mercedeshayward.com - Latest entrieshttp://mercedeshayward.com/blog/The latest entries for the site mercedeshayward.comen-gbMercedes HaywardTue, 02 Sep 2014 09:00:13 +0000The Battle of the Mini Eyelash Curlers - Shu Uemura S Eyelash Curler vs MAC Half Lash Curler http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/09/02/battle-mini-eyelash-curlers-shu-uemura-s-eyelash-curler-vs-mac-half-lash-curler/<p>I am a massive eyelash girl! That means that I can obsess about everything related to lashes such as mascaras and of course eyelash curlers.</p><p>I've been eyeing the S Curler by Shu Uemura since the time it was released but I already have the regular one and spending another £20 on an eyelash curler seemed a bit too much. I waited and waited and waited but all the reviews were good. In fact, very good! Everyone lash obsessed like me seemed to love it. So, I figured it was time to bite the bullet and get it!<br /><br />Funny enough, the very same day I went past the MAC Pro store in London and I saw (by chance) that they too had a version of a mini eyelash curler. They call it Half Lash Curler. I had to get it and compare it. Just for fun!</p><p>The two look similar but they are very different in my opinion.</p><p><strong>MAC's Half Lash Curler</strong><br />It's very handy and comfortable to use. It comes with an extra rubber bed, which is a nice touch. The look of it is very sleek and the mechanism is pretty much standard.<br />It curls the lashes quite well but my issues with it are :<br />1- The actual lash curler part is quite straight. It is a bit curved but not enough to mimic the curve of the eye in my opinion.<br />2- The are side barriers! This is very off putting for me as I cannot do precision work with the curling. Yes, I told you I'm very obsessed!<br />3- The design is also very straight "vertically" so you cannot angle it that much towards the lashes.</p><p><strong>Shu Uemura S Curler</strong><br />I cannot fault this curler. That's it!<br />The design is very clever with the curler pushed forward, which really helps for curling right at the lashes. The look of it is, as the MAC one, very sleek and it's very comfortable to use.<br />But the winner element of this curler is that there are no side barriers! So you can even curl single lashes with it. It's excellent.<br />I love how I can curl my lashes from the very narrow inner corner to the very outer corner super suborn straight lashes. You can get right in every corner from all different angles.&#160;<br />Actually, there is a tiny tiny tiny negative element to it and that is that the top part of the curler is white and if you are like me and curl your lashes last thing then that part gets all dirty from your eye makeup. &#160;</p><p>If you want my opinion then just don't bother with the MAC eyelash curler just get the Shu Uemura one!</p><p>It's amazing.</p><p>I hope this was helpful.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:00:13 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/09/02/battle-mini-eyelash-curlers-shu-uemura-s-eyelash-curler-vs-mac-half-lash-curler/beautyBioderma Vs. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - The Battle Of The Night Makeup Removers http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/08/21/bioderma-vs-garnier-micellar-cleansing-water-battle-night-makeup-removers/<p>I wear makeup almost every day. Not because I feel I need it, I just have way too much that I cannot possibly use in all my life time so I like to pile it on. However, I make it one of my top priorities to go to bed near naked - on the face, that is!</p><p>I have the likes of the Shu Uemura oil cleanser (which I LOVE, by the way) and a few other face washes I keep near my bathroom sink.</p><p>But for most nights I use products that are easy to use, that only require a cotton pad and will only take me minutes to use. <br />I'm currently swapping (read: testing) between <strong>Bioderma </strong>and <strong>Garnier's</strong> <strong>Micellar Cleansing Water</strong>.&#160;</p><p>Both promise to do the same job and to help the skin in similar ways but which one do I prefer?&#160;</p><p>Bioderma has been a cult beauty product for some time now. Definitely after a few top makeup artists (aka - Lisa Eldridge) gave the brand a BIG shotout. But until recently Bioderma was only available in France or in selected stores in London as well as on a handful of online shops. This gave us (makeup lovers) the urgent feel that we NEEDED this miracle product. At least I get that feeling when access to a beauty product is restricted.&#160;<br />Luckily, Bioderma realised the massive UK market opportunity and it's now stocked in more places.<br />I bought 2 sets (4 bottles) when I visited France a year or so ago and I remember paying something like 10-15 Euros for two bottles.&#160;</p><p>Garnier, on the other hand, has been around in the UK market for ages now. In general I like their products, especially their toner, so I wasn't surprised when they decided to jump on the Micellar Water van wagon. You can pretty much find Garnier anywhere such as pharmacies and supermarkets. Their range is quite affordable too which is always a plus!</p><p>Both products look VERY similar from the bottles. They are this clear water with a tiny bit of foam (the Garnier foams a tiny bit more) and you are meant to use a cotton pad or a tissue and then gently rub it on your face. They are both fragrance free and none of them leave a film or residue on your face.&#160;</p><p>Let's make this short and sweet! In my honest opinion the Garnier is a much better product than Bioderma. That's it - I said it!<br />I'm sure a lot of you will be shocked but it's true. Bioderma is VERY nice and gentle but I feel I need to use more product or leave the area (say an eyelid) to soak the product a bit more before I can see that it's all gone. The Garnier Micellar Water seems (to me) to be more powerful and take make up off faster with very little product.&#160;<br />As you can see from the images below I used a fair bit of both so I can totally make an informed decision as to which one I prefer.</p><p>Without a doubt, in my honest opinion, &#160;the Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier is better than the Bioderma!<br />The even better point is that the Garnier Micellar Water in normally about £4 and the Bioderma is about £9.</p><p>Try it and let me know what you think but in my battle of the night makeup removers there's only one winner and that's the Garnier product.&#160;</p><p>You can get Bioderma <a href="https://www.garden.co.uk/sensibio-h20-250ml.html" title="Bioderma">here</a> and you can get the Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier <a href="http://www.boots.com/en/Garnier-Micellar-Cleansing-Water-400ml_1440752/" title="Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier">here</a>.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:36:02 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/08/21/bioderma-vs-garnier-micellar-cleansing-water-battle-night-makeup-removers/beautyREVIEW & SWATCHES - B. Stunning Vibrant Eye Shimmers http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/05/03/review-swatches-b-stunning-vibrant-eye-shimmers/<p>I've seen this brand in Superdrug some time ago but I never liked anything from their collection that much to buy in the shop.&#160;<br />But recently I placed an online order and I saw that the entire range was about half price so I decided to do some brand testing/research.</p><p>I picked up two of their Stunning Vibrant Shimmers - a purple (of course) and a copper.&#160;</p><p>From the pot they look like a paint pot look-alike. They promise to be creamy, to set and to last the entire day!</p><p>So, how did they perform? Let's see:</p><p>Well, let's start with the <strong>packaging</strong>. <br />The pot is a bit small to my liking. I currently have tips on my nails and they are quite long so if I was to dip my finger I would end up with half the pot under my nails. Not a sexy thing to do. Therefore, I brush was needed. No big deal if honest. I used a brush similar to a MAC 217 to pick up and apply it.</p><p>The<strong> colours </strong>are so pretty! The purple is like an eggplant/ burgundy purple with some tiny blue undertone and it has some super tiny silver shimmer. The copper is stunning and my favourite of the two! It's a very sparky copper with silver shots that depending on the light can look gold or silver but they are mainly silver. &#160;</p><p>The <strong>formula</strong> is very gel-like. It's quite wet I would say. Definitely more wet than any Paint Pot I own. This is neither bad nor good. It really didn't affect the application in my opinion. The brush was able to pick up, apply and distribute the product.&#160;</p><p>The <strong>consistency</strong> was different between these two colours. The copper one was more smooth whereas the purple was a bit more chunky.&#160;</p><p>The <strong>application</strong> was different between these two as well. The copper applied like butter and it glided on the lid but I found the purple one to be very choppy and patchy. I had to apply the purple in more thin layers. In the end I got a lovely look but it required a tiny bit more dedication. I also found that with the copper the more you blend it the more the silver comes up. You might or might not like this - I did.</p><p>As with <strong>creasing</strong> I experience very little creasing but I had a primer underneath. I wanted to use a primer on purpose as I always do as I have quite greasy eyelids. Even with Paint Pots I use a bit of primer. It's just a habit. More recently I did a makeup look and it lasted about 6 hours with very little creasing.&#160;</p><p>Are they <strong>smudge proof?</strong>&#160;To do a better (more comprehensive) test I used my hand. I applied two heavy swatches (see images below) and I left them to set a minute or so and I then tried to rub them with my fingers. To my disappointment the product did run a bit. Not much but they are clearly not smudge proof. Mind you, I'm not sure if I would rub my eyelid the way I rubbed my hand but there you go.</p><p>Are they <strong>waterproof</strong>? I would say so. When I tried to clean my hand I put it under the tap and nothing moved! I had to do some heavy rubbing motion to get it off.&#160;</p><p>I would recommend them but with a few side notes:</p><p>1- They are NOT Paint Pot dupes (different formula, application, finish and texture)<br />2- Some people might find that these crease on them. The same happens with Paint Pots. You just have to work with the product.<br />3- They are VERY shimmery (especially the copper one) so if you don't like that look then don't bother! However, if you are clever you would know that this is the case as the name has the word Shimmer.</p><p>So, all in all I'm happy with my purchase! Also, a massive thumbs up is that they are cruelty free!&#160;</p><p>You can get them from Superdrug [<a href="http://www.superdrug.com/b/b-stunning-vibrant-eye-shimmer-copper-57/invt/492761&amp;bklist=" title="Copper">Link</a>] &amp; [<a href="http://www.superdrug.com/b/b-stunning-vibrant-eye-shimmer-royal-146/invt/492770&amp;bklist=" title="Purple">Link</a>]</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 03 May 2014 10:25:26 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/05/03/review-swatches-b-stunning-vibrant-eye-shimmers/beautySeche Vite Vs Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coats http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/04/27/seche-vite-vs-sally-hansen-insta-dri-top-coats/<p>This might seem like a rushed review as I only got the Seche Vite Tope Coat yesterday but trust me when I say that it's already my favourite top coat out there!</p><p>For the purpose of this post I will compare it to the very popular Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat as they seem to be the two that tend to crop up in the beauty/nail world more often.</p><p><strong>Packaging and Applicator</strong><br />The Seche Vite is more comfortable to hold. And for me the KEY factor here is that the Seche Vite applicator goes right to the end of the bottle whereas the Sally Hansen one does not and I have to tilt the bottle to reach the product. This happened as soon as the bottle was half empty. It was very annoying! Brownie points to the Seche Vite for this only.<br />The brushes are ok on both but I prefer the Seche Vite one as it's slightly thiner. I have small nails and I seem to be able to control it a bit better.</p><p><strong>Application</strong><br />The Sally Hansen tends to be a bit more gel-like and not that runny. I like the consistency as I feel that I can play a bit with it. If I make a mistake or if there are areas that I didn't cover properly then the top coat will settle itself and will level itself onto the entire nail. However, it does get gloopy with time and as air gets in so it gets thicker and thicker. The scent is not that bad.<br />The Seche Vite is very liquid and to me it seems to dry super fast; like in seconds! I know my bottle is new and I'm sure this might change as air get into it but it felt as if there was no room for mistakes. One the first nails I did I left a little gap and it was quite noticeable so I had to reapply the top coat. I find that the product does not settle itself or even level so your application needs to be neat from the start.&#160;<br />The scent of the Seche Vite is way too strong almost like toxic to me.</p><p><strong>Drying time/ Smudging</strong><br />The award on this subject goes to the Seche Vite! No doubt about it. It dries almost instantly and it makes your nails bullet proof.<br />The Sally Hansen Top Coat takes a few more seconds to dry but you still need to be a bit careful as the layers underneath are not smudge proof.</p><p><strong>Shine</strong><br />The are both super shiny. To me the Sally Hansen gives you a wet-like look almost but I find that it does not last long enough. The Seche Vite gives you a very uniform shine and less patent like. I would say they are both very close in terms of the shine.</p><p><strong>Price</strong><br />The Sally Hansen (13.3ml) is currently retailing at £5.99 in Boots (<a href="http://www.boots.com/en/SallyHansen-Insta-Dri-Anti-Chip-Top-Coat_1038032/" title="Sally Hansen Top Coat">link</a>)<br />And the Seche Vite (14ml) is £9 in Boots as well (<a href="http://www.boots.com/en/Seche-Vite-Dry-Fast-top-coat_1321809/" title="Seche Vite Top Coat">link</a>)</p><p><strong>My opinion</strong><br />I prefer the application of the Sally Hansen Top Coat as it's easier and a bit more relaxed in terms of drying time and the time you can paly with the applicator until you have an even surface but I feel that the Seche Vite is better at what it's meant to do. I feel the Seche Vite is a better product with a more professional finish and that it's worth the extra £3! My nails feel stronger with the Seche Vite and I feel I will be able to use all the product even what's at the bottom of the bottle as the bottle is better designed than the Sally Hansen one.<br />If I were to repurchse one it would definitely be the Seche Vite Top Coat.</p><p><strong>Comparison images</strong><br />You can see below comparison images of me wearing both top coats. On both images I have gel nails done by me actually so that will explain any imperfection :)</p><p>I hope this was helpful!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:04:02 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/04/27/seche-vite-vs-sally-hansen-insta-dri-top-coats/beautyFOTD - Purple Galore http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/28/fotd-purple-galore/<p>I always do my makeup first before I decide on anything else. I'm not sure why I do this but that's the order for me: makeup, hair and then clothes.&#160;</p><p>Also, when it comes to makeup decision and if I'm not sure or if I have little time to decide then I always go back to may comfort zone - purple!<br />Yes, purple is my comfort zone. A lot of you might have never used purple as it looks scary but for me it's the perfect colour for my eyes and my hair combo.</p><p>I decided to try a few new products I got at a CCO in USA so a few of these are discontinued. However, you get to see this look and you can totally recreate it (if you wish) with whatever you have at home. No need to use the exact same products.</p><p><strong>PRODUCTS USED</strong></p><p><strong>FACE</strong></p><p>Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass&#160;<br />Foundation mix: Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation (in RF215) and Sleek New skin Revive (in Shell)<br />Studio Sculpt Concealers by MAC (NW20 and NC25)<br />Hourglass Ambient Powders - DIM Light, Incandescent light and Radiant Light&#160;</p><p><strong>EYES</strong></p><p>Bitchslap Corrector (in Lite) as primer<br />Brownish/orange eyeshadow from the Variety palette by Kryolan &#160;(as a base and crease colour)<br />Marvel e/s by MAC (LE)<br />Kryolan and KIKO mix of purples on the lid, crease, outer V and inner corner<br />Milani Liquif Eye eyeliner on the waterlines<br />KIKO Super Colour Eyeliner (liquid) on the lash line<br />Vanilla pigment by MAC on the brow bone<br />L'oreal False Lash Flutter Mascara</p><p>BROWS</p><p>Lingering eyebrow pencil by MAC<br />Brown powder eyeshadow<br />Brow Set (gel) in Beguile by MAC</p><p><strong>CHEEKS</strong></p><p>Soleil Tan De Chanel&#160;<br />Contour and highlight creams by MAC<br />Vanilla pigment by MAC<br />Margin blush by MAC</p><p><strong>LIPS</strong></p><p>Blog post about this amazing lip combo - <a href="https://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/19/gorgeous-glossy-sparkly-pink-lips-secret-out/" title="lip combo">click here</a>!&#160;</p><p>I loved this look! I would totally do it again.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:07:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/28/fotd-purple-galore/beautyGorgeous Glossy Sparkly Pink Lips - The Secret is Out http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/19/gorgeous-glossy-sparkly-pink-lips-secret-out/<p>I always like to play with my products. I try to use them in different ways and sometimes I get amazing results. This lip combo was no exception and I have to admit I'm loving it a bit too much.</p><p>The first two are probably two products that you wouldn't think of mixing or maybe not to use them in this order. However, the result is an amazing super glossy lip that is irresistible for any lipstick lover like myself.&#160;</p><p>Ramble aside, the 3 products (and in this order) I use to achieve this lip look are:&#160;</p><p>1-<strong>Makeup For Ever (MUFE) Aqua Lip in the colour 18C</strong>. This is an almost neon salmon colour. I used it to line (and maybe over-line) my lips and then I fill in my entire lip with this lip colour too. The formula is ridiculously long lasting and once you apply it let it set for a few seconds.&#160;</p><p>2- <strong>MaxFactor Colour Elixir in the colour Princess Pink</strong>. This is the typical barbie colour that I would normally hate but I actually love it. It's a very cool toned pink (meaning blue toned) with millions of sparkles. You can't appreciate the sparkles on the swatch below but trust me it sparkles like mad.</p><p>3-<strong>GOSH Light'n Shine Lip Glaze in 01</strong> - This is a clear gloss with iridescent sparkles in pink, silver and green. I used it to top it all. It gives me that mega shine that creates lovely reflections when the light hits it.&#160;</p><p>And that's it! That's my secret out now.</p><p>It doesn't last for ever I have to admit and it means you need to take 3 products in your bag to touch up but I'm sure that will not scare any of you.</p><p>I love playing with what I have to create new things and I would encourage you to try it - It's like shopping your own stash and playing labs altogether! Super fun.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:20:23 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/19/gorgeous-glossy-sparkly-pink-lips-secret-out/beautyREVIEW + Before & After - False Lash Flutter By L'oreal http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/14/review-after-false-lash-flutter-loreal/<p>I'm always in search of a mascara that will give me the perfect glam lashes and the description of the L'oreal False Lash Flutter mascara seemed to tick all the boxes: super black, winged lashes effect and volume! What else could I ask for, right? But does it really work?</p><p>Let's start with the wand. It's an interesting one. It has two sides to it: one side is oval and the other side has an elevated angle that will supposedly help you with the winged effect. It's a plastic wand which for me are the best. A bit more about the wand in a bit.</p><p>The formula is quite wet at the beginning but it dries quickly so you can make a few passes on each coat to manipulate the amount. I did find that you could get the clumped effect so you have to be careful if you hate that.&#160;<br />I'm not entirely in love with this formula. I find it flakes off when it gets dry and it feels quite heavy on the lashes.&#160;<br />Another thing that you need to know is that if you normally like to do two coats of mascara (as I do) you will need to be quick with this one. I find that if you leave the first coat to dry too much then it's very hard to build a second coat. It gets very hard and the lashes start pulling and then all you get are clumps. Not a sexy look.</p><p>Winged effect? Well, yes and no. I find that the wand works well on my right eye as I'm right handed but I don't get the same effect on my left eye as I find it a bit more tricky to work the wand in reverse. I hope you get what I'm saying. I know it's my problem but it's a bit of a pain that I need to do some crazy arm work to get the same effect on both eyes.</p><p>All in all, I would say that I'm a bit disappointed with this mascara. The formula is a bit tricky and the wand is not fantastic for what they promise it will do.&#160;The oval side of the wand is quite good but it's not the main attraction of this product.&#160;</p><p>Would I recommend it? I'm afraid I wouldn't.<br />I think there are better mascaras out there.</p><p>I hope this was helpful.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:49:46 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/14/review-after-false-lash-flutter-loreal/beautyMakeup Kit - Blush Palette http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/09/makeup-kit-blush-palette/<p>I have been doing full-time freelance makeup for a few years now and I'm always reviewing what I carry in my pro kit.</p><p>For me, the fundamental element is that the product needs to deliver - every time! I rely on my products 100% and for that reason I need them to do what they promise. I don't normally care about the price tag, unless I'm working on my brides or private clients who always want the feeling of being pampered and maybe Maybelline or Revlon will not cut it. So, my kit is a mixture of high-end, drugstore and TV or theatre makeup.&#160;</p><p>Let's talk blushes today!<br />For a while I carried some of my favourite blushes in their individual packaging but I quickly realised that it wasn't practical and some products didn't work well with each other. So,&#160;I decided to build a palette that will be my go-to palette for every editorial and fashion job. They had to suit ALL my models regardless of their skin tone and that thanks to the different finishes and textures I would be able to play and customise colours if I needed.</p><p>I have been using my custom-made Le femme blush palette for some time now and I'm so impressed and happy with it! I purchased all the blushes individually and I put them in a Z-palette. For some very stupid reason I thought it would be good to stick them to the palette so I cannot tell you all the names of the colours. However, that is not very important. The idea of this post is that you see the range of colours I carry to give you an idea of what works for me.</p><p>The main colours I use are the more rosy/flushed ones. These are my go-to kind of automatically. I have some in mate finish and others with slight shine or satin effect. I have a few peach ones and you will notice that I have two very strong colours (red and orange) which I tend to use on models with dark skin tones. They work a treat! I also have a gold that I hardly use on its own. I love to mix it with the main colour I'm using.&#160;<br /><span>I also have the more tan shades which I use as cheek colours or as an overall bronzing effect.<br />All my blushes are powder blushes apart from the pink one on the bottom corner. That is a cream to powder blush from TopShop. I loved it too much that I decided to put one on my kit. It's fabulous.</span></p><p><span>You will probably notice that they look like new. Trust me, I've been using these blushes for probably 2 years now and it's because they are SO pigmented that I only just slightly touch the pan and then dust off the excess before touching my models' cheeks. I cannot see myself using all these blushes before it's time to replace them because of their best before date. <br />They are amazing value for your bucks! &#160;</span></p><p><span>I hope this was useful for anyone who was curious about what I carry in my kit&#160;</span></p><p><span>XXX</span></p><p><span>Mercedes</span></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:57:28 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/09/makeup-kit-blush-palette/1D Lipstick In I Want - Liam - Review + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/03/1d-lipstick-i-want-liam-review-swatches/<p>Let me put this clear - I can't stand 1D. I know a lot of you will hate me for saying this out loud but it's true. I'm 32 and I'm definitely not their target audience. Simple as that!</p><p>So, with that out of my chest, now let's move on to the good things related to 1D and that is makeup.&#160;<br />I found this lipstick at my local Superdrug and it wasn't until I got home that I realised that this fellow was part of a 1D "special" collection as it had an embossed "1D" on the tip of the bullet. <br />Don't ask me why on earth a boy band will get involved with a makeup brand and release a collection. Maybe it was a VERY clever move from their management as they have millions, if not billions, of followers and of course they will buy anything that has to do with them. Who knows what the motive behind the idea was? I really don't care. I only care about lipstick!</p><p>Rant aside, this is a lovely product! It's a cross between a red and a coral and it has some pearl that translates into a very delicate silver shimmer. It's strange to explain in words as it sounds like a horrible shade but trust me, it's sooo pretty! I would say it's a bang on in the middle between a cool and warm red as it does not make my teeth look yellow nor white. Just perfect.</p><p>The scent is very pleasant and it's more like a vanilla/cake kind of scent. <br />I'm impressed with the pigmentation I must say. It has a lovely satin finish with some definite gorgeous shimmer that it's so tiny you need a magnifying class to see it.<br />It wears very nicely and when it's gone it doesn't leave a horrible lipstick trace. It's creamy so you need to watch out for any feathering.&#160;</p><p>I believe (but don't quote me on this) this is a permanent collection and it has been in the shops for a while. Each boy has a shade which go from reds, nudes, pinks to more purple pink. This particular lipstick retails at only £3 which is a mega bargain if you ask me. <a href="http://www.superdrug.com/lip-make-up/1d-lipstick-i-want-liam/invt/717364" title="1D Liam">Link here</a></p><p>So, despite the 1D association, I am proud to say that the Liam lipstick is definitely one of my redish favourites!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes<br />&#160;</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:40:32 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/03/1d-lipstick-i-want-liam-review-swatches/beauty2013 Foundation Saviours (High End & Drugstore) http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/01/2013-foundation-saviours-high-end-drugstore/<p>I probably have about 30 (yes, thirty) "personal" foundations as well as my pro makeup kit.</p><p>So, I'm quite spoilt for choice here. However, in 2013 I gravitated a lot towards these bunch. I like to use high end as well as drugstore and I even mix them to create new shades or finishes. Why not?</p><p>Let's start with a tiny explanation on why I liked these the most:</p><p><strong>Healthy Mix Serum by Bourjois </strong>- Who doesn't love this foundation!? I have the original Healthy Mix but I much much much prefer this one. I use it in the shade number 53 called Light Beige and that's my winter shade. The finish is just outstanding. It's a mixture of glowy and satin. It blends beautifully on the skin and it provides, I would say, medium coverage. It lasts quite well on the skin. They say it should last 16hs but I don't think I ever used foundation for that long. The only downside (for a lot of people at least) is that they come in only a few shades). Rumour has it that it's the same as Chanel Vita Lumiere! They even smell the same. It retails at the moment at £10.99 so it's not the cheapest but it's definitely worth it! <a href="http://www.superdrug.com/bourjois/bourjois-healthy-mix-serum-foundation-beige-clair-53/invt/300453&amp;bklist=" title="Healthy Mix">Link here</a>.</p><p><strong>Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani</strong> - This is definitely a luxury product or it feels like one. I purchased this foundation when I had a tan so I have it in the shade 6.5 (something similar to MAC's NC40ish). I love this foundation because it makes my skin look absolutely flawless. The coverage is amazing! It's like a good medium coverage but it neutralises my uneven pigmentation very well. It's a definite satin finish and it just feels so luxurious! What I love about it is that it has no SPF so you are photo safe with this one. I believe they changed the packaging now but the formula is still the same. They have lots of shades and for different undertones so extra points for that. It's quite expensive at £32 but I do not regret this purchase one bit! <a href="http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Giorgio+Armani+Luminous+Silk+Foundation/164086182,default,pd.html" title="Luminous Silk Foundation">Link here</a>.</p><p><strong>FIT me Foundation by Maybelline</strong> - This foundation is so light yet it covers so well! Maybelline claims that this foundation has no waxes or fillers but it's still great at covering blemishes and giving great wear. I would say it's on the glowy side of finishes and it blends so seamlessly. It lasts very well on my skin but on occasions I need to powder a bit. I like it so much that I have my winter and summer shade and I mix them to cater for the in between months! It retails at £7.99 so it's a bit more accessible. <a href="http://www.superdrug.com/maybelline/maybelline-fit-me-foundation-natural-beige-220/invt/498951&amp;bklist=" title="Fit Me">Link here.</a></p><p><strong>HD High Definition Foundation by Makeup For Ever</strong> - A long time ago I purchased one of these through a blog sale and it was the wrong shade so I decided to do a lot of research to see what shade was right for me and I managed to match me to shade 127. It's a pretty good match on the yellow side of things. This foundation has a massive following with beauty bloggers and MUAs. And now I know why! It is exactly what everyone claims. It's amazing at covering blemishes and at evening my skin tone. I would say that it's medium coverage (as opposed to say Rich Liquid Foundation by Illamasqua, which is like concrete on the face). It lasts for ever on the face with very little need to powder. The finish is very natural but more on the matte side for me. This foundation retails at £32 here in the UK and you can get it online mainly or at one or two shops in London. <a href="http://www.preciousaboutmakeup.com/makeup/make-up-for-ever-hd-foundation" title="HD Foundation MUFE">Link here</a>.</p><p>So, these were my saviours during 2013 in terms of foundation. I love each one of them and I would definitely repurchase them when I reach the bottom of the bottles.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 01 Jan 2014 12:11:55 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2014/01/01/2013-foundation-saviours-high-end-drugstore/beautyMy Hair In 2013 According To My Instagram http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/12/29/my-hair-2013-according-my-instagram/<p>I always think that for some strange reason every woman wants the opposite of what she has.&#160;</p><p>Blondes want to be brunette and brunettes want to be blonde. The same goes for people with straight hair that want curls and girls with curls want their hair to be poker straight. </p><p>For a long time I played with colours and textures - I dyed my hair in every possible colour you can imagine (apart from yellow and pink, I think) and for YEARS I straighten my hair every time I went out. <br />However, age, confidence and self esteem taught me to embrace what I have (or nearly all of it) and make the most of it. <br /><br />My hair is naturally brunette and curly at the ends. But, I'm 32 and I have a crazy amount of greys (lucky me) which I don't find pretty on me. So for years I've been dying my hair into a sort of ginger/reddish colour. I think this colour matches my personality quite well and I'm 100% in my comfort zone with it. I find my natural colour makes me look very pale and makes me feel not like myself. <br />FYI the colour I use is 103B by Nice and Easy. I also have some blonde in the ends which is a past attempt of an ombre effect.&#160;</p><p>As for the part that I really embrace is the texture and finish of my hair. I love my end curls and it depends on the cut, shampoo and drying technique I can get really big curls or the really tight ones. I love that about my hair!&#160;</p><p>But, due to the nature of my job (freelance makeup and hair) I have a lot of hair tools and products I can play and experiment with! <br />It's so much fun and it's ok to change your look every now and then for a few hours. There's no harm!&#160;</p><p>&#160;These Hair photos are just a tiny selection from my <a href="http://instagram.com/mercedeshayward" title="Instagram">Instagram feed</a>. I'm quite newish to this app actually. <br />I can see that the curls dominated the scene but that straight hair is making a big comeback after I purchased the flip in hair extensions with added wefts for thickness. <br />I also noticed that most of the time I tend to let my hair dry naturally or if not I dry it with a quick blow dry - no round brush nonsense for me, thank you. <br /><br />Having said all this, I think 80% of the time I wear my hair just as it is. No styling products, no hot tools and no accessories. <br />I like this 80%-20% balance as it makes me appreciate what I have and have fun when I want something different for a special occasion or when I have a bit more prepping time.&#160; </p><p>Looking back to my photos is a nice way of seeing what state of mind I was in and how hair can really change my appearance (at least temporarily). It's fun to play with tools, products and colours but it's important to stay true to ourselves and to most importantly do and feel well from the inside out.&#160;</p><p>No matter how much hair mousse or how straight your hair looks - the important part is the inside! It you feel happy and content with yourself, then you will look the part no matter what hair colour or style you are rocking!</p><p>I hope you all had lovely hair in 2013 and feel free to share your photos with me!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:49:16 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/12/29/my-hair-2013-according-my-instagram/beautyMAC's BAFTA Masterclass with Christine-Walmesley-Cotham http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/09/19/macs-bafta-masterclass-christine-walmesley-cotham/<p>As a MAC Pro member I occasionally get invited to different events. It can be promotional or it can be inspirational.</p><p>When I got the email with the invite to attend a Masterclass with&#160;Christine-Walmesley-Cotham I didn't think it twice! I had to go.</p><p>If you don't know who she is then you need to do your research! Christine is an award winning TV and Film makeup artist that worked in lots and lots of incredible period dramas and films and she was even one of the first MUAs to be trained by the BBC.&#160;</p><p>The Masterclass was about 1h and she was accompanied by her main assistant Kay Bilk.</p><p>I tried to keep the order of the questions and stories but you will get an overall feel of what she talked about.</p><p>Enjoy!</p><p><strong>What did the BBC teach her?</strong></p><p>Determination, discipline and a working ethic. They were all nice to each other and they all helped each other.</p><p><strong>Budgets</strong></p><p>Sometimes is a challenge to work on low budget projects but it's very rewarding to use what she has in her kit. On a project she used the same wig on 10 different people and even backwards!</p><p><strong>TV dramas and how she prepares for them</strong></p><p>-A typical day could start at 6am and they might need to get 20 people ready by 9am.&#160;</p><p>-TV and Film MUAs are required (in most cases) to do makeup and hair.</p><p>-Research, research and research. For her period jobs she tends to have a look at pictures, magazines and newspapers that show "normal people" as opposed to stars or models in magazines such as Vogue. She wants to see fabrics, cosmetics, colours and hair styles that re average woman and man wore on that specific time she's researching, especially for the 30s to the 50s.</p><p>-For her earlier period dramas (colonial, Edwardian and Victorian for example) she likes to see the portraits of the time. She goes to museums and to the British Library.</p><p>-She prefers to have images on paper (printouts or real photos or magazines) as opposed to an ipad.</p><p>-It's normally the Head of Makeup who is involved from the beginning. He/she will have meetings with the directors, costume department, lighting and setting and they will all decide on a look and feel. The assistants and trainees will come in later after all the research work has been done.</p><p>-There are always makeup and hair tests with the directors and the actors before they start shooting. This is so that everyone knows how the actors (including themselves) will look like. However, there were occasions where the actress/actor was not happy with the look and the makeup team had to liaise with the head of makeup and the director to compromise somewhere. Having said that, she also said that normally the director has a look in mind and that it's very hard to do something else apart from what he wants. Sometimes the actors don't have too much of a say in the matter.</p><p>-On one occasion the project was about Jane Austen but the director did not want any curls! She thought it was going to be very difficult to get away with not having that typical hair style of that period but she managed to get the overall feel of the time and she cheekily added some curls on just one actress.&#160;</p><p><strong>Lighting and HD</strong></p><p>-Lighting really changes makeup. A good lighting can make your average makeup look fantastic but there are occasions where bad lighting can make your fantastic makeup look really bad.</p><p>- TV and Film MUAs have to live with the fact that an actor can be in one same scene going form daylight into a dark tunnel and then into a room with artificial light. That situation will happen in real life and the light will be completely different in every move. As a makeup artist she matches the skin to the first lighting and then carry on. There is no time to match the skin tone to every single situation. As a MUAs she's only hoping to have the light man on her side. Only on one occasion she asked the post editing people to lighten up a scene because she wasn't happy with the colouring.</p><p>-With HD you cannot get away with mistakes. You need to be more precise and do a better job.</p><p>-Funny story: She has been asked by the camera man to remove someone's (not saying names) nostril hairs as they were very visible on high definition equipment.&#160;</p><p><strong>Good schools for TV and Film</strong></p><p>Christine Bundell, Greecepaint, Delamar and London Fashion. The key question to ask to schools is how many of their students are working today in the industry. The ideal school will help students get into jobs straight away from graduation.</p><p><strong>What she looks for on MUAs that approach her</strong></p><p>-She gets lots of emails of people that want to assist her. Her answer was concentrated more on what she looks for past the first stage of the recruitment. She mentioned determination, being nice to people and getting along with the team and most importantly that he/she can do hair and makeup in 45 minutes.&#160;</p><p>-She also admitted that sometimes she gets emails when she's not busy and tends to forget about them and then when she's busy again she looks at the most recent ones. She also said that determined people who call and call her again get her attention.</p><p><strong>Some products she cannot live without</strong></p><p>-A rat-tail comb and hair spray</p><p>I have to say, I found her ever so inspiring! She is definitely an example to follow.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:56:01 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/09/19/macs-bafta-masterclass-christine-walmesley-cotham/beautyRelaxed Face Of The Day http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/08/15/relaxed-face-day/<p>Today things were happening indoors and in front of my computer so there was no major need to put the slap on. However, I still wanted to look ok and feel good about myself so I decided to go for a very casual/relaxed makeup look.&#160;</p><p>Products used</p><p><strong>Vitamin C Skin Reviver by The Body Shop</strong> - I rediscovered this product while shopping my stash. It's a lovely primer but it's one of those that REALLY feels like silicon. It does a great job at making my very small pores disappear. It also smells like a million oranges on your face. Love it.</p><p><strong>FIT me Foundation in shade 250 by Maybelline -&#160;</strong>&#160;I do love this foundation. It's light but yet it covers very well and it makes my skin glow in a nice way - not like a grease self.</p><p><strong>Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer by Dior </strong>- I used a very small amount under my eyes. It covers dark circles brilliantly and it does not cake on me.</p><p><strong>Painterly Paintpot by MAC</strong> - It's not my favourite eye primer as it really creases on me after a while but I need to use it up. I will not repurchase it!</p><p><strong>Shimmer Strips in Brown Eye Candy by Physicians Formula </strong>- My lovely hubby brought me these shadows from The States. I used 3 shades all shimmery and all super gorgeous.&#160;</p><p><strong>Glide On Eye Pencil in Stash by Urban Decay</strong> - Just on my water and lower lash line. It's a very pretty brown/green/gold colour. Very unusual.</p><p><strong>Lash Accelerator by Rimmel</strong> - Just on the top lashes. This mascara is ok but it's super average.&#160;</p><p><strong>Brow Set in Beguile by MAC</strong> - My small brows were a mess today but this product helps a tiny bit.</p><p><strong>Diorskin Nude Glow in 002 by Dior (LE)</strong> - used as a bronzer.</p><p><strong>Instant Light Blush in Vitamin Pink 01 by Clarins (LE)</strong> - on the apples of my cheeks.</p><p><strong>Caresse 501 Nude Ingenue by L'oreal</strong> - This lipstick is actually really nice. It looks more like a super yummy gloss on the lips. Very pretty. The only negative is the scent! Too strong for a lipstick.&#160;</p><p>That's it. Very simple, very fresh very working from home today.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:49:30 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/08/15/relaxed-face-day/beautyReview + Swatches: Gentle Mineralize Blush by MAC http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/08/12/review-swatches-gentle-mineralize-blush-mac/<p>Some of the things I just love about MAC are their Mineralize Blushes. Most of them are just gorgeous and Gentle is no exception!</p><p>I have the impression I got this blush as part of a set in a previous collection and not thinking much about it as I was exited about the other products in the set so I left it at the back of the drawer (as you do) for too long. However, while shopping my stash I rediscovered it and oh boy, I love it!</p><p>When you look at it in the pan is has the perfect combination of warm and cool tones. On their website they describe it as "<em>Raspberry with gold pearls</em>" and it's not that far from it although raspberry gives me the idea of a deeper shade and Gentle is very soft and light.</p><p>I use an angled brush to apply it and you only need a tiny bit to get that lovely glowy flush on your cheeks.&#160;</p><p>You can see some photos below of me wearing this blush on my cheeks. I even took one photo with the flash on and there is no flashback. It's gorgeous!</p><p>As you probably know by now I obsess with peachy blushes but this is the perfect pinky blush for me. Not too red, not too pink. I love this blush!</p><p>This blush is currently £20 and you can purchase it on MAC's website <a href="http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/156/1791/Products/Face/Cheek/Mineralize-Blush/index.tmpl" title="mineralize blush">here</a>.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:45:36 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/08/12/review-swatches-gentle-mineralize-blush-mac/beautyQuick & Easy Warm Smokey Eye Using MAC http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/08/09/quick-easy-warm-smokey-eye-using-mac/<p>In my book there are two types of smokey eyes - the super intricate and delicate and the rock chic messy (yet gorgeous) one.&#160;</p><p>I tend to gravitate towards the latter when it comes to my personal makeup. So, today I had to get up and get ready quickly but I still wanted to look good and I wanted the look to last all day long. I grabbed 3 MAC products that I knew would do the job and voila! My quick &amp; easy warm smokey eye was created.</p><p>How I did it?</p><p>1- I smudged Smolder Eye Kohl pencil all over my lid. It does not need to be neat but make sure you keep it under the socket line. I then grabbed a shading brush and I smudged it and blended the edges. It will look as if you are removing product but remember this is just acting as a sticky base with a tiny bit of colour.</p><p>2- I grabbed another shading brush (the first one will be too dirty to do any other blending job) and I applied Satin Taupe all over the eye. Basically you are covering all the smudging you created with the pencil. As the base is sticky the eyeshadow will grab onto it and it will look brighter.</p><p>3- I grabbed a blending brush (like a 217) and blended all the edges to make sure there were no lines.</p><p>4- And because the look was a bit too flat for me I then added a tiny bit of Woodwinked on the centre of the lid just to give a bit of light.</p><p>5- Lastly on the lid (this is optional), I applied a little bit of orange shadow on the crease to make it look even warmer. You can omit this if an orange shadow terrifies you.</p><p>6- &#160;I finished off the look with some brown liner on the lower water and lash line and a bit of brown matte shadow on the lower lash line to add to the smokey feel. I then applied a bit of mascara tops and bottoms.</p><p>For the rest of the face I used Dior Diorskin Airflash foundation in 300, Chanel Soleil Tan de chanel (on the cheeks) and I used a little bit of Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 3 (under my eyes).</p><p>Remember, a smokey eye is just a technique so you can make it your own and change the colours.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:25:56 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/08/09/quick-easy-warm-smokey-eye-using-mac/beautyFashion Photoshoot - Products Used #2 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/08/05/fashion-photoshoot-products-used/<p>Another day another fashion photoshoot!</p><p>I absolutely love my job and my models so I try to use only the best and what I know will give me the best results.</p><p>The key words on the brief for this fashion shoot showcasing the amazing Jocasi Bags were: Summer, fresh, cool, fashionable and comfortable. &#160;</p><p>The setting was a luxury spa in North London where we could shoot in the garden, the juice bar and the swimming pool. Very exiting.</p><p>It was boiling hot that day so I knew I had to be clever with the makeup application otherwise they foundation and the rest of it would just melt.</p><p>For this particular photo I used the following products:</p><p>FACE<br />Face &amp; Body by MAC (N3 to match my model's complexion)<br />Camouflage Creme Derma Color by Kryolan to cover any blemishes<br />Setting powder (to lock the foundation and to prevent any oils coming through)</p><p>CHEEKS<br />A mixture of warm-tone blushes from my La Femme blush palette (see photo).&#160;<br />Skin Glow in Dark by Top Shop. This is the star of the shoot! The amazing glow you see on the cheeks is thanks to this product.</p><p>EYES<br />A wash of warm-tones from my newly purchased Kryolan Variety Eyeshadow Palette V3 (Natural). Love this palette.<br />On the centre of the eye (not that you can see it on this particular photo) I applied a bit of light green<br />Black mascara<br />Wispies-type lashes&#160;</p><p>LIPS<br />Another star of the shoot - Kryolan Supracolor UV-Glow in UV Red. This is basically a neon red that looks amazing on any skin colour.</p><p>And that was it for this particular look.</p><p>The makeup lasted quite well an it photographed amazingly! No flashback and no harsh lines.&#160;<br />What else I can I ask for from my products? I'm a happy makeup artist.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p><p>Photographer: Caron Westbrook - Check her amazing work <a href="http://www.caronwestbrookphotography.co.uk/" title="Caron">here</a>.</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:28:21 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/08/05/fashion-photoshoot-products-used/beautyDepotting Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/05/30/depotting-sleek-eyeshadow-palettes/<p>I love my Sleek eyeshadows because they are very pretty, they come in lots of different colours and finishes and they very affordable. So, understandably I amassed quite a few palettes over the years. For a long time I didn't mind to have them in individual palettes but I now wanted to get them all together into one big Sleek palette. So, let's get started with the DIY depotting galore!</p><p>You will need a) 90% (or higher) pure alcohol b) a sharp and thin blade c) tissues d) cotton buds e) a hot tool preferably a hair straightener and f) a clean palette.</p><p>I want to start by saying that this is a VERY messy job so do not wear anything nice and make sure you protect the table you are working on.</p><p>I thought it would be easier to be honest. I am a confident depotter but I found that Sleek has two ways of assembling their palettes. Some have an insert in between the shadows (like say the old MAC shadow palettes) and on some others the inserts are part of the palette and you cannot pull if apart. So, you we need to take two approaches.</p><p>Separate inserts - you can just pull them apart with a very thin blade/ knife but BE CAREFUL with the amount of pressure you use because you can actually smash the shadows. That happened to me but do not panic- just pick up as much as you can and press them again with a bit of the alcohol.<br />Once you take the insert just drop some alcohol in between the stuck pans and start wiggling the pans. you will notice that the alcohol with release the glue and you will be able to lift the pans.</p><p>Inserts as part of the palette - for these you will need to use a hot tool preferably a straightener. Just leave them for a while to get the glue at the bottom of the pans to become soft and then with the help of a very sharp and thin blade just lift them. Be aware that they pans will be very hot so mind your fingers!</p><p>Because I have a bit of OCD I then cleaned the backs of the pans removing the glue and making them as clean as possible.</p><p>I then had the lovely job of grouping them by colours (my favourite part) and once I was happy I glued them on an empty Make Up For Ever palette I had.</p><p>That's it!&#160;</p><p>I'm so happy I finally did this because I will now enjoy them even more!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 30 May 2013 15:32:31 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/05/30/depotting-sleek-eyeshadow-palettes/beautyBuilding Up My Makeup Kit - Power Shadows http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/05/20/building-my-makeup-kit-power-shadows/<p>When I started doing full time freelance makeup (about a year and a half ago now) I knew that most of my money would go on my kit.&#160;</p><p>I'm one of those makeup artists that try not to share my personal makeup with my kit so I decided to invest&#160;heavily on good products that will work on most skins, travel well, stay on for a while, have good pigmentation, photograph well and that are easy to assemble in pots and palettes.&#160;</p><p>Of course you have to bear in mind that when I'm called in for a job I would get a call sheet or a brief telling me who the models are and what is the theme of the shoot. This helps me massively when I need to pack my kit. I will know roughly what skin colour my models have and what needs to be done therefore what products I will need. Also, most of the times I need to provide mood boards or face charts with my ideas of what makeup will suit the model, clothes and the theme. All this helps me pack very specific products for each shoot. Of course as everyone else I have that panic thought that I will need whatever I leave behind so I always pack some other items that I can't live without.&#160;</p><p>So, having said all this these are my "main" <strong>powder shadows</strong> I carry with me on jobs.</p><p>As a rule I always make sure I have a good&#160;selection&#160;of matte, shimmer and stain finishes as well as good selection of colours. Remember you can also MIX shadows to make other colours! So, do not panic if you need a colour you do not have...just think what other two (or three) colours you need to make it and magic!</p><p>In my kit I always have lots of browns, creams, bieges, greens, purples, coppers, golds, etc. I also have a few "crazy" colours like pink, orange, yellow and red. Also, I have a highlighter&#160;palette&#160;(by Inglot) which I always use for brow bone highlighting or for an accent on the tear duct or when the look needs a little bit of light.&#160;</p><p>The brands I favour for my kit are Inglot, Makeup For Ever and Estee Lauder (for regular colours) and Bitchlap Cosmetics and Sugar Pill (for crazy bright colours). I also bring my Naked palettes by Urban Decay on&#160;occasions&#160;and my never ending collection of Sleek&#160;palettes.</p><p>If you are wondering why you cannot see any MAC shadows...that is because my personal makeup is all mainly MAC and I'm now in the process of assessing which shades I will repurchase for my kit. We'll see.</p><p>So, that's it. These are my "main" shadows that come with my day in day out on my makeup jobs.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 20 May 2013 14:55:28 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/05/20/building-my-makeup-kit-power-shadows/beautyNOTD - MaxFactor Max Effect in 45 Fantasy Fire http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/04/30/notd-maxfactor-max-effect-45-fantasy-fire/<p>I wanted this nail polish for ages. Every time I went to the MaxFactor counter this nail polish was out of stock. This was very annoying but it's always a good sign. Right?</p><p>So, it's finally mine and I'm super happy.&#160;</p><p>The bottle is very small but I prefer it this way. The brush is very short and small. At the beginning I didn't like it but I then realised that it does not affect the application that much so it was ok.</p><p>This polish is very sheer and to get a good coverage I needed to do like 7 coats! I know...crazy. However, it wasn't too painful as it dries quite quickly. I then added my trusted Sally Hansen Insta-Dri on top so it's all secure and chip free for a while.</p><p>Now, let's talk about the colour! That is what makes this polish so interesting! It's like a rainbow of colours like the one you see from car oil on the pavement/street. It's like a deep purple with shimmers in purples, blues, reds, pinks and yellows all in a mesmerising mix. That is in the bottle however! It's very hard to get that effect on your nails (even with 7 coats). The colour I got was a deep purple and very pretty pink shine/minuscule glitter. Shame!</p><p>I would say it is a very pretty polish but you need to be aware that you will not get the colour you see on the bottle!</p><p>Hope this helps anyone.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:12:08 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/04/30/notd-maxfactor-max-effect-45-fantasy-fire/beautyReview + Swatches: MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in Driven By Love http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/04/18/review-swatches-mac-pro-long-wear-lipglass-driven-love/<p>I heard a lot about MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses. They promise to be pigmented, pretty and very long lasting. I wanted to try them ASAP.</p><p>So, on a recent trip to the MAC PRO I picked up two. This one was my first pick. It's called Driven By Love.&#160;</p><p>I would describe this colour as a blood red. It's very intense and I think it has the right amount of blue and orange in it to make it quite a neutral red.</p><p>On the tube it looks as if it has tiny metallic flecks but you don't really see them when you apply it on your lips. It has a good amount of gloss shine to it which makes it like a perfect lipstick/gloss hybrid.&#160;</p><p>My first impression was that it's quite thick. I mean, when you apply it it's not very smooth and it drags a little bit but a tiny bit really does your entire lip. You don't need much. The thickness also helps to avido any feathering which is a bonus!</p><p>The smell is the typical MAC lip product smell - it's like vanilla I guess.</p><p>In terms of durability this guy REALLY lasts! I could comfortably say that it will last two/ three hours intact and then it will start&#160;despairing&#160;in a nice way with no gaps or patches on your lip.</p><p>I personally love it and I think it's a very good product.&#160;</p><p>I got a peachy one (of course) so I'll be featuring it soon.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p><p><strong>Have you tried MAC's Pro Longwear Lipglasses?</strong></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:29:28 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/04/18/review-swatches-mac-pro-long-wear-lipglass-driven-love/beautyNOTD: Dotting My Nails http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/04/04/notd-dotting-my-nails/<p>Yesterday I wanted to make my manicure session fun! I wanted to play with colours and with dots so this is the nail look I did.</p><p>I used very inexpensive products and a super inexpensive tool.</p><p>To add to the fun I painted my nails in opposites so on the right hand I started with the purple and Tiffany blue dots and on my left hand I started with the tiffany blue and purple dots.</p><p>The nails polishes I used were MUA Pistachio Ice Cream (the Tiffany blue) &#160;and L.A Colors Fun In The Sun (purple). I want to say that this&#160;particular&#160;MUA polish had a TERRIBLE brush.&#160;Awful! It was so stiff and it left marks as I was painting them. It's not bendy at all and very short.&#160;</p><p>I then finished the look with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip top coat. I cannot recommend this top coat enough. Love it.</p><p>As for the tool- it's a dotter that came in a big nail art set I got from eBay for just £2.72. Link <a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251105991035?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&amp;_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649" title="nail art">here</a>. If by any chance this product is discontinued just type nail art brush set on eBay and you will get a similar set. I actually bought this set as I wanted to brushes to do more detail eyeliner work and I got this small dotter so I was over the moon about it. It's very good quality!</p><p>I hope you like it!</p><p><strong>What's your NOTD?</strong></p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 04 Apr 2013 10:38:26 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/04/04/notd-dotting-my-nails/beautyReview + Swatches: Magenta Lip Pencil by MAC http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/04/03/review-swatches-magenta-lip-pencil-mac/<p>On a recent trip to the MAC PRO store in London I found myself leaving with five lip liners! Yes, not one but five.</p><p>The reason behind this lip pencil galore is that I, as other many hundres of girls, have a MAC wish list that can go round the world. So there, that was my excuse!</p><p>Top of the list was of course the one and only Magenta! This colour is soooo pretty! It's a very strong pink/purple with blue undertones. It's like the lip liner version of Show Orchid actually. I did a post on that lipstick and you can read it&#160;<a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/30/Impassioned-lipstick-mac-photos-swatch/" title="Show Orchid">here</a>. &#160;</p><p>You get 1.4 grams of product which is not bad! This will last me for at least 10 years I'm sure.</p><p>This is a wooden pencil so it's super easy to sharpen and it's super light. It's quite long so it's not that practical when travelling but I'm not&#160;complaining.</p><p>The texture is very soft and it applies very smoothly. I don't feel I need to warm it up or anything.&#160;</p><p>I like to use it all over my lip as the only colour (see photos above) but it also looks lovely under a gloss or as a contour to another lipstick.</p><p>Do I recommend it? Oh yes! I think my main reason for recommending it is the colour. It's very very unique.</p><p>Link to the MAC lip pencils&#160;<strong>here</strong>.</p><p><strong>What is your favourite pink liner?</strong></p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:29:53 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/04/03/review-swatches-magenta-lip-pencil-mac/beautyBeauty Shoot - Products Used http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/03/30/beauty-shoot-products-used/<p>A few weeks ago I was part of a BIG fashion shoot that involved a hair stylist, flower hat designer, fashion stylist and two MUAs - me being one of them.</p><p>It was all high fashion mainly but we managed to get some beauty shoots as well to get close up photos of some cool hairbands.</p><p>I think this is my favourite photo of the day! It was the last look and everyone was pushing though as energy was running low.</p><p>The model was Nikita Adrianova - she was a star! So&#160;versatile&#160;and very confident infront and behind the camera.&#160;</p><p><span>The photographer was Caron Westbrook and the shoot took place at her studio Mews House Studio.&#160;</span></p><p><strong>These are the products I used on this final look</strong></p><p><strong>FACE</strong></p><p>Prep: Garnier Refreshing Toner, Witch Blemish Gel (to mattify the skin) &#160;and Embryolisse moisturiser all over the face</p><p>Foundation - Face to Face mixture of colours mixed with Face and Body by MAC in N3</p><p>Dermacolour Camouflage Makeup - to conceal bit here and there. Didn't need much!</p><p>Graftobian Powder Foundation - used very lightly on the T zone to avoid shine and to give a bit more coverage</p><p><strong>EYES</strong></p><p>Naked lunch eyeshadow by MAC - all over the lid</p><p>Dying for Fudge N60 eyeshadow by Sephora - on the crease only</p><p>Bellbottom Blues bling Tone eyeshadow by Myface - on the lid and on the lower lid</p><p>Glide On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay in Binge (a shimmery blue) on the waterline and a on the outer corner of the lid</p><p>Bronzer- on the crease to warm up the look a bit</p><p>On the eyebrows I used a mixture of brown shadows</p><p><strong>CHEEKS</strong></p><p>Bronzer by Makeup For Ever (the name rubbed off)&#160;</p><p>Vieux Rose blush by Le Femme (I think) - on the upper side of the cheekbones and I took it well back</p><p>Peachy illuminator on the upper side of the cheeks&#160;</p><p><strong>LIPS</strong></p><p>Cupcake (14) lipstick by Beauty UK mixed with a bit of Passion (10) by Beatuy UK too</p><p>On top I added a tiny bit of Bobbi Brown's Clear Gloss &#160;&#160;</p><p>If you want to see more photos of the shoot you can see them <a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/gallery/2/" title="Beaty">here</a> and <a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/gallery/8/" title="Fashion">here</a>.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:05:54 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/03/30/beauty-shoot-products-used/beautyThings I'm Loving http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/03/26/what-im-loving/<p>This will be short and sweet! I've been busy busy with work but I did miss blogging so I'm back!</p><p>Sometimes, when things get tough and I get stressed I try to concentrate on good and&#160;positive&#160;things like friends, family and very random things that make me happy. Here are a few that made me feel good in the last weeks.</p><p><strong>1- Honestly Healthy</strong> - This is a different cookery book. It's super super healthy stuff. I never heard of some of the ingredients before but it's nothing that you couldn't get in one of those posh organic/ wholefood markets. Once you are familiar with the ingredients and you get to know their helth properties you will never go back to eating things like normal sugar or white bread. Just to give you an idea of the yummy things these two ladies share with us are brownies made with sweet potato and avocado chocolate mousse.&#160;</p><p><strong>2- Daffodils</strong> - This one is from my garden. They are such a happy flower full of pigment and character. However, It's so&#160;bizarre&#160;that we have snow at the end of March in London. Crazy weather indeed!</p><p><strong>3- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion</strong> - What a long name! I love this lotion but I hate the smell. It's fantastic for very dry skin or for stubbon dry patches (my case).</p><p><strong>4- Yankee Candle </strong>- I'm not a massive fan of candles but I love the idea of having clean cotton smell around. I also love that they come with a lid so you can put it off by just putting the lid back on. I hate the smell of the endless smoke from just blown candles.&#160;</p><p><strong>5- Caresse L'oreal Lipsticks</strong> - Not sure what happened to me that day but I picked up 2 (yes TWO) pinks! Very unlike me. These are 101 (Tempting Lilac) and 03 (Lovely Rose). They are actually very pretty and I like the formula. I might get more.</p><p><strong>6- Slow cooking </strong>- It's Summer but it feels like winter so when I'm cold I love to slow cook. If you are wondering what this photo is - it's red cabbage cooked on a low heat with some oil, vinagre and a bit of xylitol (an alternative for sugar).&#160;</p><p><strong>7- Soleil Tan De Chanel </strong>- I can't wait for Summer to get a bit of colour. In the meantime I'm rocking this fabulous bronzer by Chanel. The only negative thing is that it catches a lot of brush hairs.</p><p><strong>8- Love locket </strong>- Can't live without my accessories. This is a tiny love locket with two spaces for photos. It also has a very long chain...kind of boobish length.&#160;</p><p><strong>9- Pop Chips</strong> - Apparently this is the "new" healthy thing. It's potato chips but not fried or backed but popped! They use pressure cookers apparently to cook them in a more healthy way. I got mine from Planet Organic.</p><p><strong>10- Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick Compact in Nectar</strong> - OMG, I cannot tell you how much I love this stuff! It gives me the perfect coral cheek I've been looking for all my life. Get it. Not much else to say!</p><p><strong>11- Maybelline galore</strong> - I'm trying <strong>The Erase</strong>r foundation and the <strong>Pure Cover Mineral Anti-cernes/concealer</strong>. The foundation has a horrible round sponge applicator which I find sooo&#160;unhygienic but the formula is very nice. It's very silicony and it tends to hold well. So far...so good. The concealer does a very decent job actually! I find it creases a tiny bit under my eyes but the coverage is fantastic!</p><p><strong>&#160;12- Harriet Parry </strong>- This is a bit work related. I had the pleasure of doing a photoshoot with her and her flower creations are soooo pretty and breathtaking! She works with fashion houses, photographers and brides! This is her <a href="http://www.harrietparryflowers.com/p/flower-portfolio.html" title="Harriet">website</a>- Do check her out!&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:05:47 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/03/26/what-im-loving/beautyMy Secret Hair Styling Tools http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/02/26/my-secret-hair-styling-tools/<p>On occasions when I do photoshoots or weddings I'm asked to do hair as well as makeup so I have a good hair kit that keeps on growing like a monster.&#160;</p><p>Hair extensions, hair&#160;pieces, fake buns, rats (fillers), clips, brushes, styling products and lots of other accessories are all part of my kit. &#160;</p><p>However, I wanted to share with you just a few tools that people tend to overlook when doing hair or they don't even know they exist!</p><p>Let's start with the list of <strong>My Secret Hair Styling Tools.</strong></p><p><strong>1-Inexpensive&#160;backcombing brush</strong></p><p>This brush is such a staple in my kit. I always use it. It's my best friend for when I need to create a tiny bit of volumen but the hair needs to look natural and informal. A few back combs from the back and boom! There you have your textured hair. No fussing with&#160;products- this comb will do the job! This brush will normally be around £2.</p><p><strong>2-Rat Tail Comb</strong></p><p>Every person who is serious about hair will have one of these! It's so useful. I use it to tidy up hair dos, to get all the fine hairs on a pony tail, to do neat end combing and lots more. The end also helps me to manipulate the hair a bit more when the style is done. You can puff a beehive a bit more by sticking the end and using your hand to move hair around.&#160;</p><p><strong>3-Toothbrush</strong></p><p>Yes, a toothbrush! This is your best friend to tame all the&#160;flyaways or baby hairs around the forehead. I tend to apply the spray on the brush and not on the hair. Magic!</p><p><strong>4-Hair loops</strong></p><p>&#160;These are really old school and people forget about them but I love them. I use them to get the hair look around pony tails and get that super pro look. You can also use them to create a romantic looks and other wacky side dos.</p><p><strong>5-Clear Hair Bands</strong></p><p>These are a must for photoshoots! They look neat and are very easy to disguise.&#160;</p><p><strong>6-Tan Hair Bands</strong></p><p>I love to use these on brunettes, blonds and ref haired girls. It's just that extra touch that makes the look so professional.</p><p><strong>7-Hair Pins</strong></p><p>These are not any hair pin. It's the ones you can hide so easily! They look like a hook and the technique is to apply them and then push the opposite side. Hope that makes sense. These come in different colours and are a must for everyone doing hair.</p><p>Hope this was helpful!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:11:59 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/02/26/my-secret-hair-styling-tools/beautyFOTD- Using Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/02/07/fotd-using-urban-decay-naked-palette-2/<p>We all know that the Urban Decay Naken Palettes are a "must" for any make-up lovers!</p><p>I know that for some of you the 2nd version is not as pretty as the first one but I my opinion this second palette is as pretty as the first one.&#160;</p><p>The 2nd version has more "cool" tones and might look better on certain skin tones but don't let that get you- it's a lovely palette and you can achieve hundres on looks with it.</p><p>This is actually a very quick and natural look (for me at least).&#160;</p><p><strong>Products used</strong></p><p><strong>FACE</strong></p><p>Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser mixed with Illamasqua Rich Foundation</p><p>Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (under the eyes)</p><p><strong>EYES</strong></p><p>Uraban Decay Primer Potion</p><p>Shadows from the Naked 2 palette - Bootycall (all over the lid), Tease (above the crease) Busted and Snakebite (mixed on the crease) Chopper and Suspect (just a little bit in the middle on the lid) and finally Snakebite and Suspect (on the lower lash line)</p><p>MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl (on waterline)</p><p>A mixture of brown eyeshadows on the brow</p><p>Dior Blackout Mascara</p><p><strong>CHEEKS</strong></p><p>MAC MSF in Stereo Rose</p><p><strong>LIPS</strong></p><p>N7 lip pencil in Nude</p><p>INGLOT Lip Paint in 61</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:39:55 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/02/07/fotd-using-urban-decay-naked-palette-2/beautyMy Favourite Cream Eyeshadows + Swatches (Drugstore) http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/31/my-favourite-cream-eyeshadows-drugstore/<p>I'm a great fan of cream eyeshadows. They are easy to use and if they are good they stay on all day.</p><p>This is a small selection of my drugstore ones which can be found in Boots or Superdrug.&#160;</p><p><strong>Maybelline color Tattoo 24hs</strong></p><p>I have quite a few of these - Pink gold, On and on bronze and Permanent Taupe.</p><p><strong>Pink gold</strong> is probably me least favourite just because this colour doesn't suit me too much. I do use it however, as a base for pinky goldy looks.</p><p><strong>On and on bronze</strong> is probably my favourite! I love this colour and I use it mainly on its own. It's like a cream version of MAC's Satin Taupe. It's a very dynamic bronze and when different light hits it can be brown or grey. Love it.</p><p><strong>Permanent Taupe</strong> is a very unique colour. It's a grey/purple taupe. You can use it on its own but I tend to use it as a base for smokey eyes. Love it too.&#160;</p><p>All in all I find the Maybelline Color Tattoos are a bit of a hit and miss. Some of their colours are great but some others are really bad and patchy. They last a long time on my lids and I get minimal creasing at the end of the day. It's supposed to last 24 hs but I'm afraid I haven't spent 24hs awake since I was at Uni so I'm afraid I cannot vouch for that claim :).&#160;</p><p><strong>Rimmel Colour Mousse 8hs</strong></p><p>I have one or two more of these but my favourite is<strong> 005 Glitz. </strong>It's such a pretty colour. It's a mixture of taupe, silver, gold and bronze. It has an amazing shine to it that it looks as if you had tiny glitter even. On the swatches below it's the most shiny and shimmery of them all.</p><p>I find the Rimmel Colour Mousses very very easy to wear. They set pretty much instantly but they are still easy to work with. I would say they last a good 4-5 hours without creasing. After that, only minimal creasing happens, at least on me.</p><p><strong>Catrice Made To Stay Longlasting Eyeshadow</strong></p><p>I picked this little pot in Berlin while on holiday. I was attracted to the purple aspect of this shade and I loved the name <strong>070 Mauvie Star</strong>. The name implies some mauve tone and indeed it has it. It's a mixture between purple, silver, mauve and it has some glitter.</p><p>I find that this cream shadow lasts only about a few hours before creasing if you don't set it. It's still one of my favourites because they colour is so pretty.</p><p><strong>KIKO Sun Mousse Eyeshadow</strong></p><p>This one has to be my ultimate favourite. I'm&#160;obsessed&#160;with the colour (<strong>02 Violet</strong>) which is my favourite shade of purple. It's like an intense version of MAC's Stars n' Rockets with more purple/ blue. Again, this one is also easy to use and it sets VERY quickly but strangely enough it's very easy to blend.</p><p>From all these shadows this one is the more water/ smudge resistant. It made it into my category of bullet proof make-up.</p><p><strong>N7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse</strong></p><p>And lastly, we have this little tube which honestly does not say much from the shelves but oh boy...this colour is SO pretty! <strong>Khaki</strong> is a perfect mix of antique gold and olive. It's very similar to MAC's Golden Olive pigment. The packaging is not very attractive but the product is not bad!</p><p>I only have one of these but it's good. It stays quite well on the lid and there only minimal creasing.&#160;</p><p>So, this is my roundup. I rely a lot on cream shadows when I'm in a rush as well as when I want to do complex looks where I use them as bases.</p><p>Hope this was helpful</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:14:10 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/31/my-favourite-cream-eyeshadows-drugstore/beautyMy Denman Hair Brushes http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/28/my-denman-hair-brushes/<p>When I do hair styling apart from relying on my skills and intuition I rely&#160;massively&#160;on my tools!</p><p>The right tool will help you get that finished look that only pros get and will help you with the timing. Timing is key when doing photoshoots as time is money!</p><p>Among the very many tools I have my Denman brushes are among my&#160;favorites.</p><p>Denman as a brand has been around for decades. The masters of hairstyling&#160;probably&#160;used Denman Brushes when they were learning. These brushes are famous for their durability and for delivering what they promise.&#160;</p><p>Here are three of my favourites:</p><p><strong>Denman Small Grooming Brush</strong></p><p>This brush is so easy to use and it has a mixture of natural bristles with one&#160;single&#160;nylon quill. You can see it more in detail in the photos below. I use this brush mainly for brushing out curls. I set the curls and leave them to dry in position and when I take them down they are all formed and very tight. I then grab this brush and I brush the hair against my hand moulding the hair into place. You can see a finished look using this brush <a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/14/hair-how-i-did-50s-inspired-curls/" title="50's curls">here.</a>&#160;<br />Of course you can also use it to brush your hair and for getting the perfect pony tail, etc.&#160;</p><p><strong>Denman Classic Styling Brushes (small and big)</strong></p><p>This brush is a heavy duty one. It feels heavy and robust. Not the comb to mess around with. This brush will get rid of all your knots and messed hair in minutes. It's made of nylon pins and the bed of the brush is an unusual round rubber pad that give you perfect control and grip on the hair.&#160;</p><p>I have two sizes big and small. I use the big for normal combing and maybe a pony tail and the small one to tease small sections of hair.&#160;</p><p>I cannot recommend them enough. I know, they might be a bit more expensive than the regular brush but trust me- they are worth it! They do what they promise and they will last a lifetime.&#160;</p><p>You can check their brushes <a href="http://www.denmanbrush.com/index.html?gclid=CMGPv6GSi7UCFXHLtAod838ArQ" title="Denman">here</a>.&#160;</p><p>Hope this helps.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:16:56 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/28/my-denman-hair-brushes/beautyMy Favourite Hair Oils http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/23/my-favourite-hair-oils/<p>I'm a massive fan of hair oils.&#160;</p><p>Every time I have a shower I wait about 20 minutes to get my hair probably&#160;50% dry to start applying my&#160;concoction.</p><p>At the moment I'm loving <strong>L'oreal Extraordinary Oil,&#160;</strong>&#160;<strong>Paul Mitchell's Super Skinny Serum </strong>and <strong>Moroccan Oil</strong>.&#160;</p><p>I find the Extraordinary Oil more like a treatment as if it does more to my hair in the long term. I guess this is because it's basically the oil extracted from 6 super flowers and very few artificial ingredients. I find it nourishing especially on my ends and it makes my hair feel stronger. The smell is like the perfume an Arab Sheik would use. I'm not saying it in a bad derogative way but I mean it's the wrong smell for a hair oil I find.&#160;</p><p>To me the Super skinny Serum is more like a styling oil. It's VERY silky to the touch and I asume this is because of the&#160;silicone&#160;in it. I love the smell which is ever so hard to describe. It's like apple and candy.&#160;</p><p>And lastly it's the world known Moroccan Oil. Do I need to go into detail? I think every blogger and their mom reviewed this oil. If you want to know my opinion: I like it and the smell is ok but I find that it's more like a styling oil rather than a treatment. I use it as a finishing touch to a hair do.</p><p>I use all these oils mixed together but I tend to use the Extraordinary Oil all over my hair and the Super Skinny Serum and Moroccan Oil on the tips to get them shinny and make my hair look healthier.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:25:13 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/23/my-favourite-hair-oils/beautyLovely Pink Lip Combo The Other Way Round http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/15/lovely-pink-lip-combo/<p>For some reason I always like to do things differently!</p><p>So, when it comes to lip combos I like mixing things and doing things the other way round.</p><p>If you know me, you know I don't like pink lips too much. I mean I like the colour but I don't think it looks very flattering on me. I gravitate towards the browns, corals and peaches. But that's just me.</p><p>So, I decided to give a go at pink lip. This lip combo is actually a more salmon pink than just pink.</p><p>I start by applying the gloss first! Yes, you read correctly- gloss first. I apply it to all the lip but not close to the rim/edges.</p><p>Then I apply the lip stick from the bullet. For some reason I love how the lipstick mixes into the gloss rather than the other way around.</p><p>And finally I grab the lip pencil and I draw the edges.&#160;</p><p>For this lip combo I used <strong>Revlon 042 Belini</strong> (is a very milky peachy/creamy gloss), then I applied <strong>MAC's Viva Glam Nicki</strong> (this is a very hot hot neon pink) and finally the lip pencil is <strong>Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip in18C</strong>.&#160;</p><p>What do you think?</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:17:47 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/15/lovely-pink-lip-combo/beautyHair: How I Do 50s Inspired Curls http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/14/hair-how-i-did-50s-inspired-curls/<p>I got so many compliments on my hair this past weekend so I decided to share with you how I did my 50s hair do. All my secrets are out now!</p><p>My clothes were just normal jeggings and a nice black top but I like to add something retro to the looks.</p><p>It looks utterly complicated and time consuming but it's not!</p><p>I did this on one day hair (meaning I washed it the day before). I find curly dos hold better when the hair has a tiny bit of texture.&#160;</p><p>This is how I did it:</p><p><strong>Step 1- Brushing</strong></p><p>I brushed all my hair and sectioned it starting from the bottom layer and clipping the rest in a very careless manner.&#160;</p><p><strong>Step 2- Curling and Setting</strong></p><p>I grabbed little sections and curled them with the wand. Once it's hot enough to dent the hair I dropped the curl on my finger (the other hand not holing the wand) and with my thumb and my middled finger I started rolling the hair in the direction of the curl up to the root of my hair. Yes, you will do a bit of multitasking here. It's fun. Once I had the curl (still hot) all curled up on the root I clipped it in place to set.&#160;</p><p>to get nicer curls do one layer in one direction and the next on the other direction. Just curl over the curling wand and the next under the curling wand. Does this make sense? You can think of one layer going clockwise and the the following anticlockwise.