video on YouTube and I thought whilst I'm waiting I would give you a quick update on Bella Sugar Cosmetics.

Do you remember a while ago I reviewed some eyeshadows from there and loved them? Well they are have a 40% off sale for Thanksgiving! Yabbadabbadoooo! I know here in the UK we don't celebrate it, but if there's a sale to be had, I'm game :)

All products are freshly handmade and have fantastic pigment. Click HERE to go to the etsy shop but if I were you, I would check out her blog because she has reeealllly good swatched of every colour going, plus more details on the sale- Bella Sugar Cosmetics Blog.

Happy Tuesday!



Monday, November 22, 2010

Ebb & Flow

Jacket: Jcrew. Shirt: Haute Hippie. Jorts: DIY cut offs. Knee Highs: Madewell. Shoes: NYLA. Jewelry: David Yurman, F21, Michael Kors, Gap, BR.

I am sure some of you have been wondering if I have been on vacation with some of the recent outfits. Well, I haven't...San Francisco just decided to have a summer in the middle of November. Looks like that weather is long gone and it is true fall from here on out! Off to LA and Washington D.C this week so expect some fun pictures...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Short Order

Shorts: Thread Social. Shoes: Pierre Hardy for Gap. Tank: BR. Purse: Vintage LV. Scarf: H&M. Jewelry: Jcrew, Michael Kors.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pregnancy Update- 22 Weeks

Aloha Bloggerinos,

Just a quickie to let you know I got back on the YouTube ball and made a VERY honest pregnancy update video.

If you wanted to check it out, click the link on the right for my channel and enjoy!

Hope you've had a good week and for those of us in the UK have done something worthwhile for Children In Need :)



Warm Sunset

Jacket: Jcrew. Jeans: GAP. Tank: BR. Shoes: Dolce Vita. Bag: YSL. Jewelry: David Yurman, Michael Kors, GAP, BR, JCrew.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Animal Instincts

Dress: Milly. Vest: Madewell. Shoes: Miu Miu. Bag: LV. Sunglasses: Burberry. Jewelry: David Yurman, Michael Kors, GAP, F21, Jcrew, Max&Chloe.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tousle & Turn

Dress worn as skirt: Rebecca Taylor. Top: Gap. Shoes: Tory Burch. Purse: YSL Muse. Scarf: Bajar. Jewelry: Jcrew, Gap, Michael Kors, David Yurman, BR, Max&Chloe.

Last Chance on YSL Parisienne Eau de Parfum

Aloha Bloggerinos,

Remember aggess ago I did that big blog sale? A few items never went because people reserved and didn't pay (naughty girls), so because I want to clear out that box of things, I will do individual sales now and again at reduced prices.

Today is the YSL Parisienne Eau de Parfum (30ml). It is in it's original box and in mint condition, spritzed once but not my cup of tea. Could easily be a sneaky little stocking filler for Christmas.

Sold- to one of my most loyal Bloggerinos- Missmascara1983, thank you xxx

I'm selling it for £19.99 and this INCLUDES postage and packaging, wherever you live on ze planet. I will wrap in acid free coloured tissue paper and sprinkle on a handful of sprinkles too, seeing as it's nearly that festive time of year.

Paypal only. No returns. I'll have proof of postage if need be. First come, first serve.

Three, two, one, GO!



Monday, November 15, 2010

Sweet Sonoma

Top: Rebecca Taylor. Shorts: DVF. Shoes: Pour La Victoire. Purse: Rebecca Minkoff. Sunglasses: RL Collection. Jewlery: David Yurman, Michael Kors, GAP, BR, Saks, Jcrew.