</p><p>I only curled the bottom half of my hair but you can curl all the way up for a super authentic 50's look. &#160;</p><p>I continued like this with all the hair. Just drop down a new section, curl, set and pin.&#160;</p><p><strong>Step 3- Wait</strong></p><p>Leave the curls to get cold and set for about 20&#160;minutes. The more the better. I do my make-up while I wait.&#160;</p><p><strong>Step 4- Unpin the hair</strong></p><p>Unpin the&#160;curls&#160;starting from the bottom layer. You will be a bit shocked at how well the curls hold. Because I use this conic wand the curls are very tight at the bottom. It doesn't matter because you can relax them with the combing action later. Good things happen when you are patient!</p><p><strong>Step 5- Combing/ brushing out</strong></p><p>This is THE most important part of the styling and the part that will take you the most time. Start by loosening the curls with your hands. Just separate the strands by pulling your fingers across the hair. Yes, you will look like a poodle but relax...it's meant to look like this at the beginning.&#160;</p><p>Grab a good combing brush, ideally it will have to be like the one I have (see photo below) and start combing section by section...very slowly. Do not worry about your hair. It will look kind of harsh but it's ok there is not too much damage intended. Use the palm of the other hand to brush the hair against it and use the side of the palms you help you mould the curl.&#160;</p><p>At the beginning it will look as if you're not going anywhere and the curls just disappear but play around with your hair, twisted to the direction of the curl and you will see how the hair do will start to appear. I could be brushing out the curls for a good 20-30 minutes but you can achieve a good 50s curl in well under 15. I was just being picky and I had the time.</p><p><strong>Step 6- Spray</strong></p><p>Once you are happy with the curl then spray spray spray sister! Yes, you will need a lot of hair spray. It's not that the hair do will not hold but after combing for a while and achieving a nice curl I want it to stray like that for the rest of the night. Putting on coats and the wind can mess up a tiny bit with your hair but this hair style is sooo strong and it will bounce back as soon as you mould the curls back again.</p><p>I really encourage you to try it! It just looks so classic and elegant.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:37:12 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/14/hair-how-i-did-50s-inspired-curls/beautyPhotoshoot: Male makeup + Products Used http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/12/photoshoot-male-makeup-products-used/<p>I was recently called in to help out on the makeup and hair department for an Asian dating website photoshoot.&#160;</p><p>The images will be the background images on the different pages. The shoot was for girls, boys and boys and girls together.</p><p>I was working with another make-up artist as there were too many people to do on my own and we needed to shoot everything in one day.</p><p>I picked this image as an example really. I use most of these products on any male makeup except for very specific products that are skin type and tone specific. I find that male make-up is all about the skin and they need to look perfect and as if they were not using a drop of make-up. Men suffer of as many or more skin problems as we do and they tend to be a bit more careless. Bring on the challenge!</p><p><strong>Steps and products used for male makeup</strong></p><p><strong>Step 1- Clean and moisturise the skin</strong></p><p>I always ask the models (female and male) if they are wearing any makeup. You would be surprised how many men actually use makeup or mainly tinted moisturiser. &#160;I clean the skin using a&#160;<strong>Toner by Garnier&#160;</strong>with a cotton pad making sure no cotton catches on the beard. While I do this I normally check the state of the skin and assess what areas will need more coverage and attention. Once the toner sets in I apply&#160;<strong>Embryolisse</strong>&#160;moisturiser. Men also need to moisturise their skin. I leave it about 2 minutes to set in. Normally while I wait I mix my foundations to match the model.</p><p><strong>Step 2- Foundation</strong></p><p>I'm one of those who matches the foundation not to the neck but to the upper chest. I believe the neck is always (no matter the season) the lightest part of the body. I do this especially on shoots as in most cases the upper chest will be on show or the model needs to look down so there needs to be a seamless colour between the face and the body.&#160;</p><p>I carry a <strong>Face to Face foundation palette</strong>&#160;which has all the tones I need to match nearly anyone. For this model I mixed mainly yellow toned shades with a tiny bit of a pink shade and I always mix the Face to Face foundation with a bit of <strong>MAC Face &amp; Body</strong>. I pick the foundation with a spatula and I mix it in a dish or on the back of my hand. I tend to gravitate towards the <strong>Real Techniques Buffing Brush</strong> to apply foundation. I apply one layer and then wait a bit to see how it sits on the skin and to see if I need to apply more or if I can go on concealing. On men with a bit of a stubble (like this model) I tend to apply the foundation on the face and just powder on the stubble. You might find that you need to do some colour correction as the foundation might ash a bit from the darkness of the stubble.&#160;</p><p><strong>Step 3- Concealer</strong></p><p>I always rely on my <strong>Bobbi Brown Universal Palette </strong>of concealers and correctors. This palette has all Bobbi Brown's shades and it's easy to mix and match to match any colour skin tone. I also added to my kit a<strong> Dermacolour Camouflage Creme palette </strong>of 22 colours. These camouflage cremes are very concentrated and provide full coverage. &#160;I used a bit of them on other models. This model had very good skin. On men I always cover under eye darkness and darkness around the eyes. As normally they do not wear any shadows I need to make sure the lids look nice and fresh. I also do spot concealing where needed.&#160;</p><p><strong>Step 4- Brows</strong></p><p>This is a simple but quick step. I run a spooly and a bit of clear brow gel to make sure they stay in place. In the odd case I fill them in if there is any&#160;noticeable&#160;gap but nothing like I would do on a female model.&#160;</p><p><strong>Step 5- Powder</strong></p><p>I rely on my <strong>Graftobian powder foundation palette</strong> to set the makeup. I know foundation to set? I find this foundation is great and when we are doing a studio shoot the lights are so strong and the lens will pick up every single flaw in the skin that the extra bit of coverage is always welcome. This foundation is matte so it's great. All ready to go infront of the camera.</p><p><strong>Step 6- Lip balm</strong></p><p>I apply a tiny bit of lip balm as men also suffer from chapped lips. I do it maybe 10 minutes before the model steps infront of the camera so there no gloss of any sort and the lips are moisturised.&#160;</p><p>And that's it!</p><p>That's all I used for this gentleman on this photo.&#160;</p><p>On other occasions on men I would use tinted&#160;moisturizers or products like Origins Vitazing or Face and Body on it's own always topped with a good poweder.&#160;</p><p>The photographer was Caron Westbrook. Link to her prot <a href="http://www.caronwestbrookphotography.co.uk/" title="caron">here</a>. She does fashion, commercial, PR, portrait, music and much much more! She's super talented, profesional and a pleasure to work with.&#160;</p><p>I hope this helps anyone!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:27:47 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/12/photoshoot-male-makeup-products-used/beautyALGENIST Regenerative Anti-Ageing Moisturiser http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/06/algenist-regenerative-anti-ageing-moisturiser/<p>I received this Algenist anti-ageing&#160;cream as a birthday present from Space NK. If you have their loyalty card I'm pretty sure you get a birthday present too. Not sure how I feel about getting an anti-ageing&#160;cream as a present but that a different matter altogether.&#160;</p><p>This was a 15ml sample which is quite generous and it gave me a good month of night time cream.&#160;</p><p>As a bit of a background: I'm 32 and I only have very fine lines around my eyes (thank god for this). I used Algenist especially around my eyes but I also used it all around my face just to prevent any future wrinkles.</p><p>The smell is ok. It's not refreshing or relaxing but it's not that disturbing either. The main ingredient is Alguronic acid which has mainly anti-aging properties according to some scientific tests.&#160;</p><p>I washed, cleansed and moisturised my skin and Algenist was the last layer of the skin care cake.&#160;</p><p>It absorbs quite quickly into the skin and it gives you a&#160;refreshing&#160;feeling almost immediately.&#160;</p><p>The following day my skin felt like new and very&#160;nourished and super soft.</p><p>I'm not 100% sure how effective this cream is as an anti-ageing as I only used it for a month. However, I loved the effect it had on my skin and I'm sure if I kept on using it I would have seen some&#160;improvement.</p><p>&#160;Algenist can be purchased from Space NK at £68 for a 60ml pot. <a href="http://uk.spacenk.com/REGENERATIVE-ANTI-AGING-MOISTURISER-SPF-20/MUK200007622,en_GB,pd.html?start=3&amp;q=algenist" title="Algenist">Link</a>. &#160;I'm seriously thinking about getting a full pot. It seems a reasonable price for a good brand and for a generous pot.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 06 Jan 2013 18:54:11 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2013/01/06/algenist-regenerative-anti-ageing-moisturiser/beautyFOTD Using Chanel http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/21/fotd-using-chanel/<p>Today I only have to go out a few times and all locally so I kept my look simple but still pretty. And for that I can only trust CHANEL!&#160;</p><p>Products used</p><p><strong>FACE</strong></p><p>KORRES Ginger and vitamins foundation in shade LF2</p><p>MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15</p><p><strong>EYES</strong></p><p>MAC Painterly Paint Pot</p><p>Chanel quad called 08 Vanites- only the brown/ purple/ gold shade on the lid (see close up photo below)</p><p>MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge - on the lower and upper lash line</p><p>Dior Diorshow Blackout Mascara</p><p><strong>CHEEKS</strong></p><p>NYX Dusty Rose blush</p><p><strong>LIPS</strong></p><p>KORRES Lip Butter in Mango</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:56:58 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/21/fotd-using-chanel/beautyReview: Estee Lauder DayWear Plus Moisturiser http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/20/review-estee-lauder-daywear-plus-moisturiser/<p>I got this Estee Lauder DayWear Plus Moisturiser as part of a gif with purchase long time ago. I didn't really think too much about it and I put it at the back of my skin care drawer for a later use. At the time it seems I had more interesting things to try first.</p><p>So, about a month ago I realised I never tried it so I put it on my dressing table to incorporate it into my daily skin care routine.&#160;</p><p>DayWear Plus is a day (and possibly a night) cream for normal to combination skin. To be more precise it's a Multi Protection Anti-oxidant Creme. It also has SPF 15. Estee Lauder markets it as for early signs of wrinkles and lines so it's a very light anti ageing treatment.</p><p>I'm 32 years young and I'm lucky I do not have too many lines or wrinkles. Maybe around my eyes it's the area where I see them the most but I do have a nice&#160;concoction&#160;of potions and creams to make them go as much as I can afford.&#160;</p><p>This was a 15ml sample and it lasted me about a month. I applied it every single morning after washing and toning my face.</p><p>I loved the smell! It's like fresh cucumber which is so nice first thing in the morning. It feels like Spring even in winter.</p><p>It's very soft and gentle to the skin and it blends nicely. The only thing is that it does not absorb into the skin straight away so you are left with a shiny and greasy surface. I didn't really mind this too much as I used that greasy surface as a base for my make-up. It actually made the foundation glide and buff better.</p><p>I only used it for one month so I cannot really comment on its anti ageing properties. My fine lines look the same.</p><p>However, I would repurchase this cream because I loved the fresh sensation on my skin and it is a great moisturiser.</p><p>You can buy it from Estee Lauder for £39 for 50ml or £78 for 100ml. Link <a href="http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/688/13158/Product-Catalog/Skincare/By-Category/Moisturisers/DayWear/Advanced-Multi-Protection-Anti-Oxidant-Creme-SPF-15/index.tmpl" title="DayWear">here</a>.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:28:43 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/20/review-estee-lauder-daywear-plus-moisturiser/beautyBobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour In Pale Peach (7) http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/18/bobbi-brown-creamy-matte-lip-colour-pale-peach-7/<p>&#160;This is another of the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colours I bought when they were&#160;released.&#160;</p><p>I tried colours like Darling by Gosh and Creme d'Nude by MAC and they look awful on me! So, when I swatched it on my hand in the shop it glided like butter and the colour looked so pretty and even.&#160;<span>I was attracted to this one because it looked like the perfect peachy/ nude for my skin tone and lip pigmentation.</span></p><p>When I wear it, I like it! The colour suits me but I feel that it makes my teeth a bit yellow. I will not let this bother me too much and I will rock it with no makeup makeup or even with a strong dark smoky eyes.&#160;</p><p>I find this colour is also very long lasting and it wears very well.</p><p>I love it and I would recommend it!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:50:56 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/18/bobbi-brown-creamy-matte-lip-colour-pale-peach-7/beautyReview + Swatches: Too Faced Perfect Eyes Eyeliner In Perfect Black and Perfect Purple http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/14/review-swatches-too-faced-perfect-eyes-eyeliner-perfect-black-and-perfect-purple/<p>I heard about these waterproof eyeliners by Too Faced thanks to Lisa (Lisalisad1). She is royalty on Youtube, at least to me.</p><p>She's a stay at home mom from somewhere in the South of USA who has lots of cats and a small dog and who has a PASSION for make-up and anything beauty related. She also has great taste for fashion and every week she does a few OOTDs together with her big Friday's hauls! She loves high end make-up as well as drugstore gems.&#160;</p><p>She claimed these eyeliners were the bomb! Super soft and creamy and waterproof. I was intrigued.</p><p>I have lots of gel liners that I would describe as bulletproof such as the blackest black by Inglot as well as MAC Fluidlines. I love them but I need to have a bit more time to use them as I need a brush and I need to have a steady hand. So, I was in the hunt for a good pencil liner. I had an awful experience with Avon Super Shock. It's crap and I did a review ages ago. You can read it <a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2010/12/10/review-super-shock-gel-eyeliner-by-avon-not-impressed/" title="Super Shock">here</a>. Maybe the Estee Lauder Double Wear is the one I like the most out of all my black liners but still it's not smudge or waterproof.</p><p>So, this week I was at a big Boots where they sell Too Faced and I swatched them and waited. I wanted to do the "let's set and smudge" test. After a good 10-15 seconds the swatch was like cement! You just couldn't move it. No transfer, no smudge, no traveling. Nothing. It was there were I applied it. I very happily picked up the black and of course the purple!</p><p><strong>Colours</strong></p><p>Perfect black is soooooooo pigmented! It's as black as my Inlgot gel liner. It's super soft and like butter when you apply it.&#160;</p><p>Perfect purple is very pigmented but not as the black on and it has gold sparkles! It's also super soft and like butter when you apply it.</p><p>From what I could see in the store they also have other colours: Perfect brown and Perfect peacock and maybe one or two more.</p><p><strong>Test</strong></p><p>As soon as I got home I did the lid test. I applied it on the upper lash line, lower lash line and on the waterline and went about doing things around my place. I wanted to see how well it lasts. I used Perfect black for this test.&#160;</p><p>My first impression was -Wow we do have pigment here even when you apply it on the lid. I used a tiny brush to get right in between the lashes and to do the tight lining. Everything was fine and pigmentes for a good 2 hours but then on my right lid which is slightly more hooded than the left I noticed a shadow of a black line on my lid meaning that there was a bit of transfer. I was a bit disappointed by that! But then I thought that I didn't let it set properly? There was just this little transfer but the rest looked untouched. The liner lasted soo long on the waterline! I was impressed by that.</p><p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p><p>I think they are fantastic! I love how pigmented the black is and I like the sparkles of the purple!</p><p>However, I think if you have hooded eyes you need to let them set a tiny bit more and do not over do it. It's better to add to an already set liner than to pile up a thick layer. Hope that makes sense.</p><p>I bought mine from Boots and they were £15 each.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p><p><strong>What waterproof eyeliner would you recommend?&#160;</strong></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:55:21 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/14/review-swatches-too-faced-perfect-eyes-eyeliner-perfect-black-and-perfect-purple/beautyGel Nail Overlay Using Espresso (937) By Izabelle Hammon http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/13/gel-nail-overlay-using-espresso-937-izabelle-hammon/<p>I recently trained at Izabelle Hammon using the Calgel System. It's a super easy and effective gel nail system that uses a UV light to cure the gels. I will do a review on the course soon so stay tuned!</p><p>Gels are not like our everyday polishes. They set pretty much on their own so you hardly ever get lines or marks. I love that about gels. However, don't be fooled. Applying gels on nails is pretty much an art and you can make lots of mistakes that will ruin it completely.&#160;</p><p>So, now that I was taught the basics I need to practice practice and practice. The idea is to do the nails on other people and I have a BIG queue of friends to get me practicing but it's fun to do it on myself too.</p><p>I decided to do colour overlays on my natural nails. I could have done extensions or&#160;sculptures&#160;but I love short dark nails. Especially, in December where I need to do so much cooking and decorating.&#160;</p><p>I went for a wintery colour called Espresso. Espresso is a deep brown with a slight warm undertone that looks pretty, sexy and chic!&#160;</p><p>Doing my left hand was easy but my right hand needed a bit of work as you work with a brush that looks like a painting brush and you have to be very careful with touching the cuticle and the skin as this will cause lifting!</p><p>Anyhoo, I added a glossy topcoat on top too. I love the result.</p><p>Calgel gels do not chip, move or smudge at all for weeks and you can soak them off at home with some cotton, a strong nail polish remover (acetone) and some tinfoil.&#160;</p><p>X</p><p>Mercedes</p><p><strong>What is your favourite winter nail polish?</strong></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:21:49 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/13/gel-nail-overlay-using-espresso-937-izabelle-hammon/beautyBobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour In Calypso (8) http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/10/bobbi-brown-creamy-matte-lip-colour-calypso-8/<p>I&#160;absolutely&#160;adore coral lipsticks! As soon as I heard that Bobbi Brown was realeasing her Matte rage I went the first day they were out to get this colour.</p><p>Calypso is the perfect coral colour with some pink and orange with some warm undertone.</p><p>The finish is matte but the texture is like butter. It's like the opposite or MAC's Ruby Woo which is a perfect matte but super drying. You do not get any drying with this range. They are super soft and so workable.&#160;</p><p>They last a long time and they disappear in a nice way with no patches.&#160;</p><p>The packaging is exactly the same as MAC's pro long wear lipsticks. It's sleek, practical and durable.&#160;</p><p>I got two more: an orange and a nude. Naughty naughty Mercedes!</p><p>If you are looking for a nice matte coral lipstick then look no further as I'm sure you will love this one!&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:56:17 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/10/bobbi-brown-creamy-matte-lip-colour-calypso-8/beautyFOTD- Golds http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/07/fotd-golds/<p>When the calendar hits December I take all my glitters out, especially the gold and silver ones! I just can't help it. December means getting ready for xmas plus lots of celebrations and get-togethers with friends and family. Also for me it's an excellent excuse to rock a glittery make-up do.</p><p>I wore this make-up for a wedding last weekend actually.&#160;</p><p><strong>Products used</strong></p><p><strong>FACE</strong></p><p>Illamasqua Rich Foundation in RF215</p><p>Dermacolour concealers in a mixture of colours to correct redness, pigmentation and under eye circles</p><p><strong>EYES</strong></p><p>Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance</p><p>Estee Lauder Pure Colour Bronze Sands palette. I used the gold on the inner corner and the orange on the rest of the lid and a bit on the crease&#160;</p><p>Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill in number 6 on the outer corner to give the look some depth and I also used it a bit on the lower lash line (Review <a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/01/armani-eyes-to-kill-three-i-could-not-resist/" title="Eyes to Kill">here</a>)</p><p>INGLOT black eyeliner gel in colour 77 (water line and lash line)</p><p>Dior Blackout Mascara (Review <a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2010/11/20/review-diorshow-black-out-mascara-before-and-after-photos/" title="Diorshow">here</a>)</p><p>Too Faced Glitter glue</p><p>Kryolan Glamorous sparks in Copper. One the lid only</p><p>Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in colour 3</p><p><strong>CHEEKS</strong></p><p>MAC Harmony Blush to contour</p><p>MAC Stereo Rose MSF&#160;</p><p><strong>LIPS</strong></p><p>Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm</p><p>I was so happy. The make-up lasted all night long. The only thing that bothered me was that I had a bit of black collected on the&#160;tear duct&#160;from the liner but I guess that's&#160;aggravated&#160;from wearing contacts. I would recommend all these products- they are great for a glamorous look and they are very long lasting!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:47:41 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/07/fotd-golds/beautyPoker Straight Ombre Hair - My way http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/04/poker-straight-ombre-hair/<p>This past weekend I decided to rock poker straight hair! I have the ombre style and when I get it poker straight I can see the different colours even more. Love it.&#160;</p><p>I remember when I was a teenager (yes, ages ago) I used to straighten my hair every single day nearly. Definitely for going out and clubbing. I'm not sure why to be honest. I LOVE my wavy hair. I even play with it while still 80% dry to get even stronger waves or even curls.&#160;</p><p>However, last Saturday I decided I should recreate those teenage days so I went straight.</p><p>I go for the traditional approach of&#160;</p><p>1-Sectioning my hair starting from the bottom and keeping the rest on a clip.&#160;</p><p>2-Combing the section to straighten very well and I spray some heat protectant. My heat protectant of choice is from Aussie. See photo below.</p><p>3-I get the straightener very hot (near maximum temperature) and I do two passes on each section and then I do one big pass on all the section.</p><p>4- I put the straight section aside and get a new section and I repeat steps 1-3.</p><p>Once I'm done I make sure the back sections are as straight as the front ones so I normally get another mirror at this stage.</p><p>When I'm happy with the result I do not comb it as this will create ridiculous frizz (at least on my hair) but instead I get a drop of straightening serum (see photo below) and I heat it up in between my palms and then I apply it to all the hair to make it even glossier and to get rid of any&#160;existing&#160;frizz.&#160;</p><p>I love to keep this style until I need to wash my hair or if I want to keep it longer I use dry shampoo to make it last longer.</p><p>I love wearing my hair like this. It makes me feel younger, sexier and very&#160;strangely&#160;it makes me feel more confident.&#160;</p><p><strong>Products used (all from my local Boots)</strong></p><p>My hair straighteners are from Babyliss. I love these and they never fail me! They get hot super quick and I love the feel of them.<a href="http://www.boots.com/en/BaByliss-pro235-straightener-pink-2082CU_1226879/" title="Babyliss"> Link</a>.&#160;</p><p>The two styling products are Dual Personality Heat Protenction + Spray by Aussie (similar product <a href="http://www.boots.com/en/Aussie-Dual-Personality-for-Straightening-Heat-Protection-250ml_52536/" title="Aussie">link</a>) and Umberto Giannini's Sleek and Chic Seriously Straight Gloss Serum.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p><p><strong>What hair style makes you feel this way?</strong></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:00:14 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/12/04/poker-straight-ombre-hair/beautyMAC Guilty Passions - Review + Photos + Lip Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/30/mac-guilty-passions-review-photos-lip-swatches/<p>On a recent trip to the MAC counter I could't help myself and I checked their Xmas collections. There are a lot of things on offer this year! It seems like too much to me.</p><p>I picked up two of the pretty boxes. One is a set of 4 pigments (purple tones of course) and for a very strange reason I went for a lip gloss set.</p><p>I think I was attracted to the dark colours in this set as I don't think I have anything like this in my collection.</p><p>Let's get started with my thoughts.</p><p><strong>Demure Dazzleglass Creme</strong> - This one looks very pretty. It's a baby pink with lots of blue sparkles. However, when you apply it it's nearly invisible. You cannot really see the pink and the blue sparkles look like transparent sparkles. Maybe this one looks a bit more interesting under artificial light.</p><p><strong>Boys go crazy Dazzleglass </strong>- This one really caught my eye! I had nothing like this. It has a dark purple/ burgundy base with lots of silver/ blue and purple sparkles. I'm not sure I like this one when it's on the lips to be honest. You can see below a photo of me wearing it and you can see that I can either look goth or super glam. Maybe this one will look really nice over a burgundy lipstick? I'm still working on it.</p><p><strong>Going Casual Cremesheen Glass </strong>- This one is a pale pink that covers quite well. I like the coverage and the look of it on the lips. It's super natural and as the name says it's very casual. I like it!</p><p><strong>Colour Saturation Cremesheen Glass</strong> - This one is the one that disappointed me the most. The name is colour saturation but there is no saturation going on here. It's quite sheer and it looks more like a stain rather than a gloss.</p><p>This set is currently £25.50 in store and online. <a href="http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/9893/23733/New-Collections/Guilty-Passions/Lips/Guilty-Passions-4-Lavish-Rose-Lip-Gloss/index.tmpl" title="MAC lip set">Link</a>.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:50:51 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/30/mac-guilty-passions-review-photos-lip-swatches/beauty8 Empties = 8 Mini Reviews http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/29/8-empties-8-mini-reviews/<p>I'm finally doing an empties post! Not because I don't use up products but because I have to hold on to the empty bottles which can be a pain. However, I decided to be a bit patient so collected some used up products because I really wanted to show you what I used and what I thought about each product.</p><p>Let's get started!</p><p><strong>#1. Advance White toothpaste by Arm &amp; Hammer. </strong>I'm always in search of THE whitening toothpaste. This particular is a baking soda based one. This means that baking soda is the main&#160;whitening&#160;agent. You can definitely feel and taste the baking soda when you use it. I brush my teeth 2 to 3 times a day and I don't think I've seen any improvement in the colour of my teeth. Maybe I need to use 4 tubes (?) to see any results. Having said this, I would repurchase it as I'm sure if you persist with it you can see some change.&#160;</p><p><strong>#2. John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo.</strong>&#160;I know, I'm not a blond. I'm near ginger (coloured) but I like &#160;the natural sun-kissed natural effect I get with a lightening shampoo. I really liked this shampoo. The scent is really nice and I can definitely see the lighter strands on my hair as if I've been to the beach. Love it.</p><p><strong>#3. N7 Protect &amp; Perfect Intense Beauty Serum.</strong>&#160;I normally get N7 products when I get one of those Boots vouchers because I think they are a tad overpriced. I used this serum under my moisturiser as a base to any other skin product as I find serums can take a bit longer to penetrate the skin. I did like the feeling of it and the very natural scent but if I'm honest I haven't seen much of a difference to my very fine lines. Maybe, like a lot of skin care products you need to use at least 3 bottles to see any effect. I'm not sure I would repurchase this product or maybe only provided I have a voucher.</p><p><span><strong>#4. Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Shampoo. </strong>I&#160;absolutely&#160;loved this shampoo. It gave me soft, silky and smooth hair every single time I used it. You get minimal foam and the scent is SO nice. The only problem is that it's bloody expensive! Each bottle will set you back about £25! Ouch! I have another bottle of this already :).</span></p><p><span><strong>#5. Skin Calming Cream by Botanics. </strong>I had this cream for a while. They have changed the packaging now but as far as I know they haven't reformulated the products. I loved this cream too much! It was my main cream for under&#160;foundations. It's soft, super moisturising and it absorbs nearly instantly. And the best thing is that it's under £5! I will definitely get a new pot of this!</span></p><p><span><strong>#6.&#160;TRESemme Thermal Recovery Hair Mask.</strong>&#160;It took me nearly a year to finally finish this product! It's a huge tub (500ml) and you don't need much. It's a heavy thick cream that I used to use while I was having a shower as a replacement for my conditioner. I would leave it for about 3 minutes and I would then rinse completely. I LOVED the scent! And I was left with super soft and silky hair. I would repurchase it but I would get a smaller pot if there is any available. It's just that I like that&#160;psychological&#160;feeling of using things up.&#160;</span></p><p><strong>#7. N7 Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara.</strong>&#160;This was my main mascara for my make-up kit. I didn't actually use the wand as I use disposables for mascara application. I really liked the effect I got on the model's lashes. It's a watery formula but it's very easy to work with. I would repurchase this mascara but maybe with a voucher as I think there are other better drugstore mascaras for less.</p><p><strong>#8. Clariol Colourseal Conditioning Gloss. </strong>I get this conditioning mask with my Nice &amp; Easy hair dye set. It's a thick cream that you are meant to use once every week. You apply it as any other mask on wet hair and you leave it to work for about 3 minutes or so. It's ok but there are other masks (the TRESemme one for example) much better than this. You can purchase it separately but I'm not sure it's worth it!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:46:15 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/29/8-empties-8-mini-reviews/beautyDusty Rose By NYX - My Favourite Winter Blush http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/28/my-favourite-winter-blush-dusty-rose-nyx/<p>If you've been following me for a while you know that I normally gravitate towards peach or orange blushes but recently I declared that this greyish-pink blush is my new go-to blush for winter.</p><p><strong>Dusty Rose by NYX</strong> is a very inexpensive drugstore blush which is distributed mainly in North America although there is an NYX official UK website where you can get it from [<a href="http://www.nyxcosmetics.co.uk/" title="nyx uk">link</a>]. I got mine from a Beauty Trade Show here in London.&#160;</p><p>In terms of the colour this is a pale pink with more grey than red as undertone.&#160;</p><p>The finish is matte but there is a slight natural finish that resembles the skin. What I mean is that it's not chalky matte. It's gorgeous.</p><p>Surprisingly, this blush is very pigmented so I tap the brush very softly against the product and I blend it on my hand first just in case.</p><p>I apply it with an angled Crown Brush similar to a MAC 168 brush.</p><p>NYX is very generous with their product so you get 5.2 grams! Huge.</p><p>I'm in love with this blush. I describe the effect as the perfect winter cheek flush. It's so natural and flattering that I can't go wrong with this!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:34:42 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/28/my-favourite-winter-blush-dusty-rose-nyx/beautyBarry M Nail Paint In 346 Magnetic Sparkle Red http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/26/barry-m-nail-paint-346-magnetic-sparkle-red/<p>Since they came out I've always been very curious about the Magnetic Nail Polishes. I think Barry M were the first ones to come out with them but now you can find them across a few drugstore brands (MUA comes to my mind).&#160;</p><p>So, on a recent trip to Superdrug I stopped by the Barry M section to pick one up. I was instantly drawn to this shade (346 Magnetic Sparkle Red) because the base colour is a metallic grey/purple with red undertones. Also, under artificial light or sunlight you can clearly see pink and burgundy sparkles!&#160;</p><p>To see the design I took the top off and I placed it next to the clear panel on the polish. By doing this you can immediately see how it will look on the nail. You can then shake it and the polish will go back to normal.</p><p>I loved the colour and the design on this one. You get a lovely&#160;chevron&#160;effect on the nails.&#160;</p><p>The application was very simple</p><p>1- I prepped my nails (filing, buffing and cuticle work)</p><p>2- I applied a base</p><p>3- I applied the first coat of the Barry M polish and I waited a few minutes</p><p>4- I applied the second coat. I wanted a thick coat to get a better effect. Immediately after this second coat I placed the magnet on top of the nail and you are meant to wait just 5 seconds but I waited a bit more (20 seconds).</p><p>5- I left it to dry a bit and then I applied my top coat.</p><p>One thing I would say is that it's better to work on one nail at a time so that you don't stress with drying times.</p><p>I love the effect!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:19:33 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/26/barry-m-nail-paint-346-magnetic-sparkle-red/beautyArmani Eyes To Kill In Shade 20 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/25/armani-eyes-kill-shade-20/<p>This eyeshadow is one of my favourite night time colours. It's quite strong in pigmentation and definitely a no go area for the "nude" lovers.</p><p>Shade 20 is the typical&#160;peacock&#160;colour. You definitely get greens, blues and blacks together with interesting combination of the three. However, think of this eyeshadow as a black with peacock accents. Black is definitely the main colour and the rest are seen through the black but ut it seems that with mine I see more blue than green.</p><p>The finish is slightly shimmery with some sparkles so it's ideal for party time! Watch out for any fallout with this one.</p><p>Armani's Eyes To Kill are a perfect cross between powder, cream and mouse shadows so they are so easy to use and blend.</p><p>I love it and I think it's a great investment. They are more than £20 so you need to really like them. I got mine at the Duty Free for £18! I know, it was a total bargain :).</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 25 Nov 2012 17:26:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/25/armani-eyes-kill-shade-20/beautyFOTD- Thursday Drinks http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/16/fotd-thursday-drinks/<p>Yesterday I met up with a friend in central London to enjoy some drinks and a good old chatter!</p><p>I wanted a neat look that was sexy and pretty. I went for a near smokey eye with a very defined liner.&#160;</p><p>Products used</p><p><strong>FACE</strong></p><p>Giorgio Armani Luminous silk Foundation in shade 6.5</p><p><strong>EYES</strong></p><p>NYX Eyeshadow base ESB03</p><p>Sephora Jumbo liner 12hr wear in shade 05 Beige (on the inner half of the lid)</p><p>Second eyeshadow colour in the Sue Moxley shadow palette (see photo below) (on the outer half of the lid). The sparkles you see on the lid are thanks to this shadow</p><p>Third eyeshadows colour in the Sue Moxley shadow palette (see photo below) (on the outer V)</p><p>Inglot eyeliner gel in shade 77 (black matte)</p><p>KIKO Exotic Highlighter (gel highlighter) in shade 02 (on the tear duct area)</p><p>MAC Lingering Eyebrow pencil</p><p>MAC Brow Set in Beguile</p><p>Dior Diorshow Blackout Mascara</p><p><strong>CHEEKS</strong></p><p>MAC powder blush in Harmony (to contour)</p><p>Illamasqua Powder Blush in Expose (on the apples of the cheeks)</p><p><strong>LIPS</strong></p><p>MAC Nice N' Spice lip pencil</p><p>Loreal Color Riche Lipstick in shade 231</p><p>For the hair I decided to do a near pony tail but half way I decided on a half near half messy look and I eded with a messy bun.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:20:21 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/16/fotd-thursday-drinks/beautyGiorgio Armani Eyes To Kill In Shade 23 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/15/giorgio-armani-eyes-kill-23/<p>I'm a massive fan of Giorgio Armani's Eyes To Kill eyeshadows. They come in gorgeous colours and they last all night long even without a primer.</p><p>I love the creamy texture thanks to their cream / powder hybrid finish.&#160;</p><p>I know they are not cheap but they are worth it! Each pot contains 4g of product so with will have eyeshadow for a while.</p><p>The shade number 23 is an interesting one. It's like powder opal in a pot! It's a mixture of shimmery white, green and pink. You will not be able to pick one of the colours as they are too mixed together.</p><p>The idea is to swirl the brush on the pot and you get a lovely opal look on your lid. I love it.</p><p>Now, this shade is so hard to photograph and to get a clear picture on the colour. You will see below on the pot photos that the colour changes so much depending on the lighting. The idea is that you get the same effect on your lid.</p><p>I swatched it below too to give you some idea on what it looks like but on the photos you can only see the white colour. I guess the real beauty is appreciated in real life with this one.</p><p>This colour is ideal for a party look or for a lovely tear duct highlight.</p><p>I have about 8 of the Eyes To Kill eyeshadows. The Giorgio Armani counter is the first one I got to when I travel via Heathrow where I can get them a tiny bit cheaper.</p><p>If you like lovely shades and long lasting make-up then you need to go and check them out!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:11:39 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/15/giorgio-armani-eyes-kill-23/beautyElectric Orchid Pure Color Eyeshadow By Estee Lauder http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/14/electric-orchid-pure-color-eyeshadow-estee-lauder/<p>This was another Estee Lauder purchase I could not resist. You know me I obsess with purple. I probably have 50 purple eyeshadows and I always find something different on each one so I think they are deserve a slot in my collection. &#160;If I'm honest, I'm not sure you can see the difference between them once they are on the lid but hey, we all need to collect something, right?</p><p>This&#160;particular&#160;colour is called Electric Orchid. I cannot explain how pretty this colour is! It has a slight duo-chrome effect that goes from blue to pink.</p><p>The texture is like butter and the finish is a satin one.&#160;</p><p>On the pan the colour looks&#160;outrageously&#160;pretty and intense but when you swatch it you find that you need to pile it on heavily to get the same colour pay off. I guess this doesn't bother me too much because the colour you get is so pretty so I'm happy to compromise.</p><p>Fortunately, this colour is part of their regular eyeshadow collection and you can get it at any Estee Lauder counter or online <a href="Electric Orchid" title="http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Est%C3%A9e+Lauder+Pure+Color+Gel%C3%A9e+Powder+Eyeshadow/172000750,default,pd.html">here</a>.&#160;</p><p>The Estee Lauder single eyeshadows are £19 each. This might sound like a lot, I know! But you get a very good quality shadow that blends like a dream and stays on the lid for quite a bit. I think they are worth it!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:50:32 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/14/electric-orchid-pure-color-eyeshadow-estee-lauder/beautyLouise Young Brushes LY38A and LY38B http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/10/louise-young-brushes/<p>I've always been curious about Louise Young brushes. Everyone that had them claimed they were the best- excellent quality and super soft hair.</p><p>So, when I spotted them in Selfridges I had to try them. These two (LY38A and LY38B) were my main drive as I have very small eyes and when I do crease work I need a small brush to add definition.</p><p>They both feel luxurious and professional. The handle is very long which may be a pain for when travelling but the main point is the actual brush part itself. The hairs are so soft and very nicely shaped like a mini dome.&#160;</p><p>LY38A is a bit thicker and bigger than LY38B. I love them both and I find them so helpful for when adding some definition on the crease or for when I blend a cut crease.&#160;</p><p>I have washed them both and not a single hair came off!&#160;</p><p>For some comparison purposes I took some photos of them next to my MAC 226. The MAC brush is the most similar brush I have and something you guys can relate to more easily for the sake of the comparison.</p><p>You will see that the MAC brush is thicker and bigger than these two.&#160;</p><p>I absolutely love these brushes so much that I might even get some more of the same.&#160;</p><p>For me product application takes 50% credit for a look and with these brushes every crease work looks flawless and neat.&#160;</p><p>LY38A ia currently £16 and LY38B is £15. You can get it from Louise Young directly <a href="http://www.louiseyoungcosmetics.com/eyeshadow.php" title="Louise Young">here</a>.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 10 Nov 2012 15:48:12 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/10/louise-young-brushes/beautyRich Ground Fluidline Gel Eyeliner by MAC http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/07/rich-ground-fluid-line-mac/<p>I know that when it comes to gel liners people are either on the Bobbi Brown gel liner team or on the MAC gel liner team. If you ask me I'm on the MAC team. I have two of the Bobbi Brown gel liners and yes they are nice but I find the MAC Fluidlines glide better and last longer!</p><p>This Fluidline was a Duty Free purchase some time ago. I always love a bit of browny/ coppery tone for my everyday look. It's a more relaxed look than a strong black and it makes me feel pretty for some reason.</p><p>Rich Ground is a winner for me. It's a very rusty copper with some tiny hint of gold. I love it for this time of the year when we are transitioning onto Autumn. You can see close ups on the swatch photos below.</p><p>I love Fluidlines because they stay where I applied them. They are smudge proof and the colour stays exactly the same all day long. The colour does not fade at all.</p><p>If you are&#160;wondering&#160;yes, I do apply Fluidlines on the water line and I never ever had any problems. I find that MAC gel lines are softer and creamier than any other gel liner and I use a tiny liner brush to apply them. I take a bit and put it on my hand and then I close the pot as they are quite notorious for drying before you actually hit pan :(</p><p>I cannot recommend Fluidlines enough. You will definitely get what it claims to do- long lasting and smudge proof look!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:08:50 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/11/07/rich-ground-fluid-line-mac/beautyEstee Lauder Pure Color Pearlescent Luminizer http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/31/estee-lauder-pure-color-pearlescent-luminizer/<p>On a recent trip to Selfridges I purchased a few Estee Lauder shadows and foundations. Yes, I was on a "purchasing" mode and I think the selling lady could sniff that sweet scent my card has. She got me on a weak day!&#160;</p><p>She took me to the lipstick stand and I wasn't really&#160;convinced&#160;by any. I have so many new lipsticks and lipstick palettes (the MAC pro ones) so I didn't need any new one. And then she pulled out this strange looking one and she got me. It looked like nothing else I own and it promised some lip sparkles. I wanted it.&#160;</p><p>The lipstick I'm talking about is the Pearlescent Luminizer. But what is it? Well, it's like a glittery gloss in a lipstick form. It has very small pink and white particles that can transform your lipstick look. You can use it on top of other lipsticks or on it's own.</p><p>It has a very nice sweet scent too and it's not sticky at all. It lasts quite a bit on but when it starts fading you do get the glitters stuck on your lip on their own. It does not fade nicely I have to say.</p><p>I'm not fully&#160;convinced&#160;by it if honest. I think it might be a waste of money in the end. When you put it on top of a lipstick you do get a tiny bit of a frost which I don't like at all but it's nice when you use it on it's own. So I don't like 50% of it's purpose.&#160;</p><p>I think the idea and the concept is good but the actual product needs a bit more work.</p><p>I would NOT recommend this lipstick based on the fact that it does transform an existing lip look but not in a nice way and for just using it as a glittery gloss on it's own I think there are much better options out there that fade much nicer than this one!</p><p>Hope this helps.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:05:17 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/31/estee-lauder-pure-color-pearlescent-luminizer/beautyMiss Sporty Lipstick 207 Extreme Black - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/30/miss-sporty-lipstick-207-extreme-black-photos-swatches/<p>Tomorrow is Halloween!&#160;</p><p>I get so exited because it's the perfect excuse to create crazy make-up looks and be able to walk down the road with no problem!&#160;</p><p>I'm going to rock a crazy look which is like a very pretty ghost. think super white face, almond shape eyes with black liner and extreme red lipstick. See the inspiration photo below!</p><p>Back to the make-up talk. While looking some time ago at some affordable lipsticks in the drugstore I found a decent black lipstick!</p><p>It's by Miss Sporty and I found it in Superdrug.</p><p>It's super affordable and easy to wear. The pigmentation is not great but it will give you that extra touch to finish off your Halloween look.</p><p>The packaging is very basic and not very&#160;sophisticated&#160;but we all know that packaging is not all. At least that's what we should think in theory.</p><p>See the swatch below.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:20:44 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/30/miss-sporty-lipstick-207-extreme-black-photos-swatches/beautyFOTD- Sparky Eyelids http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/28/fotd-sparky-eyelids/<p>This was the look I went for on Friday evening. The plan was going to a pub in town with the girls like I do every Friday. It's a relaxed girly night but we all make and effort.&#160;</p><p>I used one of MAC's pressed pigments. For some reason when I saw them at the counter I did not think much of them. I was too carried away by the sculpting creams that the pigments were like a second thought and I then said no.</p><p>But funny enough, after the collection was way under way I started seeing videos and posts from other beauty junkies showing them and seriously they just looked too good to miss. I my first impression I had about them was a negative because they were marketed for the face (?) from what I remember. But they are GORGEOUS on the eyes.</p><p>They are PACKED with big reflects that do not blend. All the reflects in all the shades are silver/ white so be prepared to get a bling look with them. The shades are all in the brown family. I got 5 of them but I only tired the one I'm using here so far. I forgot I had them!</p><p>Products used</p><p><strong>FACE</strong></p><p>Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation (shades 5 &amp; 9 mixed) mixed with Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream for the face.</p><p>MAC Pro longwear concealer in shade NW15 under the eyes. This shade is a bit too light for me actually.</p><p>Illamasqua loose powder in shade 200</p><p><strong>EYES</strong></p><p>Painterly Paint Pot by MAC</p><p>Quarry e/s by MAC all over the lid</p><p>Espresso e/s by MAC on the crease only&#160;</p><p>Pressed pigment by MAC in shade Spot Lit on the lid only and mixed with Liquiset by Ben Nye (it's like a fixating mixing medium)</p><p>Maybelline gel liner in Brown on my top and lower lash line as well as for tight line.</p><p>Rimmel Sexy Curves Intense Black Mascara on my top lashes</p><p>Clinique lower lash mascara on my lower lashes</p><p>Espresso e/s to fill in the brows&#160;</p><p><strong>CHEEKS</strong></p><p>Dior Diorskin Nude bronzer in shade 05</p><p><strong>LIPS</strong></p><p>N7 nude lip liner to line my lips and to colour all over the lips</p><p>N7 lipstick in 55 Glace only on the centre of the lips</p><p><strong>MISC</strong></p><p>On my nails I had Barry M's Dusky Mauve which I reviewed on my last post.</p><p>My current favourite ring is like an&#160;eternity&#160;ring with all purple stones all around it. It's silver and the stones are Amethysts.&#160;</p><p>I also paired the look with sparkly earrings in the shades or organe and yellow</p><p>I'm not entirely sure the orange shadow suits me but it was nice wearing it knowing that my eyes would sparkly every time I blinked.&#160;</p><p>The lips lasted quite well and I'm loving using just lip liners mostly to colour the lips at the moment.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:29:15 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/28/fotd-sparky-eyelids/beautyNOTD - Barry M 313 Dusky Mauve http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/26/notd-barry-m-313-dusky-mauve/<p>Every Sunday is my "nail day". I open my two drawers full of nail polishes and I see what tickles my fancy.</p><p>There's never a pattern for my choice I just go with the mood of the day.</p><p>This week I got a bit more into the Autumn mood and I was influenced by all the make-up trends for this season so I picked up a darker colour. My pick was Barry M's Dusky Mauve (313).&#160;</p><p>It's a very&#160;unique&#160;colour&#160;although&#160;I believe it was a dupe for a Chanel polish. It's a purple with grey and taupe base. The colour can look flat but when you start turning it and different lights hit it you see all the purple shimmer. I love it.</p><p>It applies very nicely and I only used 2 coats to get the results you see below.</p><p>I find Barry M's polishes (or nail paints as they call them) to last ok but to make sure I could enjoy it a bit longer I add my favourite top coat by Sally Hansen called Insta-Dri. This top coat not only helps the polish stay in place all week but also it dries it completely after 30 seconds you apply it. So handy.</p><p>You can find Barry M in Superdrug and it's only about the £4 mark.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 26 Oct 2012 08:42:24 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/26/notd-barry-m-313-dusky-mauve/beautyIllamasqua Under Eye Concealers- Swatches + Review http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/24/illamasqua-under-eye-concealers-swatches-thought/<p>Some time ago I went crazy and I did some shopping online at the Illamasqua online shop.</p><p>I bought a huge bunch of things. They were on sale and I thought it would be a good opportunity to try lots of their cult products.</p><p>Among the loads of things I bought I order two Under-Eye Concealers in shades UC 200 and UC 320 as I wanted to get a Summer and a Winter colourand then mix them the rest of the year. I always do that.&#160;</p><p>I don't understand the Illamasqua colour code but I can tell these are more yellow toned than pink or peach. But surprisingly enough these work ok on my minor dark under eye patches but if you have very dark circles then the UC colour range might not be good for you as it will look too ashy.</p><p>I have to be honest with you and admit that I don't like this product that much. <br />It's a very strange consistency. It's very oily but at the same time thick and hard to blend.<br /><br />Let's start with the application. I tried everything and I find my fingers are the best as it helps me with the application and blending at the same time. I need the warmth of my fingers to move the product.</p><p>The consistency is very strange. <br />It's a bang in the middle of studio Sculpt by MAC and Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer. You will see on the swatches that it's very oily and thick at the same time. As it has so much oil it tends to separate and then when you try to blend it you are only left with an oily suface and the colour is not there any more.</p><p>I love the Bobbi Brown concealer because it's very easy to blend. Well, these Illamasqua ones are not. They can cake up very easily and I find they never set! Even if I powder- they start moving within hours and they end up in my small wrinkles around my eyes. Not a very sexy look.</p><p>I really had high hopes for this one but I'm afraid I will not be repurchasing these again and I would not recommend them.</p><p>I will of course use them but it will be a case of lets use them up quickly for everyday looks but I will not use them when I need to look flawless.</p><p>Hope this helps!</p><p>X</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:16:28 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/24/illamasqua-under-eye-concealers-swatches-thought/beautyKIKO Eyeshadow In Shade 227 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/22/kiko-eyeshadow-shade-227/<p>This was another of the Water Eyeshadows from KIKO I picked up from Berlin.</p><p>This colour is what I call "base" colour. It's a shimmering cream/ champagne/ white with a pink duo chrome. You couldn't really define an eye with it but it's ideal for giving the lid a bit of light or to give a spark on the tear duct area.</p><p>It was a very difficult eyeshadow to photograph. It's hard to show you the pink shade it offers depending on the light.</p><p>I find that all Water Eyeshadows are consistent in texture so this one as well is super soft and easy to blend.</p><p>They are not very expensive (around £8) and they are very easy to use. I recommend them.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:30:59 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/22/kiko-eyeshadow-shade-227/beautyCyber Teal - Pure Color Eyeshadow By Estee Lauder http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/19/cyber-teal-pure-color-eyeshadow-estee-lauder/<p>This is another of the eyeshadows I bought from the Estee Lauder counter. It's called Pure Color 06 Cyber Teal (Cyber Metallic).</p><p>My friend&#160;convinced&#160;me to take this one. She loved it but I wasn't that&#160;convinced. Not because it's not a pretty colour- it's gorgeous but because I don't tend to wear too many teals. I got it anyway :).</p><p>So, I came back home and really started playing with it I was so happy I got it.</p><p>It is indeed very pretty. It has some silver which keeps on popping up depending on what light hits it. It also has like a mossy tone mixed with teal. You can see the swatches below.</p><p>The texture is super soft like butter and it's a dream to blend. I would combine this eyeshadow with browns, blacks or even burgundy colours.</p><p>It was £19 and you can get it <a href="http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Est%C3%A9e+Lauder+Pure+Color+Gel%C3%A9e+Powder+Eyeshadow/161954205,default,pd.html" title="Estee Lauder Cyber Teal">here</a>.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:47:55 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/19/cyber-teal-pure-color-eyeshadow-estee-lauder/beautyP2 Brown Lipstick in 041 Ocean Drive http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/17/p2-lipstick-041-ocean-drive/<p>This was a very unusual purchase. Not everyone will be a fan of it and not everyone will be able to properly rock it. I know.</p><p>However, if you had a look at say Vogue Magazine showing all the Winter collections you will have noticed that ALL the models in the editorials had very dark burgundy/ brown lipsticks.</p><p>It's a trend- I know and the fun of it is that we just take elements that suit us.&#160;</p><p>I wasn't going to spend a lot of money on a colour that I might wear a few times so I thought this drugstore P2 lipstick in Ocean Drive was a winner! I don't understand the name- ocean? For a dark brown? Never mind.</p><p>The pigmentation is insane and it's very hydrating. The finish is satin so it gives a more fashionable look rather than a matte goth.&#160;</p><p>The way I use this colour is all over the lip but then I add a warmer tone in the centre (a gold or a warm brown) so that it looks less harsh. Also, I pair it with a warm eye look using soft warm browns, yellow toned oranges and coppers. It's like a bronze look. I think that helps me look a bit more glam rather than goth. I also like to pile up on the bronzer a bit because this colour on my lip really makes me look pale. For now I can rock this but maybe deep down in winter I will have to go for a much cooler version of this look.</p><p>Ocean Drive by P2 was quite inexpensive at about 3 Euros in Germany. We cannot get this brand here in the UK but I'm pretty sure Revlon or L'oreal will do similar colours.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:59:09 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/17/p2-lipstick-041-ocean-drive/beautyFOTD & OOTD- Keeping It Safe http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/15/fotd-ootd-keeping-it-safe/<p>This is the look I was rocking on Friday night. I had a friend's birthday drinks and we went to a pub.</p><p>I didn't have a lot of time to think of what the make-up look I would go for so I decided to play it safe and safe for me means purple!</p><p>I cannot explain to you how comfortable and confident I am when it comes to purple whatever regarding make-up. Probably everything apart from lipstick if I'm honest.</p><p>to my surprise for the outfit I went all back. This is VERY unusual. I never wear all black. I think I did it because the&#160;leggings&#160;have these leather details that are the focus of the look.</p><p>List of&#160;products&#160;used</p><p><strong>FACE</strong></p><p>Benefit Porefessional primer</p><p>Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Make-up (mixed with Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour Intense Face Cream)</p><p>Illamasqua Loose Powder (on my T zone)</p><p><strong>EYES</strong></p><p>Two Faced Eyeshadow Insurance (primer)</p><p>Vanilla and Naked Lunch eyeshadows by Mac ( all over the lid)</p><p>Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac eyeshadow (outer corner)</p><p>Kryolan orange eyeshadow (on the crease to give some warmth to the look)</p><p>Paris Atelier gel liner- Deep purple</p><p>Estee Lauder purple mascara</p><p>Espresso eyeshadow from Mac (on my brows)</p><p><strong>CHEEKS</strong></p><p>Taupe blush by Mac (to contour)</p><p>Dior Nude Bronzer in shade 05</p><p><strong>LIPS</strong></p><p>Nice N' Spice lip liner by Mac</p><p>Soft brown lipstick by clinique (can't see the real name or number)</p><p><strong>OUTFIT</strong></p><p>Nylon&#160;leggings&#160;with leather patches (from a local boutique)</p><p>Black T</p><p>Black cardi (from Dorothy Perkins)</p><p>Black boots (from Marks and Spencers)</p><p>I didn't have time to style my hair so I went al natural. This is how my hair waves naturally.&#160;</p><p>The make-up lasted all night long and the outfit was very confortable and cosy.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:07:31 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/15/fotd-ootd-keeping-it-safe/beautyCyber Lilac- Pure Color Eyeshadow By Estee Lauder http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/12/cyber-lilac-pure-color-eyeshadow-estee-lauder/<p>Cyber Lilac is probably my favourite from the Estee Lauder Pure Color eyeshadows.</p><p>The colour is very unique. It's a&#160;metallic deep purple with blue and silver undertones and it has tiny silver particles. It really help my brown/ hazel eye colour stand out and it would look incredible on someone with green or blue eyes.&#160;</p><p>The texture is super soft- like butter. It blends really nicely on it's own or mixed with other products. It's long lasting too even on my lash line.</p><p>I have the impression this colour is on the permanent collection so no rush to go and get it.</p><p>I strongly recommend this eyeshadow if you are looking for an interesting and trend setting colour. Apparently purple will be THE winter colour so this one is just the perfect option!</p><p>Once more Estee Lauder never disappoints with their eyeshadows. They are fabulous.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:14:37 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/12/cyber-lilac-pure-color-eyeshadow-estee-lauder/beautyDIY- Lip Gloss Holder Using Magazine Clippings http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/11/diy-lip-gloss-holder/<p>For me a horrible rainy day means crafting! I absolutely love crafting and DIY things, especially when it involves magazine clippings, glue and glitter!</p><p>I was sorting my papers to be recycled and I couldn't just put Stylist Magazine in the recycling bin without flicking through the pages to see if I can save some image for my real (as opposed to Pinterest) "inspiration" folder.&#160;</p><p>I saw the "Make your Mark" article and bannnggg! I thought of a lip gloss holder!</p><p>It's super easy to make and it looks super pretty and unique.</p><p><strong>What you need:</strong></p><p>-A lovely magazine article (mine has all lip stick marks all over the place)</p><p>-A&#160;cardboard&#160;box</p><p>-Scissors</p><p>-Glue stick</p><p>-Mod Podge (to seal your work)</p><p>-Glitter or other decoration bits you fancy</p><p><strong>Here are the super simple steps:</strong></p><p>1- Tidy up the&#160;cardboard&#160;box if you need to. I made mine a bit shorter.</p><p>2- Cut your design a bit more than you need. I folded part of the article on the inside of the box for a neater look.</p><p>3- Apply glue all over the paper design. If you are using liquid glue make sure you use the paper one otherwise your design will wrinkle and will not look nice.</p><p>4- Stick the design covering all the box and fold it where&#160;necessary. Make sure you have clean edges and try to be as neat as possible.</p><p>5- Once you are happy with the design apply Mod podge all over. I used a cosmetic latex sponge and I applied only one coat.</p><p>6- When the Mod podge was tacky I added some transparent glitter. It will give it a special touch that is only&#160;noticeable&#160;when the light hits it.&#160;</p><p>You are done!!!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p><p>PS: I added a bit of bubble warp inside to give more hight to the lip glosses.</p><p><strong>You like?</strong></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:01:31 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/11/diy-lip-gloss-holder/Kryolan Eyeshadow Trio - Review + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/11/kryolan-eyeshadow-trio/<p>I'm a huge fan of theatre make-up! I think my dream job would be to work in a theatre of film production.</p><p>But at the moment I'm doing a lot of fashion and music make-up jobs as well as weddings and editorials. Maybe one day...</p><p>So, whenever I get my hands on some Kryolan make-up I always feel I'm a bit closer to my dream. At least that's the feeling.</p><p>Kryolan is a cult brand that has it's origins in the great Berlin theatre of the 20's and 30's. It specialises on theatre make-up but recently they have expanded their niche to add fashion and beauty. They also have their own lab and they create every single product they sell. They never discontinue products and you can order colours that were used in operas from 20 years ago!&#160;</p><p>To be honest I think EVERY make-up artist regardless of their niche will always carry some Kryolan in their kit. It's a FACT!&#160;</p><p>They are also linked to Illamasqua in a way I'm not sure I understand fully. But I think they are something like sister companies.</p><p>On a recent visit to Berlin I went to their flagship store. It was like going to Mecca. Everything was so nicely displayed and the girls there were super nice and very friendly. Needless to say they were very&#160;knowledgeable&#160;too. I think I swatched the entire shop and I spent a small fortune.</p><p>This is the first thing I'll show you because I love it!</p><p>These eyeshadows are sold separately in their pots or they can be put in palettes like this one.</p><p>I cannot really tell you the colours. I tried to pop them out but I can see the eyeshadows are breaking and I don't want to damage them.</p><p>The first colour is a true purple. It reminds me to MUFE 92 (which I also have). They are very similar. This one is matte in finish. As all matte colours it can look a bit chalky but this one blends beautifully. I love it.</p><p>The second colour is a duo chrome that flashes pink, blue and purple. It's similar to Stars N' Rockets by MAC but this one is more purple. It's less pigmented than the other two but it's supposed to be like a light highlight.&#160;</p><p>The third colour is my favourite. It's such a unique colour. It's a super rich red brick colour with a strong red shimmer. This eyeshadow is like butter. It blends SO nicely.&#160;</p><p>You can see the three swatched below.&#160;</p><p>Kryolan's eyeshadows are very good and they are not expensive! Great for your personal make-up bag or for your kit. The only thing I should say is that they do smell of talc. It's strong on the pan but you do not get that smell on your eye.</p><p>I love using them all together: the light purple on 2/3 of the lid, the deep purple on the outer corner and crease and then a pop of colour with the red on the centre of the lid.</p><p>Have a look at the swatches below.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:09:09 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/11/kryolan-eyeshadow-trio/beautyCyber Pink- Pure Color Eyeshadows by Estee Lauder http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/10/cyber-pink-vivid-shine-eyeshadows-estee-lauder/<p>I have to admit I was mesmerised by the entire recent Vivid Shine Eyeshadow Collection by Estee Lauder.</p><p>There were about 12ish eyeshadows! However, I came back home with only 4 :).</p><p>The first one I grabbed was 02 Cyber Pink. I know it's a bit strange as I don't gravitate towards pinks but this one is a very pretty one.&#160;</p><p>It's a soft mixture of baby and chewing gum pink with some shimmer white/silver undertone. Does that make any sense?&#160;</p><p>It also changes quite a bit depending on the light. Sometimes it looks more pink and sometimes more silver.&#160;</p><p>I would probably use it mainly on the tear duct area or as a base colour on my lid. I wouldn't work as a face highlighter as it has little chunks of the silver colour when you do big and long swatches.&#160;</p><p>I terms of texture this eyeshadow is like butter! Mega soft and it's VERY blendable.</p><p>&#160;If you can get hold of this one- grab it! you won't regret it.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:08:52 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/10/cyber-pink-vivid-shine-eyeshadows-estee-lauder/LIPMIX In Orange By MAC http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/09/lipmix-orange-mac/<p>If you love Lisa Eldridge like me then I'm sure you watch all her videos on her YouTube chanel.&#160;</p><p>She recently invited a lady called Charlotte Tilbury. She was the MUA who did Kate Moss on the cover of Vogue magazine recently where she's rocking a mega bright orangy red. Charlotte recreated the look for us.</p><p>On the video Charlotte used MAC's LIPMIX in Orange for the lips. I knew I had to have it really badly!</p><p>I got mine at the Pro Store in London but I'm not sure this is a Pro product. It might be.&#160;</p><p>The LIPMIXs look like not much judging by their packaging but we are talking about mega pigmentation here. It's like a solid or more compact Lip Tar by OCC if you like.&#160;</p><p>You need to really squeeze the tube to get some product out and when you get two tiny dots out and you think it's not enough -you're wrong. This is so concentrated like nothing I've seen before. The swatches blow will show you my point.</p><p>I love this lip product. It's super&#160;versatile&#160;and if you have a few colours then you can mix them up to create new shades. MAC sells the main primary colours to mix too so you can start from there but they also sell crazy colours like this one as well as pinks among others.</p><p>As for durability this LIPMIX is very long lasting to my surprise. It has a little bit of a heavy feel on the lips but if you blend it onto the lips well then if feels a bit softer.</p><p>If you are wondering how the LIPMIXs compare to the Lip Tars the LIPMIXs are more solid and compact and a tiny bit more concentrated I would say. The lip tars are more liquid. With both you need a TINY amount and they both blend really nicely with other things.&#160;</p><p>I would suggest you use a lip brush to use this product to get some&#160;precision&#160;and to avoid finger stains.&#160;</p><p>I'm in love with this product :) and I think my next one will definitely be the shade Crimson- a bright red with blue undertones.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:40:55 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/09/lipmix-orange-mac/KIKO Water Eyeshadow In Shade 225 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/05/kiko-eyeshadow-shade-225/<p>The only word I can utter to describe this colour is WOW! Did you see the main photo? It's mesmerising.</p><p>This is another of the KIKO Water Eyeshadows I picked up while in Berlin.&#160;</p><p>The colour is what instantly attracted me to this shadow. It's such an intense blue and&#160;turquoise with a very pretty&#160;purple undertone. Very unique actually.</p><p>I would use it on it's own with killer lashes or I would use it for a smoky eye mixed with lots of other colours and blacks.&#160;</p><p>It's super soft, consistent and it blends like a dream. You can use it dry or for even more intensity you can use them wet as KIKO suggests.</p><p>You get a lot of product here with a pan full of 5,5 gram of eyeshadow.&#160;</p><p>I love it! :)</p><p>You can get it online for £8.90<a href="http://www.kikocosmetics.com/eshop/uk/product/-/productdetail/water-eyeshadow/KM00312001/150/0" title="Water Eyeshadow"> here</a>.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:14:40 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/05/kiko-eyeshadow-shade-225/Mattene Lipsticks By MAC- Review + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/03/mattene-lipsticks-mac-review-swatches/<p>It's been a long time since I was so equally exited about 3 lipsticks from a MAC limited edition collection. <br />So, when I spotted them in the counter I had to get them right there without hesitation!</p><p>There are 5 shades in the collection but I decided to go for just 3.</p><p><strong>Delectable</strong><br />It's a natural nude with some warm undertones. Funny enough it does not make my teeth look yellow. It's ideal for day wear or to pair it up with a strong black smokey eye for a super sexy look alla Kardashian.</p><p><strong>Fashion Nomad</strong><br />This one is my favourite! It's a strong orange with some warm undertones. I would use it with a soft eye look because this colour needs to be the star of the look. It deserves that status.</p><p><strong>Eden Rouge</strong><br />I love this one too. It's an excellent vintage red with blue undertones.&#160;</p><p>The other two that I didn't get are a very pale pink and a brick red one. These two colours do not look flattering on me at all.&#160;</p><p>As for the 3 that came back home with me, I love them! They are easy to wear and they cover really well. <br />You do not need to pile on the lipstick to get colour just glide the bullet and that's it. They are very creamy- like butter.&#160;</p><p>They are described as semi matte and yes, they are! It's like the perfect balance I think.&#160;</p><p>They last very well on the lips and they fade in a nice way.</p><p>You can still get them online for £14&#160;<a href="http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/168/1581/Products/Lips/Lipstick/Mattene-Lipstick/index.tmpl" title="Mettene Lipstick">here</a>.&#160;</p><p>Close ups as lip swatches below! Enjoy.&#160;</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:03:49 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/03/mattene-lipsticks-mac-review-swatches/KIKO Water Eyeshadow In Shade 222 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/01/kiko-eyeshadow-shade-222/<p>Let's get started with the KIKO Water Eyeshadows review series by looking first at shade 222.</p><p>First off, I love the eyeshadow shape! It's such a unique embossing although it kind of reminds me of the eyeshadows that came out no long ago with the "In Extra Dimension" collection by MAC. See my photos <a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/07/mac-haul-in-extra-dimension/" title="In Extra Dimension">here</a>.&#160;</p><p>Moving onto the details, I &#160;think this is such a pretty colour. <br />I wouldn't say it's the easiest colour to wear (we have to be honest) but that doesn't mean you cannot use it on a regular basis. I think this kind of purple/pink shade really helps my eye colour show up a bit more. It brings all the yellow undertones of my brown/hazel eyes to light and I like that! It will also look fab on green or blue eyes.&#160;</p><p>I would describe the colour as a blue purple with strong hints of pink. It reminds me of Stars N' Rockets eyeshadow by MAC but I like this one better because it has more of a blue tone. I find Stars N' Rockets more pink thank purple or blue under certain lights.<br /><br />It's a duo chrome eyeshadow let's say. I think that's the best way to describe it. I would pair it with nearly anything but mainly with purples, blues or even chocolate browns. It all depends on how you blend them together.</p><p>The texture is super soft and it's very easy to blend with minimal effort.&#160;</p><p>As I said on the preview, KIKO is very generous and they give you 5,5 grams of product which is nearly like a MAC blush which is 6 grams!</p><p>I love using it and playing around to find which other eyeshadows I can pair it with.</p><p>I remember it was quite inexpensive like 4 Euros in Berlin but you can get them here in the UK for £8.90 online or in stores.&#160;<a href="http://www.kikocosmetics.com/eshop/uk/product/-/productdetail/water-eyeshadow/KM00312001/150/0" title="Kiko Water Eyeshadows">Link</a>.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:10:32 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/01/kiko-eyeshadow-shade-222/Preview - New KIKO Eyeshadows http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/01/preview-new-kiko-eyeshadows/<p>I grabbed these new beauties by KIKO when I was in Berlin.</p><p>You don't need to go to Germany to get them. You can go and check out the KIKO store in&#160;Westfield&#160;as I'm sure they will have them there too.&#160;</p><p>They are extremely soft, pigmented and super fun to wear. The texture is a mixture of cream and powder and they can be used dry or wet for better pigmentation although you don't need to do this as they are super strong in colour.</p><p>I will be showing them one by one and I will show you some swatches.&#160;</p><p>Stay tuned!</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:59:04 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/01/preview-new-kiko-eyeshadows/KIKO All Over Light Eyeshadows in 05 & 06 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/01/kiko-all-over-light-eyeshadows-05-06/<p>Happy Monday!</p><p>My way to approach a rainy Monday is to rock a nice and relaxed make-up. Not too much not too little.</p><p>So, this morning I decided to pick up my latest KIKO addition from my trip to Berlin. These were in a separate sales box at only 2 or 3 Euros each! That, my friends, makes me like them even more.</p><p>They are All Over Light shadows which means that they are super shimmery.</p><p>The shade 05 is a very pretty shimmery gold with some tiny copper undertones. Under certain lights it looks like rose gold even. Such a pretty colour for all over the lid, as&#160;tear duct&#160;highlight or for under the brow bone.</p><p>The shade 06 is what I call antique rose. It's like a pastel pink with lots of shimmer. Under certain lights it looks like a mixture of silver and pink. Very unique. This shade can be used as tear duct highlight, to add on the crease for a bit of&#160;definition or you can do a nice wash on the lid. It is on the cooler side.</p><p>Both shades are very consistent in texture and feel. They are both like butter! They blend like a dream and they mix with each other very well too.</p><p>KIKO is also very generous with the sizes. Each shadow is 5,5 grams! That is a lor of eyeshadow if you think that you get 6 grams with a MAC blush.</p><p>I honestly love these shadows. I wish I had more.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 01 Oct 2012 11:27:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/10/01/kiko-all-over-light-eyeshadows-05-06/Show Orchid Lipstick by MAC - Photos + Swatch http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/30/Impassioned-lipstick-mac-photos-swatch/<p>Hi ladies,</p><p>I recently did a back to MAC at the Pro store and I picked up Show Orchid lipstick.</p><p>I'm not sure what I was thinking as I don't normally go for pinks let alone near neon pinks. However, there was something about this lipstick that I just couldn't resist. I swatched lots of others but I decided this was the one I should go for.</p><p>Show Orchid is such a statement colour! It's so strong and it covers very well. The finish is amplified so it means lots of pigmentation.&#160;It's a complex colour with hints of pink, magenta, blue and purple.&#160;See the swatch blow.</p><p>It wears really nicely and it lasts a long time on my lips. I has that lovely MAC lipstick scent to it.</p><p>You can make it look a bit toned down by just dotting it or by smudging it with your fingers.</p><p>I love using it full on with relaxed eye looks or just on its own with only mascara on my eyes.</p><p>I know I'm a peachy/ orange lipstick kind of girl but Show Orchid is now up there with my top 10 lipsticks! That's how much I like it.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:03:55 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/30/Impassioned-lipstick-mac-photos-swatch/NOTD- P2 Artful http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/26/notd-p2-artful/<p>Hi ladies,</p><p>Yesterday, I spent nearly all day with my friend Ines. She came home and we were both working on our laptops.<br />It worked all fine for a good 3 hours but then as predicted we started on the girly talk and inevitably we ended up doing our nails.&#160;<br /><br />I polished mine and filed them. I didn't apply any nail polish as I'm having a day or two off from having them painted.<br />However, we picked up a super bright green for Ines. It's a polished I picked up while in Berlin. It's like a green with a dash of&#160;turquoise. It's very pretty!</p><p>&#160;It's called 620 Artful by a drugstore brand called P2.</p><p>We were very impressed! One coat was enough but we wanted a strong effect so we went for two. And to finish it off I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat. I adore this stuff! It dries the polish in like 30 seconds and it leaves a glossy finish that looks so pro.</p><p>XXX</p><p>Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:49:03 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/26/notd-p2-artful/MUA Lipstick Shade 1 - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/20/mua-lipstick-shade-1-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Happy Thursday! Just one day to go and we are on the weekend. Yey!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I think a lot of you will love this lipstick. It's so easy to wear and anyone will be able to use it very comfortably. Even the not very&nbsp;adventurous&nbsp;with make-up.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a <b>MUA Lipstick </b>in <b>Shade 1</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a2df7815b9dadb712816dfba98da92ce.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="544" src="/s/blogger/64b299e7bbc61ad3bde1e40da9d7e24d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatch</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/76232805fe4fe2d33d25b95bf9fe7d07.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/e9d4e58f7755c7045973952146823896.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Packaging</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Very simple and practical with the colour representation at the bottom. The representation is actually quite a good match I have to say.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Colour</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a very sheer rosy red. I think a lot might be intimidated by the colour of the bullet. But you need to judge this one by the swatch instead. It could be like the colour of your lips but better. It could even look like a tint depending on your lip pigmentation.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Finish</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's like a super soft sheer/ satin finish. VERY wearable and for the day as well as night.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Misc</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">The scent is not that great but it's not bad either.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Also I would say this is a really good lipstick! It's hard to come by a really good and effective sheer lipstick.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Price</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">£1 - yes ONE pound! Cheaper than a bus ride.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:31:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/20/mua-lipstick-shade-1-photos-swatches/beautyNo7 Stay Perfect Foundation - Before & After http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/19/no7-stay-perfect-foundation-before-after/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">If you are a beauty junkie like me you will probably be exited and I'm sure you will have high hopes for the new revolutionary technology that N7 developed and released recently called <b>Match Made Service</b>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">They came up with this gadget that takes 100s of photos of your bare skin to then match your colour with one of their foundations. They have foundations for oily, mature and normal skin as well as other million ones and they have different finished and textures such as matte, natural, radiance, lift and luminate, etc. You can spend an entire afternoon swatching and testing them!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/42d6f5e07456308b4cdbb80638d38dfa.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/c2df761633400028dafc85024045e662.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />But I'm afraid it wasn't all rosy for me. The colour match basically did not match me at all!<br />They took a sample of my cheeks (both sides) and they matched me to one of the colours in the pinky Ivory family. Me, Ivory? No way. I did however test it and took a tiny bit and put it on my face and it was a definite NO!<br /><br />So, as usual I had to go with my instincts and I matched me with Warm Beige. I believe it's a good match for this time of the year for me. The lady also checked with the gadget and she confirmed that it was one of he tones up according to my match.<br /><br />So, disappointment aside I wanted to try and feel this foundation.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a5b00d82b2b85cd26c7e3271f31ad80a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/6e5d908a7de3cc40d51cad63a152e24a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/957bbde0b14f54ce284839ef7a80b76d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/9ef8340191ba8af0f356d52a6ebffafe.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Ready for the real me? Ta dah...<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Before</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ea83d34852edddd029d6d673f8b4abca.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="514" src="/s/blogger/bb56cbcb4883459a6bf98b9d14ad1ae1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Yes! This is me and my raw beauty!<br />I have normal to combination skin but sometimes I get dry patches. Lovely.<br /><br />Also, (I'm sure you noticed) and have mayor hyperpigmentation issues mainly on my forehead and a bit around my eyes. This was ALL caused by sun damage. Horrible.<br /><br />I'm getting it treated at Sk:n Clinic and I have high hopes for the treatment. I have 5 sessions to go and lots of treatment cream to apply yet. I should do a post on this!<br /><br />I also notice that with my camera shows more imperfections than in real life.<br />It's so unforgiving and I'm sure the human eye can't see a lot of the tiny details.<br /><div><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>After</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7e544c09973ed38d7b398998b210c205.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/e151f49f7f8951f4ea52fc3951a63be1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;">So, I applied some of the foundation now with my hands as I normally do with new foundations to get a good feel.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;">You will notice that I look a tiny bit grey or ashy. I find that this foundation mixes better with your skin tone if you give it a few minutes. You will see also on the last photos that it's a good colour match.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;">I would say it has a medium coverage, especially if you apply it with your hands. Of course it does not cover my hyperpigmentation on my forehead but it does a fairly good job nearly everywhere else.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;">The finish is very natural. It's similar to my skin.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;">It also has a nice pleasant scent that reminds me of moisturisers.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/05ec553fbe073eac7f55ed3c0667185e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/f7694a977ca4358d0fe5035e8eb6be1a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9a3d9e3756535a678e540a5e90cb7846.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/fbba680041050527bb80d001f152acae.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">So, do I like the N7 Stay Perfect Foundation?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Yes, I do</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fadfd0fb63a925073da982b34b5092c1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5df1769fc3959c3e0e12cf48ced9030b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It's not my favourite if honest and I'm not sure I would repurchase it.<br />I have way too many foundations and I can think of better options than this one. However, I would totally recommend you go and try it and get the feel. It is a nice foundation!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>The extras</b></div><br />&nbsp;So, as I was getting ready for the day I might as well show you the <b>FOTD </b>:).<br /><br />Let's start with the hair. Last night I had a go at rag curls. It consists of getting your hair around "rags". You end up with your hair in strips of rags that look like all bows around your hair. I used a clean old T-shirt which I cut into strips. It was fun and comfortable to sleep on.<br /><br />The&nbsp;result&nbsp;is a bouncy 40's or even 50's wave if you brush it all out like me. I love the result but I had to do a lot of combing after I took the photo to get rid of the freeze. Also a bit of pomade was super helpful!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/369869b289040dda13c1562196b46dce.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/f8c0c4333eae33b43db0cdc25b580058.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ebe7627947b1b5f43a2ea4eebe7530e2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/f40a934f4f785dacca1f6673bd8f0e75.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And I applied some minimal make-up (as I'm working from home today).<br />You can see now how the foundation set and it looks ok.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cf5fc6b81e0a629b5096487804760178.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/65b2734ab439c68a9f465b7dba00fcf8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/823fbe22fe53ff2490ba92b2d2e8d8f1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/8f812f0ed6a9a7902f9196e1b8e2e48e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope this was helpful if you are considering purchasing this foundation.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:48:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/19/no7-stay-perfect-foundation-before-after/beautyMAC PRO SCULPTING CREAMS - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/18/mac-pro-sculpting-creams-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So, while in Berlin I took advantage of the less&nbsp;crowded&nbsp;MAC stores and I swatched the entire <b>Pro Sculpting Cream</b>&nbsp;range. The actual limited edition collection is called <b>Face and body</b>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">In this collection they offer smaller bottles of Face and Body foundations, pressed pigments (which I didn't like at all as they were pure chunky glitter), some&nbsp;gimmicky&nbsp;brushes and a&nbsp;selection&nbsp;of 6 sculpting creams. I only picked up 4 of the creams.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a0d63001d54f1c238350c4fd8c16f7d8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/04469f5c92e5f5ee3fe16d0e33d95e72.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I left behind the palest and the darkest. The pale one was like white almost and the darkest was a strange dark and I have similar shades on my Bobbi Brown palette.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/14d6e2d6db5a67acb21897aa5a6918d1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/08e18e66f0125b6ec1af312c821f742f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />In light to dark order:<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Naturally Defined</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">I would say it's more on the pink side but it has a tiny bit of yellow too but not too much.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/61c714be58d39f95cf8f65f3e24ad763.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/f85b5fea58d69e59efb41b9402ca69c4.jpg" width="636" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f076f85e4474a5a20e17bc688187c4b0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="516" src="/s/blogger/d50d389e6eab64285a14f2d021ffe227.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Pure Sculpture</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">It's a light brown with a neutral tone. &nbsp;But looking at it in natural light I cannot say it has more pink or more yellow. But it definitely has more red undertones than say grey.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1a97a5e0ae56420f5742a7681cc64f8a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/b8f9d2be2687604e72697b8ff7b59c28.jpg" width="616" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1a800db5a98b2dc4ea32aba8842b49a8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="600" src="/s/blogger/9b90f23ce779a849e92466cd60227cef.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Coffee Walnut</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">This colour intrigued me the most!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">It's a medium tone brown with some grey undertones.</div><div style="text-align: center;">This one is probably the best one for shading and contouring.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0a47dd028f08acb8b9bbd4592774ec75.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="564" src="/s/blogger/e45b900c698f6db156a479cec605c7c3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a2365a4d7e5f6abbde9075c37afe9dac.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/53a4e16836c071b725eb3f3cd4b4b1a1.jpg" width="612" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Copper Beech</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">This one is a very warm brown with clear red undertones.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6b697d0dddfbd5e8094efbf0ef1f236d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="510" src="/s/blogger/69a1d69f37c9bc4e6616524b57372f56.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/aa972b827d9726cff2b4715f86cf9cdc.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="566" src="/s/blogger/7a17fd64835f3be7300d644bfbf5de7b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatches</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Natural light</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/96a7a41fc1d8aa78debc26419b76eeb9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="468" src="/s/blogger/e13faf2875c8f9c7c39356537373d871.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">L-R: Naturally Defined, Pure Sculpture, coffee Walnut and Copper Beech&nbsp;</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">With soft flash</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/33cd986f8ab572a14b55925474902567.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="494" src="/s/blogger/d4a0d9b0086872c0a1a608c5c234a353.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">L-R: Naturally Defined, Pure Sculpture, coffee Walnut and Copper Beech&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">All in all these 4 creams are quite consistent in terms of feel and texture. Maybe Naturally Defined (the palest of this lot) is the most streaky one but the other three are very creamy.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Don't like:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">As for the shading and sculpting&nbsp;properties. I'm not&nbsp;entirely&nbsp;sure if totally honest. When I think of shading and creating contour =&nbsp;dimensions I think grey undertones rather than red and most of these have clear red undertones.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I haven't had the chance yet to test these on all skin tones but I don't see Pure Sculpture creating much for a dimension. It's too pink!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Like:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I love the fact that they are so blendable and you don't get hard lines. The blending requires very little effort.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I also like that they are the size of the blushes so I can fit them on a blush palette! But be careful- these are creams so if you apply the heat method for depotting it will be messy and it will all melt if you heat it too much!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>To take into account:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">They are quite oily and they will look quite sheer when you bled it. They are not matte so if you are after a non shiny look then be prepared to powder.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope this was helpful!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:18:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/18/mac-pro-sculpting-creams-photos-swatches/beautyMiss Sporty Lipstick 121 Big love - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/17/miss-sporty-lipstick-121-big-love-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope you are having a nice start of the week!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">We are getting in a very&nbsp;Autumnal feel so I thought this lipstick could be a good option for that transition looks.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This is a very affordable lipstick by <b>Miss Sporty</b> and the colour is <b>121 Big Love</b>.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/79ffe523e73b9983b1bc8e8745873082.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="572" src="/s/blogger/f96c19624855b1be7fc16c1e602890e4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /><b>Swatch</b><br /><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9d47a4035d9c8f52cee273b80bcc15e7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/eea5f08e77d168cc8f9941f94df96196.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Packaging</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It feels quite cheap if honest and it's very basic. However, we all learnt (I hope) by now that packaging is not all and that we should pay attention to the product instead.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Colour</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">This one&nbsp;deceives&nbsp;you a bit. You think that by looking at the bullet that it's a deep rose/brown colour and that it will be very pigmented. Well, it's not. It's actually quite sheer. The base is that rose/brown colour but it has a nice (80's retro) pearl shimmer to it too. It might not be for very pale ladies but it will be a must for darker sink tones.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Finish</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a mixture really. It's a bit satin with some shimmer. No glitter though.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Misc</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">I like the smell. Kind of like cucumber.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Price</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">£2.59. <a href="http://www.miss-sporty.co.uk/">Link</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:46:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/17/miss-sporty-lipstick-121-big-love-photos-swatches/beautyPowersurge Eye Khol By MAC http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/15/powersurge-eye-khol-by-mac/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I haven't been exited about an eyeliner in a long time. But there was always one liner that I wanted to get and it was always sold out. It's even sold out on the UK website at the moment!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's the one and only <b>Powersurge Eye Kohl by MAC</b>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I managed to get it at Heathrow on my way to Berlin. Previously I tried 3 different MAC stores and had no luck.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I cannot be happier :)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7ac8cd5ad3016444a38b990a24a7ef16.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/2be8902409bb5664ae9318fc353933b2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I can see now why people fall in love with it. It's quite unique.<br />It's an interesting brown, gold, mauve and pearly colour that works so well on the waterline as well as on the lid.<br /><br />It has a soft and waxy texture so there is no pulling or tugging.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f800b915e5a3db6f96b94d15d0666b0e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="478" src="/s/blogger/f41d5d584e7381d08240d9a6d952f797.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I used it on a friend yesterday for the first time and she was in love too.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It just gave her a really nice and romantic luminosity on the lower lash line that lifted the look completely.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It lasted quite well on her but it is not a waterproof liner. I applied a tiny bit of Woodwinked and Patina mixed together to set it and it looked lovely.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I would recommend this product because it's just too pretty to miss. But be warned- it's a hard one to find!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:14:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/15/powersurge-eye-khol-by-mac/beautyRUBY WOO BY MAC - Photos + Lip Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/12/ruby-woo-by-mac-photos-lip-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I've always been obsessed with red lipstick. I love them.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I can't get enough of them.<br /><br />I know that because of my olive / Latin&nbsp;American&nbsp;skin tone orange reds suit me best but I still manage to rock the blue toned reds too.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So, I decided recently that my red lipstick collection had to grow and I decided to get a few of the MAC red staples! Why not? I know they will receive a lot of love.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The first one on the list was without a doubt <b>Ruby Woo.</b>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br />Ruby Woo is the ultimate red lipstick. It's the one I instantly associate with vintage looks.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">You say 1940s and I have Ruby Woo in my mind.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3ace106978edaf719ad34177855c7f29.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/6f0ee94f12c251bf1c7632576cdc1afa.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's on the blue red family. It will definitely help your teeth look whiter.</div><div style="text-align: left;">The pigmentation on the bullet is quite intense and that is what you get when you apply it. Intensity!<br /><br />It's a matte lipstick so make sure you prep your lips first otherwise it will catch on any dry bits on your lips. Also, it can be drying.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8e1f79ba498fb7e2fc485978705983f5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="498" src="/s/blogger/b61350ef89dadb498fafb686c5d020c5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="/s/blogger/04a771961cf1e6657cf64f3a75f43a25.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="472" src="/s/blogger/c6c1ee9fa24552b70ddf92c07edc660b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />When you use Ruby Woo you can definitely remember that you are using lipstick. It's a bit heavy feeling but it makes me feel sexy and done up especially knowing that I'm using a red lipstick!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f192be5a76a64145cbccf1137c316320.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="504" src="/s/blogger/fc3f40fcddd73f492e1293ab383629fc.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e478e161c75e575f414441e278bd0114.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="406" src="/s/blogger/5bee26fe8068a0cbd745df6b1743ea7c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I cannot recommend this colour enough.<br /><br />If you are looking for a good, pigmented, stylish, retro, long lasting and sexy then look no further. This is the lipstick for you.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>What is your favourite MAC red lipstick?</b><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:17:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/12/ruby-woo-by-mac-photos-lip-swatches/beautyBerlin Haul Preview http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/10/berlin-haul-preview/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">When I was in Berlin I did a lot of tours and I learnt a lot about the city and it's culture and it's history. That was the main aim of the visit. But...of course I had to do a bit of shopping!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">First stop was the duty free of course and then the local shops and drugstores. I went a bit crazy.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Here are some preview photos!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">MAC, YSL &amp; ARMANI</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0f2d89429127f3381e8714327d0bf0e8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="404" src="/s/blogger/b522be2deb4d4b9b5366f3e623fa2083.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">N7, KIKO &amp; VICTORIA'S SECRETS</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/50b6c3cc3b5301f44d4eed356b9fb8b8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="392" src="/s/blogger/7f183cd1d0894aad8c864cba2d547387.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">P2, ESSENCE, CATRICE, MAYBELLINE</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/60dd52132332948223555a6712b009dd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="614" src="/s/blogger/e22569b1fd47efe47683512ab0a2f64f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">KRYOLAN</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/10b6b93942f010e0e601d250ddfd4d2f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="292" src="/s/blogger/b4cf25c6c0edee96fb077b55f75c88c3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm aiming to photograph and swatch everything for this blog so stay tuned :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I can't wait to play with all these products.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Speak soon.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:11:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/10/berlin-haul-preview/beautyBERLIN http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/09/berlin/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />I was in Berlin all last week.<br /><br />I met my dad who was actually travelling from Russian to come an meet me.<br />He was then going back home in Buenos Aires.<br /><br />I decided to have a go at some street and landscape photography. These are some of the photos I took.<br /><br />I also did A LOT (and I mean it) of make-up shopping. More of that to come later this week.<br /><br />I hope you enjoy the photos! :)<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7080f60ea2a0a8ba4bd08e5ceaf1b0e9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/40c229ba4ad55dda0456120cbe0e54a2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/dfb7a39ba2046d49c761c674bca74b1d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/2ea255ae9cca9725a28b06139336b391.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/27232a9efb6068a75e73cad4611c73b0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/3926a79d05f9c3c85b30094c4059b449.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/74807ca1da65de82eeaed5d131cd4910.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/12d0084288d4dadabc21435c670ce31e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/21f6ae067a5f7110c173ff0f4f453579.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/74350d83d813d9a199ca801aad94f39c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/47fe93345187b0fba3af9a61cbb4c0aa.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/9463f44a4f98b3eb7b9329b99059ae98.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c116a14d6613402d888efe9bdfd07ca1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/9cbf6d6faa4de9b7673237e02e6f3797.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/78b93c6eba6a18f72eec71c648fd886d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/ac6eb400e9672934eea7649d33150ee1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6cfb284c55618e976b607ce1161aacb4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/844ef7852d899add557847843624e771.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/17682f69029887a866b6db9dc0d1a310.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/0d0a591bc75d9efa68d09f9b11cf9aa9.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c7f39f24e5bc76456d7edd05a232fc7f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/c793e72f1f2b3a920146b7f651b16915.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 09 Sep 2012 18:58:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/09/berlin/beautyBeauty UK Lipstick 12 Chelsea - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/02/beauty-uk-lipstick-12-chelsea-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So, another lipstick swatch. This one is a lipstick by <b>Beauty UK in 12 Chelsea</b>.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/44f8063b5d2dbc5d7b6e702fc037ba8a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="562" src="/s/blogger/c77fba03d9c269f45249bc41de9e64b0.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatch</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/037ef0a8e4eac90bd718d66b4973c607.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/00715718a25431f963a9717a10c48650.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Packaging</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Very simple, basic and practical with the colour representation at the bottom. This one is a nearly spot on representation.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Colour</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">This one is a momma nude! Very nude. It has some beige and some pink but it's a pale nude.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Finish</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's satin/glossy. But I find it a bit streaky so not good if you have chapped lips.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Misc</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It smells of chocolate and mint.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>You will like it if</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">You like Darling by Gosh or Creme D Nude by MAC</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Price</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">£3.49</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX<br /><br />Mercedes</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 02 Sep 2012 10:16:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/09/02/beauty-uk-lipstick-12-chelsea-photos-swatches/beautyAnother Day In The Office - MUA Work http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/30/another-day-in-the-office-mua-work/<p><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This was a photoshoot for a series. The idea was tribes. We did like 6 looks but only a few mad it to the selection which will be published in an online mag in October. More on that to come soon. Can't say a thing for now.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This particular one is "inspired" by Pocahontas and in the end we decided to leave it out from the series. I love them&nbsp;nonetheless&nbsp;and I'm proud of my work :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'll let the photos speak for themselves.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/63af2261a49d599222cc8ebdc152c1e2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/888b06f5706a664565f162f626f7179b.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/61aa320a6475f27ededd8cd548db5012.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/e5e74050fbd4a6d3a14cbe9290c077f5.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cf857a60621a80b6c2d7eebdc782120d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/28376c32a2027e53038ffd4f8458cf86.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/627f069b4edf6941107e4b129ec0665c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/087f63a2f0707402d2a8eb2c11a36192.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a779a0db6047c10728059ad31d22eb25.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/0be23626b68f6fdf36c2c32bbaba55b4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Vy (the model) is blessed with near perfect skin. So I only used MAC Face and Body on the skin with a touch of concealer here and there.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Then I used my airbrush system to do the actual line over the eyes. I taped the eye area and I used Fardel liquid make-up in violet.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">For the liner I used Maybelline's gel liner (which I love!).</div><div style="text-align: left;">I used clear gel here but not sure you can see it much.<br /><br />If you want to see most of my MUA work go to my MUA website <a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/">here</a>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope you like it! :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Let me know what you think.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:34:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/30/another-day-in-the-office-mua-work/beautyBeauty UK Lipstick 5 Sunset - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/28/beauty-uk-lipstick-5-sunset-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hello ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So today I have another lipstick swatch for you. I still have a few to go actually so there will be more of these.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Today it's the <b>Beauty UK Lipstick in shade 5 Sunset</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ba812593eb7a94d63bdedc531b1f4c97.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="560" src="/s/blogger/d7546a222ce1db1362369d6fed76cfdc.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b><b>Swatch&nbsp;</b><br /><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/38fbe6950370ccb20cbd95f1724dd2c2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/2c6f65ead35083f5ec264b821b21a4f1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Packaging</b><br />Very simple, practical, sturdy and with the colour "representation" at the bottom for easy spotting.<br /><br /><b>Colour</b><br />This is so up my street! It's a lovely girly coral with the right amount of pink and coral however I would say it's more in the pink side.<br /><br /><b>Finish</b><br />It's semi mat. But it's quite smooth and not drying.<br /><br /><b>Misc</b><br />It smells of chocolate and mint<br /><b><br /></b><b>Price</b><br />£3.49. Bargain for that colour pay off.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:05:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/28/beauty-uk-lipstick-5-sunset-photos-swatches/beautyChanel Illusion D' Ombre 88 Abstraction - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/24/chanel-illusion-d-ombre-88-abstraction-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">When I bought the Chanel Illusion D' Ombre in 89 Vision- the gold one - (photos and swatches <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/chanel-illusion-d-ombre-89-vision.html">here</a>) I could not resist this one either.&nbsp;It's the pinky/goldy one called <b>88 Abstraction</b>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/bb1b33924c7a24c17cebdbbd2bbec6ee.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/174ba4120dfb01a7290c334a206465e2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It's the same packaging as all the other ones in this line and it has the same texture and consistency.<br />It's a mixture between a mousse, cream and as I say souffle :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/616a52f30444f9e2b0e54e8d1fbf90ae.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="384" src="/s/blogger/a1628e329914597ae759c8c512fb1ad2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f746b6cc05a8d69062e197b03cf91be0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="352" src="/s/blogger/ef123f74a3d92243fcedea852e6352dc.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/dfb787210de5fb0a17aab59f093d7374.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="350" src="/s/blogger/fa986b1fb57c52437fccced4823709a1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatch</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/176276f229def0706e689e9d7d568a6e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="416" src="/s/blogger/aa13e2fc25676870308ab065d6b33635.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/660af07187b470272ec448709881b4b6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="472" src="/s/blogger/70c71a3002a4ea65683edf410dc3dd52.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">My photos fail to show you the complete dimension of this colour. It's very pretty. It's a pink but it has some kind of gold undertone and definitely some tiny gold sparkles.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's not an easy one for me to use as anything pink will make me look as if I have the flu or something. I need to pair it with a warm colour on the crease and definitely something on the waterline. It's very hard to explain but this colour needs a bit more effort for me.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I love how it looks like a wash of colour just on the lid on other people. But unlike all the other Illusion D' Ombre I have this one is not one to be used on it's own. At least for me.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I also found that it was a bit harder to pick up with a brush. Trying with my fingers did nothing! So I find that a small brush does a better job.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This colour is also less pigmented than the other ones I have so the swatch that you see there is quite a heavy one. I probably swatched the brush two or three times to get that density of colour. Just so that you know.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I do not regret buying it at all but I do think you should be aware of all these things and make an informed decision if you want to splash £23!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This colour has been released recently but it will be part of the regular collection.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope it was a useful review :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:30:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/24/chanel-illusion-d-ombre-88-abstraction-photos-swatches/beautyMUA Lipstick Shade 9 - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/23/mua-lipstick-shade-9-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Another lipstick swatch for you. Today it's the <b>MUA Lipstick in Shade 9</b>.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d46b1398544259200a45c323feeca44c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="544" src="/s/blogger/80af330e92198a110e8ca95268e388cf.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatch</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9199469ff114e7c87b7f7dbae8c7318e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/9883d0a59c7d83ed3523261098156ecc.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Packaging</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Simple, cheap but practical. As with all the MUA lipstick I love that it has the colour representation at the bottom. Always handy when in a rush!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Colour</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">When I saw the bullet it really set me back in the early 80's when I was growing up. It's that retro colour that initially puts you off but once you swatch it and try it it's a winner!</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's very sheer but it will give you that hint of colour that is flattering to most. This one should be a must for ladies with darker skin tone.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a mixture of brown,&nbsp;Burgundy and silver and gold. Strange but it works.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Finish</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's kind of satin and shimmery</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You will like it if you like</div><div style="text-align: left;">Glosses and shimmery balms</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Misc</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">The smell is quite average. Nothing too fancy.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Price</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">£1!!!. Yes ONE pound :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:39:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/23/mua-lipstick-shade-9-photos-swatches/beautyChanel Illusion D' Ombre 89 Vision - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/21/chanel-illusion-d-ombre-89-vision-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This eyeshadow is one of those that I can look at for hours. It's just&nbsp;mesmerizing!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It looks like a small pot of gold with sparkles that I can take with me wherever I want and that will&nbsp;always&nbsp;make me happy and will make me look special.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This is the<b> Illusion D' Ombre by Chanel in the colour 89 Vision</b>. It was released not long ago but it will be part of the regular collection so no need to panic buy.&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6aeecc713183147273cd6bf281243f83.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/7eab0d1930e1fe2793e04f594589bdb4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The eyeshadow comes in the typical glass pot as all the other Illusion D' Ombre e/ss. There always something special about the Chanel logo. It makes me feel lush.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d9e9452dd1e192bdc7ee74f554c42c4e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="358" src="/s/blogger/2a096f705fe29e698bbd89ce0209653a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e0c47965dfa79c90eb50c7d9b317a3d5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="362" src="/s/blogger/60019a401ad925e3e11aaa83f471d830.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatches</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4acf57ee098c33e29968d2f2d2e5267a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="484" src="/s/blogger/f7e621270a91599b4ec06726f48dae8a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/354a8b0e4366f97a8e4cd2469b75d830.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="564" src="/s/blogger/dcc3b17ce944b744e95489c1e926f88c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">It is basically a shot of gold! You can pack it and get more colour or you can just dab it and get just a glitter effect.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The consistency is like a hybrid between a cream and a powder. They are not the easiest shadows to work with. Some days I find it easier to apply with my fingers but most of the times a small brush does a better job at picking it up and at distributing it on the lid.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You can see a FOTD of me wearing it<a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/fotd-ootd-glam-and-sexy-curls.html"> here</a>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">These eyeshadows are not cheap at £23 each! However, they are super pretty and will definitely make you feel special and make you happy while you wear them. At least they have that effect on me :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:09:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/21/chanel-illusion-d-ombre-89-vision-photos-swatches/beautyNOTD - OPI Hot & Spicy http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/20/notd-opi-hot-spicy/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I love to wear bright colours on my nails and <b>Hot &amp; Spicy by OPI</b> ticks all the boxes.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's bright, it's summery, it's girly and it has that "hello- look at my nails" type of effect.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It might not be for everyone but it's definitely a Mercedes colour :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f0a799acb1d6dd000992c3be2f823745.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="504" src="/s/blogger/da9806683cf2fe9d69d3c18c62cd5e96.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I would say this is a coral/ fluo colour. It's very bright! I love it for a dress down day or for a summery maxi dress and some&nbsp;turquoise&nbsp;accessories.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9a34040c551a3968fca7318b670af083.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="482" src="/s/blogger/e9861de6df1dfe1c003530641ca18d8d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I paired it with my go-to top coat by Rimmel. This top coat gives it that shiny finish that makes them look like done at the salon.<br /><br />I find that this combo lasts quite well and it fades in a nice way rather than chipping.<br /><br />The only bad thing I guess it that the OPI bottles are huge and it will take me a lot of time to get thought it if I ever do before it gets dry.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a79cc7ffc8e1a45fe0ea25fa5a5f0e09.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="488" src="/s/blogger/0d1ea372fe0edc96f585f7dbd824ffc5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:56:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/20/notd-opi-hot-spicy/beautyFOTD & OOTD- Sunny Friday http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/18/fotd-ootd-sunny-friday/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">If you were in London yesterday I'm sure you were a happy bunny!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It was sunny and it was hot.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I got super carried away with the Summer feel and I got my maxi dresses out and I decided to match it with a bright lip and nude eyes.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><u>So sorry about the image quality</u>. They are crappy because I was dashing out and I took them with my MAC camera. The built in one. Can't believe how bad it is. Never again.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>FOTD</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/edd2e1b805efeca06b6e086f4156d9e1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/6f08b07d5f0fedd8dc9ab3de5d1bd8c9.jpg" width="548" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5db6c12767a0c16e387379d0f2327055.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/0934063f5b53f8be2b2eabf5cd460628.jpg" width="612" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6368ab234b1704effe2296640c76c1f4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/c2f5b6d6d317bde0b04b4596a459ce97.jpg" width="602" /></a></div><br />Make-up<br />Face<br />Nars Sheerglow Foundation- love it in Summer<br />Diorskin Nude Tan bronzer. Review <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/diorskin-nude-tan-poudre-de-soleil-my.html">here</a><br />Style blush by Mac<br /><br />Eyes<br />Vanilla e/s all over the lid<br />A warm brown e/s on the crease<br />Avenue fluidline by Mac -to line and tight line my eyes<br />Magnetic lash mascara. Review <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/review-magnetic-lash-mascara.html">here</a><br /><br />Lips<br />Liquid Lipstick by Lush in Decisive on the corners and Power in the middle. This stuff does not move!<br /><br />Hair<br />I curled the end with my Remington Curling wand. Review <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-secret-to-my-sexy-curls.html">here</a>.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>OOTD</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e7203b15f26044f2a20426a9c8333ccb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/ea2f437ec1d2d7a73810959f4ca15966.jpg" width="392" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b9046689b32e347d1e213237929d0e2b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/db8be34763b778d54bb1fdac60f8f68d.jpg" width="414" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">A very summery maxi dress. I love it- it really hugs your body and you have to be clever with your underwear. I got it from a tiny boutique near where I live. The shoes (you can hardly see them) are from Zara.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Ps: Sorry again for the quality of the photos! Real shame...loved the make-up.</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 18 Aug 2012 15:36:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/18/fotd-ootd-sunny-friday/beautyMUA Lipstick Shade 2 - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/17/mua-lipstick-shade-2-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Happy Friday!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And we continue with the lipstick swatch marathon. Today we'll have a look at <b>MUA Lipstick in shade 2</b>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4500f74d7616308b6e3f73985eb24531.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="592" src="/s/blogger/d636cea6d35d1abccdadd4a69016366f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatch</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6c2ae887903ab34044b5a93991d7dac4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/b6b5cb81eb35808b0aef3af71da87f8f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Packaging</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's very basic in back but it has the colour "representation" at the bottom which is always neat and handy for quick&nbsp;spotting&nbsp;among your lipsticks.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Colour</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a super pretty plum pink with blue undertones. It's quite pigmented.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Finish</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">I would say it's a tiny bit on the satin side but not too much. And it's super creamy.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>You will like it if you like</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Plum Bright by MAC and Moroccan Rouge Lipstick by Tom Ford,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Misc</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It smells of lipstick but nothing really fancy or expensive.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Price</b>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">£1!!!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 17 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/17/mua-lipstick-shade-2-photos-swatches/beautyMiss Sporty Lipstick 202 Melody - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/14/miss-sporty-lipstick-202-melody-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Today the lipstick swatch will be for <b>Miss Sporty 202 Melody</b>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I think Miss Sporty is the most underestimated brands in Superdrug. Their stand is always in one corner and people do not tend to stop and look.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I wouldn't say that all their products are good. No! But there are some gems that are completely&nbsp;unnoticed even by beauty experts.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">As well as their lipsticks I really like Miss Sporty's clear brow gel. It's amazing and such a bargain! <a href="http://www.superdrug.com/eyes/miss-sporty-just-clear-mascara/invt/157716/&amp;bklist=">Link</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">But let's go to lipstick territory.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/84164a31d1ee7408a47ffc533729f517.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="516" src="/s/blogger/17b9c9800cc2797b5f6c4e531dc14e3f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatch&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/afff890cece2c5b2a6c4cd1b07dc6d89.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/86c74b8076426c56befc3b8b64fa8e49.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Packaging</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's very basic and very cheap blue plastic. However for some reason I find it quite retro and appealing. It seriously reminds me of my first lipsticks. That was longgggg time ago!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Colour</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's on the nude side and it's a very flattering medium beige/brown. For me this is either Summer or Winter colour.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Finish</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's on the satin side.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>You will like it if you like</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Pillow Talk by MAC (Naturally collection), Made to last by MAC (Pro Longwear),&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Misc</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It smells divine! It's like fresh cucumber. Love it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Price</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">£2.59.<a href="http://www.miss-sporty.co.uk/"> Link</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:48:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/14/miss-sporty-lipstick-202-melody-photos-swatches/beautyBeauty UK Lipstick- 10 Passion - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/13/beauty-uk-lipstick-10-passion-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The lipstick swatch marathon continues.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">This is another super lovely lippie by <b>Beauty UK called 10 Passion</b>.&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8503dfa92c35b6c23959a39987d8ccac.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="580" src="/s/blogger/1bd8b9fd62be988d59706bf1af11bc72.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatch</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4bd8fe8e3ece97fab870864f8586f735.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5d49b45a60072f7bf671dc21412f422d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Packaging</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's pretty basic but I love that it has the colour "representation" on the top so you can spot it among your million lipstick. Double points for that!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Colour</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">A very sexy deep pink with some plumy hint in it</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Finish</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's quite satin</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>You will like if</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Impassioned by MAC</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Misc</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">This lippie has a strong minty smell to it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Price</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">£3.49</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><br /></span></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:18:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/13/beauty-uk-lipstick-10-passion-photos-swatches/beautyBackstage Fun- Colour Blocking Shoot http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/11/backstage-fun-colour-blocking-shoot/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Just wanted to share some backstage snaps from a recent photo shoot. We used a super cool nursery with lots of stuff around us made by lovely children.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">The brief was colour blocking so we used super bright clothes and I matched the make-up.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">These are the backstage snaps so you won't see the finished looks yet :)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4964cf51e66f43448e32b976b01e2752.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/6e34645380b662834558794050a32857.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/418d1d877b5a90dc4b75a81440e176fd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="402" src="/s/blogger/ba902413749010f48bfe4bca8f7d957e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/12453b4e5eb4e496475c1400ecf11357.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/3a7f524f36ea09485e590f5556d7ab31.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/150fb2af116c7745e45975433da5e382.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/1224564b37c8a44194d7465539bb7fce.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a8449fc4d5fd97eb895934a7ca0905ba.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/4ddbc0998d53fa2448c9ba5681a9face.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9f8b3ee1153c8a5b3661b04f6587b131.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/d5c6eeffb2c88311ed69a52712f40aef.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1d43a3d6c01521692a26bb5730f2ff20.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/7bc14a79f63f17f008d0c93943c11304.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/af773edc1c1afdcb0deacfc6415b84d5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/9b620c2142f6d2de790379ee8998c130.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Can't wait to get the photos!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Happy Saturday people.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:05:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/11/backstage-fun-colour-blocking-shoot/beautyMUA Lipstick Shade 13 - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/10/mua-lipstick-shade-13-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Happy Friday!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">To continue with the lipstick swatch marathon today we'll have a look at the <b>MUA lipstick in shade 13</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/83752665ea74f8d9ac02b4f77fc3f634.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="578" src="/s/blogger/e6c7af541624ec4fe8f349935505564a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The MUA range (the normal and the pro one) are available at Superdrug here in the UK.<br />The products are super affordable and very good quality. I love their shadows in particular- the individual ones. They also come up with very decent palettes that are fabulous for beginners or even for MUAs.<br /><br />Another thing that stands out from the line is their lipsticks! I have nearly all of them and I will swatch them on this swatch marathon. Just stay tuned.<br /><br /><b>Shade 13- Swatch</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/53d47b4d3ddcfa60b526f03f8346a252.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/2cdbec99e5ec83e3f371675065669fa1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Packaging</b><br />It's ok. It's a very affordable line so the packaging is not really what stands out. It's very basic but I love that they still managed to add the colour representation at the bottom of the tube! Thumbs up for that.<br /><br /><b>Colour</b><br />It's a cool toned pink with very small blue undertone.<br /><br /><b>Finish</b><br />It's in between satin and shimmery.<br /><br /><b>You will like it if you like</b><br />Lustering by Mac, Rouge d' Armani Sheer in Plum 601, Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in 789 Bellisima, &nbsp;and if you like impassioned by MAC which is a bit more brighter than this.<br /><br /><b>Misc</b><br />The smell is nothing special. I guess as this is an affordable line they do not invest in lipstick sent.<br />It's relatively long lasting.<br /><br /><b>Price</b><br />£1. Yes ONE pound only.<br /><br />I would urge you right now to go an check them out. Yes, this line does not look or feel expensive/ luxurious but if you are a make-up lover you need to learn to go past the packaging and look at the product itself. These lipsticks are VERY good.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:18:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/10/mua-lipstick-shade-13-photos-swatches/beautyThe Secret to My Sexy Curls! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/09/the-secret-to-my-sexy-curls/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hello my lovelies!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I go through phases with my hair and recently I've been enjoying some sexy curls.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">My hair is naturally wavy/ curly to certain extent and I can manipulate it very easily to get any kind of curl. It's funny how when I was in my teens I use to&nbsp;straighten&nbsp;my hair even to go to the shops. I guess once you grow up you start appreciating what you have a bit more and you embrace what you were given.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e620c328397ff9b552ede993a207764c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/c19ec33f1abf42be9c2f965c2c612460.jpg" width="640" /></a><a href="/s/blogger/be8b823eb581bb187bf2d80504bf9c09.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div>My hair is kind of straight at the top and then I get waves from my ears down so I take advantage of that and I do not do anything to the top at all.<br /><br />I grab the bottom bits and I curl them with my favourite wand at the moment. I find that it gives me defined waves/ curls (depending on how I do it) and it gives me like a fresh look that I enjoy very much.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8cf073699c483e7943779fd5a3966921.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/6979fae3b00a00418db6965311034e87.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />As you can see the curls are very tight and defined. I love this look but of course you can brush them out a bit and make them a bit loose or into a big vintage wave.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8c334550facc5610b3d90486443407cf.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/b50300c600632064de243455cb7f088d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3661248bfe1d28402ff0eaf448d736e2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/641fe7793c667c512e236bb36ff1a9bb.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />One particular thing about the curling wand that I absolutely love is how it helps me with the first pieces of hair around my face. I LOVE how I can do that kind of sexy Charlies Angels kind of effect.<br />I curl them away from my face at a cheekbone level. I then spray it a bit so that it stays.<br /><br />There was a bit of a frizz action on the photo below but I then calmed it down with some hair serum. Amazing for geting all the flyaways and frizz out of the way.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a7d1e4687adef22dd45d4e95d85f0e65.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/6a5780b3cc8eb4bd4fc1176354b254e5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;">So....what's the mystery tool? It's just a simple, cheapy <b>Remington curling wand</b>!</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/08c42f52e065cc92cc89b879af01ae95.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/b90f8c39a16c7ef7bb9918c48f7ceab4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I turn it on and set it at 180 and then start curling. I put the want horizontally and start wapping my hair around it. It always looks horizontally. The only time when I put the wand on a vertical position is when I'm doing my (very long) bangs at the front of my face to achieve the 70's look.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I bought mine from Amazon for £17 but I can see it now at £19. Bargain anyway.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Link <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Remington-Pearl-CI95-Curling-Wand/dp/B003SWZOKI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1344267404&amp;sr=8-1">here</a>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What is your secret weapon for a sexy look?</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:40:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/09/the-secret-to-my-sexy-curls/beautyBeauty UK Lipstick- 14 Cupcake - Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/08/beauty-uk-lipstick-14-cupcake-photos-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So, here we go with the lipstick swatch marathon! These reviews are going to be short and to the point.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Let's start with this super pretty, girly,&nbsp;feminine&nbsp;and even sexy pastel pink.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">It's <b>Beauty UK Lipstick in 14 Cupcake</b>. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Beauty UK can be found mainly in Superdrug here in the UK.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/081ba6024af52402630c2032f6d25ee6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="468" src="/s/blogger/2a9be9582c4cca7355d8139e1e14a12e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatch</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8003c92b19510d9073fbcd6aa5057877.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/24da34768a54983be7bbc4612238c3cc.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Packaging</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's pretty basic but I love that it has the colour "representation" on the top so you can spot it among your million lipsticks. Double points for that!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Colour</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a super pastel pink with blue undertones. It's very pale!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Finish</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a pure mat finish.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>You will like it if</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">If you are a fan of Saint Germain by MAC or the really pinky Viva Glam by Gaga.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Misc</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Strangely enough for a lipstick it has a very strong mint scent to it</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Price</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">£3.49</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:59:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/08/beauty-uk-lipstick-14-cupcake-photos-swatches/beautyAFFORDABLE LIPSTICK GALORE http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/07/affordable-lipstick-galore/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hello ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I decided I will swatch all my lipsticks as I have quite a few. I think it will be very beneficial for people doing a bit of research before purchasing.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I will not swatch them on my lips as lipsticks really change their intensity depending on your lip pigmentation. It will be very&nbsp;deceiving&nbsp;and it might not give you the real colour if I do.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I have a lot of high end lipsticks which I use for my personal use and I recently bought some more affordable ones for my MUA kit. The fact that they are cheaper does not mean they are not good! No way.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So I decided to select my favourite ones and colours that I'm sure you will like and I will swatch them all and show them to you.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/977891aabbb695516fc1ce84f7f67018.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="384" src="/s/blogger/03f5193700b7f9cc63b4c8d0c40244bf.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b9cf9a007974203d8ccea44adc66886b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="496" src="/s/blogger/e1def99807ea50b3e71ad1dbf2b14790.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />These lipsticks are all under £4!!<br /><br />Stay tuned and I will start from tomorrow :)<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>Do you search for swatches of lipsticks before buying?&nbsp;</b><br /><br /><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:42:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/07/affordable-lipstick-galore/beautyREVIEW- MAGNETIC LASH MASCARA http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/06/review-magnetic-lash-mascara/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm sure you like me are in constant search of achieving the perfect lashes!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You want big and long lashes that do not move and do not bother you during the day. You don't want the fuss of false lashes and the glue and the tweezers job. You want a sexy look and you want it easy and quick.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Well, I think I found the solution and it's called <b>MAGNETIC LASH</b>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Magnetic Lash is the equivalent of an extension mascara- it's glamorous; it's volumising; it's conditioning and long lasting. Do you need anything else? I don't.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1a4d2c2fad90fc9ed7a269f5ca0eb0c3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="458" src="/s/blogger/57153923fb157a1d711544fe7b63e712.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ac7c073d2aed0884568be7de3c47183a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="425" src="/s/blogger/fada01a011c5289d5131aab4b21e85b0.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Basically Magnetic Lash is a 1-2-1 system&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Mascara - Fibres - Mascara</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d718b8ecf85746b11164d4961154b70d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/aac585f961ca548fb607ad7837df2388.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Let me show you <b>step by step</b> and then I'll let you know what I think exactly.<br /><br />0-Me al natural with no eyelash curling...Excuseeeeeeee my brows!!! They make me gag.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e741cb50950feb0aba1898b6fffbd11b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/b9344ce4f357b2e744c2399320870f25.jpg" width="443" /></a></div><br />1- Apply one good coat of Magnetic Lash Mascara. Make sure you wet every single lash.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/600b5b0d02741bf420a08b46d842a12d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="443" src="/s/blogger/8ba3ae668d50de22d079744812b8482e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d6988359219a70040d6aab16c653db95.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="443" src="/s/blogger/23c3c7c5ec6733c08137d78f16b19756.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">2-Apply the lash builder while the mascara is still wet. Make sure you coat them well as this is the magic ingredient.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d069f6944d1837fc2e04bef2810c6a5c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="/s/blogger/38b43c87e97a09d08f84dfaeb72b1ad4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">3- Apply another coat of Magnetic Lash mascara making sure you cover all the fibres. Work it from the root up.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8ff55b1477a0eb7fbf8f6b04d86e94d1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="586" src="/s/blogger/aa92b04c267c3ebfdd5615a8a8bc0434.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>RESULT</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">(Hello BIG lashes!)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e294157f31cef0889e7a8fdd89e99515.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="270" src="/s/blogger/53e740fff7dac6d17836cdbeca8214ba.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />You can see they are a bit spiky. I like this but if you like them more spread out then one tip will be to fan your lashes completely dry after the fibre coat. This way your top coat will go on much better and you can be more fierce with it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e4a005502c2e7712ff5a7e2730c3563d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="443" src="/s/blogger/0d6fb789d8ce9624544477441eed83e5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">So, do I like this product?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Ohh yesss! Are you joking? Can't you see the BIG lashes I'm rocking on the last photo above? :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This is just one pass. You can add another layer of the builder and then the mascara again but I find it goes all a bit too legy.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I found it very easy to use. Yes, you might have to carry two tubes around but it's better than lashes + glue+ tweezers.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">My lashes a sooo&nbsp;stubbornly&nbsp;straight and I did not curl them on purpose so that we can test the exact result. I'm impressed and in love.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The secret to Magnetic Lash is the combo of the magic mascara (which of course can be used on it's own) and the&nbsp;natural&nbsp;fibres.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You might be thinking how dangerous to add fibres to your lashes? Well these are natural fibres that will not damage your eyes in any direct way. You just touch the wet lashes with the lash builder wand and the tiny fibres just stick to the lash. In the eventuality that a fibre does get on your eyes then use eye wash and let your eye do the cleaning job itself. However, so far I never had this issue for now.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The magic fibres look like this:</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0152256fa63500fe24c92a7014074660.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/e4c9c1ba80f4bff0cdd1867111f679a2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/117244a9cac1a374f351f4b936036ebe.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/37c75feee3714aa9e3423ea14cadfa64.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5d675a5ef319359ccaceac1b742ba962.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="446" src="/s/blogger/d260f8da43b0111e3cc8640c0e8bd74e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I found this mascara system to be super smudge proof and very long lasting. It does not flake at all during the day and I can remove it with my make-up remover with no problem at all.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The fibre tube is much smaller than the actual mascara but you only need a few touches to build up the lashes so I don't see how I could finish the fibres before the mascara.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I have to be&nbsp;honest- I have not tried the fibres with other mascaras.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">They are supposed to work best when combined together. It's a matter of trying I guess.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Would I recommend this product?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">COMPLETELY!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I purchased mine at Santhilea for £24. Link&nbsp;<a href="http://santhilea.com/">here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>How do you achieve a false lash effect?&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:14:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/06/review-magnetic-lash-mascara/beautyFOTD & OOTD - Glam And Sexy Curls http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/04/fotd-ootd-glam-and-sexy-curls/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />I haven't done and <b>OOTD</b> and <b>FOTD</b> in ages! But yesterday I had plenty of time to have my hair done, get some pretty make-up on as well as getting a nice and comfy outfit together.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5d78bf5eab0e6a394856aa47d5556608.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/99b57e45458a6ec45618f28c2999c15e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>FACE</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/130925bb7c71bd37e193f4ae941a7d98.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/4a3738620b93965da46d3830909a94c4.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/65f08df64bcf46007a8c52e5798cc1db.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5ebdc0b05af9a3e2bd4283a4ed3ce520.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/42cdc8bfa10c2980cee5813d56f72b24.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/3dade3ed49eb563e25db5ece998d8f00.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a275eea44ae00d3869bff2eda9c22dfd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/1e66f8d40d0a30a1302df175641123a9.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><b>Products used:</b><br />-Porefessional primer by Benefit<br />-Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation. Review <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/review-illamasqua-rich-liquid.html">here</a><br />-Collection 2000 concealer<br />-Too Faced eyeshadow insurance (eye primer)<br />-Vanilla e/s by Mac (all over the lid)<br />-Quarry e/s by Mac (on the crease)<br />-Brun e/s by Mac (on the&nbsp;outer&nbsp;V)<br />-Illusion D'Ombre e/s by Chanel in 89 (Vision) (On the lid- it's the gold sparkles)<br />-Avenue gel liner by Mac (it's black with gold sparkles)<br />-Magnetic lash mascara (it's a mascara + natural fibres system) (review coming soon!) Link <a href="http://magnetic-lash.com/">here</a>.<br />-Lingering brow pencil by Mac<br />-Diorskin Nude Tan (to bronze my face)- Review <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/diorskin-nude-tan-poudre-de-soleil-my.html">here</a>.<br />-Prestige mineral bronzing powder in Glam tan 02 (on my cheeks)<br />-On the lips I later applied a gloss with gold sparkles.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>HAIR</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/964d37f68cf90dc042e716f941687b39.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/05824fbe664322917ad04b585b74992a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/195ad6ed49f98aee5113ed0fc62d1726.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5126023fc7e8fbe2b0f445fb310da784.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I went for big defined curls!</div><div style="text-align: center;">I love how my ombre hair stands out when I curl my hair.</div><br /><b>Products used:</b><br />-Shu Uemura Ample Angora -volume mousse (my new love!)<br />-Aussie Dual Personality Heat Protection<br />-Remington Curling wand (Review coming soon!)<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>OUTFIT</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/727c16311f1c252e400768e9946a0531.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/d20a22959a17516b128e134dec4e37f8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f54afad612c6c4f7f28013585f58c8ed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/224dad6228d53258fdf98cc06b5ec4d0.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b423d0412f14e9815d3558d231db197e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/032bb9d23a338c930289caecc65344ff.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">-Black T from H&amp;M</div><div style="text-align: center;">-Black silk&nbsp;sleeveless&nbsp;top by New Look</div><div style="text-align: center;">-Illimunati jeans. <a href="http://www.illuminatijeans.co.uk/store/">Link</a></div><div style="text-align: center;">-Shoes by Zara (about 3 years ago)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So this is the face and outfit of the day for yesterday! I had a date with my beloved. We went for drinks and then for dinner.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I was super comfortable all night long and the hair, glittery eyes and VERY long lashes made me feel super sexy and glamed up even though I was just wearing jeans.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 04 Aug 2012 14:08:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/04/fotd-ootd-glam-and-sexy-curls/beautyDiorskin Nude Tan Poudre De Soleil- My New Love http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/03/diorskin-nude-tan-poudre-de-soleil-my-new-love/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">HAPPY FRIDAY!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm so happy it's the end of the week. &nbsp;Shame the weather is not going to hold.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">However, the non-existent Summer here in the UK is not a&nbsp;deterrent&nbsp;for not&nbsp;splashing&nbsp;on a new bronzer. Oh no!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I have been eyeing this super lush Dior bronzer called <b>Diorskin Nude Tan</b> for some time. I took the advantage of a loyalty card at my local pharmacy and I went for it. It's not cheap but it's gorgeous!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e8b8902c9dec2ff3d7eb684cd8c51b16.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/90606303ceede3571ec72051f3f1f134.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Let's start with the packaging. I mean LOOK at this! So pretty.<br /><br />You get a kubuki brush with it too which is quite handy and they both come with their typical Dior dark blue velvet pouch.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5b6c9f9248dd5a9682b74be89d92816f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/b4b1c6182458f1078ded300ff7bf92d4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And then when you open the pouch you get a gorgeous solid case in silver. Not real silver of course.<br />The kubuki is actually quite dense which will give you an Oompa Loompa look if you are not careful.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3097be963068cf0868d0e505898d4c56.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/e1b8bcc67fdd9e49b66c355d2b0468f9.jpg" width="442" /></a></div>And then onto the bronzer itself! I can't stop looking at it. So pretty!<br />I went for shade Toffe 005 which is dark but you can take it down or up if you wished too.<br />There were two shades that were way too orange (I remember in particular 003) and the rest were ok in terms or oranginess.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/584797bcec4a323c9d7ada4c2a02d2c0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/30f85eb3f451774df231d4cba453456e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e2f071e1f98da6aa7850d1210feadc94.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5c86b1ebdf1a256788cf93cc7560ed43.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>It is a matte bronzer but you can definitely see some nice shimmer on the pan but I'm not sure you can see it on your face. I tried looking very closely and I couldn't really see it.<br /><br />I wouldn't contour with it- it's too warm and you will look dirty. I normally use a more taupe colour for that.<br /><br />I don't use the kubuki brush that comes with it. It's too dense and you pick up a lot of product with it.<br /><br />I find bronzer swatches so deceiving! It so depends on your skin tone on how a bronzer will look.<br />But you can see a FOTD of me wearing it <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/fotd-ootd-glam-and-sexy-curls.html">here</a>.<br /><br />As I said- this guy is not cheap! It's £34 so you really need to like it to purchase it. Link to HF <a href="http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Dior+Diorskin+Nude+Tan+Poudre+de+Soleil/168588819,default,pd.html">here</a>.<br /><br />I think my Chanel Tan De Soleil and this one are on top of the list for my favourite bronzers.<br /><br />I recommend it if you have the cash to spend.<br /><br />XX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>What is your favourite bronzer?</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 03 Aug 2012 12:36:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/03/diorskin-nude-tan-poudre-de-soleil-my-new-love/beautyTwo Pretty Glittery Nail Polishes http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/02/two-pretty-glittery-nail-polishes/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Looking at my nail polish collection I realised that I never showed you these two! How come?<br /><br />I normally buy China Glaze from Ebay and every time I get them I want more.<br />The quality is very good and they apply very easily. The bottle is very big so these will last me for eva!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2872a1485fdf8643232eb3d918f14e34.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="520" src="/s/blogger/13d3074ac8b549581f355e3fa9d05c47.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />These two were from a glittery collection which I cannot remember the name of at this precise moment.<br />The purple one is called <b>Marry a Millionaire</b> and the gold one is called <b>Blonde Bombshell</b>.<br /><br />Marry a Millionaire is a clear polish with purple glitter and tiny&nbsp;duo-chrome&nbsp;strips that go from gold to green.<br /><br />Blonde Bombshell is also a clear polish with different size gold glitter with also tiny strips that turn gold to a more bonzy colour.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4a498fee8ca07588c8eb2db432fbdf6c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/c48f7d65ecabd04285909d6f363d86e3.jpg" width="608" /></a></div><br />I photos above show you one of them off focus on purpose so that you see the exact glitter effect.<br /><br />They are super pretty. You can use them to give an accent to a ring nail or you can go crazy and paint all the nails.<br /><br />You get 1ml less than with OPI- 14ml. However this is a big bottle and I can see these drying before I can even think of using them all.<br /><br />I know that China Glaze is not easily accessible in the UK but if you manage to get hold of them you will enjoy them!<br /><br />I did a NOTD some time ago with Chinchilly by Essie and Marry a&nbsp;Millionaire&nbsp;on top. Have a look <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/notd-chinchilly-marry-millionaire.html">here</a>.<br /><br /><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 02 Aug 2012 12:17:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/02/two-pretty-glittery-nail-polishes/beautyReview: Illamasqua Cream Foundation - Swatches + Thoughts http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/01/review-illamasqua-cream-foundation-swatches-thoughts/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I am a huge fan of cream foundations. I find them so much easier to work with and I believe they blend better and sit on the skin much nicer.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So, when I had my moment of madness at Illamasqua I just could not resist their Cream Foundations on the sale.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8cd907f00bfb235caebe3bb8124bfa7c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/9d96bf034a0093b8d276fabc442895c2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I picked up two. Not entirely sure why. Maybe one for my kit and one for me? Maybe one was a bit more pink and the other a bit more yellow and I'm neutral with a bit of both? Don't ask. :)<br /><br />The packaging is the typical Illamasqua packaging: black and shinny plastic and it's in the typical Illamasqua shape.<br /><br />It looks big but you do not get a lot of product- just 8 grams. It comes with a handy big mirror and a square sponge that will be best to use it wet.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7ef392c24ac5b7171d2238685078b60d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/cb41ad20b5bd8de80dfb68d468fb1d53.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The coverage is medium I would say. You can build up but you will start looking cakey.<br />The finish is kind of satin. Definitely not mat but not glowy either.<br /><br />I normally apply it with a buffing brush. In this way I manage to pick up just the amount that I need and I can blend wherever I over do it.<br /><br />The lasting power is quite good but you will need a primer if you have oily skin. I have normal to combination skin and this foundation lasted a good 6 hours on me.<br /><br />As for the smell It's really funny but these two smell differently. One smells of cake and the other of plasticine.<br /><br />As for the colour range- you are always safe at Illamasqua. They cater for everyone!<br /><br /><b>Swatches:&nbsp;</b><br /><br />The light colour on the left is CF200. I was actually matched to this colour. My hands are a bit darker than my face at the moment.<br />The darker colour on the right is CF233. I chose this one for when I get a bit of a tan.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6849f36137e59a7d05f0689d198b5033.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="410" src="/s/blogger/131594512c8eebe3705ab80b5fbed3af.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d5f23e040f640dac31799b032da7fde6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="374" src="/s/blogger/979ae7ef9b92703cf24a58131327f2a6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So my final thoughts are that I like this foundation. Not sure this is the best cream foundation (nothing compares to my Colour Clone Hydropack by Helena Rubinstein) but it's a good one nevertheless.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I wish they gave you more product really and I find the packaging a bit&nbsp;deceiving.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It lasts long and I like the finish so yes- this one is a thumbs up for me.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Unfortunately this product is no longer on the sale but you can find it on their regular line <a href="http://www.illamasqua.com/shop/products/face-and-body/cf-200-cream-foundation">here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">hope this review was useful.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What cream foundation is your favourite? &nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:58:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/08/01/review-illamasqua-cream-foundation-swatches-thoughts/beautyElizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/30/elizabeth-arden-pure-finish-highlighter/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Another post another cheek product!<br />Ohh yes. You know me.<br /><br />I spotted this product in some YT videos. Some bloggers were sent some samples and of course they were showing them and swatching them and the entire line looks lovely but this product really had my name on it!<br /><br />It's the <b>Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter</b>. I believe it's a Summer 2012 limited edition.<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/902b4825eeb7c34b1660de545b9954ab.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/dd7e549d9d912b2a97da8f7ecf743de2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It's a highlighter for me but it could be a blush for very fair skin.<br /><br />The packaging is a metallic pink/gold-very girly, very summery, very&nbsp;feminine. I didn't expect any less from Elizabeth Arden.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7430fc3e32a223806c4608748ca3c668.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/a964c85732ca460f42d79e6acde4424f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And the outside packaging should give you an indication of what to find inside. It's a very fine and soft pink/gold compact powder. The gold is only visible when the light hits you and if you look at your cheeks from the front you are just left with a very soft pink. It's all very soft .<br /><br />I probably say this on all my cheek product posts but seriously this one is number one now in terms of prettiness! The colour is just so flattering. It's my number one&nbsp;obsession&nbsp;at the moment.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/effdc84181c58c9f79ed7822d228fe17.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/71cb1ba069fba121ec19aadd819cab01.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I am seriously considering getting another one of these considering it's a LE. This is how much I like it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I got it from FeelUnique and it was about £20.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Have you tried anything from this capsule collection?</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:45:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/30/elizabeth-arden-pure-finish-highlighter/beautyReview: Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation - Swatches + Thoughts http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/27/review-illamasqua-rich-liquid-foundation-swatches-thoughts/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Following my Illamasqua's series I want to show you swatches and tell you what I think about their <b>Rich Liquid Foundation</b>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Some time ago I got this foundation from a blog sale. The colour was not 100% right so when i saw that this range was on the sale I went for it!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1c1dde2d428c111bdd056681d66cfb40.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="498" src="/s/blogger/6df5a68f8af43f3e2172e8b49193d132.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Yes, I bought my colour and a very dark one. There are two reasons for this.<br /><br />1-The dark one will be a good asset for my MUA kit. It's hard to find a good dark foundation with gold undertones. Most have red undertones or are just wrong.<br /><br />2-I wanted to have a go at the Scott Barnes technique! Scott Barnes is the MUA responsible for the J Lo glow and a lot of Kim Kardashian's glam looks. &nbsp;It's basically using the same foundation product to paint crazy lines of contour and highlight on the face (you look so funny while doing this) and then you blend all together. It looks easy and quick but you really need to master this. I'm half way.<br />This is a photo of him doing his magic.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d94b7f1bc63ac2242e143aba56e5370e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/3fa9b5f39d83feb79b7c98f2a6a18219.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>So, they call it Rich and that is for a good reason. This foundation can look like concrete! No joke.<br />It's the most full coverage foundation I've worked with. Even more coverage than Estee Lauder's Maximum Cover and that says a lot.<br /><br />You have to learn how to work with this foundation. It's not an easy one. You can also use it as concealer and I promise you it will cover everything!<br /><br /><b>Swatches</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fa83d23d31a2670050ef1846a732b367.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="446" src="/s/blogger/03a85789901464f530d1b565ad232621.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b4c8d22b918922b661adc940327cbab6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="476" src="/s/blogger/e203cdec269414c9a1e9968be3c15242.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">With this little swatch I could do my face and neck easily. You need a tiny bit to get a good coverage.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">You can look way too cakey so the trick is to blend blend and ohh yes...blend!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I would say it's a bit on the oily side. Definitely not mat! I do set it with a little bit of powder. Remember that this is a full on foundation so if you are even going to top it with powder then you need to take into account that all adds up for the cakeyness.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It does last a long time on but I do use a primer anyway with this just because it's heavy and it tends to move a tiny bit. I'm not sure it's an every day foundation.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As a concealer I&nbsp;absolutely&nbsp;love it! One of my favourites. But again you need to blend blend blend!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I use a blending brush and a wet sponge to apply it.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">You end up with flawless skin a bit on the heavy side but I love that look for evenings. In my opinion it could be a bit too much for a day foundation but this is totally up to you and your preferences.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I would recommend this foundation but you have to realise it's way on the heavy side so if you are confident with blending foundation and working with full coverage then go for it. You won't regret it!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">XXX</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Do you like heavy foundations? Which one is your favourite?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:37:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/27/review-illamasqua-rich-liquid-foundation-swatches-thoughts/beautyRevlon Photoready Cream Blush In Flushed http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/26/revlon-photoready-cream-blush-in-flushed/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I spotted this bad boy some weeks ago and I had to have it!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The colour in the pan is insane and it looked like a good price for what you get.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm of course talking about a new Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Flushed.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d9ff148130866a0fba636803669a3615.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="476" src="/s/blogger/cd568367a57a85b5c40c9ed4db4a939c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It comes if a big plastic pot and you unscrew the lid to meet the product.<br />You will need to stick your fingers in it or you can use a brush.<br /><br />As scary as it looks it does not show THAT intense on the skin. It's actually quite sheer!<br />I feel it's a cream to powder formula and it's very easy to use. You can blend it quite well on the skin and you can add more colour if you need to.<br /><br />I also did a little experiment and I tried it on the lips but as it's like a powder when you apply it it looks nice but it does not last too long.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/98b924cb86df1812ec452c7749c7f9ac.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/ae0c3f39ee06b1e8bb45f1162e4d444a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5037da43bcc14002e9bba8efb4fdeb1d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="438" src="/s/blogger/3a0021380107fc606a48c866e891c302.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>I'm wearing it on the cheeks and the lips on this photo.<br />As you can see it's quite soft even though it looks scary on the pan.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">It's not really too much else I can say about this product. It's quite fuss free and easy to use.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I got this one from Superdrug and it was something like £7ish.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I can see on the US site that there are three colours Flushed (this one), pinched (a more neutral tan colour) and Coral reef (a coral colour) however I just saw two slots on the Revlon display so I think it's the coral one we have here.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You can actually see me showing and wearing this product on my recent video <a href="http://youtu.be/20XTon4UsFQ">here</a>. Just&nbsp;fast-forward&nbsp;to minute 13.31.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I actually like this product! it's not unique but I like it.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm now trying to get the coral one.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:10:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/26/revlon-photoready-cream-blush-in-flushed/beautyThe Perfect Sparkly Pink Summer Lip Combo http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/25/the-perfect-sparkly-pink-summer-lip-combo/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope you are enjoying the sun. I'm definitely getting a bit of a tan on my very pale legs!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">When it's sunny I get happier and when I get happier I think of sparkles.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I decided a day like today calls for one of my favourite lip combos.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e5bb6358662615f741a0d09972c6cd1c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/0b755b163f79c85d108701008ec66dea.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Yes, me wearing pink? The world is going mad! But for some reason this combo really works for me.<br />It's soft, girly, sparkly, sexy and pretty.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/18f3c5cfa1e0275721996af66b39490b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/6af064148d2963ede14eb326fa3a4407.jpg" width="442" /></a></div>&nbsp;So, wondering what it is?<br /><br />1-I start off with <b>Viva Glam Nicki by MAC</b>. I find this colour very hard to wear on myself. It looks fab on shoots on other people but for some reason it just not work on it own on me.<br />2-To get some lovely sparkles I top it up with a <b>Dazzle Lipstick in Glaringly Hip by MAC</b>&nbsp;(LE I think). Again this one is a hard one to wear. It's like pink glitter on a sheer peachy lipstick. I love to use it on top of other things.<br />3-And to give it a bit of a gloss I use a<b> Golden Gloss in 47 by YSL</b>. And yes, it's purple but you get really pretty duo-chrome glitter in pink, blue and purple.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b84966746771856442756f11e38ebffc.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="488" src="/s/blogger/9df45323b1ab9261a39b4fa07d7a8fe2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I also find that because I'm layering products it actually lasts longer. Of course the wear will be reduced if you eat or drink.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What do you think?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:52:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/25/the-perfect-sparkly-pink-summer-lip-combo/beautyReview: Illamasqua Powdered Metal In Bebhionn- Swatches + Thoughts http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/24/review-illamasqua-powdered-metal-in-bebhionn-swatches-thoughts/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hello ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">As you know I'm a terrible cheek product sucker! Big time!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I&nbsp;probably&nbsp;have around 50 blushes, 20 illuminators and about 15 bronzers. No joke.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So, on a recent trip to Illamasqua to check their sale I couldn't help picking up one of their Powdered Metals. To be precise I got the pinky/goldy one in the colour Bebhionn.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I have never tried this product before and I was intrigued.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">As I have a huge collection of similar products I was a good "clinical subject" to test this one out.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/64e155c31addf8dad264d39427cdabab.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5e6b0e0f3c0c264419b561761eba1ddf.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It comes in the the typical Illamasqua box and packaging.<br />The nice detail is that it comes with one of their powder puffs. The puff is quite good and handy actually. It's white with the hand band in black with their logo.<br />Once you open the product you could put the puff inside but you will be&nbsp;squeezing&nbsp;it a bit too much.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b08ab74b12520fcbc9f15bb14d678847.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/fa17e93b897c35f498d976e23fc51510.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The powder comes out from the typical powder&nbsp;dispenser&nbsp;with the sticker and the little holes. I never remove the entire sticker as I find that it gets super messy once the powder is free to move around.<br />2-3 holes are enough for me and I always tend to decant a bit of product on the lid.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e9b4a838a78ab16a4288898181c521e7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5f2d0c559a2f24efaa6194b3b7206739.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The powder itself is very finely milled. Super soft with a silky feeling to it. It's just so pretty I could spend an hour just looking at the powder!<br />You get 15gm of product here so seriously this should last you half of your life! As it's so fine you will need a tiny bit to get the gorgeous illuminating effect. Seriously.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c1ccd40474efd9a8f3fa5cea581e3617.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/88a46cb46f37338a579f58e490004918.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Swatch</b><br /><b><br /></b><br />It's a pinky/goldy colour which I find very flattering! It's an all rounder for people with very fair skin to the darkest of the ladies. I have more of an olive skin tone and it looks just divine on myself :).<br /><br />The swatch below is just a tiny amount blended on my hand. You can definitely top it up and make it more&nbsp;noticeable&nbsp;on your cheeks.<br /><br />On the pot you could probably see tiny tiny sparkles but that does not transfer at all on the skin. The result is a gorgeous and expensive looking shimmer.<br /><br />You could use this on the body too! Imagine how lovely would be on a summer night to get some of this shimmer on your collar bone or a bit on your arms and legs.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4f958fb4bcbb7b210a1fe8e0df2eaa9f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="392" src="/s/blogger/40f1ccd4c78d34334c5babe67f49fb12.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I absolutely love this product!</div><div style="text-align: left;">I recommend it to anyone who can have the patience to open the pot and decant a bit of product on the lit and the swirl the brush. Just make the effort- it's worth it!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This product is at a bargain sale price of £10 <a href="http://www.illamasqua.com/shop/products/sale-10-00/powdered-metals/bebhionn-powdered-metal">here</a>&nbsp;(it's normally £22.50)!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What is your favourite illuminator?&nbsp;</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:05:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/24/review-illamasqua-powdered-metal-in-bebhionn-swatches-thoughts/beautyReview: Illamasqua Light Liquid Foundation - Swatches + Thoughts http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/23/review-illamasqua-light-liquid-foundation-swatches-thoughts/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope you had a lovely weekend!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Some weeks ago I did a serious haul at Illamasqua. I love this brand and their products are very&nbsp;versatile&nbsp;and exiting.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm a huge fan of their face products so I decided to buy a few of the foundations (and other bits) during the Summer sale which is still on.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The week I will be reviewing most of the products I've got so stay tuned.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Let's start with their&nbsp;<b>Light Liquid Foundation</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a279963b9a5ebe8c0a9034a4576e51bf.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="614" src="/s/blogger/e1b2179a9f45a03b88203e2cceb63332.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The packaging is exactly the same as the Skin Base Foundation. You get the same amount and the same outlet. It's simple, fuss free and practical.<br /><br />I've been trying this foundation all last week to give it a good go before I could even consider witting about it. &nbsp;I used my Buffing brush by Real Techniques to apply it.<br /><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;">So let's see the swatches and then I tell you what I think:</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3760bb81f053ef934c86b7e6388d0ebe.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="544" src="/s/blogger/a549160db92a91522f7a1512fb236630.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b6de4471dea469aaec7fac64a09ddd7c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="520" src="/s/blogger/dcfce0102612135b70a2d542afcd85ec.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/97a9f9725c3cb3e068c8cdef99a14228.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="522" src="/s/blogger/ab0b1ef320c4234ad6a710b45da8e63f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Some facts:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Thick consistency. It's not called light for the consistency for sure</li><li>Has a strong scent to it. Can't put my finger on it but it could put you off a bit or not</li><li>Comes in a BIG range of colours as most of Illamasqua's products</li><li>Easy to apply&nbsp;</li><li>Blends nicely (I used a buffing brush)</li><li>Buildable. It's light in coverage but you can definitely add more to it with more passes</li><li>Mat finish (even though on Illamasqua's website it's says dewy it looked mat of me)</li><li>You might need to powder it a tiny bit to set it 100%. It felt a bit tacky on my skin after I applied it and even after a few hours</li><li>If you have oily skin you will definitely need a primer (I could see some oil coming through after a busy morning- 4 hours after application)</li><li>You definitely feel that you have foundation on. It's not light in feel</li><li>It lasted quite well on my skin (FYI I have dry to combination skin)</li><li>I just used my regular make-up remover and it all came off</li></ul><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>My thoughts:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;">The application process it quite fuss free and easy. You just need a good buffing brush and that's it.</div><div style="text-align: left;">The feel of it was quite heavy for a "light" foundation. I think maybe I should state here that I believe Illamasqua's products will always be a bit more on the heavy side compared to say Chanel or Estee Lauder. I am used to wearing heavy foundations so this will not put me off at all but I thought it a good point to know. As for the name "light" I think they call it like that because of its coverage. Among the Illamasqua's bases this one is probably the&nbsp;lightest in coverage. But it's quite a decent coverage and I found that you can easily build it up if you need/want to.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">The wear of it is ok actually. No "no foundation" patches after hours and a simple wipe and make-up remover took it all off.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I don't think Illamasqua gives samples so you will need to purchase it to try it.</div><div style="text-align: left;">However, I really hope this is of some help if you are thinking of getting it.</div><div style="text-align: left;">My final reflexion will be that it's a nice foundation, it wears well but it has some characteristics to bear in mind.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I did a recent video where I showed how I apply this foundation. If you want to see it here's the <a href="http://youtu.be/20XTon4UsFQ">link</a>. The intro is a bit long so go straight to minute 2.36!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope this helps.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:58:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/23/review-illamasqua-light-liquid-foundation-swatches-thoughts/beautyIllamasqua Pure Pigment in Fervent - Swatches + Thoughts http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/19/illamasqua-pure-pigment-in-fervent-swatches-thoughts/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The only way I can describe this pigment is as UNIQUE!</div><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, as&nbsp;cliché&nbsp;as it sounds it is.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's probably like a bit of Club e/s by MAC but glittery! Yes- glittery.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">How&nbsp;gorgeous&nbsp;can this be? VERY!&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/24fd26aa1b03bb91efb37fc92f80f933.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="382" src="/s/blogger/09fa12055706577f5b8c9b8fbc7fa93d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0cfea0799e8f6c628052f1082588036d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="416" src="/s/blogger/0ff98762d9f953350ed67945d60885c0.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The packaging is the typical Illamasqua packaging.<br />The clever thing is that there is a stopper that goes right in on the pigment outlet so when you open it it's all neat and tidy.<br />You get 1.3 grams of products- not a lot really. I wish they gave us more!<br /><br /><br /><b>Swatches</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/47d18550e60f0e66ff9a64b84b92fdfd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="418" src="/s/blogger/0467558e75cdc83e7c39b1a2b6a89393.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This pigment is very hard to photograph.<br />As it has a duo chrome characteristic you either get one or the other.<br />It's basically a&nbsp;beetle&nbsp;green with a red brown undertone. The bonus is the glitter!<br />It's not a cheap and chunky glitter it's more like the soft, delicate and expensive looking one.<br />The glitter looks like pewter and green at the same time. It gives the entire shade a new dimension.<br />Just so pretty!<br />The pigment itself is very&nbsp;finely&nbsp;milled and it's like delicate to the touch.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6b80a2760c7ef08eb05e48ed2b60eb6b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/b2873a30c40897c6d6675701410a4f2e.jpg" width="630" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I personally never came across a&nbsp;pigment&nbsp;this interesting and pretty. It's like&nbsp;tridimensional&nbsp;with the green, brown-red and the sparkles.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I would just use it on it's own. You don't need anything else as the brown will work as your crease colour.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I normally need some kind of adhesive to pigments and glitters and the one I always go for is the Too Faced Glitter Glue.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I&nbsp;absolutely&nbsp;love this pigment and I'm very happy I picked it up.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I recently hauled badly at Illamasqua *couldn't resist the sales* so I will be doing detailed reviews on the products I picked up.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What is your favourite pigment?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:27:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/19/illamasqua-pure-pigment-in-fervent-swatches-thoughts/beautyMust Have - Fashionista Eyeshadows http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/17/must-have-fashionista-eyeshadows/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Fashionista is a great drugstore brand that delivers on quality, colour pay off and price!<br /><br />I was recently in Superdrug and I couldn't resist these two super gorgeous eyeshadows.<br /><br />If you haven't tried their eyeshadows you will be in for an addiction. They are one of the most softest eyeshadows I've ever tried. Similar to Nars' e/s texture. They are like butter! The blend like a dream and they have very little fall out.<br /><br />I picked two this time to add to my palette: Foxy Shade 41 and Auburn Glow Shade 40.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Auburn Glow Shade 40</b><br /><b><br /></b><br />This one just said "pick me, pick me NOW". Let's see how I can describe it. It's like Autumn fire mixed with Summer gold. It would make the best Autumn look or it will help you bring your inner beach goddess out. An all rounder that it's just too pretty to leave behind.<br />It could be a good one for a Coppering (by MAC) dupe?<br />You need to check this shade out!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/82a4a08e13c5b1569c9233c3a490b2ba.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/1c3aa905f25a7d3905bc56c20d126d13.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d146ab8dfc98b6a90990a02fee72e4f3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/4ef2d705c7ee459d412a7e38f172caa6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Foxy Shade 41</b><br />This shade can be an understatement. You can see it as a plain brown and think I have 100s of browns this one looks just like one I have. But don't be fooled. This colour is such a rich and complex colour that will turn your look into something special!<br />It's a mushroom brown mixed with a pretty pewter colour. Trust me- it is unique!<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e86ae52a3e924dabdbccc6fda8ebc0d8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/d4b9490f95897c58b2404e66e261517f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3e3d594fdf85ab49eed2dd0a261983af.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/809de18041e9a00db0b99ef759721d0c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Swatches</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f24a269604cb01453ad7ecb8b7d6d880.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/3021af25d719008c174cdae749ac0c5d.jpg" width="442" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I'm enjoying these two very much. I use the brown one on the crease quite a lot to make some looks more interesting without looking too much and I'm using the coppery one as highlight on my&nbsp;tear duct&nbsp;and all over the lid.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Fashionista is a drugstore brand available in the UK from Superdrug and it's rather inexpensive. The designed a palette that you can pop the e/s in an out. A bit like Bobbi Brown really so it's great to have something practical, pretty and reliable at affordable prices! &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What's in your Fashionista palette?</b></div><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:56:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/17/must-have-fashionista-eyeshadows/beautyBest Bargain Coral Blush- Collection Shimmer Shades http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/16/best-bargain-coral-blush-collection-shimmer-shades/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm not sure why I didn't get this blush before! Seriously it's probably one of the best coral shades out there.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">We are talking about our beloved drugstore Collection (previously called Collection 2000) and this is their Shimmer Shades in Blushalicious.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">T<span style="background-color: white;">hey have so many hit products and this one is one of them for sure.&nbsp;</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/684bc4d954e02692de385ebb89da6411.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/c76e8c857e6ee6e647f1d72fb4caf08e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />To give a more interesting look the blush has 4 shades: light pink, dark pink, tan and coral.<br />They all have a certain shimmer (the nice shimmer) and all swirled together make the perfect coral shade. Of course of you fancy a more pinky version you can just swirl the pink shades and if you are in a orangey kind of mood you can just swirl the tan and orange only.<br /><br />Of course the idea is to swirl all of them together and you get the perfect shade. You just cannot go wrong.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3860a387a0b1f741bc41a777aa994671.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/2a1b95e34b5c0d1392a4587fe6bcf58d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">The packaging is quite simple, classic and practical. I absolutely love it! And it's a super bargain at under a £5er!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm also eyeing their highlighter version of this product. Apparently it's a big hit too. Another hit product by Collection is their Lasting Perfection Concealers-they are a MUST!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Spread the word- this blush is a good one! Link <a href="http://www.collectioncosmetics.co.uk/face/blusher/shimmer-shades.aspx">here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 16 Jul 2012 09:49:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/16/best-bargain-coral-blush-collection-shimmer-shades/beautySleek 2012 LE- My Picks http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/14/sleek-2012-le-my-picks/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">As you know <b>Sleek Make-Up </b>releases capsule collections every now and then and this is the one dedicated to the Olympics I believe.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">They had a few items. I went for the lip and cheek products.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/31b4c56bccca10972aa4ce135513ef0b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/e433533e3f76047dcfce9f0066a1b3cb.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>The Pout Polish in the colour Pride.</b><br />It's like a brown/coppery/pink colour with gold sparks. It's quite an intense colour and very pigmented.<br />It's very creamy and glossy. It lasts quite a long time and it smells super sweet.<br />I personally love this shade but I know it might not be for everyone.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7a80407f37bb05d39636b7532a6073c7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/00f04f84ac238a891f9cf4549c042d0e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Blush in the colour Honour</b><br />This colour is definitely not for everyone. It will look divine on darker skin tones or on people that like a bronzy look.<br />It's a burgundy base with some copper/bronze and gold.<br />It's very intense and pigmented but it could work on fair skin tones if you apply it super lightly.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/225fe8d156f1d325cd48fc61b99bc3fd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/ff59ac8e3ee28c2f37c611919a06e6ed.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/60ebafa89779683c00f7439c1dc8acfe.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/11ceccdac1c9a890b6be755f03c29659.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I find that the Sleek collections are a bit of a hit and miss with me.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I have most of their eyeshadow&nbsp;palettes&nbsp;and I love them! I also have their amazing contour kit and I love using their foundation in the colour Shell to lighten them up in winter.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I can't wait to use this blush! I personally find this colour to be quite unique and interesting. It would look amazing on a Summer afternoon/night.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm happy with my picks and I would recommend you check these out before they fly from the shelves.</div><div style="text-align: left;">The collection is out now and it's available at Superdrug.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Did you pick any of these?&nbsp;</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:58:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/14/sleek-2012-le-my-picks/beautyClose Ups- All MAC Heavenly Creatures MSFs http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/10/close-ups-all-mac-heavenly-creatures-msfs/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I just could not resist the MAC mineralize collection! Just couldn't.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I am not hooked onto MAC LE collections but this one was just too pretty to resist.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Also, if you know me now you know that I collect (and use) the MSFs.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Link to my now non-updated collection <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/swatches-my-msf-collection.html">here</a>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I was quite good (to my standards) and I went for just the MSFs and 1 blush.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Here are close ups on the MSFs. Enjoy ;)</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Earthshine</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">An&nbsp;interesting deep colour that has bits of burgundy, gold, tan and peach.</div><div style="text-align: left;">All swirled together gives a deep bronzy/ dark tan colour.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Might be a bit too much for very fair skin ones.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3653db3c2a83a4b6947a431cb6eaa2da.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="394" src="/s/blogger/80ac85a81d9d1935614869b6acafa17e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/022fac0ce8ceb4c9bed8049c426d7ead.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="476" src="/s/blogger/7a1791b3ca823e0900df4ad6dc3c6277.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><b>Light Year</b><br />My favourite I could say.<br />A very light pinky&nbsp;iridescent glow with flushes of gold.<br />It's very flattering and it could potentially suit all skin tones.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/dce3daa831b51bc41f44a526796d81d6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="388" src="/s/blogger/ddeae2136573e7ee0173ab88c27349f9.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/08476fefcf0491f957f812da82e6c559.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="444" src="/s/blogger/c5fee8b90dc3d0bd014b365457573418.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Star Wonder</b><br />This one is a very pretty pink with gold undertones. There are two pink tones and they both have blue undertones.<br />Can be used as blush easily. Super flattering.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b0db7a0e43959da131e41ef09726cee4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/161b92aa22e289266cec52bdd53e6dc5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c8bad22d0f39b9b3bc502bd546a39752.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="/s/blogger/1295be3aba04066d51b8f6ae2262fa45.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Center of the Universe&nbsp;</b><br />My second favourite!<br />This one is a very rich orange and gold one.<br />There is gold, orange and deep tan veins going around.<br />All mixed together can be used as a very pretty bronzer/ illuminator.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6b8cad95900fc1e18835cd0084c81d32.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/2a112bc995db2dc138a032e72ff1592c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/373b24f71477885b789341ed2c64a928.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="454" src="/s/blogger/4aaff8df8b5cae363231a6f7a4e4bbe0.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The blush I went for is Solar Ray. I actually got two by mistake! I'm contemplating keeping it as a back up as it's so pretty too.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I do not regret going for all the MSFs. They are all very unique and all very "me". They are not cheap but they are not a killer either. At £21.50 each I think they are a very good asset to my collection. I'm happy even by looking at them. :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Did you pick any of these?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:31:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/10/close-ups-all-mac-heavenly-creatures-msfs/beautyNOTD- Nude + Purple Tips http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/09/notd-nude-purple-tips/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This is my mani for this week.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I decided to go a bit safe a bit wacky hence the purple tips :)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d25af469fe7a1a06d2409a67105b8744.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="464" src="/s/blogger/5c9683e644eafc782d04acaffe53aa57.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I used:<br />Barry M in Nude as a base (2 good coats)<br />LA Color in Fun In The Sun for the purple tips<br />Nail guides (basically they are half moon type of thin strips) to have a steady hand while doing the tips<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f849616c3547637e607a470913a4131c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="628" src="/s/blogger/528bfdc87007bd77a0c2319b809fc06f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">What do you think?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I like it- never used my nails like this and I can see people on the tube looking at them a lot.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope it's all for the good reasons :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 09 Jul 2012 20:25:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/09/notd-nude-purple-tips/beautySuper Sexy And Bouncy Curls - No Heat! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/08/super-sexy-and-bouncy-curls-no-heat/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi Ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Happy Sunday!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hope you are well and coping ok with the rain (if you are in the UK).</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This weekend I wanted to put a little purchase I made to the test.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's cheap, easy to use and healthy-hair friendly!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">See the results first:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/43aa493d6ae5b0c4a319bf016a9397e9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="494" src="/s/blogger/162c924a41bb800caeaa1a59365d4918.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Super sexy and BOUNCY curls! I&nbsp;absolutely&nbsp;love the result! And this let me tell you is without ANY styling products or heat. It's just using my new little gadgets.<br /><br />So..the secret product is called Magic Rollers.<br />They are like elastic mesh springs that can stretch incredibly and they bounce back into a perfect curl.<br />This is me with the magic rollers on. Sexy ehh!!? Don't judge! We all do this. This was prior to make-up of course.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/63ad2be4ddf24ec9d360081022220d0d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="572" src="/s/blogger/11f7e5900c61d858ab1b30dbec9a475c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />They come in different lengths. The yellow and the blue ones are the longest on the set. Even these two are not long enough for my hair but I searched a bit and there are some extra large available too.<br />Then you have the green and the pink which are small ones.<br />As I wanted the curls just on the ends of my hair all these worked ok.<br /><br />The rollers come with like a two part plastic hook. You pass the hook though the opening of the roller which by now will stay in a stretch position. You then grab a little bit of wet hair, you hook it to the hook and then you pass it though the roller. As soon as you pass it though the roller will just bounce into the shape. You can help the roller get into the perfect shape too.<br /><br />The idea behind the magic rollers is that you do not need any heat but you need time!<br />I start putting them on when my hair is about 80% dry.<br />If you let them air dry then you are guaranteed healthy hair and amazing locks.<br />Of course you can use heat to accelerate the process but you are disregarding the entire purpose of the magic rollers.<br /><br />I did try to sleep with them once and I do not recommend it. I ended up taking them off at 3am!<br />They are light but they are sturdy so you will feel them on the side of the pillow.<br /><br />I think I let these dry about 2 hours. I was at home doing some work on my computer so time flew for me.<br /><br />To release them you just press open the top opening and you pull down.<br />I love it when you take them off and you see this amazing curl. You can leave them like that or you can brush them a bit as they will be super defined.<br /><br />They are very cheap at only £4.39 (I know- weird number) with free UK delivery.<br /><br />Such a clever little gadget!<br /><br />I got mine from Ebay (of course :P) from this <a href="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&amp;item=180717359214&amp;ssPageName=ADME:L:OU:GB:1123#ht_3720wt_1202">seller</a>.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br /><b>What do you think? Shall I do a video tut on this to show you? Let me know.</b><br /><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 08 Jul 2012 12:09:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/08/super-sexy-and-bouncy-curls-no-heat/beautyThe £0.99 Brush Guard! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/06/the-099-brush-guard/<p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Happy Friday!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">You all know that I do love a&nbsp;bargain, especially one related to male-up&nbsp;accessories.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Well, some time ago there was this rave about brush guards to keep your brushes in shape and your make-up bag free of make-up powder. I thought about it but I didn't think they were worth the money. the selection of sizes was very limited and I let it go.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ccf6acb7ed46fbb839276aa6359b8c14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="326" src="/s/blogger/838b7f5ee25ab9fa9a5dd9bff496acc2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />That was until I spotted a cheap dupe on Ebay! I love Ebay. I go through phases and we can say that I'm having a bit of an&nbsp;obsession&nbsp;at the moment. Ebay &amp; Paypal are the worse combo for my wallet.<br /><br />Anyway, onto the good stuff.<br />This is a super cheap alternative. It comes in a little packet and it's all one big brush guard that you then cut according to your needs. This stuff can totally expand to guard the fat face brushes so do not be mislead by the thin look of it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cc6f167feb1405878600c00367f361f5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="412" src="/s/blogger/8ba7f9ec721bb77bc2d12c1dcdfa85b6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />You get a full 1 metre in this small packet and you can cut it with just&nbsp;scissors.<br /><br />The best part of it all? It's £0.99 and free delivery!!! :)<br /><br />Link to the Ebay seller <a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140628315649?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&amp;_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_7081wt_1182">here</a>.<br /><br />The only thing though is that the seller is in China (I believe) and it does take one or two weeks to arrive.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>Isn't this good?</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>Share your make-up&nbsp;accessories&nbsp;bargains with us!</b></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:31:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/06/the-099-brush-guard/beautyHair Syle For Weddings http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/02/hair-syle-for-weddings/<p><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope you are all well!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm not sure you know but I also work as a freelance make-up artist.<br /><br />I do fashion shoots, music bands, portraits and weddings. I was lucky I did a few weddings so far. Love them- everyone is so friendly and in such a good mood.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I am completely self taught and with a lot of hunger to learn more. I'm a great believer that you never know everything and once you think you know everything then you need to move on onto something else.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">In my search of expanding my skills I decided to get a hair doll to practice practice and practice!</div><div style="text-align: left;">I do hair normally but within reason. I am not a hair expert- I am just too curious and I love experimenting.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So, yesterday while the hubby was watching the Euro final I decided to do some pretty wedding hair styles. This is the first one.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/81b45a238d0b293b0c2a1162a899d5e6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="/s/blogger/b505027950065d6eb1deeac8b16133f7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I love it how it turned out. it was so simple and easy to do!<br /><br />I used a ball of (my) hair in a net to make the BIG ball volume, lots of normal hair pins and the ones that hook. I aslo decided to add a touch of fairly tale feel to the look and I added some white pearls which I placed on the main "ball" of the look.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/67a0fffe8ac0dce553034f80b855af55.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="/s/blogger/8b056218d26dd86789fe11b39f4806c2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d96d9437f27f76e9e5b3289896a7b645.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="/s/blogger/e1148392e31427c045359debc8aad072.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/be3b945d12442301165b9d565f6fc584.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="/s/blogger/f17f039bbde5743fe64ea9beb6890499.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Of course I would be normally a bit more neat and&nbsp;careful&nbsp;with flyaways. But this was a cheapish doll so the hair is quite artificial and I do not want to pile it with hair spray. You can wash it and style it but I wanted to practice the main technique of filling hair with hair inserts ;)<br /><br />And of course....you can see her face. Isn't she hot? She hasn't got a name so maybe you can help me?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/791601a351c76446ec0c13a5499b7dcd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="/s/blogger/a5fd13bc8b76abfedea613fe1a021f0f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Anyway, what do you think about this hair style? Would you wear your hair like this on your big day? Or maybe for a night out?<br /><br />Are you&nbsp;self-taught&nbsp;on anything? Or hungry to learn anything to add to your skills?<br /><br />I did more looks with the doll. If you like this post please let me know and I'll show you more.<br /><br />Hope you enjoyed it ;)<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 02 Jul 2012 18:21:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/07/02/hair-syle-for-weddings/beautyComic-Pop Art Face Mak-Up http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/24/comic-pop-art-face-mak-up/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's football football football in my household at the moment! How boring, right?.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So while the hubby was watching the telly yesterday I went to my beloved make-up corner and I let my imagination flow.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I have seen Bethany&nbsp;do a tutorial on how to comic yourself and I wanted to re-created. This was my first ever&nbsp;attempt&nbsp;at it and I'm quite happy ;)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0afa5762d8a9dabe9e225011d6787c39.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/aa5f4e3284238221977dbba0bd45fb48.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />You have to be very careful with your detail work. I didn't have a steady hand. My arms were a bit shaky from moving so many boxes and sorting stuff for a (hopefully) future move. We are de-cluttering! So stressful. &nbsp;Anyhoo I'm very critical of my work and even though I'm happy with it I would have done some things different. Maybe it's a perfect excuse for a second chance.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8db672e4776512735877fa330c3154c0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/2aa8ee31a8774e15f9464f8c6b95e381.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ee38694203754019ab3f09b1ed6b3200.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/aa8a5340ee329463365e24381b441aca.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;My beloved dressing table looked like a mess! But I do enjoy the entire process- even the cleaning. A glass of vino made it all much easier and relaxed. Who won at the football? don't know- who cares!?England is playing today so I might do another (more wearable) look.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7abc9956ec3920e1629e558e4c7fd56c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/f64f87ab9cb6a1af8ec0dd727f4cdc4a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>What do you think?</b><br /><b><br /></b><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br />Ps: You can see Bethany's channel - <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPtmVXfD9Oo&amp;list=FLi_LGToTpps3KmyWvF_JByA&amp;feature=mh_lolz">here</a><br /><b><br /></b></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:41:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/24/comic-pop-art-face-mak-up/beautyStudded Platform Ankle Boots- Say No More! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/12/studded-platform-ankle-boots-say-no-more/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">FINALLY I have them! It took me two failed purchasing attempts but the third one was the lucky one!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">These boots are all over the place. They come in lots of colours, textures and materials.</div><div style="text-align: left;">At the&nbsp;beginning&nbsp;as with so many other trends I didn't like them. I thought they were huge, clown looking and a bit OTT.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">But after few tries at in the shops and seeing how clever fashion bloggers combine them with casual and glam looks I started to like them!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b4e6a65b4a921d1fea9b33f4e3221a0c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/9bcdfd694aab619872181b9f2f94c096.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The original ones will set you back something around £120! OUCH. There is no way I would pay that money. So after a bit of research I decided to embark on the Ebay journey.<br /><br />On my first attempt I went classic black suede.<br />They were cheaper than these (only by a tiny bit like £5) but the seller realised she didn't have any more size 5. Then I decided to go for the studded ones with another seller. They were not as nice as these ones and thank god the retailer sent me a message saying that some studs came off and that she couldn't replace them and bla bla bla. Fail! So after two refunds I said to my self- this last chance to get them or they are not meant to be!<br />Thank god everything went fine :)<br />I got them and I love them.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9cdc0c1e225bd194e8acbedc3fc8cf5a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="416" src="/s/blogger/483a5205d0082be595db836f1266bce6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It's a super soft and I would say expensive looking suede and the studs are really pretty, delicate and so well done. There no sign of cheap shoe maker. They look lush!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a90acaf46a83a7c368bd38a00c0072cd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="498" src="/s/blogger/c543b67676240bb805d3fc39d5b7425d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />In my opinion the studs are very good. They have this pyramid kind of shape. They look medieval in a way. Love them. The only thing is that you need to be careful not to rub the shoes against each other. Not that I would do this&nbsp;consciously&nbsp;but I guess with these shoes you do notice a bit more of you have clumsy feet :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2383525d2ecda064ed9214c2bd7de550.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/577617e637f5e8c8d63b0c697e1cae09.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />At the front you have the laces but the zip on the side makes the putting on and off a pleasure and you can say the laces are for decorative purposes only.<br />I love the square finish on the front.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b1fc6465d2299833f231fed3152f9905.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="552" src="/s/blogger/dfdbc910bb2eb32d68b73ef0c4d11009.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Now, I haven't used these. It's bloody raining every day in London at the moment and there is no way I'm taking these for a ride in this weather.<br /><br />I have been wearing them at home (as you do when you are over exited) on the carpet and on normal floor and they seem very comfy!<br />The have huge platforms so that helps with the balance and the pain free experience.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4d714557f2252635be1550392c8cb17e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/2a2d2bbfee50ec0d70d2f438a2bfcd11.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e15cfd34e381a5d9ff06720a7073fd73.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="350" src="/s/blogger/681d921102ed609426913daec36a0d83.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Anyhoo- I love them. I will use them with my leggings (they are like my second skin), with maxi dresses, with jeans, with skirts, with shorts, with dresses...there's nothing I couldn't&nbsp;really&nbsp;use in conjunction with these boots.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm in love ;)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Ebay seller-<a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251079674234?var=550142273507&amp;ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&amp;_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_1388wt_1141">Link</a></div><div style="text-align: left;">They were super fast! The shoes came very nicely packed in a big box with lots of paper inside and there wasn't a single scratch on the shoes.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Have you fallen into this trend too? What do you think of these super platform boots?</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:59:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/12/studded-platform-ankle-boots-say-no-more/beautyPretty Things I've Enjoyed This Week http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/09/pretty-things-ive-enjoyed-this-week/<p><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This week I decided that each day I would use or wear something pretty. This is what I chose.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Chain collar necklace</b> (TopShop)</div><div style="text-align: left;">I&nbsp;obsess&nbsp;with this new trend of fake collars. I have quite a few. I saw a girl who works at H&amp;M wearing this one and I had to ask her where she got it from. She did and off I went running to TopShop to get it. &nbsp;I can't remember exactly how much it was but I have a feeling it was around £15 or less.</div><div style="text-align: left;">She was actually wearing under a normal shirt with a pointy collar and the look was super interesting.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Love it.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6955e169529e319178716e32a2422402.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="336" src="/s/blogger/5a7acec6610bde7cd819d921ef1a4f75.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />More photos just because this item&nbsp;deserves&nbsp;it. It's just simple. All rows of chains into the shape of a collar. Clever.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6ad5a97490df1f191a9be630fdd4b0db.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/0c95251d12c5cf20ff785970b712479e.jpg" width="442" /></a></div><b>Freebies! </b>(Cosmopolitan Magazine)<br />Cosmopolitan Magazine did it again. More Benefit products at £2.<br />Porefessional, Bad gal lash mascara and That gal illuminator.<br />I love these for travelling! The products are ok. I had none of them so it's a good way of trying them out. Not impressed with That gal and Bad gal lash but Porefessional is worth the try. Not sure about getting the big tube though.<br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5aebd629882f49d5e0f59d44106cbc39.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/359d7d7c0cbf1f65500f0cbd2d15ce18.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Soleil Tan De Chanel</b> (Chanel)<br />I absolutely love this bronzer. I used to keep it for special occasions (silly things you do). I always feel&nbsp;luxurious&nbsp;when I use it. Maybe it's due to a mixture of the rose smell and the fact that I paid nearly £30 for it. The colour is perfect for me and I use to for bronzing and a tiny contour.<br />I use it with my probably most expensive brush 138 by MAC (another reason for feeling the luxury).<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d30230fb16ad4c7ceb73beb54cac2b03.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/77dce37440e0dbcd2e9d3d6577f576c0.jpg" width="442" /></a></div>&nbsp;The only negative is that this cream bronzer seems to catch every single lose hair from my brushes! :(<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/787d9a688b2f81a43039e4f287f5d64a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/165216abfe9f248a99f0e546ad8daf54.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Jumbo liner 12hr</b> (Sephora)<br />I got these in Paris. They are the most waterproof and crease resistant crayons I have ever used. I got 3 actually. The other one is like Naked Lunch e/s by MAC. So pretty.<br />I wish I got more. They are a brilliant product and if you are near a Sephora go and get some!<br />These two are 14 violet which is a blue purple and 09 kaki which is a green/old gold.<br />These are fab as bases or on their own.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3715fd81c41ce3b43e96b93604d9e9cc.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/2ee746b38d7ba43eaee557842a32f692.jpg" width="442" /></a></div>&nbsp;<b>Rose Jardin Delice</b> (L'Occitane)<br />I bought this fragrance when in France (as you do). Love it. It's super delicate and very accurate rose smell. It's not granny rose it's young and professional, sexy, confident and I know what I'm doing woman :P<br />Joke aside- I like it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/12d095917aeea1e73c1b5c1165c92495.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="464" src="/s/blogger/c6096e80a8601d6cdb1c68bd23c9063e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>More funky&nbsp;jewelry</b>&nbsp;(TopShop)<br />This one brings a few smiles on other people. It's a golden moustache!<br />It's for my more casual days. Not very office suitable I think.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/573d1964650ce27acb0c270e77036abb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/b9d811ceb02aa070c500ff6f2c54ef41.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Guipure blush</b> (Sleek Blush by 3 palette)<br />I got this palette a few months ago and I had to force myself not to use it every day. I'm talking about the middle one. It's very similar to Style by MAC in finish not when you see it on the pan but it's a bit more gold. I absolutely love it.<br />On occasions I dip the brush on the side colours and mix them with the middle one. I need a back up.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f3c83262f937d351adc36a450b16442b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/73f21b23551a304d9c0a67292a654ffe.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Mineral Powder</b>&nbsp;(Laura Mercier)<br />I bought this foundation probably a year ago. At the time it didn't really do anything for me. I wasn't impressed. But I picked it up again as I really need to use what I have and I decided I would use it as kind of a finishing touch. I do my (liquid) foundation as usual and I use this powder as like a setting/finishing powder. It has a lovely satin finish and it helps with that little extra coverage (but not much) that you need on some places. What I love a bout it is that it's super finely milled so it's near invisible on the face.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/36df51dd8562ece314a21b59d04c220f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/0c6002593af7a73e4c04e083b2b82cd7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I really enjoyed writing this post. Let me know if you would like to see more. :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What have you been using or wearing this week?</b></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 09 Jun 2012 19:33:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/09/pretty-things-ive-enjoyed-this-week/beautyThe Secret Is Out-Winged Liner For Hooded Eyes http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/06/the-secret-is-out-winged-liner-for-hooded-eyes/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />Hi ladies,<br /><br />Hope you are well.<br /><br />So, as you do before you are about to have your evening shower I started playing with my make-up.<br /><br />I wanted to try a new technique that I thought might help to get a perfect winged eyeliner on my hooded eyes.<br /><br />If you have hooded eyes you will know what I mean. If you do not have hooded eyes then you are a lucky one!<br />Hooded eyes are a pain! Seriously. It's not a case of wanting what I don't have; they are probably the worst eye shape there is. Fact!<br /><br />I always have to create a crease and I always have to make more effort to make a make-up look show.<br /><br />But I think I discovered my solution for winged liner!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fcf9b396ce58aa54a125184a9c4e9d3c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/be1c74c038cbcac5850107986bace737.jpg" width="512" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It basically consists of creating a vertical line on the outside of the crease. Then you need to make that line touch your crease&nbsp;horizontally&nbsp;and then create a parallel line down.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">See the second photo above and you can see what I mean.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It might look a bit too Lady Gagaish and too graphic but if you have hooded eyes people will only see the "inside" only when you blink and probably 90% of the time it will look like a winged liner.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I absolutely love this technique. It is quit a dramatic look because winged liner on hooded eyes need to be a bit more graphic to create that illusion.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I need to perfect it on my left eye- still not 100% perfect.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2a437a61c92ce70e5e2d0f10d40d7b71.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/b79146cb0601a4e34ef33a735b2ed544.jpg" width="532" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">-Foundation- Revlon Photoready</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">-Liner- Gel one by Bobbi Brown</div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I really should credit the person who put this technique out there for me and that is Siobhan!</div><div style="text-align: left;">She didn't&nbsp;necessarily&nbsp;called it or intended it for hooded eyes (I think) but this really helps me.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I absolutely love her! I have been following her since I can remember. I was lucky that I discovered her earlier in her make-up journey so I witnessed how she perfected her&nbsp;techniques&nbsp;and how she showed the world how to do it. Her reviews are also so honest! She is based in Ireland and she is a full time make-up artist. Thanks Siobhan!&nbsp;</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Link to Siobhan's video<a href="http://youtu.be/bQNiiKP2WqA"> here</a>.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>What do you think? Would you give it a go?</b><br /><b>Any tips for hooded eyes and liners?</b></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 06 Jun 2012 20:26:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/06/the-secret-is-out-winged-liner-for-hooded-eyes/beautyNOTD: Chinchilly + Marry a Millionaire http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/05/notd-chinchilly-marry-a-millionaire/<p><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Can't believe the long weekend is about to end. I need more time off! :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Anyhoo...playing with my 50ish nail polishes to see what I was going for this week I decided to pick a nice purple (surprise surprise) combo.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I decided to go for a cool tone base so I chose Chinchilly by Essie. It's a purple with grey/blue tones to it. I love it on it's own too.</div><div style="text-align: left;">And because everyone is in this party celebration mood I decided to give it a nice glittery touch with Marry a millionaire by China Glaze.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9685cd40229a69af15cb7ce24faa2e9f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="434" src="/s/blogger/2b7c54e3890fb38e733320891bf28dd1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Marry a millionaire is a clear polish with lots of purple round glitter and little green/yellow glitter strips. <br />I hope you can see them in the photo below.<br /><br />Since I can remember I've always gone for a square nail look. I tired (in my try to look retro) to go for a round nail but it's not me at all.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/999678ee6ea43cca04dff20c5f278b76.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="490" src="/s/blogger/0a2e25c6e02735361957553dde0bba79.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And here are the bottles so you can see the colours individually. I got my Essie at the Beauty show but apparently now you can get Essie at selected Boots. And I get my China Glaze from ebay.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/065e57de349bb701f72892ca3acfc29f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/524a9b470a7c8c4420987be5b26cf495.jpg" width="512" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What nail colour/look are you going for this week? Any interesting combos?</b></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:59:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/05/notd-chinchilly-marry-a-millionaire/beautyShoe Love- Kurt Geiger http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/03/shoe-love-kurt-geiger/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Happy Sunday.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I started off my weekend pretty well. Had to work an extra hour so to compensate for the stress I decided to go and have a look around at my local Kurt Geiger store.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Ohh boy don't I want all of his shoes!?!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">My heart was with this pair which I have spotted already some weeks ago.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">So, a cheeky try and the card was out- yes, I'll take them!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">These are my new babies! I think they are called Grand by Cravela.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Not sure how the names go in this store. Don't care- I love them.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d63d7519d9791c5a01a0e3632c1c5edb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="476" src="/s/blogger/ea79ca4462af9c55abb726e2acdcdb8b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />They are very hard to photograph. They sparkle like nothing else I own. The crystals look like beige but in person they sparkle in all the colours of the rainbow. All this might sound really tacky but trust me they are just soooo delicate!<br /><br />Hope this&nbsp;slightly&nbsp;out of focus photo will illustrate the crystal colours.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2487200426a3245506baf5538073d7eb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="464" src="/s/blogger/efb86e504e2f5a66d3b01c423e73a626.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />They are relatively high and they "seem" to be comfortable. I just been using them at home as I just got them on Friday and didn't want to take them out in the rain yesterday.<br /><br />I'll keep you posted once I do a fair amount of walking.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4b95d85a5ce3d36ea195f5217ca115ff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="404" src="/s/blogger/f298a359d2d6c6b71bb3a8fb4a70b435.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And finally, I thought it would be helpful if you see them in action! See how they sparkle. The off focus moments near the end are on purpose so that you can see how they sparkle! :)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="/s/blogger/5eef4d54e930c2439ebad49a74112fbb.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qbf9ys0Xb_Y?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qbf9ys0Xb_Y?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">To me they feel like proper&nbsp;Cinderella&nbsp;shoes! Now I need a dress :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Link&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/occasion/rand-9.html">here</a>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">What do you think?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 03 Jun 2012 12:29:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/03/shoe-love-kurt-geiger/beautyA Different Kind Of Beauty- Nature http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/02/a-different-kind-of-beauty-nature/<p>Hi ladies,<br /><br />I'm so enjoying the long weekend so far.<br />Had a long breakfast in bed all relaxed and with lots of cuddles from the hubby and Willow.<br /><br />After breakfast I decided to practise for a BBC photography project I'm planning of doing. It's not super sunny but it's the perfect light for what I wanted to do.<br /><br />I went into my garden to take photos of some of my plants. To me make-up relates so much to nature. I always pay attention to how nature combines colours and then I create a look using the same. This is not a &nbsp;new thing/trend. A lo of artists look at nature to get inspired, especially for colour combination.<br /><br />Do not be surprised, a lot of my flowers are&nbsp;purple&nbsp;;)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1a516a33494258d33a26d752944233e9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5bdfe1f354f79a613d694383d62b2739.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7bc8f3e67ae9658ec385e762211a4c90.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/ed62ab3bbdc5db7706f95eac81f3f3a3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/afb8c978435ad96c14df2106202da502.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/c20d8add87fe2ba7bc2d5155af2f0546.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e39016b746ccd8ab6a8de5d59ee9b171.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/18ab57dadd70a6bf6f4051344cd9695f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b9e67994b4e46f117c651417f62a0aa0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/37b5f89a29a96bbd732c80f94a0be04e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cc77e818ed2eb67319a82146d0782435.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/06f4cd81399556f97a7c1dd8dc949d62.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>I always find that the majority of the purple flowers have either orange or super strong yellow centres.<br />I absolutely love to combine these two colours but of course it's not for an every day/ office look.<br /><br />If you read about flower colour combination it all has to do with&nbsp;pollination and how nature makes the flowers more&nbsp;interesting&nbsp;and eye&nbsp;catching&nbsp;(even though a lot of&nbsp;insects&nbsp;are colour blind) to allow a better pollination rate. Very very interesting!<br /><br />I'm not posting the best ones as they will be going for this project I'm taking part in but if they don't get through I'll defo share them.<br /><br />If you are wondering- I'm using a Canon 600D with a 100mm lens (for macro).<br /><br />I will soon be posting about some AMAZING shoes I treated myself to yesterday!! Stay tuned.<br /><br />I'm off to a house party now. Enjoy!<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes</p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 02 Jun 2012 16:49:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/06/02/a-different-kind-of-beauty-nature/beautyFlawless Skin http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/05/29/flawless-skin/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Evening ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hope you are all well and looking forward to the long weekend. I am :)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Will not be doing much. I have a make-up job on the Saturday and then I might go on a country walk with the hubs and Willow maybe on Monday. I really want to test my Sigma 10-20 mm lens which is ideal for panoramic photos.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Anyhoo, talking about flawless skin- look at this photo!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This is the make-up I did for a recent photoshoot.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The model is Vy and she is in the bath. We tinted the water with food colouring and we dropped flower petals. This photo was kind of at the end of the shoot so some of the make-up has rubbed off. Not that you can notice but I can :)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Vy has the most flawless skin I have ever seen! She's so lucky. She doesn't have any particular regime or any beauty cult she swears by. She is just blessed with perfect skin.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f33fc76816dc8a7dc882665edaec9308.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/78b171e758ee370c0a655d50de60cdfa.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />There was some minor retouching maybe for the texture for photos but seriously THAT is her skin. She hasn't got a single pimple, bump or pigmentation patch. Nothing!<br /><br />I used OCC's airbrush foundation just because I knew she was going in the water to make it waterproof &nbsp;but she didn't need any coverage.<br /><br />I think some people are born lucky :)<br /><br />Photography by <a href="http://www.emrita.co/">Rita</a><br /><br />What do you think?<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 29 May 2012 21:55:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/05/29/flawless-skin/beautyCalgel Nails- My New Obsession! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/05/15/calgel-nails-my-new-obsession/<p>Hi ladies,<br /><br />Long time no post!<br /><br />I was working at the Beauty UK Show at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend doing demos for Christian Brows at the <a href="http://www.izabellehammon.com/">Izabelle Hammond</a> stand.<br /><br />Half of the stand was dedicated to Christian Brows and the other half was dedicated to Calgel nails!<br /><br />The Calgel system is a less harsh option than acrylics or Shellac as it does not damage your nails at all and you can take it off at home!<br /><br />It's semi permanent and it is used in conjunction with a UV light to make it adhiere to your nail and to set it. It comes in 90 different colours and you can also mix them so the colour spectrum is endless! It can be used in nails and toes.<br /><br />If you look after your nails it can last up to 6 weeks! The girls asked me if I wanted to have my nails done as I've never had any gel overlay before. I'm a complete convert!<br /><br />I went for a nude look. I want it to play it safe as I do get bored very quickly of my nail colour and I am one of those that change nail polishes maybe twice a week.<br /><br />So far I am absolutely loving this colour!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c94f7d5a80bf4415a4c12da2bb4218f1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="460" src="/s/blogger/3c4918f3857c31311b2bb293ff9183c7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2b9d97afdc6f934fc64a510721d74e04.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="408" src="/s/blogger/ac3e47758c7e5f733ec7b0777adf148d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Thank you Robyn! I absolutely love them!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I can't stop looking at them.</div><div style="text-align: left;">They are the perfect nail for work or play :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I am seriously considering doing the training with the girls at Izabelle Hammond to learn how to do these babies to add them to my service spectrum.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What do you think?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 15 May 2012 11:18:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/05/15/calgel-nails-my-new-obsession/beautySwatches: MAC Superb Vs Lauder Shimmering Sands http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/29/swatches-mac-superb-vs-lauder-shimmering-sands/<p><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope you're well.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I thought I should get some comparison swatches for you to get any doubts out of the way in terms of possible dupes.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Sometimes by seeing some products on the pan you think they might look alike?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Well these two might be similar but they are very&nbsp;deceiving.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7da55301e4fed6eda1014f5678ab6dd4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="460" src="/s/blogger/662c25ec6ef38b0533b493da7572a1ee.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">They looks sort of similar"ish", right? In the pan that's it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Well- they are not! Superb MSF by MAC is super light and it's like a soft pink with some silvery/gold undertone whereas the Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee is more of a red undertone cheek bush/illuminator.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9d2a4f8885471db3cae4c41b569a722d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="498" src="/s/blogger/63362c54199c08d65f90fb2d9ebeae93.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I love both of them and I cannot decide which one is better in terms of value for money, amount you get, colour payoff and durability. They are very similar in those terms but as you can see the colours are not similar at all!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope this was helpful!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:55:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/29/swatches-mac-superb-vs-lauder-shimmering-sands/beautyLips Swatch- Revlon 035 Candy Apple-Lip Butter http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/26/lips-swatch-revlon-035-candy-apple-lip-butter/<p><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I recently picked up 2 lip butters by Revlon. I'm loving them.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">They are the perfect lip product for a touch of colour, lip moisturising and for&nbsp;making&nbsp;you look polished and feeling that you care about your&nbsp;appearance&nbsp;without looking too overdone at 9am.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This one is 035 Candy Apple- a red apple colour with a touch of pink I would say but very soft.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/564a79dffb10a97410dfd6be1db5d201.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/92e6b50a6f4a1e58a781d617e0db9a7c.jpg" width="556" /></a></div><br />In real life trust me the colour looks a bit more intense than here. As you can see it has like a sheer finish and it lasts quite a lot actually.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3b13e039a27ddaeda0ee7279f6d46544.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="404" src="/s/blogger/da66156c93818b45b4a9e1b750e84480.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c997f4ed4a7167c9e2409cdf14734b4d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="314" src="/s/blogger/4ff1e322b2605cb1da5804412eec87fc.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So far it's a thumbs up from me and I will&nbsp;definitely&nbsp;pick more of these up.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The only&nbsp;criticism&nbsp;I guess it's the packaging. I find that the bit where you actually grab the product to take the lid off is so thin. I'm talking about the bit where it says REVLON. That little bit is all the room you have to get a grip of the lipstick. I find the unlidding (if that's a word?) a bit&nbsp;uncomfortable.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Apart from this last thing I'm happy with all the rest :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any thoughts on these? Which one shall i go for next?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:21:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/26/lips-swatch-revlon-035-candy-apple-lip-butter/beautyFOTD: Cleopatra Look on Lydia http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/24/fotd-cleopatra-look-on-lydia/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Recently I was involved in a photo shoot for an urban T-shirt company. The owner turned up with all his rapper friends and it was quite different.&nbsp;They even started singing while we were doing the make-up.&nbsp;The company also does other&nbsp;accessories&nbsp;like caps and so on-cool stuff.<br /><br />When I got the call sheet it said Asian/Arab &amp; Cleopatra as the key words for the look.<br /><br />This is was my Cleopatra inspired look:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/bcc425ea6226a4d192864cae9f68f8a9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/6d7fa1dab3d07c30b3b9998e3e807f99.jpg" width="536" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I took&nbsp;inspiration&nbsp;from this iconic look by Tina Turner</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3d61d8662847a30ef48f628b3cf52e21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/053ca7fe23683630271e8c8e94d58719.jpg" width="508" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: left;">We also did a more casual look:</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e17d3c93aed5831bd60523cc033a3893.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/5d8cf8868c7f1d9c890256ae190f8fcf.jpg" width="444" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Photography: <a href="http://www.caronwestbrookphotography.co.uk/">Caron Westbrook</a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Fashion house: <a href="http://www.labsolja.com/">Labsolja</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Look 1</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">For the face I used</div><div style="text-align: left;">Luminese Air Brush System but I used OCC's foundations</div><div style="text-align: left;">Graftobian powder foundation to set</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">For the eyes</div><div style="text-align: left;">I used a black gel liner (Inglot) and a gold pigment (MUFE) mixed with a mixing medium to make it into a liner too.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I also applied some lashes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">For the lips</div><div style="text-align: left;">I used a mixture of lipsticks and glosses</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Look 2</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">For the face&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I used the same as for the other look</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">For the eyes</div><div style="text-align: left;">I used again the black gel liner (Inglot) and an aqua liquid liner (MAC)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">For the cheeks</div><div style="text-align: left;">I used a red based blush and a gold highlighter (MAC)&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">For the lips</div><div style="text-align: left;">I used a burgundy lipstick (MAC) and a gloss (Bobbi Brown)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm quite happy with the result. When I look at the make-up on photos I always thing that I could have done this like that and maybe I would have changed this other but I have to say-I'm quite pleased.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You can see more photos<a href="http://mercedeshayward.com/gallery/"> here.</a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">What do you think?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:29:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/24/fotd-cleopatra-look-on-lydia/beautyRocking The Perfect Ballerina Bun http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/23/rocking-the-perfect-ballerina-bun/<p><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Whenever I'm having a lazy hair day I roll it up in a bun. It's easy, still "structured" and neat.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">For a long time I was doing it with my own hair. Having ombre hair makes it even more&nbsp;interesting&nbsp;in my opinion with different hair tones going around it.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">But lately I reverted to me beloved Ebay in search of "the perfect" ballerina bun.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">And I found it! And for JUST £1.49!!!!!</div><div style="text-align: left;">And it's exactly my hair&nbsp;colour&nbsp;which is sooo hard to match.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2a0975c644bfe1bd157efaef4e396644.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/8e96e476c35d14eb6a51bd9634df477f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6e377a4ac887a690ed8d6358454f4d21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/03d00699f9dc2812eaebaf96926f7be7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's so easy to use!</div><div style="text-align: left;">Ir like a little net where you put your hair and you secure it with two clips and like a fastening elastic that you can then hide inside.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">The quality of the (artificial) hair is quite good and the clips are very good too!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm Happy.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Link to the seller <a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150629024401?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&amp;_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_4479wt_1002">here</a>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What are your hair secrets?&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 23 Apr 2012 20:01:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/23/rocking-the-perfect-ballerina-bun/beautyAnother Love-Estee Lauder Gelee http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/18/another-love-estee-lauder-gelee/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm in love with Estee Lauders' latest offering for the Bronze Goddess Capri collection 2012.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I was waiting for it and I even asked the lady to give me a call when the products were in. Sounded desperate much? Oh yea!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I picked up a few products. Starting of course with the cheek powder- the one and only Pure Colour Illuminating Powder Gelee in Shimmering Sands. And as the name says it really looks like sand. Love it.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a81c4b0eaabb0c3fb7341f2a5fc4a13c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/e44e94dce01109cfee678bd5f3c3fe0c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I am absolutely in love with this powder. it's a bit more wearable than the super bronzy one from the Topaz&nbsp;collection&nbsp;(<a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/review-estee-lauder-pure-color.html">link</a>).<br /><br />This one as a multidimensional colour between gold, pink, peach and bronzy. You can see from the photos how different it can look. Well that is how you can achieve different looks with it.<br />You can use it on the cheeks or on your eyelids. It lasts for ever and you just need a touch.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5767450d317849eb9a784e9384c3564a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="536" src="/s/blogger/f9bf2158417bfb3d16eef6e9058101a7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/abda0c78120161bb727b9cd40af111b0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/eebebc46cddb56406498c08580e51edf.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I thought I might as well show you a photo of this one next to MAC's new MSF release in Superb. As you can see you cannot really compare them. Swatched and once on they do not look similar either.<br /><br />I'll post some swatches soon. I'm getting home late and the good light is gone bu then.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/59879516f50d64951fea2af0fccc2f34.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="460" src="/s/blogger/f36af9bae8c341c5d20f9d2d743b3f11.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I love using this powder but at the same time I hate it was a LE because I might not see it released in years.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I think I will not worry about it and I will enjoy it as much as I can till it lasts.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The only thing I can say is that this product scores 10/10 in Ms Purple Make-up points!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Go and get it N-O-W! :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I will be posting soon about the other products I picked up. Still testing it.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any thoughts?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:27:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/18/another-love-estee-lauder-gelee/beautyMy concealer combo ATM http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/15/my-concealer-combo-atm/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hello ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, yet again me trying new things. This is what life is about, right?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I have probably about 15 concealers in my foundation/concealer drawer. Not that I'm not happy with them in fact some are in my top 5 (including links to my reviews) such as the Collection 2000 one, the <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/laura-mercier-secret-concealer-before.html">Laura Mercier Secret concealer</a>, MAC Studio Scultp, <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/review-super-stay-24-hs-concealer-by.html">Maybelline super stay 24 hs</a>&nbsp;and my <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/trouble-choosing-right-colour-for.html">Dermacolour palette&nbsp;</a>among many others.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">However, there's always something new to try.&nbsp;I've been intrigued for ages about the Studio Finish concealers by MAC so I decided to get myself a two- one for my undereyes and the other for the redness around my face.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So far- they are my favourite combo at the moment!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/37eac6ada3c6626038489dff93e1a7b1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="416" src="/s/blogger/57778a6281367ae5bcde8900eb50c411.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />As you can see from the photo I use a Real Technique's brush to apply them but you can use it with your fingers or any type of concealer brush. I find that with this brush I get a quick, simple and light application. Ideal for the morning.<br /><br />I went for NW25 for under my eyes. I find that a red based conceaer under my eyes does wonders to wake up my expression and help me with some small blue tone close to the bridge of the nose and with some tiny blue veins near my eyes. Sexy!<br /><br />For the face I decided to go for an NC30. so far so good! It dos what it says on the tin. It convers everything and pretty well!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/139085498a178da8fef7d53c60cc2a46.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="318" src="/s/blogger/f549f6f0c701ec310030909c4413322c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;To finish the application I use some setting powder by Laura Mercier. This is the brightening powder which is more for under the eyes but it does a decent job at setting the conceaer around the nose too.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It is true that this conceaers are super&nbsp;powerful&nbsp;in terms of coverage and pigmentation. They are pretty good!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">for now I will keep on using these until further notice. Of course I will keep on using all my other stuff but this are on my go-to make-up at the moment.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Have you tried these?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any recommendations? Ways of using it? Applying it?</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span id="goog_1768427572"></span><span id="goog_1768427573"></span></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:07:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/15/my-concealer-combo-atm/beautyFOTD- Using In Extra Dimension Eyeshadows http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/08/fotd-using-in-extra-dimension-eyeshadows/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Yesterday I went on a night date with the hubs and I decided to use my new In Extra Dimension eyeshadows. Of course I gravitated towards the purple ones to try first.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I took as many photos as I needed to show you exactly how these eyeshadows look once on.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It really depends on the light!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2457e1516b4a81c1d0ef31dc8d437bc8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="/s/blogger/be4db8b6dc868c243d33be3e0e43d776.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />L- No flash but I was infront of my dressing table yellow lights<br />R- Same place but I activated the flash<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/37ce79468640a87db3678a2dc5736c39.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/a56e66c216c825b55cae4d2872cd6ed8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>1 &amp; 2- No Flash<br />3 &amp; 4- With flash<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/187d7db06baf2c0a1199d36b1fa03fc2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/765a1d97876340065d5937eced3555e5.jpg" width="462" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5d0c8c452ad5fe08692da819f8144345.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/f4b4653c9f2517e73fe63733dcd24ea7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2b2c3607710aa750ea96304d4b34f1eb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/bd4c4d4de7ed56bf2718059900639419.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Products used</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Face</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation in 6.5&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">MAC Studio finish concealers (NW25 under my eyes and NC30 on redness around my face)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Eyes</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">UDPP</div><div style="text-align: left;">MAC e/s in Blue Orbit (LE) on my lid</div><div style="text-align: left;">MAC e/s in Grand Galaxy (LE) on the outer corner</div><div style="text-align: left;">Urban Decay e/s in Buck on the crease to blend</div><div style="text-align: left;">Honeycomb e/s by The Body Shop. It comes in one of the cubes. On the brow bone</div><div style="text-align: left;">MUFE purple waterproof eyeliner in 11L (purple) on the lower waterline</div><div style="text-align: left;">Makeup Atelier Purple e/s in T214 on the lash line blended with the eyeliner</div><div style="text-align: left;">Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Brows</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Eyebrow make-up by Christian in the colour Dark Brown</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Cheeks</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Vivo baked blush in Peaches and cream</div><div style="text-align: left;">MAC highlighter in Superb (LE)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Lips</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richer Lusher (LE)</div><div style="text-align: left;">MAC highlighter in Superb on my cupid's bow&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I went out for drinks and dinner. I would say I was out for about 4 hours and when I came back the make-up was intact! the eyeshadows did not move. It could be because of the UDPP. I don't know but I am totally loving these new babies!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">With the highlighter at first it looked as if I wasn't picking anything on the brush but don't be fooled. I think it has to do with the formula. It's not that you will see the product sitting on the tips of the brush but be careful because when you apply it I can guarantee you there's&nbsp;definitely&nbsp;something there!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It was super easy to blend and it required minimum effort. Love it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope you liked it :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 08 Apr 2012 12:08:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/08/fotd-using-in-extra-dimension-eyeshadows/beautyMAC Haul- In Extra Dimension http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/07/mac-haul-in-extra-dimension/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">How are you- I'm back blogging! Yey. My blogging mojo got a bit sidetracked but we're rolling again.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And what a better way to come back than with a haul! :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">On Thursday I went (nearly running) to my local MAC counter to check out the latest and current collection called In Extra Dimension.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I could have bought the items online but I rally wanted to check them out in person as I noticed that they photograph so differently on swatches that I've seen. Now that I have taken these photos myself I can completely see how different these can look depending on the lighting, the camera and the angle. If you are planning on getting anything I would strongly suggest you see it in real life first!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">My main&nbsp;attraction&nbsp;to this collection was the one and only <b>Extra Dimension Skinfinish Poudre Lumiere in Superb</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d0e6b0015bf81fdddb5e9c28b281cf64.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/3b9ee8d1fd05049c09377978b01af24c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Everyone claimed that this powder was a dupe for the Estee Lauder super coveted illuminating powder gelee called Modern Mercury that sold out nearly on the day. I saw sooo many swatches comparing them and they looked 100% identical. Some claim it's actually the same considering Estee Lauder owns MAC. However, I heard the ingredients are not the same but the swatches look like dupes.<br />I grabbed two of these! They retail at £21.50. I predict these will go quick so be quick!<br /><br />I then went for the gold one called&nbsp;<b>Extra Dimension Skinfinish Poudre Lumiere in Whisper of Gilt</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d1f8e2c181002de0bdfdc8aeeb64ec47.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="588" src="/s/blogger/d1554ad46f22751e1a14a6c389f5ccd2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This one is a more gold/champagne shimmer that could look fab on darker skin tones or it could give just that nice glow to lighter skin tones.<br /><br />These two are quite tricky to photograph and you can see on the photo below that they can look different&nbsp;depending&nbsp;on the angle. However, these are SO PRETTY regardless of the side you look at them.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/337198fdbf47f3a0269bd05f31aeb109.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/54068746a37f34de02ebb57b8432ee3f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I didn't go for the coppery one. I already own the Estee Lauder dupe so I had no need. You can see photos and a mini review on the Estee Lauder one <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/review-estee-lauder-pure-color.html">here</a>.<br /><br />I then couldn't resist some of these eyeshadows. These are big pots and they have a nice&nbsp;selection&nbsp;of interesting colours.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4ce7bbb77f1bc750a2b61e81781691a0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="449" src="/s/blogger/1e554ba089be69320d89b3ab04840dc5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Blue Orbit&nbsp;</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/05529251c89aebc998ac2e9309d2f240.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="524" src="/s/blogger/ca0034f2ba6345aab3f6fac7f38f29c7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This one came out blue on the photos. On the group one you can see more the true colour. It is super similar to Cornflower pigment which I actually love! It's like a light blue, purple and pink all mixed together.<br /><br /><b>Grand Galaxy&nbsp;</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/05874a359676b327fd4c0c396543df4c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="556" src="/s/blogger/fa5f2cc473df05786bf4408890f6a79c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I love this colour. It's a burgundy&nbsp;purple with a bit of blue, silver and red.<br />I cannot wait to do some looks with this one! This one will defo go brilliantly with my brown eyes.<br /><br /><b>Modern Pewter&nbsp;</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f29c8f8a8798f9102197d134385463f8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="560" src="/s/blogger/cb9e2373af19e5525e0c600880603991.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This one was hard to photograph too. Very hard to get the real colour to show you. Shame.<br />It's kind of like to Patina. It's that kind of colour that can change with the light. It can look gold green but it defo has some mixture of colour in the background that gives it that extra thing. I recommend this one!<br /><br /><b>Sweet Heat</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c2590808f103a643bb430c6b4d3a44e8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="478" src="/s/blogger/39da1631040050cd2a865084aac0c88f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>I'm not sure about this one. I might take it back. It's basically very similar to Superb! See below.<br />I mean it's gorgeous but I already have the big "look-alike" in a way so I might grab a different colour.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cfc343a80c12ca76a0836adfed59d8cb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="362" src="/s/blogger/683f2d9a1ada350ef50a10b0dc4503f4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I absolutely love this new formulation! It lasts longer and there is no need to pile up the product. The pigmentation is amazing and I love the way&nbsp;everything&nbsp;looks. It gives you that hollywood shine with minimum effort.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm not one of those who go crazy every time MAC has a LE but this really kept me anxious until I got my hands on all the products I wanted!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm super happy with my purchase.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Thoughts or pics on this collection?</b></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 07 Apr 2012 11:58:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/04/07/mac-haul-in-extra-dimension/beautyWhy I'm a bit MIA? http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/25/why-im-a-bit-mia/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />I'm still here. I know I'm not posting that often and the only reason is that I'm so busy lately.<br />Lame excuse but it's the truth. I like posting quality posts with good photos so a rubbishy post just for the sake of posting will not do for me! You deserve better! :)<br /><br />I have been working a lot and I have been doing lots of shoots lately some tests and some paid! Yey!! :)<br /><br />Here are a few photos of a shoot I did today for a 3rd collection of a lovely designer. Sorry for the quality of these. I took them with my nearly dead iphone. Bad bad quality!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Katie rocking a killer pose.</div><div style="text-align: center;">She's a full time model for Models 1&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fd76929f1a82b2617b2c60bc2a91c8a8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/71d4ef58ce6878e0fcd339bcc45f5091.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Nicola working his hair magic!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6fbb50b7d33cc37b2094143365a7863d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/c9513a047bd878594e8a760068b2fc30.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Katie getting some directions from the photographer Gina&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c08eb044430d7f22a0fa5d6869528466.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/7ac657b96f83fa7bf99c1d74e15d3a0d.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1b939d7dab8e48a3428bcda87a1df2a2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/4fcf337052800e07e4ae73ae1d6531c8.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br />Also I recently uploaded another backstage video on another photoshoot I did. You can watch it <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKqLr6G6NM4">here</a>.<br />This one was for a really interesting project. It's a designer who lends his dress to lots of different photographers and he then collects all the photos taken by different people. You can have a look at it <a href="http://www.thehouseofhannigan.com/union-jack-dress-project-2012.php">here</a>. I love the idea. So clever!<br /><br />I might be doing a beauty photoshoot with a lizard! I'll keep you posted on that.<br /><br />Another thing that I've been doing was a wedding trial. I'm doing the bride and 2&nbsp;bridesmaids! :)<br />For these shoots I have been mainly using airbrush. It's such a fantastic product and it gives such a flawless look.<br /><br />Anyway, I just wanted to say hi and to say that I'm here. I've been buying lots too so I guess at some point I will be doing posts and reviews.<br /><br />Have a fab week everyone!!<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 25 Mar 2012 20:45:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/25/why-im-a-bit-mia/beautyRecent MAC buys http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/17/recent-mac-buys/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />I have to start by saying that after I drafted this post I bought more stuff! Naughty me.<br /><br />As you probably know I'm a sucker for cheek products. I probably have about 20 highlighters, 30 blushes and maybe about 15 bronzers. Yes, it's bad! And it's not getting any better.<br /><br />I picked up 3 cheek products from the MAC Naturally collection.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/27805b19adda76d7b9a018731dd13c40.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="366" src="/s/blogger/ee7b9a2b0f7f1f3d63ab37abe761dd04.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I picked up the blush called Early Morning<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/991ef5b3cc2fdc803de654969d14f666.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="580" src="/s/blogger/571122fbbfdb86892924507f538ee50f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It's an interesting colour. It's a very pigmented peach/pink and terracotta. It's matte and you have to learn how to blend it because it can look chalky. If you get the hang of it then it can give you that super natural flush that we are all after!<br /><br />Then I just couldn't resist the two MSFs. If you know me, you know I collect them &amp; USE them :)<br />I picked up Blond and Redhead.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/97d665080f79012e8f9bea65a6da303c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="326" src="/s/blogger/c696488d04587a1e582882333cebd15b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Redhead is the peachy one and Blonde is more pink. Both of them have 4 strips of different tones so you can pick individual ones or you can just swirl the brush. I love both of them and I am already enjoying them &nbsp;too much. I also tried the combo of Early Morning and one of these MSFs on top and I love the effect!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Here's a photo in daylight so you can see the difference in tone. Aren't they gorgeous?!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fbd202f37e5b960af6f2db8ce8c79628.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="416" src="/s/blogger/48a520f4f38d37102326ec87b35c75e8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I think next in my list of cheek products from MAC is a blush called Margin. I swatched it yesterday while waiting to meet a friend and OMG how come I never ever heard anyone talk about that blush?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's the perfect gold, peach and maybe a hint of pink. It could totally be my second favourite after my very first fav which is Style! We'll see.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:42:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/17/recent-mac-buys/beautyChanel Horizon Blush- To use or not to use? http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/10/chanel-horizon-blush-to-use-or-not-to-use/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Happy Saturday!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope you are having a lovely day.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I did a wedding trial today! Love weddings. I get exited and hyped by the joy that a happy couple decides to celebrate their&nbsp;commitment and that it all involves make-up too! :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I was recommended by another bride I did last summer so as with any other&nbsp;business&nbsp;word of mouth is the best ever marketing.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I will be sharing photos on that in May when the wedding takes place. I didn't want to scare the bride by flashing my cannon on her face all for the sake of my blog :).</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And if you are interested- here's a link to my website for my MUA work. Eventually this blog will migrate there. <a href="https://mercedeshayward.com/">Link!</a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;So on to the post of today!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">A few weeks ago I&nbsp;purchased&nbsp;this fabulous blush! I missed out on so many Chanel LE blushes so I was so happy to get my hands on this one!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's the perfect blush for me- some peach, some pink, some plumb and some highlight. You can't resist it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/686cc077c62c11ce3bb64f5bda16dd4d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="586" src="/s/blogger/ddc3519947ef043654c28346e41cc10f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cf781b33ccb10e359759aab854174a37.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="518" src="/s/blogger/6a93485a2ffa3e556bf69c0b5d582f3e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9d63b1a11cb7408b4cb8231752107bdd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="544" src="/s/blogger/68f277323a1f4c133ae208d42b0917f6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">But funny enough- I don't use it!&nbsp;I haven't even swatched it yet!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Ever since watching Lisa Eldridge's video on her Viva make-up I grasped the idea of collecting make-up. And in fact I have been doing that for some years now. Some MAC blushes that have gorgeous overlays same with the Estee Lauder Bronzer with the peachy star. I by in pairs! Is that crazy?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Well, with this Chanel blush I got just one. It was expensive so I said-mmm maybe not this time!</div><div style="text-align: left;">But now I'm not sure if I shall use it or not. It looks soooo&nbsp;pretty&nbsp;on the pan.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b22aa1052057252b0e07ba4216accd08.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/682511c3c6d86d03562a0a21c38a108e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div>Sometimes I feel I should enjoy all I have. And trust me I do! I use everything I have and I love using my high-end stuff for everyday. What's the point of spending the money then?<br />But I do get every now and then this little bug that tells me to have one odd thing just for the sake of collecting.<br /><br />I'm still debating!<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>What do you think? Do you collect anything? Any make-up that you bought and never used?&nbsp;</b><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:31:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/10/chanel-horizon-blush-to-use-or-not-to-use/beautyMua Work- Music Video! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/09/mua-work-music-video/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Happy Friday!<br /><br />A bit more than a month ago I was involved in an interesting project. I had to do the make-up for two girls (there were actually 3) for a music video!<br />How exiting! :)<br /><br />The DJ is Jon Phonics. His music is quite cool and very modern but at the same time relaxing and urban.<br /><br />There is a section on Mixmag where you can see a mini article about him and his new tune (the one I worked on) which you could download for free. <a href="http://www.mixmag.net/music/mp3-blog/free-mp3-jon-phonics">Link!</a><br /><br />And you can see the video on YT!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="/s/blogger/9afb2fec75191fb988f161721c3b3a33.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/aMIqH2hpte0&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/aMIqH2hpte0&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I did the make-up on the dark skinned model. There was another model which I worked on but they decided not to add her on the video but I have the photos of her. Not sure why they decided that.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You might recognise Chanie the other model on this video. I worked with her (just pure coincidence) on another project :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm super exited that part of my MUA work is "kind" of published!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I will push so that they mention all of us (models and MUAs) on the info box.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">What do you think? :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><br /><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 09 Mar 2012 22:44:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/09/mua-work-music-video/beautyNOTD: Sally Hansen 220 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/07/notd-sally-hansen-220/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Happy Wednesday! Hope you're all well.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Just a quick post to share a new discovery- nude nails!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I've always been in two minds about nude nails. they can look dead looking or super cool and trendy.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Let's hope I've achieved the latter! ;)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I was desperate to get my hands on Essie Fiji ( a more butter looking colour) so failing that I decided to pick up this little fella: Sally Hansen 220 Cafe Au Lait.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c1e8cd8cc2ee2759d50f037c020837f0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/790fe92ec37e5caaff8626aba39d2b52.jpg" width="558" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f7a33b4e5551f1681f4b04b4737e2aee.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/8e868399fb98976b6212fd2382207f71.jpg" width="562" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cbf272eed0f3945a3feda185e5d05bdb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="550" src="/s/blogger/ef68e690b9fcb84f6311c45223e7c362.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It was my first Sally Hansen&nbsp;purchase. The bottle is huge! The brush is standard. I paid £6.99 for it at a local pharmacy.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I applied about 2-3 coats here to get the effect/coverage I like.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">What do you think? Dead-like looking or cool bang-on-trend?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 07 Mar 2012 20:46:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/07/notd-sally-hansen-220/beautyMy favourite day and night creams http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/04/my-favourite-day-and-night-creams/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Happy Sunday.<br /><br />I managed to get my bottom to the Excel exhibition cetre today despite the partially suspended Northern Line which affected me terribly and despite the rain!<br /><br />I think while en route I was thinking- what on earth are you doing and why? It was one of those days-Such a terrible way down there it was. But I have to say I enjoyed it! I met nice people and I had a look at so many products and new&nbsp;techniques.<br /><br />Of course I bought a few things- more to come during the week.<br /><br />Today I wanted to share two skin care products that I'm enjoying to the max.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d90dcb2905b20ea74336776fca524c3c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="556" src="/s/blogger/443c6f1fd69af1a4aefa35c60ae4794f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <br /><b>Embryolisse (Lait-Creme Concentre)&nbsp;</b><o:p></o:p><br /><br />It's a lovely&nbsp;gently&nbsp;yet super effective day cream.<br />It's ideal for sensitive skin as doesn't have any strong chemicals or scent to it. &nbsp;I have normal skin with (on occasions) an oily T zone and it works wonders for me.<o:p></o:p><br /><br />It's white but when you apply it there is no colours left behind. A little goes a longggg way.<o:p></o:p><br /><br />What I love the most about this cream is that it's super effective and you can see the results straight away. The&nbsp;absorption&nbsp;power is incredible. and it's because of this that I make it my cream of choice for before I apply my foundation.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p><br /><br />I change my foundation every week (as I have too many and I need to use them up) and this cream works with every single one. The foundation&nbsp;applies&nbsp;and blends like a dream.<o:p></o:p><br /><br />I couldn't recommend it enough if you can get hold of it.<o:p></o:p><br /><br />It's about £16.50 and I got mine at Screen Face in London.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.screenface.co.uk/beauty/moisturiser/embryolisse-lait-cr-me-concentre.htm">Link</a></span><o:p></o:p><br /><br /><b>High-Potency Night-A-Mins by Origins</b><o:p></o:p><br /><br />I picked up this night cream during the xmas period. I've been loving it since!<o:p></o:p><br /><br />It's suposed to help with tired skin, wrinkles,&nbsp;imperfections&nbsp;and all sorts of evils.<br /><br />It's a rich but light cream with a very soft and relaxing citrus scent.<o:p></o:p><br /><br />I apply it after I clean and tone my face before going to bed. It's like my last face treat of the day.<o:p></o:p><br /><br />You do not need much and it's ideal for a face massage. It does not absorb straight away and it does sit on the skin a little bit. I don't normally mind because I normally go to bed straight away after I apply it.<o:p></o:p><br /><br />I love the way my skin looks the next morning- refreshed, relaxed and healthy.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p><br /><br />I bought mine in House of Fraser and it was £32. Ouch but worth it! <a href="http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Origins+Night+A+Mins+Crease+Release+Moisturiser+Cream/157282743,default,pd.html">Link</a><br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>What are your favourite day and&nbsp;night&nbsp;cream?&nbsp;</b><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--EndFragment--></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 04 Mar 2012 18:58:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/04/my-favourite-day-and-night-creams/beautyNew Look Bargain Accesories http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/01/new-look-bargain-accesories/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Nearly there for the end of the working week (for most of us).<br /><br />On a recent lunch break with one of my colleagues we decided to have a "browse" on the New Look&nbsp;accessories'&nbsp;section. Well..the browsing ended up in a&nbsp;bargain&nbsp;hunt!<br /><br />We just couldn't resist the buy 1 get 1 free!<br /><br />This is what I got:<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7379b7a2ba0347992687508b29881679.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="404" src="/s/blogger/4c8a30c4036df9c6430eef6c162307be.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />A spiky necklace which I adore!<br />I've been trying to find something similar in TopShop and had no luck.<br /><br />This necklace is perfect. The length can be adjusted quite a bit and the spikes move. I mean they are not attached still on one place. It can dress up any casual outfit and it can give you that added touch of glamour.&nbsp;I cannot find it on the web!<br /><br />Then I got a lovely cuff!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c414403f172f55338b782fa892d23976.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="578" src="/s/blogger/572c97130e74e7edef5342a2912f9a9c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0220dc4d0180570cf3edf085a6e6e89a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="492" src="/s/blogger/7bf8856fa9146a47dc4b783be1953487.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I'm in love with this cuff too. It's just bits tied together like a puzzle. Love that! The string is quite elastic so there's no problem putting it on and taking it off and the string will not give in. It's still tight and working to perfection.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I find the colours so timeless (winter or summer) and I can see myself using this with so many of my outfits.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Link to the cuff online <a href="http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/jewellery-and-hair-accessories/enamel-flower-cuff_246740870">here</a>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The total cost of these bargains! £7 for both! BARGAIN!!! :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I personally love New Look for these kinds of quick fixes! I always find something to take home.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What do you think of New Look?</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:14:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/03/01/new-look-bargain-accesories/beautyReview: Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée - Topaz Chameleon http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/25/review-estee-lauder-pure-color-illuminating-powder-gelee-topaz-chameleon/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Happy Saturday.<br /><br />I was looking at all my new buys (haul video coming soon) and I think this is my favourite product from the lot. I just cannot stop looking at it. It's&nbsp;mesmerizing.<br /><br />This powder is part of the Estee Lauder Topaz collection which out right now.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fb750ec97eeb6831e2963bb5068483e5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="550" src="/s/blogger/1dce4ed0c778a5248ed7e58293640329.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/66b9ce20cf930b365023ab88f78417d9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="496" src="/s/blogger/424485a183e2b4e986e497264fe3d1e6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The packaging is the typical Estee Lauder packaging. Nothing new or nothing different there.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2c4a069db184049a5ac25ef52c4f5b13.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/a241e019bb62a2505b29ecee33b3ed5d.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;It comes with a rather "useless" brush but it looks nice next to the powder. You also get a nice size mirror which is pretty standard on the Lauder products.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5cdf9c8ace628a56e153d6b6f9217b9d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="584" src="/s/blogger/5f38ae2686fccace948ebfc270bcb97f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />What is really interesting about this product is the formulation! It's like a mixture of liquid, powder and gel texture. I don't think I own anything like this to compare it. It feels soft beyond anything else and it blends like no other thing.<br /><br />This baby is SUPER pigmented. I don't think I will ever hit pan on this one! You need the smallest amount and you get a gorgeous effect.<br /><br />I think it's marketed as all over powder. Mmmm no way! Unless you are going for a theatrical look.<br />This product is just for the cheeks as a bronzy blush or even an illuminator. Depending on your skin colour.<br /><br />The colour is a very strong copper/bronze.&nbsp;I would probably say if you are very fair just skip this one as you will look too orange. On medium and dark skin this will look fab!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/25a7df452fa9d3d6efe5e93feba58dd0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/1a009879060352abc841694a25d99f4f.jpg" width="620" /></a></div><br />And here you have the very important swatches. I seriously just touched the thing and look how much I picked up.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b1920e6b516548c9a67227278c1ee677.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/4b92e069152d26eea141fb08d504c08b.jpg" width="456" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3868ebe6431df32a6212727ab57d435a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="594" src="/s/blogger/b4adeec275062a82115162ca38ba273a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I got mine at an Estee Lauder counter in Boots and it was £28. <a href="http://www.boots.com/en/Estee-Lauder-Pure-Color-Illuminating-Powder-Gelee-Topaz-Chameleon_1249837/">Link!</a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">My verdict for this product is that &nbsp;I personally love it and the colour suits me (I'm about an NC30 for reference) but this product is not for everyone and you shouldn't by it online! I would strongly suggest you go and try it first. The colour is very strong and it might not suit everyone.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I think like with the MAC MSFs I started on a little collector's hunt with these Lauder powders.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I love them!&nbsp;I heard there will be a more&nbsp;rosy&nbsp;one coming up at the end of April. I'll be there!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope this was useful!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Did you get this one? Or any of the previous ones?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What do you think?&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 25 Feb 2012 20:52:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/25/review-estee-lauder-pure-color-illuminating-powder-gelee-topaz-chameleon/beautyPhotoshoot + Products Used http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/18/photoshoot-products-used/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Happy Saturday!<br /><br />A few weeks ago I did a very interesting photoshoot in a great project by a very clever clothes designer called Sarmite Ostanevica.<br /><br />She contacted about 10 photographers who shot her clothes collection with different models in different locations and then all the photos were going to be exhibited all in the same place for her press release. Clever, right?<br /><br />Here are a few photos of the looks we went for.<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0952a645728e45dc4dafc30d3f014ebc.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/1a1b54412b48d036c6631155821d8355.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/37570f1b7ece15610b610d9263985030.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/37570f1b7ece15610b610d9263985030.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b6b38388e6a2ed1bd57a78822395d032.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/0c74116344214ff127c04a8725cdf8e4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0ae28d667659fe04ff0c9adc2b9fb0b8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/8ce38ee1672406f486d011a88f41a254.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/45eab2292d1bc3558e18cca0f3d4c2f8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/31afa8061a879496940125265eed0f52.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">Photography: Rita Metlovaite</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">Designer: Sarmite Ostanevica</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">Model: Chanie Munn</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">Model: Estee</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;">The exhibition is still on until Saturday at Testbed1, 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP and it's free to get in!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br />The look:<br />We wanted to go for a soft/classic look with the main features being brows and lips and obviously the clothes.<br /><br /><b>Products used:</b><br />Face<br />-Luminese Airbrush system but with OCC Airbrush foundations<br />-Coverderm concealers<br /><br />Eyes<br />-Painterly paintpot by Mac<br />-Brown e/ss<br />-Black mascara<br /><br />Lips<br />-A mixture of red and orange&nbsp;lipsticks<br />-8h Cream by Elizabeth Arden<br /><br />Brows<br />-Christian eyebrow powder. <a href="http://shop.izabellehammon.com/acatalog/Christian_Eyebrow.html">Link</a><br /><br />What do you think? I love it! ;)<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:18:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/18/photoshoot-products-used/beautyYSL Lip Galore! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/09/ysl-lip-galore/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I totally forgot to post about this!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">During the Xmas sales I managed to get some more YSL!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Let's face it- YSL is probably at the high end of what I would normally pay for a lip product so I when I saw them at £14.50 (they are normally £22) &nbsp;I had to get a few!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6d0f98577bd7e096c4761005d3107eb3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="380" src="/s/blogger/46dd58ea9529f91eb2601491d322a817.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I went for my confort zone -say it?! yes, peach! I couldn't decide so I grabbed the two that were on offer so now I have number 30 (old purchase) , number 13 and number 26.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d7239732f79504d0c99347e4a0f50b04.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="490" src="/s/blogger/1d035d74ab1b2d8e7efebca9c2fcc05d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;(26-13-30)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I also saw that they had the lip glosses on sales so I decided to get two to try. I went for a peach and a purple but no, it does not look purple on your lips.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6bcadf56fca7782d2aae89b419cc9d92.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="448" src="/s/blogger/808b0bc5e358ee919dfc2858bf486120.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">(43-47)<br /><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Swatches with flash and without flash</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/297b122e236eec8040c728e8e9fc5bb6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="528" src="/s/blogger/07749c73ec7c88af923eb3053460b565.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f1054f1b5191167b320b83f7981bb53b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="552" src="/s/blogger/00e59343477af92c6a6daa9f83f6750b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So what do I think?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Lipsticks (these are the Rouge Volupte)</div><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, the 3 lipsticks look ever so similar. There are differences on the undertone but let's be honest- once on you would hardly see the difference. It's ok. I love the colours and the tones so I don't regret it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The texture is so soft and creamy however the do not last very long on the lips. The packaging is super luxurious and the smell is super fresh and delish.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I would happily by more (on the sales!)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Lip glosses (these are the Golden Glosses)</div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm a bit&nbsp;disappointed. They are sticky which I hate in glosses but I guess the sparkles sell this gloss. They are so pretty once on. They are ideal for parties.</div><div style="text-align: left;">They lasted quite a bit on my lips and the smell is a bit strong but I like it.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm not sure I would repurchase any of these type of glosses.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Shame.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope this was helpful.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Any recommendations for future Rouge Voluptes?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:21:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/09/ysl-lip-galore/beautyFashion Shoot Backstage http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/05/fashion-shoot-backstage/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />Here are some of the backstage photos I took on the shoot I did yesterday.<br /><br />The location was a studio/warehouse which was freezing hence- THE coat :)<br /><br />The models did a fab job at keeping it cool. We finished at 6pm and then an hour later (when we were all on the way home) it started snowing. :)<br /><br />I will do a video too with the footage I have as well.<br /><br />The looks was super simple as we wanted the clothes to be the main point of attention.<br />We went for super strong brows and lips.<br /><br /><b>Most of the products I used were</b><br /><b>Face</b><br />-Coverderm concealers<br />-Luminese Airbursh system with OCC airbrush foundation.<br />-Strobe liquid (which worked AMAZINGLY well under the airbrush)<br /><br /><b>Eyes</b><br />-Painterly Paint pot<br />-Cream e/s<br />-A soft brown to define the crease<br />-Black mascara (but not too much)<br /><br /><b>Brows</b><br />-Christian eyebrow powder<br />-Makeup For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow corrector in shade 3 (to give colour and set)<br /><br /><b>Lips</b><br />A mixture of sleek lip paints<br />Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream (to add a lot of gloss)<br /><br />Please remember - THESE ARE NOT THE OFFICIAL PHOTOS. This was just me snapping around while the models posed :)<br /><br />And here we go with the base<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e466a34d88d7a4e6bc3d134d334ebae9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="277" src="/s/blogger/44857f147c9d2d441be02d29634f6e3d.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/316637261cb86193efb063b3b2fe0952.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/ca4190281a2f01cf88c7cafe49c3c7d4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The is the gorgeous Chanie Munn- a professional model. She was soo gorgeous and tall. It's the second time I work with her :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ade5bd9e9b0389c318a5ca9ff9a3d865.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/f42d8a9354a8bfc84a9a6c07fc1d6989.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d2b1b4d4d9080d1c15068a762afc76d6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/77b51b13a72585410707d8d25a809c76.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6662951bf5dcddbb39d36c6d0433e922.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/4c10551ed03dbcba2b65327ccc67bc71.jpg" width="622" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/914816faed20db82bba78cad91cdb4c2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="634" src="/s/blogger/797d2a0e21beba2fcb686848adcd47b4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Ma tools<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/76d49c66815d13ebcd30223d72a592ff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/4d77c09d5cac1dbd1231fbdaf401180e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br />I love the backstage photos- here's Chanie striking a natural pose!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6b7be6a4cf8947176d561e16b16906ff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/1536a1865e9630bed8c42d5068f99b76.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/620967bc906a24394a0639d866914756.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="524" src="/s/blogger/6fb34904b146e7ea16a15d4453596191.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/baf7cf84688d558e7a875d587882d860.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/f56f158ee780c039c81233ee4f7814b9.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br />This is the second model Estee who had amazing skin and SUPER thick hair. So nice!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5b8b240fbc4c935ee954199cd05483c5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/f503a3abaafdfcd27c67c4291a8e1a69.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8fee537dc4b8831c632464bd154ad620.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="460" src="/s/blogger/dca3bb0ad4718fe134721d045a4c0bd0.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/411b771260708fccfeb303c258b30ae2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="476" src="/s/blogger/348a219797d499f409bd13728655562c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And the very important (and inefficient) heater that we used to keep or feet warm ;)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/80d717df43ba41ffbdc724cabe0ceb14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/1c73ddef4c710f0eea28fda4959cdaa5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I absolutely love doing photo shoots!<br />I have a few more lined up so watch the space...<br /><br />Happy Sunday and keep warm.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes&nbsp;</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 05 Feb 2012 10:04:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/05/fashion-shoot-backstage/beautyFriday update- MUA work, life, shopping-etc etc etc http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/03/friday-update-mua-work-life-shopping-etc-etc-etc/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal">Hi everyone,<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Happy Friday.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I have a lot of drafted posts of amazing products by Mac, Chanel, Clarins, etc etc but they all lack some swatch photos. Honestly I don’t see the point in showing a product when you don’t show a swatch so I will not post them until then.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">So, I thought why not do an update/blah blah/ ramble post and tell you a bit of what I’ve been doing lately.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Shopping (we need to start with that- of course)</b><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">After Paris I thought I should cut down. It was one of those occasions when you just hide the evidence because it’s just too obvious! I spent too much money and I felt really bad about it. I do splash out- you know me- but this one was a SERIOUS splash out and I felt guilty. I haven’t felt that way in a long time but that feeling is gone. I am a bit more careful now- I hope!<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But, having said that I just couldn’t resist some of the offerings on the latest collections. I will not go into details but I bought:<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">-The super lush Chanel blush with all the pink stripes. Yes, the one that is like £46 (ouch). It’s just gorgeous to look at. I feel bad at swatching it and ruining it. I could just be part of an untouched/unopened collection.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">-I went for the TWO MSF in the latest MAC’s collection and for one of the blushes! Really? Yes. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">-I went for the TWO liquid blushes that Clarins is offering at the moment. They were both gorgeous and because they are LE I went for both. Lame excuse- I know! The lady is also doing my eyes and lips at the counter next Friday- just before I go out. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Nearly there:<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">-I was tempted with some of the neon &amp; nude (I think) it’s called by Bobbi Brown. They have two gorgeous purple e/s and that little nude palette is cute.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">-I was mega tempted with the Laura Mercier new LE palette. Something called lips and cheeks, maybe?<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Work</b><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">I’ve been super busy lately. That’s the reason for the lack of posts. I work in the translation industry and it’s amazing how much businesses need to translate more to cater for the international markets.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">I supervise people (up to 6 ATM) and it’s quite demanding. I also do a lot of PMing for our most important clients so it’s all pretty intense at times. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">We recently won a contract worth around £170, 000! Yes, you read correctly! You would be amazed at how much people spend on translation and how expensive translations can be! I’m not complaining ;) <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Married life</b><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">It was our 7<sup>th</sup> anniversary yesterday! WOW! Yes, that’s all I can say.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">He wants a baby- I want another dog!!! :P<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I remember exactly that day and how it all happened. It was such a relaxed and happy wedding in Bs As. His family came all the way from London to join us. I didn’t do the big thing! No church and a nice reception for about 70 people. I still have what I wore that day all nicely kept. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>MUA work</b><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">Make-up is probably my strongest hobby.&nbsp; I am working hard on creating a nice and strong portfolio (more on that on another post) and I’m doing a lot of networking with photographers, models, other MUAS and studio owners.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">So far I have been involved in very interesting projects one being a film and stills for an artist who will be performing at festivals this summer and those images will be showing at the back of the stage on the screens! <br />&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">Tomorrow, I’m doing the make-up and hair on three amazing upcoming models for a fashion designer’s collection. The location is a big wharehouse.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">The project: There are 20 photographers involved and they all have different slots to borrow the clothes and they can approach the shoot as they please. Then all the 20 photographers print their work and they will all exhibit at the same time in a show room where all the magazines and press will be invited for the release. I just thought that probably the most clever way to promote you clothes! I’m so glad I’m involved in that! There will be a lot networking so I'll make sure I'll take my MUA cards with me&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Wingdings;">:)</span><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Wingdings;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal">I’m also doing another shoot that involves a super mega big dress. Kind of a massive Victorian &nbsp;dress with a big Union Jack flag at the front. We will be shooting in a pub! <span style="font-family: Wingdings; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-char-type: symbol; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-symbol-font-family: Wingdings;">J</span><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>My shop</b><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">I have some super unique necklaces that I will be selling soon but more on that. It will not be on this blog. I’ll tell you more about that later in the month.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Willow</b><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">She’s adorable. My beloved had an op last week and he’s on leave at home. She gets a lot of attention and cuddles! She’s getting her jabs, checks and deworking tablets next weekend.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I think that’s about it!<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I’m sure I will be updating you on Sunday how it all went and I’m definitely finishing all the drafted posts.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">XXXX<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mercedes<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>What are you up to?&nbsp;</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--EndFragment--></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 03 Feb 2012 23:05:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/02/03/friday-update-mua-work-life-shopping-etc-etc-etc/beautyNew Inglot palette for everyday looks http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/28/new-inglot-palette-for-everyday-looks/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Whenever I go to INGLOT I know I will spend serious money!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's never the case of- well, I'll just take this one product and leave. Never!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Firstly because I do not like shopping centres. They are like hell to me. I do not like to mingle with people that have a lot of time to waste and go at 1 mile an hour so when I make the hard decision to venture to West London to go to Westfield it has to be worth it = big shop.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Secondly because I always want everything in that shop. It could be because it's only in&nbsp;Westfield and it's the "can't get that often" effect that makes me want it more.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Whatever the reason I bought a lot! Maybe the most used product is this&nbsp;freedom&nbsp;system palette.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/25d014a1f9ff826535d96863bed2024e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/2a6401cc7d171a50ccf310f6c0626c7f.jpg" width="544" /></a></div><br />I was nearly going to go for the 20 e/s one but it was too heavy and I would never leave home with that. Maybe it's good for freelancing but I have my make-up for ever palettes with all the eyeshadows I use for make-up on other people.<br /><br />So, I just went for the regular 10 e/s! Just to add to my other 3 10-e/s palettes :)<br /><br />I picked 7 with shimmery/satin finish and 3 with mat finish one of which is the&nbsp;rainbow&nbsp;type (3 e/s in one square).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/42f2b75d03c861480a9926b1a50fbc3f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="436" src="/s/blogger/fff1e93039bdbd32d97cc6e78bc0ddbd.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d5970f39074e0cb5062314fb526b07b1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="/s/blogger/7e70f61c1583ffa3680a4a5405f39f80.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br />rainbow e/s 107R, 376, 420, 402, 423<br />357, 404, 11, 09, 12<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Rainbow e/s 107R</div><div style="text-align: left;">This is the perfect trio for crease work for blending and transition colour. They are also good alternative to brow powders!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">376</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a matte dark purple. It has some hints of blue and black. Perfect for deepening the crease or outer V</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">420</div><div style="text-align: left;">My favourite of the palette! It's like a purple version of Stain Taupe by Mac. It's a lilac with hints of silver and a bit of blue. I can change colours ever so slightly when you blend it. Love it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">402</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a lighter version of Satin Taupe. I much prefer this e/s to Satin Taupe. It can be used on it's own, on the lid or to highlight.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">423</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a rich burgundy colour with a hint of gold shine.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">357</div><div style="text-align: left;">This is the crease colour! Ideal for blending or for contouring the crease on lazy days</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">404</div><div style="text-align: left;">This is my second favourite colour on the palette. It'a an antique gold that can be used on it's own, on the lid or as highlight. Very unique.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">11</div><div style="text-align: left;">This one is quite a regular e/s. You can probably find this kind of shade on any brand but it's super super soft and pigmented. This is mainly my highlighter on this palette.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">09</div><div style="text-align: left;">This one is next on the favourites. It's an orangey copper that brings light and warmth to any look. It's like velvet in texture.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">12</div><div style="text-align: left;">This one is the one I used the least of all these. It's a rich reddish brown. It doesn't suit me all the time. When blended I look like ill. Red undertones never compliment my complexion. I use it carefully and just to give a hint of colour rather than to predominate an entire look.&nbsp;</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I absolutely love this e/s palette! I've been using it every day since I bought it. I tend to rotate my make-up every week but I just cannot resist it!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You can see live swatches on this video I did on my <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueHBfu6dRxk">Office makeup look</a>.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 28 Jan 2012 19:48:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/28/new-inglot-palette-for-everyday-looks/beautySome Paris Snaps! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/23/some-paris-snaps/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />These are some of the photos I took in Paris.<br /><br />I am now officially the one behind the camera on our trips so very few are of me!<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Me ready to go!</div><div style="text-align: center;">(Nail polish is Essie Nice is nice)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2d171817e433207189ba8b0ed0bff7b0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="508" src="/s/blogger/8b78a13fcf9607e548ffdb8787da1bb8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">A bit of local&nbsp;architecture near the museum&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1e15c719dd5a74554130a848d6f71b25.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/33022e67fa141070688efb56c1e337bf.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">People queuing at the Christian Louboutin- the sales were on!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/08eb3a1ed887562ae608d61578ee797b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/024dc11afed4fec7a26fa1358f2bf22f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Couldn't resist taking photos of some of the shoes!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ea65ae593eb44f037c25483af35ff99e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/407f99190eb963627ea96a548556b9bf.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7b3fe330fd40d9b95af6503bcd9face9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5d874dfc1bb420e7969ee51360e0ad4c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I have no idea what this building is but the work on it looks amazing.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1e73aee0555efe4d873194b88919892f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/7940ffd20a00f4a68b5b1ce92b0e314f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">And of course the Eiffel Tower</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/64f266396b0a8b5d78470c7d108f9569.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/1fd90f1af7ddea88f016d853c0691c6c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">The only photo of me.</div><div style="text-align: center;">This is my brave face with no make-up. And yes, it was cold!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/55c6f0212dea3d98d3b8f211e2e9afe0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/d00d486e106d8d36cd6c471a72568755.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">A token from Paris anyone?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0d96647e7c0222102febad6d6ce3aeed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="500" src="/s/blogger/9bb5d913b31917c357e8c0702148e5d6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">We were doing a lot of this- looking at the map.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c6a4db68c12348f2e492a1eed6a430e2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/531210ad8f5eecaee88f0fb447124372.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">The reason why we went to Paris- food!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b40170d4ae598345f1318d82842a364d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/02b05f4768633b1df8134381acd6daa2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I absolutely loved using my camera. It's quite strange being on the other side of the camera but I'm really enjoying it.<div><br /></div><div>I found the 50mm lens a bit hard to work with on this&nbsp;particular&nbsp;trip. Don't get me wrong. I love this lens but it's not a panoramic one so to get a monument or building all on the photo I had to be like 10 blocks away from it. I didn't use the automatic focus. It was way to slow for the quick photos I needed say on the boat tour.</div><div>I also learnt that my camera performs better at an f4 aperture. The photos looks sharper and neater.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I didn't take any photos at night because I just wanted to enjoy myself at night without having to worry about get it stolen or damaged.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I'm editing the make-up haul so that will be up in the next days.</div><div><br /></div><div>I hope you liked my photos!</div><div><br /></div><div>Stay tunned!</div><div><br /></div><div>XXX</div><div><br /></div><div>Mercedes</div><div><br /></div><div>I<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:11:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/23/some-paris-snaps/beautyFOTD: Simple look with Light as air- Jemma Kidd http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/19/fotd-simple-look-with-light-as-air-jemma-kidd/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As promised, here's my FOTD featuring Jemma Kidd Light As Air Liquid foundation. You can check out my review <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2012/01/fotd-review-light-as-air-foundation-by.html">here</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I took this photo with a strong flash on for you to see how this foundation reacts to photography.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">There's no horrible wash out so I guess that is a&nbsp;positive&nbsp;point!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Also, I hope you can see the coverage. I was lucky that day to have clear skin with no major visible spots. Doesn't happen often!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e4287508f7871b91c9bbcd321d5fe2d9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="464" src="/s/blogger/f3a5e0e01cccae1e8b5554744ac251e3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is the lady in questions paired with a Jemma Kidd foundation brush number 10 which I did not use for the application for these photos but hey, they looked nice together :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cd7178290f9eea1273f1c6f2ffd78f4b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="374" src="/s/blogger/5e7ec2c6474481d7332219522384e407.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />More photos<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6fe4f01ce054a420a0b5b61bb393f03a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="438" src="/s/blogger/2b2755bd94f28866edfcba582acdecb3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d2642f49325dd3d77b40bc0589cac8d6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/3353869bae288f2ca4a139d6c68e44ed.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Not so well focused close up to one eye:</div></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/bfbf9bcc5fb6192d55303bec36884177.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="550" src="/s/blogger/6a9df7598d273301d522dc8545cee9c6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And more just for reference:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ce8acf5aa8a987fc7f560695e25802e6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="/s/blogger/4de5d04bd4ac130405ca13b07bf8b5ae.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8cab0d495a400414998642781f041368.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="230" src="/s/blogger/77bbf3f7590f1de0d660cb16c703d2f8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Products used</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">FACE</div><div style="text-align: left;">Oil Free primer by&nbsp;Laura Mercier&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Light As Air Liquid foundation by&nbsp;Jemma Kidd&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Coverderm (mixture of colours) (under my eyes)</div><div style="text-align: left;">Secret Brightening Powder &nbsp;by&nbsp;Laura Mercier&nbsp;(to set the under eye concealer)</div><div style="text-align: left;">Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer by Collection 2000</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">EYES</div><div style="text-align: left;">UDPP</div><div style="text-align: left;">Buck e/s by Urban Decay (on crease)</div><div style="text-align: left;">Toasted and Sin by Urban Decay (mixed on the lid)</div><div style="text-align: left;">Pigment N22 by Inglot (used wet on the lid)</div><div style="text-align: left;">Eyeliner Gel Matte in N77 (the blackest&nbsp;black and best long lasting liner&nbsp;I have ever seen- to line and waterline my eyes)</div><div style="text-align: left;">Black e/s to do a tiny bit of smoky effect on the bottom lash line</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">CHEEKS</div><div style="text-align: left;">Soleil Tan de Chanel</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">BROWS</div><div style="text-align: left;">They look&nbsp;awful&nbsp;on these photos- I blame the camera!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: center;">Espresso</span>&nbsp;e/s by Mac. believe me it does matches my eyebrows in real like :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">LIPS</div><div style="text-align: left;">Nice N Spicy pro longwear pencil by Mac</div><div style="text-align: left;">Rouge Volupte by YSL in number 30</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>What do you think?</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:18:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/19/fotd-simple-look-with-light-as-air-jemma-kidd/beautyFOTD & REVIEW-Light As Air Foundation by Jemma Kidd http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/16/fotd-review-light-as-air-foundation-by-jemma-kidd/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'm back from Paris! Just came back today. Loved it- we did a few things and I seriously over-hauled at Sephora! I will tell you a bit more about it on another post later this week.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">During the Xmas sales I went to the feelunique website to buy the over hyped Jemma Kidd Light As Air Liquid Foundation.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b62e67697ef87761764eab7fdca2f39f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/83959ccbd4c327807f86ad6526630ae2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7cb216b5a63344bb43babda132816a73.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="374" src="/s/blogger/b78dfe24d8df2586eb6ba249c5f7b91f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It's supposed to be as it claims "light" and it's supposed to be super easy to blend.<br />I had high expectations for this foundation. If you follow my blog you will know that I have probably more than 30 foundations so I pretty know what I'm taking about when it comes to foundations and I have hard contestants to compare this one to! You can see my foundation obsession post <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-many-foundations-does-girl-need.html">here</a>.<br /><br />The packaging is average. The tube is easy to squeeze but it can get a bit messy as some product tends to accumulate on the top and because everything is so black you see it. I will not however take this against this product. It can happen with others too.<br /><br />The foundation itself is quite liquid and runny. I tend to apply it with either my fingers or with a buffing brush. I think a normal foundation brush will make the application a bit stripy.<br /><br />It has a nice smell. It reminds me of the&nbsp;scent&nbsp;of the Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo. &nbsp;The smell is not strong enough for you to notice it when you have the foundation on your face.<br /><br />As for the product itself- well, yes I like it but I wouldn't say it's the best foundation.<br />Yes, it blends very nicely and the finish is very nice but I found it very similar to my Bourjois Healthy Mix. VERY similar! Actually I prefer the Healthy Mix. The Jemma Kidd one is a bit more mat.<br /><br />The coverage is I would say medium and it can be totally&nbsp;buildable. The longevity is quite good too. I haven't used it all day long yet- just on nights out but it was pretty good.<br /><br />I would say it's a nice product but I wouldn't rave about it too much.<br /><br />I know a lot of you love it but this is just my opinion.<br /><br />I also picked up a foundation brush by Jemma Kidd. I wanted this brush for ages! I love how unique it is with that round and pointed shape. Perfect for getting the foundations on those hard to get corners.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5973df8381cab8698399fa0f6ba08804.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="472" src="/s/blogger/f8f51bc43c7fd20206ea3eb0593b59c8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And here's the FOTD using this foundation.<br />As you can see it is super natural and it looks nice but you can achieve this look with many other foundations too.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0343e4fe83e7ef469aff87409b121fae.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/c9abb4068ad364653ca3e2bdf7f54fd3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I hope this was useful to anyone trying to decide on getting this&nbsp;foundation&nbsp;or not.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm off to get some cuddles from Willow (as I missed her so much) and to get all the make-up I got out of the suitcase :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes&nbsp;</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:03:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/16/fotd-review-light-as-air-foundation-by-jemma-kidd/beautySpot the bargain! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/08/spot-the-bargain/<p>Happy Sundays ladies!<br /><br />I hope you're ok and looking forward to next week.<br /><br />Have you spotted the bargin on the photo below already?<br /><br />During the pre-xmas period I really wanted to get the Benefit trio called POWda WOWza.<br /><br />This set is not actually new or it's not a release of any new product but Benefit always does this thing of pairing popular products in one little set for the Holiday season.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ae8c2bdbce1943a51274f4cf823377ea.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/ee18ad95d6205abc76c5a106dc244291.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Firstly I liked the packaging. Just a light and flat square box ideal for travelling and then it was the fact that all these three are the most popular products by Benefit. They paired CORALista, hoola and bella bamba! Each of these are around £23 each but this little box was only £20.<br /><br />I first spotted it in a Boots near work around early December and for some "strange" reason I never picked it up. I said to my self, do I really need 2 more blushes and 1 bronzer? NO, of course I don't. Also, I was in the mind set of buying stuff for other people rather than for myself so I forgot about it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/64a5b56da3dad471efe2a3e26b9aae73.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="440" src="/s/blogger/9411251569f8e1ae0504df1c2d03bb9c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/78237d33e7d3a1bd4fdb4691c84fb1bf.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="446" src="/s/blogger/09d69bf1641e6fd259796a739a7adc38.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Then last week I had to pick up some&nbsp;essentials for the gym (shampoo, shower gel, etc) and I saw that the Benefit counter had all the Holiday items on sale! Bingo!<br /><br />Yes, I picked it up and for only £13! BARGAIN! :)<br /><br />The two blushes are quite scented. In a nice way I say it but it's quite strong. I never noticed the perfume from swatching the testers.<br /><br />Yes, I like them- we all do and I think they are perfect for just throwing it in your bag and you get 3 products in one little square.<br /><br />CORALista is what the name says- a pretty and flattering coral with a nice shimmer that will make you look gorgeous and glowy.<br /><br />bella bamba is more on the pink side and it has that same natural shimmer that will make you look rosy.<br /><br />As for hoola, yes I like it- it's just a mat bronzer but I wouldn't say it's my favourite bronzer however I understand why people rave about it. &nbsp;<br /><br />All in all I'm super happy with my purchase. It was a total bargain hard to ignore!<br /><br />I'm pretty sure there are more of these hanging around so it you spot it get it.<br /><br />Have a lovely week everyone!<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>Have you picked up something that was marked down? Share the info!!!&nbsp;</b></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 08 Jan 2012 17:47:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/08/spot-the-bargain/beautyFOTD: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/05/fotd-illamasqua-skin-base-foundation/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Hi ladies,<br /><br />A good few weeks ago I went into Selfridges to visit the Illamasqua counter as I wanted to try the Skin Base foundation really badly.<br /><br />As you know they do not give samples of their stuff. Not sure why but it sucks!<br />Anyway, after reading lots of reviews I realised that you either love or hate this foundation.<br />I wanted to love it so I got matched and all done at the counter to see how I felt about it.<br /><br />The numbers did not make a lot of sense to me.<br />The GORGEOUS girl at the counter matched me with number 11 and another number like 8 say.<br />I asked her why the jump in the number but she mainly said something about the undertones.<br /><br />She was super nice and even said that the light at the counter wasn't great and that I should check myself in a mirror that was far away. I thought that was risky for her. Sales&nbsp;assistants&nbsp;are always for that split second when you decide to buy it or not and than generally happens when you are looking at yourself int he mirror after they apply the product.<br />I guess she was very confident on this foundation because I indeed went back and said: I'll take it!<br /><br />Here is what I look like with the foundation on.<br />Mind you, this was taken with my super camera (my new Canon 600D), which I haven't mastered yet.<br />I find it too realistic. I mean there are even things that are not visible to the human eye but yet you can see them on the photos. Also, my brows look horribly done but trust me- they were perfect in person.<br /><br />The photos below are some with flash and this is how it will look! I haven't edited or retouched any photo!<br /><br />Also I didn't set the foundation with any powder! You do get a stain finish with it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9ca30c42172feebde453b39b8547f541.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/bc58f2e58aab2d8b587f02875a078c94.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a695b36b014d353b66e12d85072ef0b4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/327287ebbeb8fa398a6f66b302cf28e0.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/64ddc6595628064c5d13746db8a4fcfd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="452" src="/s/blogger/3723ab432386993a6223b307f35f00af.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">The main thing I wanted to show you is how natural this foundation looks. At least I can see my pores in these photos. That does not bother me at all. If you do not like to see your pores you will like this foundation too as you can build up the coverage.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I applied this foundation with a small stippling brush and I pat pat pat and blend blend blend.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">On some blogs I read that you need a tiny amount otherwise you will cake it. I disagree. I used near the same amount as with other foundations but they key is blending!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">All in all I love this foundation.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">The same day I got the Armani Luminous Silk foundation. I&nbsp;know! Terrible. &nbsp;I think it was near xmas so I was in a purchasing mode! I would say maybe these two are my top two at the moment.</div><div style="text-align: left;">That's how much I love it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This is the packaging. Nothing special and you get the typical 30ml.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a9a4949c418ae1fa172b2983d9d1c9e1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/d4958ff8d7c220b93424c68fe606483f.jpg" width="394" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">It retails at £25 and it's worth every penny! <a href="http://www.illamasqua.com/shop/catalogue/category/face/products/new-skin-base-foundation/304/">Link</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">One thing I will say is that you do not get the number (shade) on the bottle- just on the box which I find so silly and that the foundation matrix Illamasqua created on their website is not accurate. According to their matrix I would be an NC37 in Mac. Mmm I don't think so.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Anyway, this is an amazing foundation that unfortunately you will need to buy to see if you like it or not.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I can "hands down" totally recommend it!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope this was useful to anyone.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Let me know if you and any comments or any questions :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 05 Jan 2012 20:23:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/05/fotd-illamasqua-skin-base-foundation/beautyArmani Eyes To Kill- Three I could not resist! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/01/armani-eyes-to-kill-three-i-could-not-resist/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I really hope you had a nice and safe New Year celebration.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I also hope this New Year brings you happiness, heath and prosperity.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I stayed at home with the hubby and the dog. We had a lovely home-made dinner with a nice bottle of Merlot which made me fall asleep on the sofa at about 11.45! Yes, the fireworks woke me up. I'm getting old!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Anyway, enough of the NYE ramble. Onto the make-up!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">A few weeks ago I went to Selfridges on Oxford Street to hit the Armani counter.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I never owned anything by Armani but I was super curious. I want to try their foundations and their pressed pigments called Eyes To Kill.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I wanted to take all of them but at about £24.50 each I had to do a painful selection. I got three!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/09cd295bff1cff65278b4c77eb00a710.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="492" src="/s/blogger/5fb46fc9b1827f4100d241b9de9fc4d3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Shade 6 (a more metallic than sparkly antique gold)</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/85894544753637613b510b42e9873e79.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="440" src="/s/blogger/f7f1da15e24cbde2055dd74bc053c515.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is gorgeous antique gold and copper with another kind of silvery gold too. All these shades mixed beautifully and can be used just on its own. I believe this one is one of the most popular ones and I can see why! You can use it all over the lid, as a tear duct highlight or as part of a goldy smoky look. However you want to use it will look just fabulous!<br /><br /><b>Shade 4 (a cool metallic and sparkly grey)</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/20586cf9845735a709ee30ea14e4c9f0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="394" src="/s/blogger/b0afd08d1280f8dc13f4505637dceb91.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This one is an interesting one. It's cool grey with shots of red that gives it an interesting sparkly finish.<br />I have to be honest and I was easily led to get this one by the sales&nbsp;assistant. It wasn't on my list but she told me how this one is a no fuss smoky type shade that can be blended if you go for a soft look. I was sold. I'm ashamed but you know that happens. It's ok. I don't have anything like this one in my collection so I don't regret it that much.<br /><br /><b>Shade 3 (a metallic blue purple with some gold sparkles)</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/14a324a9a6af58300b6d4b0ca23da5f6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="394" src="/s/blogger/aa5eda6baf7df54d52b273fe8735c36c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: center;">Needless</span>&nbsp;to say that this one was first on the list! It's a gorgeous blue purple with gold shots that make it even more metallic &nbsp;and sparkly! I'm in love.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I have a similar one by Lancome but the Lancome one is more of a bright one and it's quite sparkly. Love it nevertheless but this one is a more every-day wear one. I could seriously wear this every day.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">There were lots more of these that I wanted. You can become quite addicted to them I tell you!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">They are pigments but they are pressed. They are super pigmented! Most of them have a metallic finish but there are a few that have some sparkly too. They are very long lasting and crease proof. You can use them dry or wet for an intense look.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">They come with a little cap that you just leave on top of the pigment. This keeps the pigment pressed and helps to keep it tidy.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm very happy I got them. And for sure I will get more if I have £24.50 extra to spare. I can see these lasting a long time so they will be considered more as an investment.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">You can have a look at some of the other shades <a href="http://www.selfridges.com/en/Beauty/?brandname=GIORGIO+ARMANI&amp;template=2">here</a>. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Also, I wanted to get a sample of their Luminous Silk Foundation. Yes, the very popular one.</div><div style="text-align: left;">well, the clever sales assistant matched me and made me up at the counter and I ended up buying the bloody thing too! I'll tell you about it in another post but for now I can say that it could be my top 1 foundation!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Have you indulged in any Armani make-up?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Have you tried the Eyes To Kill too? What shade shall I check out?&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 01 Jan 2012 13:23:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2012/01/01/armani-eyes-to-kill-three-i-could-not-resist/beautyThe only good thing about Tesco is VIVO http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/29/the-only-good-thing-about-tesco-is-vivo/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I do not normally (or ever) get exited when I need to go to Tesco.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's boring, depressing and it feels seriously like a chore rather than a necessity.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">During the Xmas period all major supermarkets had their delivery slot booked.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><i>*Note to self: get there early next year Mercedes!*</i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So, I had to go into the shops :(</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Well I came out with all my xmas food and a bit more- some VIVO make-up!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><img border="0" height="377" src="/s/blogger/5ef20bc5be7c1f4e7849081895c20d29.jpg" width="640" />&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The stand what a mess! Horrible. Not sure whose fault it was but I just spotted it.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Everything was everywhere and a lot seemed to be opened even though they were clearly not the testers.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As you know me, I just went straight to the cheek products. And I picked up the one I thought was worth it.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Baked Blush in Peaches and Cream (Shade 1)</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="556" src="/s/blogger/80f93ed4fe37acac7bd9fa2b0704ac7b.jpg" width="640" /></div><br />It's a lovely peach with a bit of shimmer. I have to pile it a bit as it doesn't show too much on my skin. I still think it's very pretty!<br /><br /><br />I also picked up this eyeshadow but now with the intention of using it on the eyes but as a blush too!<br />It's a gorgeous duochrome pink. It reminds me of MAC Petticoat MSF. It's that kind of colour.<br /><br /><b>Dusky Pink (Shade 7)</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2a6abe3e2e1b50c7804c6eccf6c46321.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="596" src="/s/blogger/140df5a38a64baebe9e63da17e146b60.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">So far I'm happy with these buys.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm not sure when I'm going to go again to the big Tesco near me but for now I will just enjoy these two.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Have you tried VIVO make-up? &nbsp;Anything worth double checking?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:30:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/29/the-only-good-thing-about-tesco-is-vivo/beautyTag: Get ready with me video http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/28/tag-get-ready-with-me-video/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />The tag video is now up :)<br /><br />This is how I created my Xmas Eve look using purples, glitter and some serious eyeliner, cheek definition and obviously a good cheek illuminator.<br /><br />All the products are listed on the info box. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="/s/blogger/bc3c0dc668def00ef1cb410a02269d23.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mZO2CnEtpm4?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mZO2CnEtpm4?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><div style="text-align: center;"> </div><br />What do you think?<br /><br />I'm planning on a New Year look now.<br /><br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes </div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:53:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/28/tag-get-ready-with-me-video/beautyFOTD: Xmas Eve Look (with Get Ready With Me Video!) http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/27/fotd-xmas-eve-look-with-get-ready-with-me-video/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />I decided to film wile doing my Xmas Eve make-up look so this will end up being a Get ready with me video! I'm super exited how it turned out. I will upload it on&nbsp;fast forward&nbsp;motion- otherwise it's too long.<br /><br />I had no idea what look I was going for but the two things I knew I wanted to use were Mac Reflects in Blue! I just love the sparkle it gives. And Illamasqua Skin Base foundation which I got about 2-3 weeks ago.<br /><br />&nbsp;I was also tempted to use fake eyelashes (a must for the festive season) but this year we just did something small and local and I didn't want to look&nbsp;overexcited.<br /><br />I'm uploading the video on me <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/Mspurplemakeup?feature=mhee">Youtube Channe</a>l now so it will be a few hours I expect. But here's a preview :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f58a5dbeaca7f9bee1d3a3d435dc8d33.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/d2a4e7df3740cbb4e1c43ab1e5e30baf.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f7062213763fadb5bca3545ebcae8f45.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/db9969ec10eb59edb6d98e2087f624e5.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c100665890739fbc94e924ed675127f0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/25d8a6afcf03d9c4e698385dada892f2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>What look did you go for for xmas?</b></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:43:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/27/fotd-xmas-eve-look-with-get-ready-with-me-video/beautyFestive NOTD- OPI in "Save Me" http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/25/festive-notd-opi-in-save-me/<p>Hi Ladies,<br /><br />Merry Xmas!<br /><br />I'm here watching Downton Abbey! Loving it.<br /><br />When it comes to Xmas and New Year I like to use and wear a bit of bling...and that includes my nails!<br /><br />I discovered this lovely nail polish by OPI at my local chemist and I just couldn't resist.<br /><br />It's a lovely clear top coat with tiny silver glitter (but the lovely one) together with some super thin strips in 3D colour. It's the one and only Save Me.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6ee806fa1e061d2c4d04d26ffc05e3a7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="550" src="/s/blogger/689ded3cae8a8a5c05e644370f0f4f4e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0049a8f2c40307680b20e9a61d5a0fff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="628" src="/s/blogger/ae1ce3b4fc52b748b979fa35823b60c6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />On this occasion I already had a nail polish on my nails - Flamingo by LOOK Beauty but I wanted to add the bling element to it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1516dec28b35aca1b64b0a1bb4ec1e41.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/19834fa61a042757f373215da8ffae48.jpg" width="474" /></a></div><br />This is the final result. It can look a bit dull in daylight but trust me at night or in artificial light this is just gorgeous and super festive!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f9f53edcc2d23a16f3946faf6cf5f5ef.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="414" src="/s/blogger/1dfbe9a0ebe8a1d45cac3a7d5b88cfc1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I have to say I can see myself using this nails polish all year round! It just gives you that touch of sparkle without going overboard.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 25 Dec 2011 21:53:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/25/festive-notd-opi-in-save-me/beautySome YSL I Could Not Resist! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/23/some-ysl-i-could-not-resist/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Happy Friday!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">For some strange reason (unknown to mankind) I never owned anything from YSL. Not because I&nbsp;couldn't&nbsp;afford it but because every time I ventured to their counters nothing really attracted me.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I guess their most hyped product is the Touch Eclat. I got it some time ago from a blog sale and I was so unimpressed! My Laura Mercier would throw it out of the park a million times!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The eyeshadows were pretty (yes I'll give them that) but everything to me looks overpriced.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">However, I will blame <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/missmai27">Sanni Mai&nbsp;</a>for this! Completely.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">She did some videos featuring the Rouge Volupte in shade 30 and I HAD TO HAVE IT!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/760c96689e3abec490037b12ecf0e71e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/99f6fff286f4163e3d0d615fba6b8c4a.jpg" width="514" /></a></div><br />Shade number 30 is probably the perfect peach! It has the right amount of coral, pink and orange. It's such a lovely colour that I'm sure will look good on anyone! I'm so happy I got it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/59479f5e51ecc65bcf112d465b748885.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/bda4e31500d2c5f7bab0587aa800c228.jpg" width="412" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fd3a4d565289cac003027b3efec182ef.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="516" src="/s/blogger/3db3783aab1e1e193ce9c9252b9151bb.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And because I was there on a "purchasing mode" I looked at their latest offerings too. They have a collection going on of gel liner. But not any gel liner- these are all super fabulous and glittery. Perfect for a night out. I swatched all of them and I decided to take with me two shades a green and a purple.<br />The purple made it's way back to the counter as I had a near dupe by Bobbi Brown which wasn't even half way.<br /><br />I kept the emerald green one. It's called 6 Noir Jade/ Jade Black.<br />I love it. I used it already and seriously this stuff does not come off! When I was at the counter the lady gave me an oil based make-up remover and I had to swipe it like 3 times to get it off! Amazing.<br /><br />The shade is a gorgeous emerald colour that in the shade looks like more black but under the light or in the sun (as below) it shows it's green side. <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b43b93f370323fdf3fb6643b57a663b9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="562" src="/s/blogger/08eaa3580d1beadb61f0aca4419f24f3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a0e1ed6abbe53e68673bb2bcd1837846.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/1a6f8a91de8bf584cdcf7f508b678707.jpg" width="552" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I'm in love!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The gel liner was £20. <a href="http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10001_10001_123066006999_-1?breadcrumb=Home~Beauty">Link</a></div><div style="text-align: left;">The Lipstick was £22. <a href="http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10001_10001_123066114399_-1?breadcrumb=Home~Beauty">Link</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I have photos of a FOTD using the gel liner. I will post them during the weekend.</div><div style="text-align: left;">And yes, I will be posting during Xmas. I love blogging and I love having some extra days at home to share more beauty related stuff! :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What's your favourite YSL product?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Which colour shall I go for next? I'm&nbsp;obsessed&nbsp;with this lipstick!</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:54:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/23/some-ysl-i-could-not-resist/beautyCatching Up With Drugstore Hypes http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/21/catching-up-with-drugstore-hypes/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi girls,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hope you're all ok!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Last week I ventured to Oxford Street in London. Once every year and I even live in London. I just can't stand it!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Anyway, &nbsp;I managed to get myself down to the Superdrug where they carry the professional range of MUA, LOOK Beauty and FASHIONISTA.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d345bd250502c814e68252e27e89bba2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="404" src="/s/blogger/5aca20c05c8ca0e69c12a419f52983e6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I wanted to pick one (or two) items from each brand just to get a taste.<br /><br /><b>MUA&nbsp;</b><br />Heaven on Earth- Eyeshadow palette.<br />This is a handy palette that costs only £4. It has 12 neutral colours (creams, browns, peaches, golds).<br />It's ok. The quality is ok but now wow. This is ideal if you are on a budget.<br /><br /><b>FASHIONISTA</b><br />I purchased the red eyeshadow palette (sold separately for £4). And then I chose 2 regular eyeshadows (Lilac Dream Shade 31 and&nbsp;Embellished&nbsp;shade 35), a baked eyeshadow (Golden Dragon Shade 2) and a blush (Juicy&nbsp;Apricot Shade 6). The eyeshadows are sold separately too. They come in their own packaging but you just pop them out and you can put them in the pan.<br />I'm impressed! The quality is very good and the pigmentation is very very good! I will definitely get more (if I decide to go to Oxford St again in 6 months from today).<br /><br /><b>LOOK Beauty</b><br />I was impressed with the range. All the eyeshadows looked lovely. Huge but lovely.<br />the lipsticks looked nice as well and the nail polishes looked interesting.<br />However, being a cheek product junkie I went for the blushes and I got two!<br /><br />I got Flirt which is a lovely&nbsp;apricot/salmon&nbsp;shade with lots of gold flecks. I wish the gold side of it would be just a sheen but no, it's glitter and there is a lot of it!<br /><br />I managed to get a technique whereby I just tap tap and tap the brush to make sure the gold glitter falls (as it's supposed to be heavier than the pigment). It seems to work but you will get a bit of glitter anyway.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f64df09046deab4e14b627c2d252be26.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="556" src="/s/blogger/35e26941105175c8263e64078d5f0601.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />For some reason (not sure why) I also went for Flush which is a sheer peachy. It looks as if this one has glitter too but this type of glitter blends into being a sheen.<br />This colour does not translate as a blush on my skin but it's more of a highlight. On occasions I put Flirt and Flush on top.<br />The blushes were about £7 each.<br />I'm happy with them.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7f5f30b6ec05744dea6d64a92e78fb29.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="614" src="/s/blogger/5ea1ed46f5d0622a3f4f068d2579d569.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What drugstore hypes are you catching up with? How do you find them?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 21 Dec 2011 20:19:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/21/catching-up-with-drugstore-hypes/beautyHow many foundations does a girl need? http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/18/how-many-foundations-does-a-girl-need/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I hope you are having a nice chilled out Sunday.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Mine has been good so far. I met up with my friend Bego and we had a lovely lunch at <a href="http://busaba.com/locations/wardourstreet/">Buasaba</a> in Soho.&nbsp;This is probably THE best Thai food I've ever tasted! Love it. Try it!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">We then met with her boyfriend who is actually <a href="http://www.ashmair.com/">Ash Mair</a> (yes, THE Master Chef winner 2011!!). I've been friends with them for about 6 years now. Amazing how many people recognised him in the street. I think I counted 3 people asking for an autograph and 7 for a photo with him. All so bizarre but he's enjoying it and he totally deserves it!! I think the best thing of all is that he's still the same guy as usual.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">We all then went to Fenwick in New Bond Street because I had to change something at the YSL counter. Yes, they know my addiction for make-up and they laugh about it. I ended up getting a refund because I couldn't think of what to get instead. Nothing really caught my attention. Sad. And then I came back home.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As Sundays are days to reflect, chill out and re-organise your home I decided to shift one thing here and there on my dressing table and I ended up swapping things from one drawer to the other. I came up with a great idea of having a drawer just for my primers,&nbsp;foundations and concealers. This drawer is now one of the main ones on my table so nothing will be forgotten. I can see exactly what I have.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This however made me realise that I have a lot of foundations and made me wonder: Do I need all of these products? Isn't it too much Mercedes? Seriously?! All this stuff will last me for ever.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Have a look.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/19a65fe880016dcbadf906e54414ec50.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="/s/blogger/86a104f54e06a5e2497310460208057f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I decided to put my most expensive ones first because let's face it- I spent quite a bit of money on them so I might as well use them, right? And then I decided to mix and match drugstore, high end together with different formulations. My OCD is not that bad (yet).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cec6c5ea0ec50ed4a013f00de2806610.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/dd77836ef18a474ad16179b671b3e574.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I used a white box that was actually a mobile phone box which now stores my foundations that I cannot stand up because the tubes are too long. Underneath that I have most of my concealers.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ac5d7683e57963ba950775adfcf812af.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="454" src="/s/blogger/e39780946c7dff692b4f43e756a6944f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And you can see my concealers. I have drugstore and high end. I also put some travel size primers and some samples. This is all a work in progress so I might make some adjustments.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b194300faa1cd15a7a672e5ca5235c79.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/ae7048cc25379849f09ce84f3d0db518.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">So as you can see the third drawer on my dressing table became the "face" drawer. I think this will totally work for me much better!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Now on to the products themselves. I will shame myself and make a list of all the foundations I have.</div><div style="text-align: left;">You might be interested on any of these so feel free to ask me any questions. I'll be more than happy to get back to you with my humble opinion.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I tend to do a lot of research before buying but I have to be honest with you and yes, there were some impulse purchases here!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I will separate this list by 3&nbsp;categories: I love- I think it's ok- forget it- it's rubbish.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope this will help anyone.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>I love</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Chanel Vitalumiere</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Chanel Pro Lumiere</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Chanel Mat Lumiere</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Nars Sheer Glow</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Guerlain Lingerie De Peau</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Mac Mineralize Satinfinish<br />-Mac Studio Sculpt&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Vichy Dermablend</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Revlon Colorstay (normal/dry skin)</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Revlon Photoready</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Origins VitaZing</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Korres Wild Rose Foundation</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Korres Ginger and Vitamins Foundation</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Estee Lauder Double Wear</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Helena Rubinstein Color Clone Hydrapact</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Helena Rubinstein Sensual Clone</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Maybelline Dream Creamy Foundation</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Bourjois Healthy Mix<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>I think it's ok</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Make up For Ever HD Foundation</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Mac Face and Body</div><div style="text-align: left;">-L'oreal True Match</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Laura Mercier Mineral Powder</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Bare Minerals Foundation</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Forget it- it's rubbish</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Garnier BB Cream</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">To add to the foundation shame I added the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and the Illamasqua Skinbase to my collection last week and I can totally say these two go straight into my Love&nbsp;category!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope you enjoyed this post.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Let me know which foundations are on your Love category and most importantly I want to know which ones are on your rubbish!&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Also, help me answer my question- do we really need all these products? Why do we buy so many?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 18 Dec 2011 19:50:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/18/how-many-foundations-does-a-girl-need/beautyGorgeous Cheek Illuminators For Xmas! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/14/gorgeous-cheek-illuminators-for-xmas/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />When it comes to parties for me there is only one product that is a must! That is a good cheek illuminator!<br /><br />You can have no eyeshadow and a simple nude lip but if your cheeks glow and feel confident then bingo! That's your party look done!<br /><br />Here are a few illuminators (I have a humongous collection of them) that I thought are worth the mention in case you are planning on a party look.<br /><br />These are mainly high end/expensive but I incorporated a drugstore one which I think performs like a high end.<br /><br />Let's the party begin!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5803b47b73c4feadcfcd3def7567ac46.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="456" src="/s/blogger/5d06065c3cb23b68c4d41e3c45a84121.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is a newly released baby! It's the <b>Laura Mercier Illuminator</b>. Hurry it's out now but not for long!<br />It's on the £30+ mark but you just need this product and you are done!<br />I would imagine this will suit most skin tones but it depends how you apply it and how much. It looks pink on the pan and yes, it is pink but it has lots of other colours to it. It's incredibly finely milled. Super super soft.<br />Can you appreciate how gorgeous this is? Well in real life is 10 times of what you see here. I have to swatch the little in betweens because I'm so silly and I don't want to ruin the embossing!<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5e4994d5cc080614d352c3415723d9f8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="486" src="/s/blogger/91e8ababb5fa26d18fa53fca670139e4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is a liquid illuminator. It's the <b>Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel</b>. This&nbsp;unfortunately&nbsp;was limited edition this year (can't remember the collection-sorry).<br />This one is more on the gold side of illuminators. It looks gorgeous when you have you photos taken.<br />It's soft and gentle and how it looks really depends on how much you put on.<br />I think it was something like £25+.<br />A good alternative is the N7 illuminator in the peachy colour. Mind you it's not the same- just similar. One is well...Chanel and the other is N7! Say no more. I know I'm a label whore!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5a02d2c1afbdf2b63a9ff45387c5f8ff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="472" src="/s/blogger/d522411c6f07d710afd20f16eec585af.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Another multipurpose powder will be the <b>Dior Healthy Glow Summer Powder in 001 Aurora</b>.<br />This is a bronzer, blush and illuminator all in one "supposedly" I guess it depends on your skin tone how illuminating this will be. I am a NC25-30 at the moment and it does give &nbsp;a glowy look. This is ideal for parties. You just need this one product and you have your entire cheek done! No need to carry 3 separate products (blush, bronzer and illuminator). This again was limited edition and it was about near £30.<br />You can see more photos on the post I did when I bought it <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/05/dior-new-le-bronzers-001-aurora-and-002.html">here</a>. And you can see a FOTD where I used it <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/06/dior-aurora-bronzer-on-cheeks-close-up.html">here</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4b150076b2c3718b06255d30660629d8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="/s/blogger/b06b8a7fb2c84f2d21b32b38cf9c28a5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And of course I cannot do a post on illuminators and not mention the<b> Jemma Kid Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in 02 Gold Rose.</b><br />This is my go-to cream illuminator. I cannot live without this stuff! Just cannot.<br />It gives the most natural glowy cheek I've ever seen! You can see a FOTD post of me wearing it <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/02/fotd-super-glowy-sunset-look.html">here</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2914713535b4aeee81f282d86fbbe9df.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="468" src="/s/blogger/7e07b576bbad055eadb092e7f552594d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This one is my drugstore product for this post. It's the GOSH Giant Sun Powder in shade 001.<br />This thing is HUGE! Seriously I can just hold it in my palm. This is a 30g powder so it will literally last you for ever. It gives you a gold shimmer look which looks quite something on photos or on a&nbsp;candlelight&nbsp;night. I think it was about £13 or around that. Amazing quality for the money.<br />You can see another photo and how it looks on on this phototutorial I did ages ago. See <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2010/09/photo-tutorial-green-smoky-eyes.html">here</a>.<br /><br />And to finish this post I just couldn't resist not adding this photo. Just look at how gorgeous this powder is. Seriously I don't think I had this much love for a cheek product like this in some time. I can&nbsp;literally&nbsp;look at this stuff for hours.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/60af9f5152a1fb2d4eea1af8479b0aaa.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="538" src="/s/blogger/5a48130a332b134680113467f314b742.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And lastly my favourite illuminator is Willow! When I see her my cheeks, eyes and hear illuminate! I know it sounds&nbsp;cheesy&nbsp;as hell but it's true. I rescued her from Battersea and from the day I saw her in the kennel when I was contemplating the adoption I just loved her! After that&nbsp;initial&nbsp;visit I had to wait like 3 weeks to have a home visitor to give the ok and have two interviews with Battersea people before they said, ok- you can adopt her. And during all these 3 weeks I kid you not I called EVERY single day to see if she was there. Anyone with the ok already and with the right profile for her could have taken her while I was waiting!<br />I just cannot express how much love I feel for this little dog. She's so cheeky and sweet. She just stole our heart! It's not joke when they say love (even for dogs) makes you look glowy :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2902640eaf82b052d72ee3640faf033e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="540" src="/s/blogger/2f2cd08daaa93e8d93ebac360dfe192f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope you enjoyed this post! I put a lot of effort especially on the photos which I'm sooo impressed how they turned out! I'm loving the Bokeh effect!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">X</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">What is your cheek illuminator for this xmas?</div><div style="text-align: left;">Any special product?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">What makes you glow?</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 14 Dec 2011 20:17:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/14/gorgeous-cheek-illuminators-for-xmas/beautyLancôme Tropiques Minerale- Review + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/10/lancome-tropiques-minerale-review-swatches/<p>Happy Saturday ladies.<br /><br />Hope you are all keep well.<br /><br />If you have been following me for a while you will know that my thing is cheek products. It could be blush, highlighters or bronzers. I have overloaded drawers with products to make your cheeks look glowy, more defined, fuller, matte and of course sun kissed! I love the sun kissed look! I think it suits my latin skin.<br /><br />On a recent "What I'm using this week" video I spoke about this lovely bronzer by Lancôme.<br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><!--EndFragment--> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1f1f50000202aa303367816df1514100.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="624" src="/s/blogger/062a04945bb7e243daee97638e370c57.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I have to be honest! Lancôme&nbsp;is not a counter that catches my attention. I hardly ever stop by and look at what they have. I recognise they have lovely products that work but I think it's a brand which targets older ladies. I think!<br /><br />This product has a neat&nbsp;packaging. Simple yet practical and classic. The lid has a gold/coppery tone which I thought was a nice touch considering this is a mineral bronzer.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/711a2a08aff6cbad4f4e4d4140ee0a5a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/9b22b2a3c2013e318a94dd00c1131b92.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>&nbsp;And once you open it you have this kind of product dispenser which I actually don't like. I find it gets messy and you get a lot of product on the lid.<br />When I have products like this I just open 2 or 3 holes and keep the other ones sealed. I find this is a neater way with less waste.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d35f91da153162a10aea3f3da5c913f4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="514" src="/s/blogger/2615565b9c5a868725baef001a3b2cc3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />As I said on my video this product is very nice! It's soft, gentle and not heavy at all. It gives you a very natural look which can be overdone if you are not careful. I like it!<br />The only problem which was my problem and nothing to do with the product is that this shade is a bit too light for me and I don't get that a defined bronzy look. It's more like a highlighter or super soft bronzer for me. I am at the moment a mmm maybe near a NC30 and it's a bit too light.<br />See the swatches below and you will see what I mean. The colour gets lots (even in my hand)<br /><br />Swatches:<br /><br />No flash- The colour is kind of lost<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3069dfc3989ac518f7fed6df020f20b1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/27d148215e7e95a130f9f29ed8e1c3a4.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>&nbsp;With flash- now you can see it and it gives a lovely radiance to the skin but yet I wouldn't say it's a very bronzy look.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b1944b8ec45a51c87ac13a832c35db62.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/dd0266312efeb016d14116b854aef5b3.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>So, to sum up- Yes, it's a lovely product and I will keep on using it. Shame I got the wrong shade. Entirely my&nbsp;fault&nbsp;and nothing to do with Lancôme!<br /><br />I will keep an eye at the end of the month with all the Xmas sales to see if they have a darker shade at a bargain price again :)<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>Do you buy Lancôme&nbsp;products? What would you recommend?</b><br /><b>What do you think of this mineral bronzer?</b></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 10 Dec 2011 09:56:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/10/lancome-tropiques-minerale-review-swatches/beautyHow I cake make-up! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/03/how-i-cake-make-up/<p>Hi ladies,<br /><br />On my last post I revealed my best kept secret for about 15 years: cake make-up.<br />What do you think of my skin on this photo? It's an unpublished photo of my previous FOTD to the theatre last week.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6687e7a776d600f09eb6d85d56aa4b26.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/5a4c0a331ee180e8a28030fd0afa6c40.jpg" width="368" /></a></div><br />I was super impressed with the results and how the skin photographed and it's all down to just one product: Kryolan cake make-up!<br /><br />I'm pretty sure you never heard of cake make-up? Maybe?<br />I've always had a huge interest on tv, film and theatre make-up. Not sure where this interest comes from but it's here to stay and it's getting stronger and stronger.<br /><br />The main product actors (especially in theatre) use is cake make-up. What is that?<br />Well it's a super pigmented and concentrated powder foundation that is activated with water and will give you coverage like nothing else!<br />The one I used was by Kryolan. This is a new pot for me. I hit pan on my previous one.<br />This is what it looks like if you are&nbsp;curious:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0736800cc5e8f6721305c9b3d03102f1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="396" src="/s/blogger/7262e538280cb30ae9418e5a2dc927de.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And this is the back with a list of all the ingredientes. Kryolan is a German company so a lot of their packaging has info in German as well as other languages.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/687c48893631e15f726da6ebeabb8ccd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/8bc88590c4509b45d743ad5df1d91212.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Now you must be thinking that I'm mad! I'm not. If you see the results on the photo above then you will think it's probably worth it. And it is!<br /><br />It all depends on the application!<br />You can go completely over the top and look like a cake yourself with all that make-up or you can achieve a super light coat with fantastic coverage like I have. In the photo above I did not use any concealer. Nothing. Just this product on my face.<br /><br />I use a disposable sponge and a little bottle full of water. I find it easier to have it on my dressing table and I just spray the sponge.<br />Some people spray the pan directly. I don't. It's just a personal preference.<br />The other very&nbsp;important&nbsp;tip is to pat pat pat and more patting on the face with a damp sponge even when you are happy with the results. The patting will give you the natural finish.<br />Do not try using this with a brush. You will never get a good result.<br />Also, FYI this is a matte foundation. They might do cake make-up with different finishes.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3a33f9a2fb77c4e0f338429e40a493d2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/c09cd5d2d63c83538eb5b1e1a42a4ee3.jpg" width="592" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So there- you know my best kept secret is now public domain!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">As I said before do not be afraid of experimenting it's just make-up and it washes off!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">However, this will need some practice and I don't recommended to beginners. I've been using this stuff for about 10 years so I know exactly how to use it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So let's start cake make-uping ourselves! :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Let me know if you give this a go.</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What is your best kept secret (make-up related)?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 03 Dec 2011 20:45:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/12/03/how-i-cake-make-up/beautyFOTD: To The Theatre + Sunday Ramble http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/27/fotd-to-the-theatre-sunday-ramble/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Evening ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Yesterday I went to the theatre with the ladies of the family (mother and sist in law).</div><div style="text-align: left;">On occasions we do those outings and I enjoy them very much :). I'm blessed with a super friendly sist in law who I love very much and my mother in law (thank god) is also super nice and friendly.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">We went to see End of the Rainbow which I cannot recommend enough! It was a superb performance!</div><div style="text-align: left;">I will tell you more about it below.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">But as this is a FOTD post here is my make-up look.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6c1166e8c81f43e5008137695b18a808.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/0e14191f99bcf9045ec4daa7d2f12c93.jpg" width="516" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ea96cb0490195fd5f6c1e155200e4171.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="530" src="/s/blogger/9ba013b468b2e66a48648d0700f4dc83.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/101a21b0d1197e8668066c9534f405ff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/7697eac3870dc33cd83aa932f9331c20.jpg" width="384" /></a></div><br />As for the e/s- they were super sparkly which wasn't really the intention.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b7ecc797082c8d7c8195069134362f93.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/62c9866df8b3863d9274bc4bdddfe933.jpg" width="402" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm wearing one of my hubby's Ts. I always steal his clothes to potter around! For some reason I always do my make-up first and I get dressed later.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8785c16a4531a1747b206bfb50cb1e36.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="596" src="/s/blogger/8992906698966f6807cb6ac429d91525.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I am in LOVE with these eyelashes! They give you that glam effect without being too much (in my opinion). They are super comfy and they have an invisible band which makes them even more day use friendly. I have small eyes so I cut one bit from each side on both lashes and they fitted perfectly!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f4e16991bacf20ce5e79c43a1248c409.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="/s/blogger/85f9c2328368845f0a5da99a2cd5628c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>&nbsp;Lips- I'm loving this combo but the actual lip product is a bit drying and it doesn't look that nice if not fixed or retouched.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/965f005059dada99d3f25be05716acdd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/36cb4cf6ac4ed038c6c0bedde173802d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Products used:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Face&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Kryolan Cake Make-up (I explain this below!)</div><div style="text-align: left;">-YSL Touche Eclat (under my eyes)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Cheeks</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Soleil Tan De Chanel</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Eyes</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Laura Mercier Baked palette- colours used: Ballet Pink (lid), Lilac (outer corner), Sienna (outer corner and crease). See link to my post on this palette <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/11/laura-mercier-baked-palette-le-swatches.html">here</a></div><div style="text-align: left;">-MAC Avenue fluid line</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Lash Accelerator mascara in 002 Brown Black by Rimmel</div><div style="text-align: left;">-False lashes: Eylure Naturalites (Upper and bottom lashes duo)- I only used the upper ones. I used DUO (clear) to put them on</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Brows</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Christian Eyebrow Make up in Dark Brown (I will do a separate post on this soon. It&nbsp;deserves&nbsp;it!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Lips</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">-MAC Pro Long Wear lip pencil in Nice N' Spicy (Just to line the lips)</div><div style="text-align: left;">-Cream Puff in Power Puff 2 (?) by Collection 2000</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Let me explain.</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, I used a theatre/stage foundation (Kryolan Cake Makeup). Why? You must be thinking I'm mad.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Well, no! Ages ago (it could be 10 years ago) my sister Vicky introduced me to cake make up. She was doing the make-up (just for fun) for a band and she used this type of foundation. Not sure where she got the idea from or how she discovered it. I cannot even remember the brand. The thing is that she showed it to me and I tried it and I was amazed! I have to confess I used cake make up for so many years! I even remember hitting pan. Do you know how much you need to use this stuff to hit pan? A lot!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">The cake foundation looks like a powder but it's activated with water. You use a wet sponge and you dab it on the powder and then onto your face. You can get light or super heavy duty coverage (as actors do).</div><div style="text-align: left;">The finish is something you have never seen before. On all these photos I'm only wearing this foundation. Does it look cakey? Does it look powdery? Over the top? Ridiculous? I don't think so.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I didn't even use concealer!!! Nothing!! I have a few spots and redness here and there. Can you see any of that? I don't and I swear these photos were not retouched. I also used flash on these photos and I don't look washed out. You can even see my pores. My sun damage (on my forehead) also looks less noticeable.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">My golden tip when using cake makeup is to pat pat pat and more patting with a damp sponge even when you are happy with the coverage.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">So you see- when people say cake make up is only for stage I say- think again and experiment! I hate when things get categorised: this is for this and that is for that. Why?</div><div style="text-align: left;">You use and experiment with everything and you make your own rules!</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's just make-up- it washes off!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>End of the Rainbow</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">What a fantastic show! It's the story of the last years of Judy Garlan's life.</div><div style="text-align: left;">If you don't know who Judy Garlan is she was the girl from the Wizard of Oz and she was Liza Minnelli's mum!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">From young age Judy was addicted to pills for everything. Mainly to keep her going. She was a working child and her mum started giving her pills from the early stages to keep up with her performances.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Sadly, she was hooked for life! Every show was a challenge and she needed her pills to perform the way she did. Even when you see videos of interviews she did you can totally see she's high.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The show concentrates on her 1968 London comeback where she had to push herself to the maximum as people were expecting a great show every night. What people didn't know was that for every show she needed a handful of pills to sing the way she did.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Her body gave up and she passed away from an overdose at the young age of only 47.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The show is a mixture of&nbsp;anecdotal moments, a lot of live singing and a lot of comedy.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">There are only 3 actors involved Judy, her pianist and file friend and her <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">fiancé</span>.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Tracie Bennett steals the show! She is fabulous and what a voice!</div><div style="text-align: left;">I cannot recommend it enough.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I saw it in Richmond but they are on tour.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Read more about it (please!) <a href="http://www.endoftherainbowtour.com/">here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The show left me thinking what a sad life she lived.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, she was rich and loved by so many people but she struggled with her love life and her addiction killed her. She pushed herself so much only because people expected her to be brilliant at everything at any time. She was always surrounded by people but deep inside the was a very lonely person.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope you liked my FOTD and I really hope you go to see the show.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And I hope you experiment with cake makeup- it's an entire different foundation world!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Happy Sunday everyone!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes&nbsp;</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 27 Nov 2011 22:52:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/27/fotd-to-the-theatre-sunday-ramble/beautyGenuine Treasure- How I Make It Work For Me! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/24/genuine-treasure-how-i-make-it-work-for-me/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Hi ladies,<br /><br />Hope you are all well.<br /><br />Remember this recent hyped product? As soon as this collection hit the shops almost all of us went running to get THIS paint pot only to get home to stare at the gorgeous product in the pot, to swatch it, try it, swatch it again, applying it on the eyes to discovered it was a rubbishy one!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c929c1f852e1171d0644d352eb0cbca5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="476" src="/s/blogger/cb40ef086c9bf273e1049562b4961a31.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The product looks divine on the pot and it promises the best party look that will get everyone talking.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6d585c2e68fe899f5d0dfecd588e9ce9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="614" src="/s/blogger/783781a3e818e35756327ddb343d218e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f2af4fa8403e5d325acaef5e28a810cf.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/9c0618a135791e4d1561d22cf1227c15.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>However it's not quite that! On the contrary it's VERY hard to work with.<br />I tried applying it with fingers, sponge applicator, synthetic brush, natural hair brush, flat brush, fluffy brush. Nothing worked quite well.<br />I also tried applying it on layers one after another after the first one dried. Fail!<br />See the swatches below:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/24a7c44c1dafd7c3b9e92f85020f3284.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/f10bc63efeca3ac22188c18f6cffccd5.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I was however, determined to make this product work! It's just too nice to put at the back of the drawer.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So, after trying and trying I opted for an <b>alternation layer technique</b>.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">What is that?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1-I prime my eyes (my fav at the moment and maybe ever is Shadow Insurance by Too Faced)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">2-I apply Genuine Treasure preferably with my fingers</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">3-This is the interesting bit- I apply a similar eyeshadow or pigment on top (a gold with flecks- I'm sure you will have something like that in your collection)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">4-I apply another "thin" layer of&nbsp;Genuine&nbsp;Treasure on top</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">5-Viola!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So that's it! That's my trick.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">What you basically need is a bit of a base for the paint pot to stick to it!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Trust me this will not affect the longevity of the product in your eye and it will not look odd or cakey.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It will just look mega sparkly which is just what we all wanted, right?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I will do a FOTD with this and you'll see the technique in action.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I hope you try it!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">XXX</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Any tips on how YOU make it work for you?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 24 Nov 2011 21:03:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/24/genuine-treasure-how-i-make-it-work-for-me/beautyReview: Pro long wear lip liners by MAC http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/21/review-pro-long-wear-lip-liners-by-mac/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hope you're well.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As you know I'm not a massive lipstick/ lipliner lady.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">For me it's all about the cheeks and eyes.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">However I decided to take the <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">plunge</span> and invest in some nice and classic lip liners.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I went for the MAC Pro long wear lip liner as I heard wonders about them.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I picked up a bright orange/red and a nude every-day colour.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/243087025054676d8105892376569bc0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/609334be54efc271ffffaca4a0710326.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>They come in the classic packaging- all black with the colour representation on the top which is ever so handy to spot them in my liner glass.<br />And you can see the actual tips. They are a bit rounded because I used them :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2b285e70aec4e3f09812073673da8a07.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/8d4dd9c09b654e287f76ff2b1aabe844.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Hand swatches:<br />I decided to do them on my hand so that you get a clear representation of the colours. I always find that lip liners always change depending on the&nbsp;pigmentation&nbsp;on your lips.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e36944f0f40d2479f65cd24b0930f3af.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/2ed8bc3f504c778f3abf6d05ef3af1bd.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">What can I say?</div><div style="text-align: left;">I love them! They are truly long wear but&nbsp;seriously&nbsp;long wear. Incredible!</div><div style="text-align: left;">I love the colours. These two are a staples for me. I love orange/neon colours for nights outs and I love a nude lip for the office.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I used them lo line my lips or I use them as all over colour. If you go for this option you need to know that they are a tad dry so make sure you prep the lips!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Red colour- What a blast. <a href="http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/search/esearch.tmpl?search=what+a+blast&amp;search_submit.x=0&amp;search_submit.y=0">Link</a></div><div style="text-align: left;">Nude/&nbsp;cinnamon&nbsp;colour- Nice 'n' Spicy. <a href="http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/products/spp/shaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT167&amp;PRODUCT_ID=PROD17337&amp;SKU_ID=SKU34878">Link</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">They have them in stores too and they are £14.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I would definitely get some more.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any lipliner recommendations?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Have you tried these?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>How do you use your lipliner? Any tips?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:57:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/21/review-pro-long-wear-lip-liners-by-mac/beautyLet's Skate!- A Very Pink Paint Pot http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/17/lets-skate-a-very-pink-paint-pot/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Another item from the MAC holiday collection that made its way home was this&nbsp;innocent&nbsp;looking paint pot. I have no idea what attracted me to it. When I swatched it in the shop it looked gorgeous but me getting something pink? Very strange!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c42b6e0ded31fbfa7fbab1ea722d80be.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="610" src="/s/blogger/d6162b116cc75460071a03043458aaa1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The packaging was nice - white and silver to go with the theme. It's just a pot but having a visual break form the classic MAC black was something visually refreshing.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8ddead3f48544b48d3d36ee7f1faac2c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/e16b4c3c54ad9711193cac5b60bcde5c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Now, onto the paint pot itself.<br />It's a super baby pink with lots (and I mean lots) of tiny gold sparkles and even shimmer.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/84a42c6a88d9e5746375be4bc9c1d5d5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/616c4e2b92153b7a024d78e8aa496834.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Swatches:<br /><br />This was a bit tricky to photograph because it's one of those that change with the light and the light reflection. It's a white/gold base but it turns into this icy pink that makes the product very interesting. The more you rub the more the gold sparkles become visible.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/56aecc79ba6b8d635f1d1f215c095dfe.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/8706e874a797c4a71c9925a7a95496d5.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">In all honesty I think I will never finish this product. It's wouldn't be my go-to paint pot but it's nice to have something this unusual in my collection. I love paint pots. They are such a useful product to have in your collection. Excellent primers and gorgeous colour bases.</div><div style="text-align: left;">For this reason I don't regret the purchase.</div><div style="text-align: left;">How often will i use this? Well...I shall see and tell you.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Did you pick up this paint pot?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any thoughts? Do you love it or hate it?</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:30:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/17/lets-skate-a-very-pink-paint-pot/beautyMac-Dazzlesphere Coral Ornament http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/15/mac-dazzlesphere-coral-ornament/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">To my surprise (and thank god) I didn't go mad with MAC latest Holiday collection.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I just picked up a few little things.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">One of my surprises was that I was instantly attracted to one of the lip glosses ball! Yes, the packaging is very catchy and you can still use it to store other things but I just liked every colour in the&nbsp;selection.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">We are talking about the coral one obviously.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2dd433b3fbffa4b1254c60371334fc5b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="560" src="/s/blogger/1af7fc37d07ffac1122f0a09ba9b9498.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The photo above is quite true to colour I have to say.<br /><br />I have tried Dazzleglasses before and I always love how they look but I hate how quick they disappear. I was intrigued about the Cremesheen glasses! I like them...very much.<br /><br />If you are curious about the packaging - this is how they come:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/33d43f750683ed1015dae9c7349c19a5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/4b7b3be127a250bc5c9cf260d18b7eb8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And more photos of the tubes. Aren't they pretty?!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f97bd17c575df6dbb6cc115b2f0dca5d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="/s/blogger/a87e2269b931c2d963088cced328b647.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">You get:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Phiff! - a clear gloss with lots of gold sparkles</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Eurobeat- a more coral colour with some gold and silver tiny tiny tiny sparkles</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-On the Scene- a gorgeous creamy peachy color</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Richer Lusher- on the coral/salmon side of colours. There are no sparkles</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">These are super hard to photograph and I kind of gave up. It's hard to get to show you the exact way the sparkles look in real life.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's currently in stock and it's £25.50. <a href="http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/7760/19194/Dazzlesphere/Dazzlesphere-Coral-Ornament/index.tmpl">link</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">From this collection I also got a paint pot and a brush set. I'll post about them soon.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I passed on the purple palette and I didn't buy it (hard to believe- I know) but I might have a second look.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">XXX</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Did you pick up anything from this collection?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Any recommendations? Any disappointments?&nbsp;</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:34:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/15/mac-dazzlesphere-coral-ornament/beautyLaura Mercier Baked Palette (LE)-Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/12/laura-mercier-baked-palette-le-swatches/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I picked up this little handy palette from the Laura Mercier counter.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's a mineralize palette and it has 5 gorgeous and super easy to wear colours.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I believe 3 of them are on the regular mineralize collection and there are two new ones.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I just&nbsp;couldn't&nbsp;resist it!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/11e36143ea665e681b9d0e951aa2eca2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="/s/blogger/a9b1531525797926f570091ac9ec955d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>Don't they all look pretty in the pans? The individual ones that are part of the regular collection are huge and I would never hit pan on those so I thought these little ones are a perfect excuse for the splurge.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0a6c6e595e06d7bb6a43a3521e511a21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="430" src="/s/blogger/d044d397611fa6749b8778518f583951.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I love this photo! Can you see little willow on the mirror. She always needs to see what mom is doing!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/31585dada3b5f64ac5fc2a361bb27d33.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/f2d6036b82fa7a44e8609bbc2a1fcacc.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The 5 mineralize eyeshadows are super easy to wear.<br />I would totally wear these during the day and to go to work but I know some of you associate shimmer with night time. That's fine! Just think maybe of this palette as the trick that will take you from day to night.<br />You get a brown, a goldy/champagne, a creamy, an opal pink and a soft purple.<br />I had to turn on the flash. They were looking too flat otherwise and they are just divine with all that shimmer!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/bf5df27a0ae99f951f0e96d73e5c4de8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/8c38cf0e5b9b948c98078153f9be427e.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Swatches</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c8d0ddef6c51e81bab985cda0628abbe.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/45e39b73d1624f675e4814aa3cedfc66.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c58dd13749d6bcb58d903bca9e28a9dd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/6c3e325d586cddea9bf22117ba631cd8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">It comes with a handy double ended brush. It's very good quality and you can use it to apply the e/ss on the lid and on the corners and you can even blend them with this brush.</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7ff32513cd17f13a57958cac15a0a8d3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/1dfc507c35ba69a246039002eaef4ba9.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I got it from House of Fraser and it was on the £30 mark. Each individual mineralize e/s is actually £18.50.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm trying to find it online (House of Fraser and Space NK) and I cannot see it. It's part of their holiday 2011 collection. They definitely have it at the counters.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Here's a <a href="http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/prod480031_prod480031_prod480031?currentSkuId=sku550035">link</a> to the official LM website in America if you want to get more info.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I love using these e/s wet or dry. I love the relaxed sparkle that they give to my eyes. It's super handy for the handbag especially this time of the year when we need to get from the office to the bar/restaurant more often for all the xmas celebrations and office gatherings!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I also got yesterday the Laura Mercier Illuminator. It's soooooooo pretty!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What are your picks this holiday?&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>there are so many make-up brands doing gorgeous stuff! Any recommendations?</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 12 Nov 2011 15:47:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/12/laura-mercier-baked-palette-le-swatches/beautyFOTD: Beetle Eye (video tut coming soon) http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/08/fotd-beetle-eye-video-tut-coming-soon/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Evening ladies (is there any&nbsp;gentleman&nbsp;out there? Please come forward),</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I hope you're all well.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I was playing with all my club dupes (as per last post<a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/11/dupe-alert-good-club-alternatives.html"> link</a>&nbsp;) and I decided to do a video tut to show them to you in action. I'm still editing the video- it's like 30 mins and it needs to come down to 15 max! So there is a lot of ramble to cut and other things too.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This is however the look. I called it&nbsp;beetle&nbsp;eye! I just cannot describe to you how gorgeous this eye combo looks in person. These eyeshadows constantly change with the light so it's far from a flat look.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And as for the foundation combo...I'm speechless! So perfect and look at the finish.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0b3e879f1380a70daa23c75e4b1f124c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="552" src="/s/blogger/812f9862aa05c76092d952172450ff00.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/335d03985d7e73614ebd0c4cb613d78f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="590" src="/s/blogger/6e69e4375fe7ed93751a037238892b5c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4f4cb1a468fcde354d74ea5891a28559.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/81d3492c8091b4e52ed0ce220435f530.jpg" width="448" /></a></div><br />I am super amazed at how well this foundation combo photographs! I mean...look at this finish!&nbsp;Flawless! I swear there is noooo retouching here!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8dae8a30583831f1e5f1396b6cc754a9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/1cd6f648761c1b7572be4245e68493cb.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Close up on my beetle eyes and on an okish brow job (I have better days to be honest).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/01a72751581f25a4a7273514546f328f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="448" src="/s/blogger/5188c4f0459cf1f04188412eb9edf2a8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">And just some more for the sake of it- why not?!</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2123bfa05afa88f2ce2490a549fe2937.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/0d0c4ffeac02b69bdcde0304c40ed884.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/78f5536ccbab2dd7c97734b153b355cc.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/267d4fdde44860351c49e5cd827896e7.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Products used</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>FACE</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Face and Body by Mac in N3 mixed with Helena Rubinstein Color Clone Hydrapack in 24 Caramel.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Lasting Perfection concealer by collection 2000 in 4 Deep</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">CHEEKS</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Accessorize&nbsp;bronzer in shade 2</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">EYES</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-A combo of e/s on the lid: Wet N Wild, Famous by Sue Moxley (all dupes of Club e/s by mac)- on the lid and bottom lash line</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Stars and rockets e/s by Mac-on the crease</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-A shimmery gold/champagne e/s on the brow bone</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Dior Blackout mascara</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero (black)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Stay tuned for the tutorial. You will se my naked face (ahhhh) and you will see how I get transformed and how the foundation combo works in real time!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">XXX</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>I hope you like!!! :)</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 08 Nov 2011 22:14:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/08/fotd-beetle-eye-video-tut-coming-soon/beautyDupe Alert: Good Club Alternatives! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/06/dupe-alert-good-club-alternatives/<p>Hi ladies,<br /><br />I had a bit of&nbsp;rummage&nbsp;through my collection (as you do on a Saturday afternoon) and I found 3 possible alternatives to the very famous eyeshadow called Club by Mac.<br /><br />It's a duo chrome - mainly a very shimmery green with blues, purples and a few more undertones but when you blend it you get a very&nbsp;reddish&nbsp;brown. Most of the people pack the e/s on the lid and blend it towards the crease and you get a gorgeous look in no time!<br /><br />I don't actually have Club by Mac but I do own 3 really good dupes!<br /><br /><b>1-Label Whore by Too Faced</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b72f465e1a345caf3429d54ba45086b5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/93d12350c766908647c52bf19e741183.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It does the same! You get that very interesting green and you can blend it and you get the reddish brown.<br />This one in particular has some glitter on the pan but when you apply it the glitter disappears. Not sure where it goes but you cannot see it at all! It's available at Boots and retails at £11. <a href="http://www.boots.com/en/Too-Faced-Single-Eye-Shadow_920928/">Link</a><br /><br /><br /><b>2-Famous by Sue Moxley (Cafe culture palette)</b><br /><br />I discovered this one by&nbsp;coincidence. I wanted nice browns for everyday wear and the last e/s was exactly like Club. I have to say from these 3 dupes this one is the one that I like the most! By far! It's super super&nbsp;pigmented&nbsp;and it's very affordable. The red undertones on this e/s are &nbsp;stronger than on the other two. On the photo below you cannot see the red tones that much but trust me they are there and they are strong. Also the green colour on the photo does not show too much. Again, trust me..it's the&nbsp;prettiest&nbsp;of the 3!The Famous by Sue Moxley range is available at Superdrug. I cannot see that they have the range online. I also heard that they will discontinue it from the stores. This quad was&nbsp;probably&nbsp;around £8 but they do sell the shadows in individual pots and the last time I saw them they were super cheap at about £3-£4! I will definitely re-stock soon!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/95a65b3dc50fe149b0c5e7a8acdc977f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/a4e77e363c9c23d10f19711a730c1b78.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><b>3-Wet n' Wild (coloricon palette)</b><br />My beloved husband brought me this palette when we came from Vegas. Yes, I asked him to bring me some drugstore make-up! He did well :)<br />Wet n' wild is not available here in the UK (unfortunately) but I've been told that you can easily get their products from ebay.<br />The very last shadow on this palette is a soft version of club. It's super creamy and soft and the red undertones are less&nbsp;noticeable. The main green colour on this e/s is amazing! I'm not sure at how much this one retails but they were less than $8 for sure!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0d2c00ad44bbf4c50ff1b223b5317ae0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/1145c9930c63786016c7e72c07ea3f1e.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><b>Swatches</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/488a4586ceace0485bf9b08a256e7848.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/41ccc944ff5a2cf2568db62cfbcb3f9d.jpg" width="498" /></a></div><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1a6a0a2c6d8048c74ae75df7fbbc3787.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/590ca24c1522392cab505d8c5f6c39a5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I hope this was helpful!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I did a video tutorial using some of these and I will be&nbsp;uploading&nbsp;it very soon! Stay tuned!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">XXX</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 06 Nov 2011 11:29:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/11/06/dupe-alert-good-club-alternatives/beautyReview: Nanoblur in the UK http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/29/review-nanoblur-in-the-uk/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />I hope you're well and having a nice Halloween. I have decided no <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">Halloween</span> party this year for me. I wanted a nice rest instead.<br /><br />I have a review for you. One that I guess a lot of you were waiting for.<br />It's for Nanoblur which landed on the UK market very recently.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/42dfdef8238327c27e35ed100a99759d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="484" src="/s/blogger/aa89ffb9e65edc7a4385c8b5ec54fee8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Now, this product was super controversial in the US and Canada (where it was first released). People either loved it or totally hated it!<br />Fortunately, there you can return this type of products but here in the UK it's a bit more complicated so I wanted to get this up as soon as possible!<br /><br />Let's start with the first claim <b>"10 years younger"</b>.<br />That will make me look like 20. Well 20 years my arse!<br />The thing is in all honesty- If you buy this product just for that claim then I should have no respect for you! Really. Who on earth will believe that!!<br /><br />Anyway, moving on.<br />I bought this for the only fact that apparently it's the <u><b>strongest primer ever</b></u>.<br />I have a large collection of primers: Laura Mercier which is the best in my opinion, then I have one by Inglot and one by N7 and I also have the controversial one by L'oreal and a few others.<br />So I have tested a few in order to compare.<br /><br />I'm going to go to the point here.<br />It is truly the best primer in the market! I applied my foundation at 7.30am and by 7pm when I got home EVERYTHING was there! I seriously could not believe it. In my opinion the Laura Mercier primer is up there but this just knocks it off completely!<br /><br />I prefer to apply it before the foundation and the more you rub it the more you activate the primer tacky effect. Some people say they feel that tacky feeling all day long. I don't.<br /><br />I don't (thank god) have large pores but it reduces them I would even say completely!<br />So if you have large pores and this is an issue for you then you will definitely like this.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/165663e33df0ff6020071768c5931aef.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="376" src="/s/blogger/c031955ae5ee2b93b3475a3798cf9d24.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />But mind you. There is a massive massive massive problem with this product.<br />It does not work well with a lot of foundations.<br /><br />In the US when this was launched maybe last year the instructions said to apply it BEFORE your foundation as you would with a normal primer.<br /><br />What happened? With some foundations you could ended up looking like Freddy Krueger!<br />Seriously. The foundations would just stick and rub with the product and it could look as if you had burnt tissue on your face. Not a good look.<br />So, as we all do- all the beauty bloggers and youtubers started uploading their reviews and a lot of them were really bad so Nanoblur took all this feedback into account and CHANGED their instructions.<br />If you buy it in the UK you will read that they are now suggesting you apply it AFTER your foundation.<br /><br />Let me just give you a quick demo of how good and bad this product can work.<br /><br />On both cases below I applied Nanoblur before the foundations. On the left we have Chanel Vitalumiere and on the right we have Nars Sheer glow.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/176390b7bb2b1e3882324d9bf1e9a9e9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/8aca80f5a4cd08d084f79a045f715e40.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />What a difference!<br />The Vitalumiere looks gorgeous and the blending was easy and natural but on the right the Sheer glow looks disgusting! Dry and super patchy. It's normally as the name says a "glowy" foundation but as you see here it's super flat. Not good.<br /><br /><br />I tried applying it after the foundation but I don't buy that. I still think this product works better under the foundation.<br /><br />The big downside of this product is that as you can see it does not work well with some products.<br />So, I would&nbsp;strongly&nbsp;suggest you tried them first on your hand because if you do it on your face you can ruin your night!<br /><br />It is only available in Boots and it's £20. <a href="http://www.boots.com/en/Nanoblur-Optical-Skin-Cream-30ml_1235311/">Link</a><br />Unfortunately you cannot get any samples!<br /><br />Is it worth it?<br />Mmmm it's a hard one.<br />I would say if you are like me and happy to use different foundations regularly and if you happy to experiment with what you have in your collection then yes. And also only if you are after a strong primer. Forget about the looking younger claim. That's pure BS.<br /><br />If you like using one foundation only and if you can't be bothered to experiment then I would say it's a definite no no! It's likely that it could go wrong and then you are stuck!<br /><br />I'm hoping to update this post with a list of the foundations that work well this Nanoblur and the ones that are a disaster.<br /><br />I hope this was useful.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>Have you tried it?</b><br /><b>Can you help compile the list? Let me know if you tried this product and with what foundation and how it worked.</b></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 29 Oct 2011 19:42:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/29/review-nanoblur-in-the-uk/beautyFOTD: When Less Is More http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/27/fotd-when-less-is-more/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi ladies,<br /><br />I feel I haven't done a FOTD in centuries.<br />I never seem to have time or when I'm ready to go my camera is not charged. &nbsp;Mmm excuses excuses!<br /><br />I tried something different the other night. I did a little test of applying the less amount of products I could get away with.<br /><br />This is the result:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7c704150ef595ea1545fddd5bb9b3fd6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/94866732259b580e707b52e491cb9431.jpg" width="538" /></a></div><br />I was pleasantly surprised with the result and I proved to myself that on a lot of&nbsp;occasions I don't need to use that much.<br /><br />Yes, my hair is wet. A lot of times I do my make-up and then decide on the hair style. It looks super dark here..maybe because it's wet but I'm still rocking the ombre hair style.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/dcaa92726c099cb4477761e2ed31f3fc.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/fdd07ba40db9ea0f08565c027fbe3b85.jpg" width="404" /></a></div><br />And a close up on the eyes and lips<br />As you know I am definitely not afraid of colour and I decided to use a super on your face aqua gel liner.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ab6c13f5b6207df66eea9e013c778e63.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="212" src="/s/blogger/1f2bfba63caaa1b82589b56fe1ccffbc.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And to match it I chose a coral lippy with a satin finish.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/dc11562ca60eb6dbe61c1af6ebb37fff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="354" src="/s/blogger/7bcb74a4c32e81b325837a528b797d5b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>FACE</b><br />Chanel Mat Lumiere mixed with Mac Face and body<br />Some random peachy blush- super lightly applied<br /><br /><b>EYES</b><br />Mac Blue Deep fulidline<br />L'oreal&nbsp;Explosion&nbsp;mascara (the one with the little ball on the wand)- just one coat<br /><br /><b>LIPS</b><br />17 Hot Chilli<br /><br />Yes, I managed! And I didn't have any shivers or any side effects.<br />For some strange reason when I don't have eyeliner on the waterline I feel totally naked! But I was ok.<br />I would totally do it again maybe with different products.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>What is your less is more look?&nbsp;</b><br /><b>What do you use?</b></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:41:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/27/fotd-when-less-is-more/beautyBelated-Recent Buys http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/22/belated-recent-buys/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hope you are having an&nbsp;awesome&nbsp;weekend!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">For some reason I forgot to publish this old post of an interesting haul I had.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">See the goodies. I promise I will keep this post short and sweet.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1aebb646c273ee300d28a370d1f3a84e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/70b16f1a349bf5c2d8769056649c7a1d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Yes, this involved A LOT of foundations and a lot of other stuff too.<br />As you can see this was not a drugstore haul but most of it was from blog sales!<br /><br />Also, the good thing about posting this late is that I have now super tested everything you see on this photo so I can give you a trusted opinion on how they perform.<br /><br /><b>Foundation porn</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/deacf3b3c14e35186d121f1c5839037a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="382" src="/s/blogger/729cd1528065c82d2f78fd1abdbc5bdb.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>Chanel-&nbsp;Pro Lumiere and Vitalumiere</b>.<br />I got the Pro from a blog sale and the Vita from the Chanel counter.<br />I'm more inclined to the Vita just because it gives me that nice glow and looks like second skin. The Pro lumiere is fantastic with great coverage but for some reason if feels a tad more heavy on my skin. Both are fantastic and I would recommend them. Please bear in mind that Pro Lumiere will be soon discontinued. Stock up!<br /><br /><b>Guerlain-Lingerie de Peau&nbsp;</b><br />I got both of these from a blog sale.<br />On the bottle it says invisible skin-foundation and that is exactly what it is- invisible. Such a nice&nbsp;foundation. Super easy to use. Fool proof and impossible to cake up! I got shade 2 and 3. The only bad thing is that it's £35.50 at counters. Thank god for blog sales. These were just £27 each.<br /><br /><b>The other stuff:</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e6c01aec2d54be102daca3df4f2fac93.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="/s/blogger/9b0de8da6b475eaeb74113c643a89e77.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b>id Bare Minerals-&nbsp;Foundation&nbsp;in tan and Face colour in Warmth</b><br />These were too from a blog sale.<br />I don't use the foundation too much to be honest. I find that on it's own it does not give me that medium coverage I'm used to but it's lovely for on top of tinted&nbsp;moisturizers.<br />The face colour is like a bronzer really. It's very nice and it looks quite natural.<br />I quite enjoy both products and they have a special place in my collection.<br />These are my first bm products. They look like a promising brand!<br /><br /><b>Chanel- Soleil Tan de Chanel</b><br />This is a liquid highlighter in gold/bronzy tones. It's gorgeous and easy to use. It looks lovely in real life as well as on photos. Not sure to be honest I would repurchase this. I think it was a LE anyway but what I mean is that I'm not sure it was worth it. Boots N7 highlighter in peach is as good!<br />Also, the silly glass bottle with a tiny circle where the product comes out from is very hard to use and you need to do a lot of shaking.<br /><br /><b>Laura Mercier- Mineral Illuminating Powder</b><br />This thing is incredible. It has gold, emerald, topaz, quartz, ruby, etc dust! So it's all the dust from all these precious stones made into a face powder. It's incredible under artificial light and for the tear duct area. It's not glittery but sparkly and shiny. I love it and I use on those special occasions as I keep it like gold dust (I had to put the pun!)<br /><br /><b>The rest</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/207b1b9af5fb7be9f64562e09951cba8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/bdd76d3bb123499637af3b558c7bbb38.jpg" width="412" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Clarins- Daily Energizer Lotion and Wake-up Booster</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I cannot explain how much I adore these two products. The came too from a blog sale!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The lotion is my go to lotion every day! Incredibly fast absorbing and it looks gorgeous under make-up. The smell is incredible too.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The booster is basically a very gentle toner what truly wakes up your skin. Lovely in the morning of just before going to bed. It smells like the lotion- gorgeous!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I will definitely repurchase these two.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Shu Uemura- Eyelash curlers</b></div>I wanted to try these for ages but the price was a bit much (about £20) for what it was. On a very stressful day at work I decided to go for it. Initially I thought it was magic and my eyelashes looked amazing. Now for some strange reason I'm not that wowed! Yes, they still look amazing and I think it's a good tool but I think this has been a bit too hyped.<br /><br /><b>Laura Mercier- Tinted Moisturiser</b><br />This too was from a blog sale. And this was another product I wanted to try for ages.<br />It's very good and yes it gives you a bit more coverage than the normal tinted moisturiser.<br />It blends amazingly onto the skin and it does last for a long time. I cannot compare it to any of the other TM I have- it's strange because it looks thick and heave but it's not! Me like.<br /><br />Ufff- that was a lot of products!<br /><br />I love everything actually and I enjoy using every single one of these products!<br />Yey for blog sales!<br /><br /><b>And talking of that- I still have a lot of stuff on my blog sale- feel free to have a look. I'm happy to&nbsp;negotiate!. <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/05/huge-affordable-blog-sale.html">Link</a>.</b><br /><br />Let me know if you have any questions about these.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 22 Oct 2011 17:28:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/22/belated-recent-buys/beautyRock The Avenue With Some Sparkle http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/18/rock-the-avenue-with-some-sparkle/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The other day when I picked up Groundwork Paint Pot I also did 3 more cheeky purchases- as you do!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I picked up my very first fluidline and it was in Avenue.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7ecf69a23f6309f2a1300a0c72007c95.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="568" src="/s/blogger/3b1fcb1844488d435082b8af9d218e29.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />I think it's a LE from one of the 'very unimpressive" current collections.<br />Don't ask me why I picked it up. I don't know. I still have more than half of my Bobbi Brown gel liner. There is nothing wrong with my BB one and I love it. It goes so well on the lid AS WELL as on the waterline and it stays for ever!<br />So why did I pick this one up? I think it's all down to the sparkles!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1120afe3f97ca297f24fcbe8de539376.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="570" src="/s/blogger/df6964365d113a24ff7e2aa87b520208.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I had to put the flash on for these photos so that you would see what I mean. There are tiny tiny gold sparkles on this gel liner and they look very cute. No, you will not be a disco ball and maybe this on is not ideal for the waterline. we'll see.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d2acb6bfcdd2c4f52df1c358e72852a5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/a7ad8ae95b88f53a355a7fd72c7977c2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I will admit it. This was a total compulsive and unnecessary purchase from my part. Very amateurish!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I will be comparing the BB one with this and see which one I prefer. Apparently or you love the fluidline ones or you love the BB ones. I heard there are no in betweens.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The other two&nbsp;purchases&nbsp;were two prolong wear lip liners which I'm lovinnngggg ATM! More on that to come soon.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Are you a fluidline lady or a BB Gel liner lady?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any recommendations on how to apply fluidlines?</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:42:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/18/rock-the-avenue-with-some-sparkle/beautyCurrent Obsessions http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/14/current-obsessions/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;">Yes here we go again with more cheek products! You know it's my weakness.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">These are the super affordable Shimmer Bricks by Famous by Sue Moxley.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0b8af12119671ee7d44b878a5bd67451.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="452" src="/s/blogger/13125bfb21087cecafabc58e5eb73b6e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This one is my ultimate favourite! It's Shade 2 Rose Gold.<br />I've been using it for at least half a year and I cannot see any dent on it!<br />It gives you the most cheeky and gorgeous pink and gold glow.<br />It you want more of a highlight just grab some of the light colours and if you want a more intense pink then just swirl your brush on the pinks.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a82fe992b7f6a5a25e8af199dbcadaf1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/5c4a737df4fe0a3f28d419e8b02fba01.jpg" width="494" /></a></div><br />Photo taken with a low flash<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/531b19e833971a24982424605e2eaef3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/9774b8f90a21cf5289b2d04c184e2bb9.jpg" width="638" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Photo taken with no flash</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/652ec20ac4404e7e83dbe4b050733081.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/8624ceb23d0aad434211bf548cd669a5.jpg" width="638" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />I use this next one for when I want to go for a more beach godess look. It's the Medium.<br />There is an&nbsp;inconsistency&nbsp;on the manes as this one has no shade or name and I think this is because this was the very first one I bought probably more than a year ago and maybe they changed the names since then.<br />Again this one is quite customisable and you can make it lighter or darker depending on where you swipe your brush.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0925f0179e66a84dae7746803dd91364.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/95aef0c726f783bf2c2675d2fbe89e00.jpg" width="488" /></a></div><br />"Not very on focus" photo taken with a low flash<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c0767a997060fb1c0bb22d56391aa665.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/34d86ebe7e61660fdd23fb99a95475a5.jpg" width="638" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">And another "not very on focus" photo taken with no flash.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b5c13490d21cf0e399d17483e8730b55.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/8314f1d1aa2438ae1ae101494724cfd3.jpg" width="638" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I think this is my second favourite.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's a mixture of the two above really. Very interesting colour. This one is Shade 1-Golden Rose.</div><div style="text-align: left;">This one is my go-to at the moment just because I still have a tiny bit of a tan and it looks great giving me that extra tan and some rose glow at the same time.</div></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/357682f6ef545f5d066de7b6b9eb0f64.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/12cc653d85d92bdf141f1602790e9ae7.jpg" width="502" /></a></div><br />Photo taken with a low flash<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/42cd0a79468833aacd96cfd5e376f6c9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/e18feda9fd15083a09d3c10c71f76ecf.jpg" width="632" /></a></div><br />Photo taken with no flash<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1f61b70f7c3151576ce1de00eb7fe23e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="638" src="/s/blogger/d1667fd85b623eb4264941a2574bbfd9.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />And this is what the packaging looks like and you can see the shades and the ingredients at the back<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e4ec174ef2c68daecf864b2e23cf1fba.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/5447cc59fbb66146b098c52e5c95004d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I cannot explain the joy I get from these 3 best friends!</div><div style="text-align: left;">They are super pigmented, hand and super affordable. I saw them a few weeks ago in Superdrug for £3 each! I was very tempted to get more but as you can see I've been using this for ever and honestly there no sign of usage! I haven't even used 1% of the product. Incredible.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">No, I don not have the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks so I cannot compare them. I don't think I ever will. Why pay extra if you can get an equal result for a mini fraction of the price?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I do have a few MeMeMe equivalents of these. They are lovely but these are way better in terms of quality, colour pay off and longevity.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Seriously, just try them and let me know. You will not regret it!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">PS: Super random ramble. I went today to Virgin club/gym as a guest with my colleague who goes there and wow...what a lovely gym! It was a bit different from my gym LA Fitness. We did some Body Combat then we went to the jacuzzi and then the sauna. I loved it and we were chatting all the way.</div><div style="text-align: left;">However I will stay at my gym. I just cannot see the point of paying £100+ for a membership per month. Unless I win the lottery or if I reduce my monthly budget for make-up purchases...which ain't gonna happen!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Have a lovely Friday.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 13 Oct 2011 23:04:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/14/current-obsessions/beautyA boring but necessary buy at MAC http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/09/a-boring-but-necessary-buy-at-mac/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I've been to MAC some weeks ago. There was the Fall Colour collection and I didn't want to pick up anything! Strange but true.&nbsp;Maybe I'll go and see the paint pots of the Posh collection at some point this week.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">However, when I was there swatching things around during my lunch break I realised that I always wanted to get Groundwork paint pot and I never did.</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e36fc71f5a211c6e1ae5ae6f7349e7b7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="538" src="/s/blogger/ad6e316414a9b74727f74239e0a6a38b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I always get sidetracked and get more adventurous things and more on the bright colour side but this is a MUST-have for me.<br /><br />It's the perfect&nbsp;transition&nbsp;colour/ crase colour that will warm up a look and it also works as a priming base.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b6ee63f35c174a6c4d5f795a9aef9c16.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="470" src="/s/blogger/5d1ad8920319cd5efbb9a05d5454d426.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The colour on the pot looks like a light brown on the reddish side but when you swatch it it's quite neutral in my opinion. What&nbsp;attracts&nbsp;me to this product is the texture and the finish.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ff3dac1b305011ae95b1299db1eb0838.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="482" src="/s/blogger/570132559f5f410c18a476a0298dbd79.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The colour under natural light is just a plain light brown that will be ideal for a lot of looks as a crease colour or a transition colour between the lid colour and the highlight on the brow bone.<br />On this photo under natural light the finish looks like matte.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2310c0199089ee1919cb22cf56d05508.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="504" src="/s/blogger/0d69cc28724a00addf5751bbe99f0338.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />But when you take a photo under artificial light and using the flash look at what happens.<br />It has like a stain finish and a even light silver shine.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/533d2dd6c6741718e324b409c07b8e83.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="516" src="/s/blogger/5d42d06f4e49326f185695a3895f6a94.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b6aa3897152b11760d9e0fb8569850f8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="474" src="/s/blogger/d91dfe1e85a5a71708f07d1b33bc1fb8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, for me this was a super boring purchase. I don't get exited when I buy neutral colours for some reason but I do acknowledge the need for these type of products.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I think I'm done with paint pots for now. I have Blackground (a lovely black-gunmetal colour), Constructivist (a gorgeous shimmery brown/taupe&nbsp;colour), Painterly (a good matte base-pale pink/skin type colour), Rubenesque (a super gorgeous shimmery golden peachy colour that I use on my eyes and cheeks) and Delft (an interesting teal/turquoise&nbsp;colour that I now realise I should use much more).</div><div style="text-align: left;">I also had Bare Study, Soft Ochre and Artifact but I sold them some time ago. I wasn't using them enough.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I think from the Posh&nbsp;collection&nbsp;I'll be looking at Half-wild and hyperviolet..of course. I would love to have a good purple paint pot. We'll see. These pots are big and I cannot see myself going though one of them before they dry out.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">X</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What would be a boring purchase for you? Do you get exited with neutral colours?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any thoughts on the Posh collection</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 09 Oct 2011 10:49:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/09/a-boring-but-necessary-buy-at-mac/beautyPhoto shoot with Marie http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/06/photo-shoot-with-marie/<p><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hi girls,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Las weekend I was called for a photo shoot to do make-up and hair.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The theme was fallen angel. You probably can't see but Marie has a pair of black wings. They are visible on other photos.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">These are more of the beauty shoots that will be going straight on my portfolio :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/723ec1b4f08a3613ae984a354994d32f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/cee70ee948086d153727007d3897cbbb.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c652010a797028f4d178fa4eb52cfa92.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/265e76201800646a485ef607bbd071df.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6bc895f5e69e9d92fb08700fb5088bb1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/45845a3783e7c0d30d7aaf7e30a748e7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And on this photo you can see the hair! If you are wondering how I did it have a look at my previous post where I linked a very short video. <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-video-how-to-hair-style-for.html">Link</a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e26b28c5f9d55b198845cb24066ef962.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/017e8bfe196afa81fbafb7d448ba8f34.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">What do you think?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 06 Oct 2011 20:26:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/10/06/photo-shoot-with-marie/beautyBobbi Brown BBU Palette http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/27/bobbi-brown-bbu-palette/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Did I show you my baby already?</div><div style="text-align: left;">Maybe she made it to one of my videos.</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's the one and only BBU palette by Bobbi Brown.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4d64c56eb77664932ac982346be7055f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="410" src="/s/blogger/101a3468f9ac746bc6769ddbc4d24c8c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This baby came ALL the way from Australia.&nbsp;I have one of my sisters living there. How handy for when collections are released there, right?<br /><br />This was the only one left at the counter and it was there because someone forgot to pick it up!<br /><br />This palette was released here in the UK some years ago and it was sold out almost instantly.<br />It was hard to get and so expensive (around £200+).<br /><br />It still was very expensive.&nbsp;So, what do you get for your money?<br />Eeerrr...everything? You get all the correctors and creamy concealers (26) and the stick foundations (20)!<br /><br />Concealers:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5378f3fefe30c000abcf67722bedb585.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="518" src="/s/blogger/0892ccfe1a24253a540b7b91c6407f5a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />It comes with a plastic separator which is very handy with all the names and it helps you avoid any mess going on.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9ab9cb6a61b6d24c92d9589e3d734f1c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="534" src="/s/blogger/7a1f83ae5c6d95cbe3d47ccc1213bc61.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />These are the stick foundations:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/73883150f953172112b4a3750c1d7155.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="516" src="/s/blogger/b482c1a4168416c01aff8a46c87a2a88.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">When you see empty squares those are so that you can create your mix! Kind of your working palette.</div><div style="text-align: left;">The idea is that you take a little bit of the colours you need and then you mix them in the empty one.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">After doing a bit of research I think the previously released palettes were slightly different. You can see an example&nbsp;<a href="http://here./">here.</a>&nbsp;They actually came with less concealers (21) and stick foundations (17). Not sure why they changed it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm so happy I took the photos for the blog. Now I can start using it!! ;)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I heard so many of you raving about the Bobbi Brown concealers and correctors...so now I can try the lot!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any good combos to use with the concealers?&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>I guess my Laura Mercier brightening powder will work ok to set it?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:31:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/27/bobbi-brown-bbu-palette/beautyMy Holiday Make-Up Bag http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/24/my-holiday-make-up-bag/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This is all I took on my recent beach holidays.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I took a lot of skin care products and a few make-up items.<br />However, as it happens I used probably half of what I took.<br />I made a mental note not to repeat this again. I am an&nbsp;experienced&nbsp;make-up user and I should know better by now, right?</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6a87f09256662e188d7b3bafa403624c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/5c06b8b3e5384fbba589e2e2e5370c32.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Skin and hair products<br /></b><br /><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;">-<b>The Body Shop Body Butter</b>. This was really good for after the beach moments when you really need to hydrate your skin. I took the Passion fruit one. It smells lovely! The only bad thing is that this cream/butter is so thick and it takes ages to absorb. Be prepared to be slippery for some hours. And be careful with the mosquitoes. They love it too!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-<b>Clarins Daily&nbsp;Energizer Lotion</b>. I cannot express enough how much I adore this cream. I got it for a bargain price at a blog sale. It smells incredible, it absorbs almost instantly and it truly energises the skin. Ideal for under foundation. I am definitely repurchasing this. It has some SPF too.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-<b>Burt's Bees Hand Cream</b>. This cream made it into my beach bag and it came with me every day. I used it on my hands, feet and on my face. Yes, don't believe that hand cream is JUST for hands. It's cream with no SPF basically. I used the&nbsp;tinniest&nbsp;amount though on my face. It's very thick and it takes some time to absorb completely but once it does your skin will feel much better. I wouldn't recommend it for under make-up. Too thick. The smell (banana&nbsp;and honey) mmm not too sure about it to be honest. It's too much and it smells a bit artificial. I heard some people using this cream for their hair too. I need to try that!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-<b>N7 Anti-dark spot facial sun protection 50+</b>. I used this sun protection on my face. I have a lot of dark spots and hyper pigmentation from years of sun abuse (I wish I could go back in time and slap me in the face for sunbathing with nothing on for years!) so I'm trying to protect my skin as much as I can now in hope they will disappear. I was very happy with this cream. It absorbs into the skin very quickly too. I got it a bit cheaper because I used a N7 Boots voucher.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-<b>N7 facial wipes. </b>Nothing special here! Not impressed at all. I got them again with a N7 Boots voucher. Not doing that again.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-<b>VO5 Miracle concentrate</b>. Who doesn't have this? Everyone I know purchased this. It's a hair oil that you apply to wet or dry hair. Yep, it's good. Wouldn't say it's a "miracle" product but yes I'm happy with it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-<b>Pleasures by Estee Lauder. </b>This has been my main perfume for yearssss! I love this fragrance and I think it suits me so much. Every time I use it people ask me what perfume it is. Love it! If you know what I smell like when I go out..have a sniff at this perfume.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/aeb2f39238dfb6e1b597cdc6b5c7cfa8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/fe6455309ecdae7223b761dac7568bff.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Make-up</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;">This was wayyy too much for just a week! What was I thinking? Anyway.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-3 foundations? Well the reason being is that the <b>Nars Sheer Glow</b> and the the <b>Helena Rubinstein</b>&nbsp;<b>Sensual Clone</b> ones are the darkest one in my personal collection. I tan very easily and I go dark very quickly so I though I would be able to use them. I couldn't be bothered really! It was so hot that the idea of having a heavy foundation on made me feel ill. I used the <b>Vitazing by Origins</b> a bit more. On extremely lazy days I would only use my <b>Mac Mineralize Skin Finish</b>. Some days I&nbsp;wouldn't&nbsp;use anything. My beloved husband always tell me that he loves when I go&nbsp;natural&nbsp;(which does not happen very often of course) so I pleased him thanks to my&nbsp;laziness.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Eyeshadows. I took two <b>The Body Shop cubes</b> and <b>4 Mac eyeshadows</b>. I think if I remember correctly I used e/s only twice in the week.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Cheeks. I took the <b>Famous Shimmer brick Shade 1&nbsp;</b>which I'm&nbsp;obsessed&nbsp;about. My favourite product recently. I have all of them! They give you such a glow to the face and can lift your look instantly. It's a cheap (very cheap at £3 ATM in Superdrug) version of the bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. The other cheek product is <b>Mac cream blush in Something Special.</b> I also used it quite a bit. The bronzer is a very nice one by&nbsp;Accessorize. I think I used it once.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Concealer. I took my <b>Collection 2000 in shade 4</b>. I didn't use it that much but it was very handy.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Lips. <b>Barry M lip gloss</b> and <b>Mac Cut a Caper</b>. I used both of them all the time!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Mascara: <b>SuperShock by Avon</b>. Used it every day. I still love this mascara.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Primers: I just took <b>Too Faced Shadow&nbsp;Insurance</b>. I prefer it to the UDPP.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">-Extras: RealTechniques and other random brushes.<br /><br />Yes, I know...too much!<br /><br />I hope you enjoyed this post about my holiday make-up bag.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>Do you alo get over exited when you go on holiday and over pack and the use half of it? Or is it just me?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 24 Sep 2011 08:48:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/24/my-holiday-make-up-bag/beautyKorres Buys- A Lot Of Foundation Here! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/20/korres-buys-a-lot-of-foundation-here/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hope you're well.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's been expected that I did a post on my Korress make-up buys.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I got my hands on to Korres make-up while in Greece (how exotic, right?).&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Yes, I know you can get it in the UK but it's hard to get hold of the entire range.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I went to Kefelonia (a Greek island) so there weren't massive shops or drugstore but a normal high-street chemist was enough. Most of them carry the brand.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a4a04648e943cbb58f71538c8dd813ad.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="446" src="/s/blogger/b7adcb4fccaecb9bd65d096c64488eab.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Before even typing anything about what I bought I wanted to do a proper road test! I tried all of these at least for one week each so now I know exactly how I feel about each product.<br /><br />As expected I went for mainly their foundations and one lip product:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8a859cf5ccbe257cf4262b6d099682fc.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/77bcb6585784995f009d878e950bc680.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Wild Rose Foundation</b> (the little dark bottles)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's the long-lasting foundation for a flawless, radiant finish. Don't they all claim that?</div><div style="text-align: left;">I cannot express how much I LOVE this foundation. I actually got 3! Yes three! &nbsp;I went for my lightest (WRF2) shade, my darkest-right now after my holidays (WRF6) and one in between (WRF4). I got&nbsp;obsessed&nbsp;much?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Oh yes!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This foundation is so light yet delivers what it claims. I would say it's mid coverage but a good "mid" if that makes sense. I apply it with my fingers and it melts on my face! There are no harsh lines, not even on the hair line. It does remind me of Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in the way it blends on the skin.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I can still see my pores but not my&nbsp;imperfections. It looks very natural and yet polished. I'm so happy I got these.</div><div style="text-align: left;">It comes in a glass bottle (I think- it's hard to know what material is) and you get 30ml. It has SPF 20.</div><div style="text-align: left;">You need to shake it as you can see it separates a bit.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I cannot stop using this product! And now I completely know why people love this foundation so much. It's my new love and all the shades I got with slightly different undertones will allow me to have a Korres face all year round.&nbsp;I paid 18 Euros for each of them.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">While looking at their range I also got curious about another foundation but I haven't heard too much about it.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's the <b>Ginger &amp; Vitamins Foundation </b>(the white tubes)</div><div style="text-align: left;">It says on the tube: Lightweight water-based foundation that balances skin tone and leaves the skin fresh and luminous.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's more of a tinted moisturisers basically.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's quite liquidy (not like Face and Body) but not as thick as the Garnier one.</div><div style="text-align: left;">It blends beautifully into the skin and it does leave a nice satin finish. The coverage is quite light but you can build it up a little bit.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I got shades LF2 and LF4. You get 40ml and I paid 17 Euros each.</div><div style="text-align: left;">And if you are&nbsp;wondering, yes it has SPF 10</div><div style="text-align: left;">I do like it. Nothing too special to be honest but it's a very decent tinted moisturiser.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The only lip product I got was their cult <b>Lip Butter in Mango</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, it's nice and super rich and moisturising. The scent is gorgeous and the coral tint is so beautiful on the lips but I totally detest having to dip my finger on products. I always make sure I have super clean hands when using it and I don't like that I then have tu rubb off the excess on my palm or hand.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Anyway, it is nice. I know a lot of you love this product.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I was intrigued by other products by Korres. Their lip liners looked so nice!</div><div style="text-align: left;">But I think their stand out thing is their Wild Rose foundation *hands down*!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Super super recommend it! Try it and let me know if you agree.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Are you a Korres foundation&nbsp;addict&nbsp;like me?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>If you have it, how do you apply it?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any other Korres product I should check out?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What do you guys think of my themed photos!?&nbsp;</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:48:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/20/korres-buys-a-lot-of-foundation-here/beautySomething You Need! Eyelash Applicators http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/17/something-you-need-eyelash-applicators/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope you are enjoying the weekend which just stared.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">If you are like me, a massive false eyelash lover, then you need these brilliant eyelash applicators!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/92dc5aa753001e985e46cf9e10d60f21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/f18359de656414238f3d4e60107192f8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />My hunt started when I spotted some false eyelash applicators at the Shu Uemura counter.<br />The look fantastic but at £27?&nbsp;Ridiculous!!! <br /><br />I was sure I could do better than that and I did.<br />I found these two from different shops from Ebay.<br />And the price?<br />Well just £5 and £6 including shipping! Who's laughing now? I am :)<br /><br />This is what they look like next to each other. They both fit in the palm of my hand.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3f4d6f52272b66f0ea32f144b1325f92.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="356" src="/s/blogger/147cb3aabf28fc33a2cc32f53d4412a6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is the curved one which is fool proof.<br />What I like about this one in particular is that you can close the clamp. I find it useful when I'm putting the glue and when I need to wait for those crucial moments for the glue to go tacky.<br />I find that with the tweezers I always really press them to make sure I don't drop the lashes but with this applicator you don't need to worry about that. You just close it an leave it to dry a bit while you do something else. :)<br />See below the firs photo where it's "open" and the one below is when you "close" it. Easy.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/05e7ad102fd143c9cc9b2e35aef33f04.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/078a340a3ff973ea80453a8412675849.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The other one is a bit smaller and the end is also good for when we need to press the eyelashes against our lashes or when we need a bit more&nbsp;precision to stick the ends.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/da74e3ce0e96b8ab6939c852f609a28e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="234" src="/s/blogger/6beb09f3ea22109390553ff709c5abab.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6a08347b9cb4a558de8c67a90037d5f2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/74fafbd0da66ea2a8a5cab769b2a8faa.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm not sure which one is better. I guess it depends on how you apply eyelashes.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I actually like both. They were super cheap so there's no harm in trying them.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You can see a selection of eyelash applicators available on Ebay<a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_trksid=p5197.m570.l1311&amp;_nkw=false+eyelash+applicator&amp;_sacat=See-All-Categories"> here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I actually cannot remember the seller I used. I remember that the curved one came from the UK and it took just 2 days to get home. The other one came from China and it took a week or so.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I still think tweezers are perfectly fine for eyelash application but I love these gadgets. They make your life easier and they are&nbsp;specifically&nbsp;designed for that purpose.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope this was helpful.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>How do you apply false lashes?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Do you use tweezers, your fingers or&nbsp;something&nbsp;else?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Would you consider purchasing eyelash applicators or is it too much for you?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 17 Sep 2011 10:49:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/17/something-you-need-eyelash-applicators/beautyHoliday Hair Update:Wavy Ombre-Style http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/12/holiday-hair-updatewavy-ombre-style/<p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi Ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I think on one of my "very" random YouTube videos I mentioned that I have the Ombre-hair style at the moment.&nbsp;I'm quite proud of it as I did it my self with a&nbsp;drugstore&nbsp;highlighting kit.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I literally mixed the blue powder with the&nbsp;peroxide&nbsp;cream and I applied it to the bottom half of my hair and to some bits near my face just to give me face a bit of light.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">At some point my hair felt like on fire. That stuff really heats up and a bit of checking and moving the cream around I knew it was ready. :)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Of course on these photos my hair got a bit wild and a bit more blonde with the sea water and sun but you get the most updated version of my look.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/dbc2ffae8a5a8816b4d92211772b4e5c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/076d89e18adf9d6764cdf2a709aa427c.jpg" width="468" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This is my hair in it's raw state.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This is how it is with no styling whatsoever! No combing and no products on it. It's normally quite straight on the top and super wavy at the ends. I have to say..I love my hair ATM :).</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">There were moment (when I was younger) when I would straighten it constantly but now I absolutely adore my natural waves and I'm totally comfortable with how it looks.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Depending on the weather &nbsp;(mainly humidity) and on what shampoo I use I get more waves or more&nbsp;curls&nbsp;even.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">On this photos my hair looks a bit too wavy and it's because of the sea water I guess.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9d1c4d1423a0fd96d2c864f96ecda065.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="/s/blogger/640b41ab6c5e3ccbf928e8462aab3fd5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I love it as it is now. We'll see how I feel when we get more into winter.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">At the moment I'm in the hunt of hair extensions with ombre-style.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Do you know of any? Do they exist?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And in case you were wondering the sunglasses are from Primark. I got them ages ago on a desperate day that I forgot my "good" sunglasses at home and I was very close to a Primark. I picked these ones and I never looked back. Love them! I love the shape and I love the fact that they are kind of browny tinted so I can still see all the true colours of things enven in the sun.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>How do you have your hair at the moment?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any new experiments with colours of cuts?</b></div></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:15:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/12/holiday-hair-updatewavy-ombre-style/beautyHey you..did you miss me? I'm back! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/11/hey-youdid-you-miss-me-im-back/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You probably noticed. I've been MIA this week.</div><div style="text-align: left;">And that's because I went to Kefelonia, Greece for a week.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I needed a bit of peace and sunshine.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I went for just a week and they were my last holidays for this year. Boooo!!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I had such a good time and the weather was fantastic. I have a amazing tan which I achieved with no pain and with a lot of sunscreen and after sun care.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">These are some photos of my week.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Lovely beach (Costa-Costa)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/86c48a45bd59e39338d1976d56b55e3b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/17c3a7cf3a60339b7cc5de9fd935cabf.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I needed serious concentration to decide which cocktail I would go for. There were millions. I tried a few different ones every night ;)<br />Notice my minimum make-up. It was too hot!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d8e86dd0542347b8485381279fdf26a5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/f26c557adb0170a28565fbf39da6bd82.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br />This is our garden and THE view from the apartment.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/515c167967db3c0b66f3badac487aea3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/2ed838c97f3f55a11e1d68b198e97e2f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I went into the water probably 6 times every day. I love swimming in the seas, especially in these crystal clear water.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/673d5abc0fb8f9aa2a57e728d6352e76.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/83a00200986ec71545fca1b1f85ec2fd.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />One of the cocktails. Loved the little monkeys the put in the glasses.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c12bbf2787fcec7359fb57682513f3fd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/cb03bc43756bb8a9fe670f4cbaadfe3e.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br />And we had our own little path/way to the beach!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e565570f3e298bcd29e34aa3431010ec.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/991eaa5e319922d7f0117ba2106a5cb6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />We saw a few sea turtles. So cute.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2dea3c1dccf5da651951b8db61123ffa.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="518" src="/s/blogger/6e239ad230de8a36bdfffb0a2e8120e6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />A lot of sunshine. We were very luck with the weather. About 35C every day.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/25c587d9a573e67effe480266dd906ac.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/39f6d3b0e00409baa7269f92d664aa71.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />We saw the sunset every day from our garden. Such a lovely view.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fe51eb7d00303efcbea389196cc96419.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/d27f135f759f87ec84e1eee1c361eaab.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And, yes...there was a bit of a haul. I bought som Korres make-up. Will do a separate post.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ae79c57f9ebc646bfeb1e8f93fb4c014.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/a3df49451a6f5c2634d5ee904b0370fb.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Some related post to come are:</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Holiday hair update</div><div style="text-align: left;">Korres haul + some Greek brands</div><div style="text-align: left;">FOTDs while on holiday</div><div style="text-align: left;">Make-up products I took with me</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>How are you?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What did I miss?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Feel free to tell me what you blogged about this week and put the link below :)</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 11 Sep 2011 16:41:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/09/11/hey-youdid-you-miss-me-im-back/beautyChanel Illusion D'Ombre Shadows-Review + Swatches + Photos http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/31/chanel-illusion-dombre-shadows-review-swatches-photos/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;">Yep, I couldn't resist them.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I couldn't decide between the purple, the sagey or the peachy one so I had to go for all of them!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e4a2407c4d6314439f46f256d97f5897.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/43d0fa3cd6c2aab33d868378e56d12b1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />They come in a box like this:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/68e71609bbbf29394dec29cc79a7b92b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="540" src="/s/blogger/a5c25fd7aadd60c2992cb2a9c2be6a6e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And these is what they look like in the pots from their bottoms:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c8ed168c34a4c5e496507927d5be8442.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="492" src="/s/blogger/2b9c5c8020960052ecb80caa69d60d7a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And without their tops. They come in a like a dome shape with the most of the product in the centre.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4a1264657bc3ff15601a59edc67daba9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="546" src="/s/blogger/4611db2612c16bf71d7bf01b632b2812.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />finger swatches:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/77fbc5648f91c2a862b0509de6644bb7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="438" src="/s/blogger/1857e977c33103a1a937d27f6361b588.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And hand swatches:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ea0e11731bb4cdae2afa08cc0d0507d7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="634" src="/s/blogger/37b59d7b9893fd604c6d8a40ed90d760.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Each one of them come with a cute (and rather useless) applicator like this one:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/451931209418f8f9b9473af62e09953e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="/s/blogger/ca2493550a1395dab40a9c15b12fbe7e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>My thoughts and review:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;">The texture of these cream shadows is strage in an interesting way.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It feels to the touch like a cream, it smells strange (but you won't smell it once on your eyes- it was just me sticking my nose there) but it applies like a powder eyeshadow.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I find that the harder and smaller the brush the better. With a very soft brush you won't be able to pick up enough product. With your fingers you will probably pick up too much.</div><div style="text-align: left;">The little brush that they provide is not very good unfortunately. They say that these eyeshadows can be used as liners. I wound't to be honest. They are so packed with glitter and reflects that a bit of that in your eyes and you will remember Coco Chanel for the rest of the day!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I use contact lenses everyday and I love glitter. I never&nbsp;complain&nbsp;and I'm a tough one when it comes to things stuck in my eyes but I did feel some&nbsp;chunkiness&nbsp;getting into my eyes and contacts. This won't put me off from using them anyway. But be aware these shadows are packed with shimmer, glitter and reflects.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Long lasting? Yes, they are especially with a primer underneath.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Easy to blend? Yes, this is one of their main features. They are a dream to blend.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Expensive? Yes. They were about £22.50 each and they are LE.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Do I regret the purchase? No way. Love them. Especially for night use.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope this was useful.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Were you tempted too with these?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Which one did you go for?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any recommended combos?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:53:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/31/chanel-illusion-dombre-shadows-review-swatches-photos/beautyFOTD: Bold Look- My take on Cora's Sailor Moon http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/29/fotd-bold-look-my-take-on-coras-sailor-moon/<p><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I usually recreate some of Cora's (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/vintageortacky">Vintageortacky</a>) looks in the privacy of my own room. I love to play with colours and do extravagant and crazy looks. Cora is THE mother of amazing shock-colour looks and she explains things so well in her tutorials. So I had to try this one too!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">But this time I took the plunge and photographed the results to share them with you.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This is my take on Cora's<a href="http://vintageortacky.com/2011/08/26/sailor-moon/"> Sailor Moon</a> look. I had to do some tweaks here and there as my eye shape is very different from Cora's. I'm very happy with the result.<br /><br />For those who don't know Sailor Moon is a Japanese cartoon. One of those manga things that I never watched in my life and never will. Cora did an amazing series of YT videos featuring a lot of the characters and designing make-up looks.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e91bbbe51b1eff3f63475d7f81d63f5d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/a79749bd81c415daccbf8167ad7a6d8e.jpg" width="486" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4698be4738dad0f9228d061ea5a8d911.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/f8557bcb3ce03fcf65fb1aa57fab5b09.jpg" width="482" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8dc649cec324f269f488fdc97d550857.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/0791669ce0b1c7ae386949e33be0e5a2.jpg" width="630" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/602b09809bfc1a851ce1eaf650d3529b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="474" src="/s/blogger/87ed29878ff14bde5fca97eff612119e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/be7e032e0479cb4082dd8367c4deebf0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="354" src="/s/blogger/5eac724834508ad7c1a6afc43d464284.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And these are the lips- very red!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/995885f6a9f99c2978323526e74680a0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/8bc41b5514f76ff07ad54b67ccd93689.jpg" width="384" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I wish I had videoed this one. I'm very proud of myself :)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">the only thing was I so wished I had her contacts! The are fabulous.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And no, this is not a very wearable look.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Products used:</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>FACE</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Make-up For Ever HD foundation in 145 mixed with Chanel Mat Lumiere in 40 beige.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Harmony&nbsp;Powder&nbsp;Blush by Mac (to contour)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-A red lip stain used as cheek tint</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>EYES</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Black eyeshadow to cut my crease</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Kryolan Supracolor in white (as base for the yellow shadow)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Buttercupcake e/s by Sugarpill (insane yellow used on the lid)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Obnoxious e/s from the Bad Girl paletee from Sleek (a deep blue used on top of the black crease)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-AMC loose e/s in 58 by INGLOT (metallic blue used on top of the darker blue to blend and on the lower lash line)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-White e/s on the brow bone</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Maybelline gel liner in black (upper lash line, tight line, lower lash line and to define the crease)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-False lashes</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Brown e/s on the brows (VERY badly applied)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>LIPS</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">-Random red lip with a little bit of gold pigment on the centre</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This was really funny. You can totally map the eye look in this cotton pad.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I hate to remove looks I love when I'm just at home I need to get back to my boring house work.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c86440a5116b9f80e8d7a2e220b31a62.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="534" src="/s/blogger/4dfd5063feb22d028288b9e52f600cfb.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">XXX</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>What do you think?&nbsp;Did I do well? Did I do Cora's look any justice?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Did you know Cora already? She's AMAZING at make-up.&nbsp;</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Follow her and subscribe to her channel right now!</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:07:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/29/fotd-bold-look-my-take-on-coras-sailor-moon/beautyIt was love at first sight: Guerlain Blush G http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/27/it-was-love-at-first-sight-guerlain-blush-g/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi Ladies,</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I feel totally guilty here.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, it's yet ANOTHER cheek product!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">A blush and a vey expensive one and LE.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's the one and only <b>Guerlain Blush G</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I bought this bad boy back in April and I forgot (not sure how) to post these photos.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It was completely sold out here in the UK but I managed to get it at Madrid Airport when en route to Buenos Aires. Yes, it was expensive around the £30 mark! But it was an airport purchase and they never feel like real purchases although when you look at your bank statement they clearly are!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/acacf1524ce0b28352f65ef469024366.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/f8db5d9cebb9ad1ee66a94902506437f.jpg" width="596" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Forget about the flashy and probably not necessary packaging (more on this below).</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I just fell in love with the colours.&nbsp;All of them are right up my street and the colour you get when you mix them all up it's just The perfect peachy/coral colour.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8bed8a620b1024c8a8cb21ea53ee88f6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/92ae7192c363251821d9b3e57f5552bf.jpg" width="482" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This is the flashy packaging:</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d0ef68b11f15906bd17ac4e12141a4de.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="/s/blogger/3ec47cc10bd123aaef9c7f8f7ac30b28.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>You get&nbsp;</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">-A box (of course :P)</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">-A dust pouch with a hot pink inside. Yes, it's pretty but not my type of colour if you ask me.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">-A mini super soft blush brush with hot pink bristles. And yes, it's ok. Not wow but ok. Dior's brushes are better in my opinion.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>More photos</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">(can't help it...it's gorgeous)</div></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0867214e4740d4d1d1b5eaba23d86f38.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/149affa2c28109c6e6cfba587c0cddb7.jpg" width="554" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cb2ab4d615c90e03c163504a3e97e8dc.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="528" src="/s/blogger/d4dd4f4f3ed204cbeb745e110cce303f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/db405585c24ea7a868a537b9cc1648ec.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/c76cab19b940bf03f7980414efa30dae.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I'm so happy I picked this one up. I don't regret it at all!</div><div style="text-align: left;">I don't use it that much because it was expensive and LE but I should.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm a great believer that people work hard (most of the time) to get make-up treats and we should all use them and enjoy them. &nbsp;I do have a lot of drugstore products and I like to mix them with the high-end ones.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">A lot of people do not use their expensive things for the every day work routine but I wonder why not?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It's YOUR every day and everyday counts as a one an only day.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Each day you have less days to live to live it to the maximum. Enjoy everything you have cheap or expensive. It's your life and you should enjoy it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">From now on I'm definitely including this guy into my every day routine.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Where you lucky enough to grab one of these while they lasted?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What's is your make-up treat that you cherish the most?</b></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:24:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/27/it-was-love-at-first-sight-guerlain-blush-g/beautyNOTD: Bleu Model 44 by Bourjois http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/24/notd-bleu-model-44-by-bourjois/<p>Hi ladies,<br /><br />Just a quick one to show you this amazing colour I'm rocking on my nails ATM.<br />It's Bleu Model (44) by Bourjois.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/73312ffd9fb9ed65f70b3bc8f3a61144.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="504" src="/s/blogger/a3207a63f9fd8078520b679a76ddd4ff.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c6b8ff80e2f177b1d1e021d0797d7b69.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="446" src="/s/blogger/84aa9bbc9e26cacc9c7642ff5edfc3c6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I'm in love. Not sure how or why I picked it up because it's not a colour I would go for but it's looks so pretty when on.&nbsp;I confess- can't get enough of it!<br /><br />I did my mani on Sunday and it's now Wednesday and it looks very good! Don't you think?<br />I cook, type all day, do the dishes and play with Willow and no chip on sight and no sign of wearing off.<br /><br />Another good thing is that it dries quite fast and the application is very smooth.<br />The colour you see was achieved with 3 coats. You don't really need 3 as 2 are totally ok but for some strange reason I always do 3 coats on my nails.<br />I didn't apply any top coat.<br /><br />I also got another one which is mustard yellow and it's my other obsession ATM.<br /><br />Love them.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br /><b>What colours have you been using on your nails?</b><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:49:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/24/notd-bleu-model-44-by-bourjois/beautyToo Faced Romantic Eyes Palette- Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/22/too-faced-romantic-eyes-palette-photos-swatches/<p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Yes, I have my camera back! Yey!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">My mother in-law borrowed it for her trip to Italy. I couldn't say no.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">But I'm up and running again with lots of energy to blog.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I had this palette for some time now and I love it!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's the <b>Too Faced Romantic Eye</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/92deb2c3b1b9588a5e683e4393c79e9f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/606a403f10e7f85ede4f78e6c133e456.jpg" width="462" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It looks small and nothing special but don't be fooled. This little palette is an amazing performer!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's you love grey and taupe colours then this one is definitely for you.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">You get a bit of everything: powders and shadows.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Now, I'm not sure if the idea is to use the colours combined horizontally or not. I personally never follow those set rules or suggestions. As usual, I just do what I want and combine things my way.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5cb84ae72c36927efe934456da34b910.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="446" src="/s/blogger/ff76229c9b4dfd73033fe8d9094535ad.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">But in the case you are not that sure how to combine the colours they provide you with some charts where you can see different looks and then use the palette.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/02f7ac2fa3f4f4bb0a372d23a76b8b24.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/f06b7c8a7fcbc7c8a79876a4e2fcfff0.jpg" width="462" /></a></div><b>Swatches</b><br /><b>Powders</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0cc33f3b9a97969b54f06d5f9c6b3915.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/166ec944c6ad5c2cd9c342aad0f06fab.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><b>Eyeshadows</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5fe21c6479c6d3daa93129ae355c1ffe.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="/s/blogger/d3f1b1f8fa37ebc748a8870f79fb1a5b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As with all compact palettes this one is ideal for travelling.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As for the colour&nbsp;selection, this looks a bit &nbsp;more like a "winter" palette for me but I know a lot of you love these colours and use them all year round.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I think my favourite colour is that grey/purple one (of course) but joke aside, it's such a unique and interesting colour.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I got mine at Boots (adding points to my lovely advantage card) and it was about £20+.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">XXX</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">What do you think?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Would you get this palette?</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:58:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/22/too-faced-romantic-eyes-palette-photos-swatches/beautySleek Lip Pouts= Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/13/sleek-lip-pouts-photos-swatches/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Another week went by and another brilliant make-up&nbsp;discovery&nbsp;in the Ms Purple lab!</div><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, you've seen millions of posts on these!</div><div style="text-align: left;">I wanted to post about them because they are good.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Sleek Pout Paint in 159 Port</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a70b3d4fa5aea539c1dfe8ae038ca280.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="468" src="/s/blogger/4f857ea279c7d57bc6d32a17483074ed.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7b6de28eb060ba12f3786e18e558220a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="386" src="/s/blogger/349408c6c8d077cdaf6e8c947074294e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><b><br /></b><br /><b>And Sleek Pout Paint in 156 Peachy Keen</b><br />For some reason it looks paler on these photos. It's&nbsp;probably&nbsp;2 shades more on the peachy side.<br />It reminds me of Interlace Lip Tar by OCC.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b73166bc5bdd2bd4a09bf90b797ecfe3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="526" src="/s/blogger/c91ba16fe1180334f7dc6615d0083641.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="/s/blogger/c9086c5dfa03e6d90a125c4f10d0a9b5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="450" src="/s/blogger/d91d4cbd275271f761bfabb8c68789da.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And it looks a bit washed out with full flash. Not very sexy in my opinion.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8b4ee73c11160fa46f943a2cdf86b0eb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="386" src="/s/blogger/82e8337716d0557475a7a0d70e25cc51.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is how they come out of the tubes. It's quite thick but easy to work with. I wouldn't use the product straight from the tube. It doesn't come with an applicator but I think I get a better application when I use a lip brush. A bit of a pain for when you are on the go if I'm honest.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/acb49be17d22c67e772e472f0d76437c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="572" src="/s/blogger/0074ee21f4237d80ec29b5f444916616.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And a bit of an inclusive photo. You can see a bit better the tone of the lip product I guess.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5ab8bbd4d5abe002ca64973812306f01.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/6cfb4c396f50336916c1d7b5df6a72c0.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br />I also got the white one (153 Cloud 9) for mixing the colours. I wanted the blue one to make them deeper but it was sold out. Maybe I'll get it some other day.<br /><br />These are two colours that I created by adding a tiny bit of white to the swatches above. Magic!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1028dc72945178524ccebca981077a09.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="486" src="/s/blogger/58ac82da4c0e25e9421ad263e2c59192.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I also tried it as a blush (see below). It worked too :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7b16d029fa138e46b0abd125313643be.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/90f0b489b94cdef72809e0d880d40cb2.jpg" width="410" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>OCC Lip Tars dupes?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">I don't think so. The&nbsp;consistency (a bit thicker)&nbsp;and the finish (more on the satin side) are quite different to the OCCs.The durability is not as brilliant as they say. I estimate the Lip Pouts will last for a good 4-6 hour period with no eating, drinking or kissing. They do not set (as opposed to OCCs Lip Tars) but I still think they are nice products and quite innovative in the UK market.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I will definitely look into getting more when the hype goes down. At the moment they are sold out everywhere. I heard that for some the products dried in few days. I did not experience that at all so far.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Would I recommend them? Totally! They are fun, innovative and quite inexpensive at around £4.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope this is useful.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You can see posts and swatches on OCC Lip Tars in Interlace <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/03/occ-lip-tar-in-interlace-lip-swatches.html">here</a> and in Beta<a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/04/occ-lip-tar-in-beta-swatches.html"> here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What are your thoughts on the Lip Pouts? Any good mixing combo?</b></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:44:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/13/sleek-lip-pouts-photos-swatches/beautyTwo Cream Blushes Worth Getting! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/08/two-cream-blushes-worth-getting/<p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">These are two winners in my opinion. Definitely!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Who doesn't like a good cream blush that will lift your spirit? Surely you do!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c70b46aa24e827f5b120a0619aff2102.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="328" src="/s/blogger/087f4d62b19bd11725ff578d9f7cefa7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Don't panic these two will cover all your needs and preferences. If you don't like one I'm sure you will like the other.<br /><br /><b>Mac Something Special</b><br />It's super creamy and it gives you a dewy look.<br />Ideal for a candlelight night, for a long night out or even for day wear (for me).<br />It's a bit on the pink side.<br />It's part of the permanent collection now.<br />It's about £15ish?<br /><br /><b>Gosh Peachy Rush</b><br />It's a cream to powder formula and it's matte.<br />It takes a bit more effort to blend on the cheeks because of the formula but the result is worth it.<br />It's super peachy.<br />You can get it in Superdrug and they have a 3 for 2 offer at the moment. This one is about £7.<br /><br />More photos<br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/459ff69063e306b95561247b360f9850.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/fe68373cb7671842899d2bcdcc017fb6.jpg" width="512" /></a></div><br />They look similar in the pan but they are a bit different when swatched.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/bfa56c5220ca189fa054fdf0c6bb1dcb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="410" src="/s/blogger/a3025ebd53b647441cdfd3ad36d4119a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Had swatches in different lights.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/bbf3955f9c2f65f322913c48601cadcb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="384" src="/s/blogger/75651e24945d9c8aa22d909e3514cf79.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />What do you think?<br />Do we have two winners?<br />I think so.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br />What's your favourite cream blush?<br />Any recommendations?<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:09:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/08/two-cream-blushes-worth-getting/beautyThe Body Shop Shimmer Cube Palette 23 Purple-Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/06/the-body-shop-shimmer-cube-palette-23-purple-photos-swatches/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This is the last post&nbsp;of The Body Shop series.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The first one was Shimmer Cube Palette in Warmth. See the post <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/07/body-shop-shimmer-cube-palette-in-warm.html">here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;">The second one was the last post on the gel bronzer. See the post <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/08/body-shop-honey-bronze-bronzing-gel-for.html">here</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This last post is on the <b>Shimmer Cube Palette in 23 Purple!</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/258d2bcb4121cef92842e7b28c88e714.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="589" src="/s/blogger/c03d539cf5f5bc6cc37225ab39849e3d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I was lucky that day and if you bought one palette the other one was half price so we can say this was £8 for me. Otherwise the normal price is £16.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">As I said before it's a bargain! You get 4 massive eyeshadows which are 4 grams each! It will last you a while. I have been using the warmth palette a lot lately and it looks like new as if I have never touched it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Finger swatches</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/939ac464f1d7bc4fc1135713d656b027.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/7477a15b2132144389f99fb0e5c4a54b.jpg" width="384" /></a></div><br /><b>Hand swatches in different lights:</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/77e0b2f1cac203836dee078d5f91268c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/c1db7463d008e3769d035647a5cbe2c7.jpg" width="384" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">This palette is a tad too shimmery for my taste but it's totally workable. The colours are interesting and they can be used in conjunction with other e/s that are not that packed with shimmer to tone it down a bit.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You get a while, a frosty pinkish white, a deep purple and a plum colour.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'll let you know what looks I create with these.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">On a side note, As you can probably see I'm playing around with the layout of my posts. Not sure I told you but I got my .com some time ago. It will be a bit more than the blog so wait and see! For now this is still my home but I will be migrating my blog at some point. &nbsp;My new home will be a bit more organised, clean and neat. Not clinical at all...you will still see me all over the place but things will be a bit more tidy .</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Have a fab weekend people!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 06 Aug 2011 19:59:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/06/the-body-shop-shimmer-cube-palette-23-purple-photos-swatches/beautyThe Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Gel For Face- Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/05/the-body-shop-honey-bronze-bronzing-gel-for-face-photos-swatches/<p><div style="text-align: center;">Hi ladies,<br /><br />What a week.<br /><br />It's been very busy at work which meant long hours and getting home late with no energy for blogging.<br />I hate when that happens.<br /><br />Following my The Body Shop haul I wanted to show you swatches of another good product.<br />It's the&nbsp;<b>Honey Bronze Bronzing Gel for Face</b> (was the long name necessary?)<br /><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/bf0f623f49f955eb54a6cef2397e7162.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="526" src="/s/blogger/7a9f2b42f4d79250042a78a8dc3658c6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">When I went to see this new <b>Honey Bronze&nbsp;collection </b>I had high hopes for the bronzers.</div><div style="text-align: center;">They look amazing and they come in a few good colours but thank god I stopped myself from getting any. I have way too many already. So I went for the gel one. I don't think I have anything quite like this product in my collection.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>I love</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>♥ </b>That it smells of honey. The smell is soft so only you will be able to smell it and not the rest of the room.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>♥ </b>It's in a plastic tube so it's easy to carry around.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>♥ </b>You can control how much comes out. No product waste = no mess.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">♥ It blends nicely and it gives you the right amount of time to play around and blend before setting.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>♥ </b>It gives you a soft satin finish. Not entirely dewy but just the right glow.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">♥ The price: £11. I think it's quite reasonable.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>I hate</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I cannot think of any bad things about this product. 100% Ms Purple Make Up recommends!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/70beb50cae06add4137d49be2db412e5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="384" src="/s/blogger/eff7f81f39ba2669a023f4c490fa7687.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><b>Swatches</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7320cc2e1f8e23bdddf003e9dc1482a9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="384" src="/s/blogger/caab434e3d20443c7c46b6a0a8201b97.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />I know it looks a bit scary on the swatch (blob) on the big photo but I think the light betrayed me there.<br />Look more at the other photos for a real true colour of the product.<br /><br />Trust me...it looks very natural and it's super nice!<br /><br />Me like and I'm thinking of getting more for a back up.<br /><br />I hope this was helpful for anyone.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br />Have you tried this?<br />Any picks from this collection?</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 05 Aug 2011 21:17:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/08/05/the-body-shop-honey-bronze-bronzing-gel-for-face-photos-swatches/beautyNOTD: OPI Clubbing Til Sunrise http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/31/notd-opi-clubbing-til-sunrise/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi Ladies,</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I have to admit it.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Until last week I was an OPI virgin!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, not sure how that happened.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">To revert the situation las week I purchased not 1 but 4 OPI nail polishes.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">So, let's the polish party begin with the first one.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Clubbing Til Sunrise</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/14153b04c8bac5ca616376039c1ea88b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/d3333469704e1dff82be1bb31c1ebc8d.jpg" width="510" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Long gone were the days when I went clubbing til sunrise but never mind...the name of this polish makes me go down to memory lane where &nbsp;I would be horrified of my make-up running all down my cheeks (I was totally&nbsp;unaware of primers and there was no UDPP around) and&nbsp;we would go for breakfast with the girls to a cafe after clubbing or in the odd cases I would go straight to Uni. Yes..I did that and a few times.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">:)</div></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/94520c83433403e25d895a67f1c07e1c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="374" src="/s/blogger/a5e1e994f5f6a2d78e406908b00c42a7.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">In natural light but in the shade</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/992278af13db4e9b07b022126799afdf.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="534" src="/s/blogger/1ee959e6881481c897b18d152c245db2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">In the sun</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9e241ea76e950e9ca7e5ac8dad4d534f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/0186d6d63bd348ef27dccaa17d57fa63.jpg" width="482" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6ddcd08875d6b027966bf8e3d8867904.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="514" src="/s/blogger/7dfa47e58eb93b25894a6febf23a4a6e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's not for everyone I guess and it can be a bit tiring to the eyes.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It is a strong/statement colour.&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I like it. I love the metallic element to it.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It shines like nothing else.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I applied 3 coats to get this colour and coverage.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>As I'm new to OPI which colour do you think I would like?</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any recommendations?</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:02:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/31/notd-opi-clubbing-til-sunrise/beautyThe Body Shop Shimmer Cube Palette in Warm -Photos + Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/28/the-body-shop-shimmer-cube-palette-in-warm-photos-swatches/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I recently visited The Body Shop and I picked up a few things.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The first one was this gorgeous and very practical Shimmer Cube Palette in Warm.</div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/57b56a8501b9be586937d1b173d4240f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/30fe23a4833358a88a1110eae9aacede.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I love Shimmer Cubes!</div><div style="text-align: left;">I think they are such a great value for money.</div><div style="text-align: left;">They are £16 each but as you can see on the photo above you get a lot of product 4 X 4g!</div><div style="text-align: left;">Each shadow will last you a long time.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Also at the moment (only in stores I believe) when you get a Shimmer Cube Palette you get another one half price!</div><div style="text-align: left;">Of course I got another one too. I will post about it soon. I want to try it a bit more first.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This Warm palette is exactly what its name says...warmed toned colours.</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fcfd74c232481b3384c7195310a03648.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/9a8358954996029ede3f2bbb961c37c6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I've been using this palette all week now and I created endless combinations.&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I used them on their own or mixed up.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The names of the shadows are</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">01-Honeycomb&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">02-Dark Chocolate</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">03-Marshmallow</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">04-Choc Chip</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Honeycomb is similar in colour to Woodwinked by Mac</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Choc Chip is similar (but nicer in my opinion) to Patina by Mac</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Marshmallow is probably my favourite. Yes, very strange but it's the perfect all over the lid colour and it's ideal to apply on the&nbsp;tear duct&nbsp;area for a bit of highlight.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>See some swatches:</b></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b4f3d32fd71524806f52432835b072ed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/5ce9fe78cc816ab5cd1cd1ba9a673718.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/412f407db29a590133d18de4c1337c38.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/b2dcb042144687770a76a39aadd13020.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I think they look a bit frosty on these photos but they are super creamy and buttery.</div><div style="text-align: left;">They apply so easily. I use a 217 look-alike (the one by Boots) and they apply with no problem. They blend straight into your lid and with each other.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I have 3 Shimmer Cubes Palettes in my collection and I love them.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I cannot recommend them enough.</div><div style="text-align: left;">I think £16 for each sounds expensive but when you think how much you get then it's a bargain.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope this was useful.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Next posts</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Shimmer Cube Palette in Purple 23</div><div style="text-align: left;">Honey Bronze Bronzing Gel For Face</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What do you think of the Cube Palettes?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Do you have any?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What do you think of The Body Shop make-up in general?</b></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:13:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/28/the-body-shop-shimmer-cube-palette-in-warm-photos-swatches/beautyWedding OOTD http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/24/wedding-ootd/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I'm exhausted!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I've been in Wales from Friday for a make-up assignment.&nbsp;I had to do 3 bridesmaids and the bride.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It all went fantastically well and everyone was super happy.&nbsp;I will post photos of that as I get them.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I was lucky enough to be also invited to the wedding party too.&nbsp;:)</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">So this is what I wore.&nbsp;And yes..it's vintage and it's purple!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f683087c9858b00e2c905c5ebce87db4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/7b1bfc6c2332baf0a84fe15d4f1c783b.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I had to take a photo next to this car from 1949!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/229b290635ed17db7787b892ac00d971.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/ad730fb0c1322e9d65371e229896bbc8.jpg" width="352" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What I was wearing:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Dress: 1970's vintage from Paper Dress (my all times favourite vintage shop in Shoreditch)</div><div style="text-align: left;">Belt: New look (very old- at least 4 years)</div><div style="text-align: left;">Shoes: Primark. I need to do a separate post on These. They have a massive platform, very thick heels and the platform and the heels are COVERED in brown glitter.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Handbag: Randome shop in Liverpool</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Make-up:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Face:</div><div style="text-align: left;">Foundation: Mac Mineralize Satin Finish foundation in NC40</div><div style="text-align: left;">Cheeks: Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel topped with Prestige Glam Tan in number 02.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Laura Mercier Secret Concealer</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Eyes:</div><div style="text-align: left;">Randome purple eyeshadows: MUA and Mac</div><div style="text-align: left;">Stila Smudge pot in Black to line my eyes</div><div style="text-align: left;">Avon Supershock mascara</div><div style="text-align: left;">Too Faced Glitter liner in pink</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Lips:</div><div style="text-align: left;">A randome lipgelee by Mac that lasted&nbsp;literally&nbsp;5 minutes on.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Hair:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;">You know it...my favourite at the moment Batiste XXL Volume. And lots of it!</div><div style="text-align: left;">The waves and the curls are all natural.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>How are you?</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Have you done anything exiting this weekend?</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:30:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/24/wedding-ootd/beautySwatch Day: Pearly Amethyst Eyeshadow by Lancôme http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/21/swatch-day-pearly-amethyst-eyeshadow-by-lancome/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope you are having a good week so far despite the weather!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Today I wanted to share one of my favourite eyeshadows.</div><div style="text-align: left;">And yes...of course it's a purple. But this one is a very special one.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's <b>Pearly Amethyst</b> by <span class="st">Lancôme</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1d021ab2f10acf74b217d696dd73a60f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/25d26646011f57a0adcccea6fec2cfa8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I don't normally purchase things from Lancome. &nbsp;Not sure why.&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It could be because it's targeted to the older ladies? &nbsp;Yes, I'm 30 but I still think I'm a teen at heart.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It could be the high prices? &nbsp;Not that keen on some of the boring-looking palettes?</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The older sales consultants that I think will try to do me up like a 50-year old?</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">But one the day I purchased this e/s I was in House of Fraser and they had a lot of products 50% or 70% off and that of course attracted me to the counter.&nbsp;This e/s was only £7. Bargain!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This is what the packaging looks like: </div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/091a84f4a7ae25024d9841a5c4221494.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/43121efceef6668aa2677a4c88274f43.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">When I swatched it I just fell in love.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I loved the super soft and buttery texture.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I loved the colour pay off which is very good.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I loved the dimension of the colour: It's purple, pink and blue.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">And I loved the 70% off price.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I got it!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This is a (not that good) finger swatch.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I swirled my finger very softly and look at how much product I picked up.</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/bbf73f916af11e0db89e7d244c63aecb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="536" src="/s/blogger/3d34d90a8341e3a3bfd589adda247228.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hand swatches in different lights.</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/39e8d08657ca61d33e77755a792a706d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/10ab045fd64f05193a2ddef33004a9eb.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I'm in love!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's such an easy colour to wear.&nbsp;Just dab a bit of this colour on your lid. It blends like a dream!</div><div style="text-align: left;">Add mascara and you are ready to go.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It's also brilliant for a smoky look.&nbsp;This can be the base colour or even the transition colour.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">It has something of Parfait Amour by Mac but this one has more personality and a hint of other lovely colours too.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hope this was useful!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Do you purchase from Lancome?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Why?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What's your favourite product from them?</b></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:37:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/21/swatch-day-pearly-amethyst-eyeshadow-by-lancome/beautyOOTD: A Leather Belt That Never Fails Me http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/19/ootd-a-leather-belt-that-never-fails-me/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I haven't posted anything fashion/clothes related in ages.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Maybe because the extra 5kgs that I randomly/innocently gained in the last mmm 7 months (?) put me off from buying any new clothes. I'm currently between of size 8 and a more comfortable/realistic size10 and I refuse to jump onto size 10 just yet. But I can't keep my mouth shut and I'm not very motivated to do any exercise. I'm too tired these days. I really hope this will change. I miss walking Willow for hours. Now I realised that helped me to keep my weight. Booo.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Ramble aside, I recently discovered an old favourite of mine.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>My trusted burdundy leather belt.</b></div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/bb523152b431677087b4255f45646526.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/1581be7f0c8e2a4239957f4e67f92fa6.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The cotton dress is from GAP</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This is probalby the handiest belt you can ever have.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It helps you dress up a notch any informal/casual outfit.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This is one of those that has a hole on one side so you put one end through and then you get like a wrap effect wich I always find so flattering on me. I don't tie it too hard otherwise you can get the horrible muffin effect!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/16d4ac234d441284bcecc4724a1a0f19.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/caeff26958d99d49eeb14d054575e4f8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I purchased it about a year ago in Spitafiled Market in East London.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I also got a caky one which I find hard to match to my clothes so I never use it.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As I haggle anywhere I go and as I purchased 2 I think I got both for £20 but I think they were originally £15. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ed4201871c708680d14a714657e5f557.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/b26c5e1d2c14da2a6681ed82967ebee3.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">It's probably my favourite belt at the moment.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I know the colours are not too summery but people..let's face it Summer is not here yet.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Just look out of the window. Grey, grey and more grey sky!&nbsp;:(</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What's your favourite belt?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Why? Where is it from?</b></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:05:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/19/ootd-a-leather-belt-that-never-fails-me/beautyPhoto Shoot 2-Look 1 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/16/photo-shoot-2-look-1/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Another photo shoot :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This is one of the looks:</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Black Sparkly&nbsp;Lips</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/de3c643dad6c82211d56a026d1627ca5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="/s/blogger/c65bbdfc334ab252372ea9df0808c153.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6a73b20e28990b9ed28cfc823c4acb0e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/9cc151736f2cee0b227fb0b2c3f1a48e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7d6746e590430e3668eebcf7fb988e46.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/b369ba8300e6f32854d99a54dcfe2c66.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c800b205630b7f899587c6fff3594c97.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/6b3bd3e7ef42d48bc3d7f21aebe02174.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5ecc123377db66c82cb6f75038cc9a96.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/449d2686391b1709704602874537d355.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Credits</b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Model: Mariela Quintabani</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Photography: Rita Metlovaite</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Hair &amp; Make-up by: Moi</span></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Products used</b></span></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Face:</b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Chanel Matt Lumiere foundation in 40 mixed with Make-up for every HD in 150</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Harmony contour powder by Mac</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Dermacolour concealer palette to cover blemishes</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Eyes</b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Burgundy e/s by Sleek mixed with a matte black e/s to define the lash line and the outer half of the lower&nbsp;lash line</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Maxfactor Falselash effect mascara</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Gosh brow kit&nbsp;</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Lips:</b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Black lipstick mixed with black e/s&nbsp;</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Black self adhesive&nbsp;rhinestones&nbsp;from the craft shop</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Concealer to perfect the lip line</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Hair:</b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Batiste XXL dry shampoo</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Tresemme Extra hold hair spray</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">And a bit of backstage action:</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8658423a25a1a7f7823bbfaeec27d55d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/9f4b5302a50111a9f65f6486de538cab.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">And these are the&nbsp;rhinestones on close up</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/814546c4320b5320f45e1db3218c3fb1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="/s/blogger/32caf40a66891e586748b2bbedea7313.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">What do you think?</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">It's not a super wearable look but I loved it.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Look 2 coming soon.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">XXX</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Mercedes</span></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 16 Jul 2011 18:05:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/16/photo-shoot-2-look-1/beautyMAC Semi Precious Collection- My Buys+Photos+Swatches http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/09/mac-semi-precious-collection-my-buysphotosswatches/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Happy weekend.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Last week I did a bit of make-up shopping and I went past MAC to check out the&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Semi Precious LE items.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It was quite disappointing I have to say and I only picked up a few items.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Mostly face products.</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/139878f3b95041a72380c2462ea9868d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="572" src="/s/blogger/965b77abbb79f1e075a3bf2ba19a097a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Please remember that you can click on any image to enlarge.</div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>MSF&nbsp;</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Rose Quartz</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d7cbfdcb3ebb45bccd823685d69cdc42.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="544" src="/s/blogger/eb516f74e23b96ec41b700a66cf10bd6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's ok.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I'm not&nbsp;massively&nbsp;in love as I was with previously released MSFs.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The centre of this one is so pretty to look at but when you swatch it it's actually a disaster.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's FULL of glitter.&nbsp;The actual pink/rose part is quite pretty.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I don't think I will be swirling my brush here. It will be more the case of carefully selecting the outer part.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Shame!</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e0ca827efa2a893da5dfd9e0b462aab8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/cc080a72c87e5475fabbfe8151183913.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The glitter on the other MSFs was even worse!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Brilliant idea but very badly executed in my opinion.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Blush</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Pressed Amber</b></div></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8dc4eae8688c605c242191d68c104530.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="500" src="/s/blogger/9783cd17ae7d9a1a105fdc61c552e845.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I knew I wanted this one.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It can be used as a blush or as a bronzer too.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Really not suitable for contouring.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's a bit on the red side.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I love the look of it and the soft finish and texture.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I'm happy with this one.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fcae31e2b63f7a66e8e202c6a4bfc38f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/4cc73a7cb47744301c89b132fe828237.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Blush</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Warmth of Coral</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c6405fd0a5e74bed43a3158846f6db19.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/a6db28896663a5f9a2354b5e98074dfa.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">If you know me you know that I love orange/coral blushes.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This one was my number one item on the list!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I love it.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's definitely more orange than coral I would say.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This one is a bit of a tricky colour and might not show up on darker ladies.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Better swatch it before buying it I would say.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I'm a happy bunny with this one ;)</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2703151660aae652f8b6e1bb85a3b545.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/13a93dfed5db46ee99ff4a8981d2854c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Eyeshadow</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This was the very disappointing side of the entire collection for me.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">They ALL look incredible on the pan but they not that good when swatched.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The ones that have very interesting colour&nbsp;combinations&nbsp;when swatched they all look a bit grey/blue in different shades.&nbsp;I had a big list of "possibles" but I only picked up one.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Jade's Fortune</b></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f1d140e7f949a77e33c139e6557bbe70.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/426bf4d415938394efbe1297cedf7302.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Lovely green, blue, grey, yellow veins but when swirled you get a nice deep blue/grey with sparkles.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/02938856894bf8b756aa5666f933109e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/0f563ce0bdac62d0d6489f7169223349.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">From the&nbsp;<b>Fashion Flower Collection</b> I picked up one eyeshadow.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Lucky Green</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/cee73cb229e44883da1f136446542699.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/b9c7b79cce973c321db7005a882e394b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I love! Seriously love this one!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's my favourite finish- Veluxe pearl and and it feels and applies like butter.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I like the&nbsp;embossing&nbsp;but it's a shame that it will rubb off when I start using it.</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/edf52bf144772f5e29d5f57f15139c67.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="/s/blogger/30eee0fd1982d7711d70fa9354abfcba.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">As I didn't spend as much money as I thought I would on e/ss of the Semi Precious Collection I decided I would try the <b>Mineralize Satinfinish foundation.</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;I went for NC40.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3f292ca36af31e1b05ecfbb7023e07ce.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/6865d8783a5c9ddb846d34790abcdeae.jpg" width="512" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Swatches</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>NC40</b></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7f913aa33ea06701c989d4fd1a49dce4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/8c891a56c5a984fe53e1a2cef4c31deb.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's quite liquidy but it feels nice and light.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I also noticed that as soon as you start rubbing the colour changes/oxidizes&nbsp;a bit.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Mine turned a bit more red.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The finish is very natural and very flattering for a Summer day or evening out.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">So far so good.&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>MSF Semi Precious Rose Quartz</b></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/81ebbf220d210132c6f0d87d2db4dc39.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/2b0e38c7fbed0d771f8a9ec48337fd95.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Do you see the chunky glitter?</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I'm horrified.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I love glitter but not on my face.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Bad thinking here.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Semi Precious Blushes</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Pressed Amber and Warmth of Coral</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">(Excuse the typo on the photo!! ANNOYING AGHHH! ↓)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1d056266d472a652f20c9a83fa410adb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/59110ee509279429eb1bd3778569b4e2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Love these!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Jade's Fortune Eyeshadow</b></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/dd78a0a5ee0a141de5e0dfb5478d108c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/68bee8a65239547b8e85de240f58b086.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3be75ddb22f0c76fe878eb01a6a8322c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="512" src="/s/blogger/8fdff34f8d68d0633e956d9daec34005.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">See what I mean?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Where's the green and the yellow from the gorgeous veins on the pan?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">No where...it's a grey blob.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Lovely but still a grey blob.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Fashion Flower&nbsp;</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Lucky Green</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0f0ae5ed7fe5d8b5f3d22bb639f89f57.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/a3d3b89f510ff40a93882d2debf80f54.jpg" width="512" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Ahhh..love it!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">All in all these collections were a disappointment and I doubt that any product will sell out.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I think my advice would be go and see it first!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I wouldn't suggest buying anything online because things swatch so different from what you see on the pan. Very&nbsp;misleading.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I know that I will enjoy my buys and I will be rocking some Semi Precious face :)</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I hope this was helpful for someone.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Did this collection disappoint you too?</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What did you get?</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any regrets?</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 09 Jul 2011 18:51:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/09/mac-semi-precious-collection-my-buysphotosswatches/beautyMy Recent TopShop Fix-Part 2-Lipsticks http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/06/my-recent-topshop-fix-part-2-lipsticks/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This is the second instalment of my TopShop fix.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Lipsticks.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a1697d3415217e4a42014017da81d849.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="446" src="/s/blogger/db1c2e1edbb6af91a537ff2522b15688.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I have to confess that I've never tried them before and I was pleasantly surprised.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This are the boxes and the names:</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/9d89275ce731c09b7b78778c9efbfdd5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="342" src="/s/blogger/3e28297b4f4e86457a8050472e7dfe10.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/731f36954f2ab1bf661d5883faa3834b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="482" src="/s/blogger/aa9ecd9671a98868de03801a883353ae.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I went for one of each in the brown, pink and orange family.</div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/42d2222560c05ce035d1f36e4bbe9a48.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/d43d05ceca19379280eb2b8f32e001f6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Desert</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's on the pale nude side. A bit darker than Darling than GOSH.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It is quite creamy but I find that it applies a bit patchy and I the get horrible residues on the cracks of my lips.&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I guess you need a good moisturiser underneath.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's not completely mat but it's not satin either.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">A bit in between but more mat than anything.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This one is my least favourite from the 3.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Brighton Rock</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I'm in love with this one.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's a bright pink (Think Jessie J).</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's super creamy and it applies beautifully.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It also fades nicely.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The finish is super flattering with a bit of a satin feel.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Infrared</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This one is a bright orange not for the not so confident lipstick wearers.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Again super creamy and it applies very nice.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's quite satin in finish.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Swatches</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I tried the heart thing just for a change :)</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/befd74d874377e2a0ce0041801dd2e0a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="590" src="/s/blogger/25a74be628d0cf819ec36071c92ed464.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">What do you think?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I like them.</div><div style="text-align: left;">they are quite decent in price £8 each and they seem to have tried, tested and liked shades!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What's your favorite TopShop lipstick?</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:29:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/06/my-recent-topshop-fix-part-2-lipsticks/beautyMy Recent TopShop Fix Part 1- Accessories http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/02/my-recent-topshop-fix-part-1-accessories/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hi ladies,</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Hope you're having a nice weekend whatever you're doing.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This week I went to TopShop to check their Sale.&nbsp;I wasn't impressed with anything on the clothes rails so I went to the accessories section.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I could honestly buy everything there!&nbsp;I love Topshop's items. Some of them are so unique and fun to wear.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This is what I picked this time:</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I call this one my <b>Eaten Fish:</b></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c5dbc0b492b23d97ad8f5370113e5562.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/ad6c8fa3962e78a4590439de8d3f185d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It sits so nicely just below my collar bone.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The material is so solid and soft that I find myself touching it constantly.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I know that sounded weird but it's a very soothing and relaxing feeling. A definite added property to this item.&nbsp;Also when you move the body kind of moves and it makes it quite fun and people comment on it.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I love it.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Never ending Stars</b>:</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/0d13200ec25cf1f8a051fec38cb60326.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/b9adff53cdfc5cf2c10fcc650a661910.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;I just had to have this one!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">You know that neckless that everyone wears on YouTube? I think they get it from another youtuber's site. It's like a chain of never ending circles one attached to each other.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I&nbsp;personally&nbsp;don't think anything about it and wouldn't necessarily buy it..but this one...</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This one has STARS! I love stars...&nbsp;obsess&nbsp;with stars.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">It's quite long but you can make it double.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">And last but not least.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">My <b>Turtle</b>!</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/881df321cceef8f734ce4c4a8cd9cb23.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="/s/blogger/dab0ca0aee6e64372c05980ece66d3f4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This one is so cute!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Love the tail.&nbsp;It comes with a long chain.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The turtle has 3 separate body parts and they move very turtle-like when you move.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This one is my favourite of the 3.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">All these items were between £8 and £12.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">They are all available now from Freedom at TopShop.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">I have part 2 of my TopShop fix-Lipsticks!&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Coming soon.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">XXX</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">Mercedes</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What has been your recent TopShop fix?</b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Any nice&nbsp;accessories&nbsp;out there to recommend?</b></div></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 02 Jul 2011 13:32:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/07/02/my-recent-topshop-fix-part-1-accessories/beautyProducts I'm Using This Week #3 http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/28/products-im-using-this-week-3/<p><div style="text-align: center;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">This week I'm rocking these products from my collection:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/e361dbbca999b10643c7515239fb5b92.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/f9ccfa050e134574ad0358bc2dc87b92.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and Brightening Powder.</div><div style="text-align: center;">(Under the eyes and after foundation combo)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/a00acbe524f2dcf44756af99610f9c50.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="308" src="/s/blogger/6df4be5010a504920527b3bc0bd7005b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Face &amp; Body in N3 by MAC</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8826d883e0875b66a3137497cff34eff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="588" src="/s/blogger/a91b157be628bc946b1e45068d01b3b6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Color Clone Hydrapact by Helena Rubinstein in 24 Caramel</div><div style="text-align: center;">If you are not familiar with this foundation it's "similar" to Studio Tech but it has the most natural and smooth finish ever. Love it.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">(love mixing F&amp;B with this foundation. It gives me the most flawless finish and it lasts all day)<br /><b><u>Dupe alert</u></b>. It's also VERY similar to the Maybelline Dream Creamy Foundation.<br />See review + Before and after photos<a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2010/07/dream-creamy-foundation-by-maybelline.html"> here</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/1f263cc281486bd07fabdb7c317cfae7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/b4bf88752f11cae3eef424fc9b02268d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;MAC Surf Baby Cheek Powder in My Paradise</div><div style="text-align: center;">(yes, it looks brand new...and it's because it is! I didn't use it until now. Time to stop being silly and use if for once and for all!)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f2a595f3f1e3425b53a0c62ca64e0f12.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="358" src="/s/blogger/0068953b720c62b03074dbcf9341900c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">My INGLOT purple palette.</div><div style="text-align: center;">Colours (NOT IN ORDER): 48-407-439-441-445-487-491-493-494</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ed567cb660c856644e01a2542fc5a887.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="388" src="/s/blogger/5d287459e9dab3bcc310d10933569546.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Shu Umera Painting Liner in purple &amp; Maybelline Gel Liner in Black</div><div style="text-align: center;">(Two gel liners that I highly recommend)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/7ed570542fbea637ecb408701622f15a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/225611fdc72a2201063b90ebfd245bee.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Buffing brush by Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">(Love this brush for foundation application)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Have a fab week everyone!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">What are you guys rocking this week?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:46:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/28/products-im-using-this-week-3/beautyLaura Mercier Secret Concealer Before And After Photos http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/26/laura-mercier-secret-concealer-before-and-after-photos/<p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">As some of you requested...here I am with the dreadful but ever so useful before and after photos.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">This is why I love the <b>Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in number 3</b>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/3e535a62e9627be25ca875fa72bedf73.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="384" src="/s/blogger/fd8d4d9b6be7a1592f4ada2d7c71fc0a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b1e3e79302b49ac24d1ccf2b7b50c324.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/6e81457ac6592cc6885e1aef0395a265.jpg" width="442" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f530ff1a8a589461c01d5b9b08d8bc61.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="384" src="/s/blogger/e2e22c06d00873bfd65ca3b6d48b8f3d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />Yey...I'm loving the collage tool on Picasa!<br /><br />I hope you can see the difference.<br /><br />My problem is not so much dark circles but lines from being tired and a bit of a more red or dark/blue undertone (but a ver mild one) that makes my eyes look sallow.<br />However, you can see that on the first/naked photo there is a visible blue little vein and you can clearly see how that is completely covered.<br /><br />You can see from my finger and the middle photos the consistency and texture of this product.<br />It's super soft and creamy and I would suggest finger application.<br />This&nbsp;product&nbsp;totally made it into my face routine from now one.<br /><br />You can see a more detailed review <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-laura-mercier-secret-concealer.html">here</a>.<br /><br />And for those of you who are wondering Willow spent the first night after about 3 months back in her bedroom (the&nbsp;living room) and it felt amazing. I slept all night and she didn't bark at all and when I went to say helo to her early in the morning there was nothing! Not a single protest wee.<br />Love my girl...let's see how it continues.<br /><br />Hope this was useful to someone.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 26 Jun 2011 17:52:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/26/laura-mercier-secret-concealer-before-and-after-photos/beautyWhy you shouldn't sneeze while applying mascara! http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/25/why-you-shouldnt-sneeze-while-applying-mascara/<p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Well..this one is a bit of a joke really.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Or a failure I should say.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/d19ffc4d7bd71b46751aa620cbeb58b3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/29b0af34c8dbae0b06410294eaabdbc7.jpg" width="492" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I was applying my very old mascara (more than 6 month old for sure) and I god this sudden urge to sneeze!</div><div style="text-align: center;">I tried to hold it but you know how it is...the more you hold it the more you want to sneeze.</div><div style="text-align: center;">Typical.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Couldn't help it. 3 sneezes and my mascara application was ruined.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/de4fac91c2fa304bd367b734b979e75b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="/s/blogger/beb6dab3e1895f352d84fd810292e7d9.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Who's the wet guy to blame?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f0d4d6bdcd27663c80f1236f2329e9de.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/f06f6cf0b44c9314a4dec5bfc95550a1.jpg" width="576" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">My Double Extension mascara by L'oreal.</div><div style="text-align: center;">If you are looking for a mascara that doesn't dry with time...then this one is for you!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Mind you...don't sneeze!</div><div style="text-align: center;">I warned you.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">How are you guys doing this weekend?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sat, 25 Jun 2011 20:20:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/25/why-you-shouldnt-sneeze-while-applying-mascara/beautyReview: Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and Brightening Powder http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/24/review-laura-mercier-secret-concealer-and-brightening-powder/<p><div style="text-align: center;">Hi Ladies,<br /><br />I guess this is another post for the <b>Laura Mercier </b>series.<br /><br />It's her <b>Secret Concealer in N3</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b7e6466ed6a14ed23d5032a7b14b370e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="584" src="/s/blogger/df025bd52411e4f46eada3b89a5ea8f5.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">(Sorry for the horrible watermark...I know it doesn't look good today)</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Since we started sharing the bedroom with Willow (my dog) I've deleoped horrible under eye dark circles.&nbsp;She wakes me up in the middle on the night and every other hour, she jumps on our bed, she shakes, she scratches, she pants, she moves, she kicks, etc. From next week I decided that she will go back to the kitchen to her comfy sofa/bed. I was being nice but she doesn't learn the bedroom rules :)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Anyway, I have under eyes circles, bags, darkeness at the moment so I needed to conceal them.</div><div style="text-align: center;">I was between this concealer and the creamy concealer by Bobbi Brown.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I'm not really sure why but I decided to try this one.</div><div style="text-align: center;">I guess I was buying things on the counter so I went for it.<br />Also, the girl at the counter seemed nicer and more willing to help and not sell.<br />Or so I thought.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/efad4789494af84cf44f386b8864665b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/4a41b8ab7e96466d8fd6199bbb9ef714.jpg" width="442" />&nbsp;</a></div><div style="text-align: center;">I asked the girl to match me with one of the colours. She decided number 3 was the one for me and it looked just perfect!</div><div style="text-align: center;">She also applied a bit of the <b>Secret Brightening Powder</b> on top to set it.</div><div style="text-align: center;">I looked at the eye done and at the naked eye and the difference was a miracle!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">So, I went for both products. Yes, I was on let's buy a lot mode.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And let me tell you...I don't regret it a bit!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">These are the products and the packaging:</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/fdbd048991577156f2585539a5d8333e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="502" src="/s/blogger/d65bb5117fdf84557e85009b9aecd782.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Secret&nbsp;Concealer N3</b><br /><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">✔It comes in a pot with a screw-in top. Basic and classic but practical.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">✔The product is as creamy as you can ever asked for especially for the under eye area.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">✔It's in a peachy tone ideal for covering blue-toned&nbsp;darkness.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">✔I find it performs better when applied with the fingers.&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">✔When I don't use the powder it stays for a long time but with the powder it stays even longer.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">✔I don't experience any mayor creasing.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Secret Brightening Powder</b><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">✖The packaging is not good. The powder is SOOO fine that the little holes are way too big. I only let one hole open and every time I open it it's all kind of all over the place. This will be a nightmare product to travel with.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">✔The product itself is amazing!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">✔It has tiny luminous particles that ARE visible on the pot but when applied the GO! You cannot see them on your face. The girl told me that's the beauty of this product and that the light will catch on those particles&nbsp;making&nbsp;the&nbsp;under eye&nbsp;are more brighter but not glittery and she was right.</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Here is a&nbsp;comparison&nbsp;photo:<br />The Laura Mercier Secret Concealer next to two MAC Studio Sculpt concealers.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/25f855122ff1c0514237864c97d311eb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="588" src="/s/blogger/69929439f8c0e26517e931e3783f8dba.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />If you are curious about whey I don;t use my NW20 under my eyes. I find this concealer incredibly good for the face but it's too thick for under the eye. Also it can sometimes look&nbsp;cakey&nbsp;on that very thin and sensitive area.<br /><br />I want to do a before and after photo for you but I want to do it in the morning when you can clearly see I need some help.<br /><br />I have to say. I adore this product.<br />I never thought I need an under eye concealer but honestly it can really change your expression.<br /><br />It makes me look more awake, less puffed up and if brings radiance to my face.<br /><br />I will definitely recommend it and I will definitely repurchase BOTH products although I truly believe the powder will last me for ever.<br /><br />I hope this review is helpful if you are looking for an under eye concealer.<br /><br />XXX<br /><br />Mercedes<br /><br />What's your favourite under eye concealer?<br />Have you tried this product?<br />Let me know your thoughts.&nbsp;</div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 24 Jun 2011 20:13:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/24/review-laura-mercier-secret-concealer-and-brightening-powder/beautyReview and Swatches: Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/17/review-and-swatches-laura-mercier-peach-mosaic-shimmer-bloc/<p><div style="text-align: center;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Following on my Laura Mercier Series let's have a look today at the&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/baf9d464d76f0052534d43a8dc8ebeaa.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="632" src="/s/blogger/e60b3cdee5448cc9db9e7b057c91118f.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I wanted this product for ages!<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">But because I have like 200 (yes, I'm&nbsp;exaggerating) peach cheek products I thought it would be yet another blush to stack in my drawer as part of my constantly growing collection.</div><div style="text-align: center;">Yes, cheek products, especially peach/coral ARE my thing.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Ladies...I couldn't resist it any&nbsp;longer&nbsp;and I had to make it mine!<br />I know..I'm weak. I admit it.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">This is what the pan and the packaging (again typical LM packaging) look like:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/868b0564e5cbf27bc24ea8d0123c59ae.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="/s/blogger/6edce4085306e491b8d31b0d6df52e65.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Here are some finger swatches:</div><div style="text-align: center;">L-All the colours (equal quantities) swirled together</div><div style="text-align: center;">R-All the colours swatched individually</div><div style="text-align: center;">(Click to enlarge)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/32f0715b14be404dba2efbaf2597effc.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="/s/blogger/2e21618733889a809bf62e353d7e5146.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Hand swatches (different lights and flashes) of the individual colours:</div><div style="text-align: center;">They can be used as e/s too I was told.</div><div style="text-align: center;">Amazing as illuminators on the&nbsp;tear duct&nbsp;area.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/4e8f9e2e597225c71def3702c88f85e3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="/s/blogger/713ffcf908f84f66a97a1d30c9ac0c49.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And a swatch (right) of all the colours (equal&nbsp;quantities) swirled/swatched together in&nbsp;different lights and flashes:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/669471288f1cc3a271b42ac678956bb1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="/s/blogger/2fa860cc3e054332b6ad0a3785884f37.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>My&nbsp;verdict?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You guessed it..yes I love it!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>The good:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;">♥ It's super soft and creamy.&nbsp;</span></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">♥ Amazing colour pay off! This bloc is packed with pigment so it won't let you down. Also, you only need a soft swirl with the bush and you will pick up enough product for a visible and pretty effect.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">♥ You can customise it! It's very easy to just dab the brush on the colours you prefer of just add a bit more of the coral, or the white, or the dark bronze...it just depends on your preference.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">♥ It super&nbsp;finely&nbsp;milled. Think Dior Amber diamond. This is very similar in consistency!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">♥ It will last you a long time. You only need a little bit.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">♥ It can revive your entire look but giving you that desired glow that we are all going for. Especially after a long working day!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">♥ The quality is outstanding. It makes you feel that tiny bit extra special knowing that you have a good&nbsp;product&nbsp;on your face.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">♥ It's worth every penny!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>The bad:</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>✖</b> The price.<b>&nbsp;</b>It's £31 in the UK. Yes, LM products are not cheap!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Hope this was helpful.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Posts to come about my other Laura Mercier purchases:</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">-Foundation Primer (Oil Free)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">-Mineral Powder (mineralise foundation) in Natural Beige</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">-Secret concealer in 3</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">-Secret Brightening Powder 1</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>What do you think of this Shmmier bloc?</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Do you like the idea of shimmer blocs?</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Any LM recommendation?</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>What's your favourite peach cheek product?</b></span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Fri, 17 Jun 2011 20:45:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/17/review-and-swatches-laura-mercier-peach-mosaic-shimmer-bloc/beautyReview And Swatches-Laura Mercier Golden Pink Sheer Creme Glow http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/12/review-and-swatches-laura-mercier-golden-pink-sheer-creme-glow/<p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Hi ladies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Hope you're all well!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">In the last two weeks I've been buying a lot of&nbsp;unnecessary&nbsp;pretty things (as you do) at the&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Laura Mercier</b> Counter.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">This is a brand that really intrigues me as it's all about being natural, being yourself, not&nbsp;caking&nbsp;it on,&nbsp;embracing&nbsp;your inner glow and about make-up that doesn't look like make-up. Interesting and a bit of a change for me.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">This will be the first of a series of posts as I bought quite a few products</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(The list of upcoming posts will be at the bottom)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Let's start with the&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Golden Pink Sheer Creme Glow</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/b066e86a1348fe3dd8ff7af3fb213620.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="556" src="/s/blogger/2b129b2e397a66896c8a8750ec505099.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I believe this is from their current <i>Portofino&nbsp;collection</i> and I'm not entirely sure if this will then be part of the permanent line.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">This is what the packaging (typical LM packaging) and the pan look like:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f67ad35720fdd485ceb6381bb77a6f73.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="/s/blogger/2e79c27edb40211c8d4e518e8d6aad30.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>&nbsp;This is a hand and finger swatch:</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c1a1800e0971e98bab2eb124aa36b7a6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="/s/blogger/6bde5b064cd3c5685dcd741d76fc7cf3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;More hand swatches in different lights and flashes:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/81cef338f63e34f4abbf156cbbe1894b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/543eb920c3ea709b31f1093f8f043d22.jpg" width="462" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I will show you real face swatches but I'm having a very bad spotty moment so I'm hiding my face for some days!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>My verdict?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I love this product!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">♥ It's very similar to the Jemma Kid Dewy Glow Creme (2) but this one has a more pinky tone to it as well as the peach/gold.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">♥&nbsp;You only need a tiny bit to get a nice visible effect. This will last you for ever.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">♥&nbsp;It's super creamy and easy to use. I would suggest using your fingers rather than a brush. Less messy and more effective.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">♥ It lasts a long time on your cheeks. Ideal for a night out!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">♥ I love using it as an e/s base -prior to my UDPP to avoid creasing. It's a softer version of Rubenesque Paint Pot by Mac.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>The negative?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">✖ The price. It's about £30ish. It's expensive but it's gorgeous and I say it's worth every penny!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">✖ It says it lasts only 1 year and I cannot see myself using up this big pan in only 12 months. We'll see.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">✖&nbsp; It might be limited edition?&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I am absolutely loving my Laura Mercier products.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I guess the high end price tag was putting me off a bit from trying them but honestly they are such a good investment! I cannot flaw any of the products so far.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Definitely check this brand if you have the budget!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I hope you enjoyed the swatches and the info.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">You can read some official info <a href="http://www.lauramercier.com/store/product/productListing.jsp?catId=cat780024&amp;mainCatId=cat180002&amp;cm_re=hpg6-_-main42611-_-port">here</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Posts to come about my other Laura Mercier purchases:</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">-Foundation Primer (Oil Free)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">-Mineral Powder (mineralise foundation) in Natural Beige</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">-Peach Mosaic Shimmer Block</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">-Secret concealer in 3</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">-Secret Brightening Powder 1</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">XXX</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Mercedes</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Have you tried this&nbsp;product?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>What do you think of LM make-up?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Any recommendations?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Can you think of any dupe for this?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:49:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/12/review-and-swatches-laura-mercier-golden-pink-sheer-creme-glow/beautyReview & Swatches: Pretty Pink Blush by Accessorise (Moon River Dupe?) http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/06/review-swatches-pretty-pink-blush-by-accessorise-moon-river-dupe/<p><div style="text-align: center;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">As I said before I'm loving Accessorize make-up!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Today I wanted to share <b>Pretty Pink Blush by Accessorize.</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/5fe54842f256b6b9b840dc81406166d1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/d28eebf302c9aad00d5652f576c0f5f0.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">It has the same packaging as the previous one I showed you.</div><div style="text-align: center;">It's a plastic case covered in lovely butterflies.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f46c8bcdabe47036d59d5387fb0878fe.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="580" src="/s/blogger/66477e058068e1fe238b63f93b956e1d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/558e9fa30ac2855dd770fa1bdcd06e4b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/fd744118bfb47f6792bc1f656c95af86.jpg" width="576" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swatches:</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6d465ed7c47a04db54cd2e9cfb6d96fe.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/9441e897a67ac6d35d65e06b8ccd867e.jpg" width="630" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Hand Swatch:</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/825518a261087372b98b80ff5d94ea02.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="/s/blogger/8ffeb7a7217f0b071eeec8f92b50a9a8.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">I do like this one but I find it looks a bit ashy on me.</div><div style="text-align: center;">It depends how tanned I am.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I'm currently rocking a NC30 shade so if you are fairer then it will look lovely on you.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">For me this product is really nice as a glowy base for a blush rather than as a blush or even as a highlight.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Is is similar to Moon River blush by Mac?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Dupe alert here?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">Let's see:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/c881beee98979acf75d0760918983ded.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="572" src="/s/blogger/459f4a1df2fa0a1d9dfdbb4c4bf16095.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/db18a7860862ba0393187834bac0e2c1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="396" src="/s/blogger/d4550a2f4970a24a585c452fb827be0e.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/deaaf4e15dff6deca6be98477d872319.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="/s/blogger/24d8a8338745ab31538a0842a0c1e396.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Swatches:</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/6c9182a517c247e968128063a9af4d00.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/77feec86609910983b3607291d358a51.jpg" width="442" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>&nbsp;Hand swatch comparison:</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/ec8d66b48b53e54a98454bf0f837dde9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="564" src="/s/blogger/71187dbd3f63870ed9ffe58301bcde2d.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Mmm..they look very similar in the pan but they are actually a bit different.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">-Moon River is chunkier and more on the pink side with some tiny tiny tiny glitter.</div><div style="text-align: center;">-Pretty Pink is super creamy and no glitter to be seen just shimmer.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">If you ask me..I prefer Pretty Pink to moon River!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Where to buy it?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">Super Drug or Accessorize website.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>How much?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">About £7</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Mercedes</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>What do you think?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Have you tried this product?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Any nice combo to go with it?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Do you think it's a Moon River dupe?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:25:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/06/review-swatches-pretty-pink-blush-by-accessorise-moon-river-dupe/beautyDior Aurora Bronzer On The Cheeks-Close Up Photos http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/02/dior-aurora-bronzer-on-the-cheeks-close-up-photos/<p><div style="text-align: center;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">As promised these are some photos of me rocking Dior bronzer in Aurora!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">It's a beauty!</div><div style="text-align: center;">It applies like butter..it blends onto your skin beautifully.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/2ac2497477445c1d068c2f51d2ccb0b3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/0acf0d12c75e7ea83aae4d13fdbae5bc.jpg" width="464" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">This is Aurora bronzer in the pan:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/808d669a868a7297be6b6726e4269f64.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="494" src="/s/blogger/710fff57a5fb5a9da7878af82c2e5ab4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">More photos:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/8c8b1dd2648909a6ca9a1ece4f5f7c4e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="/s/blogger/d97cdd13a59fafc1af15c78259ae6fb7.jpg" width="488" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I did swirl the brush a bit on the light colours to get more of a highlight on top of my cheeks.</div><div style="text-align: center;">Also, you can really pile on the colour easily. I would say I did a medium application. I like bronzers :)</div><div style="text-align: center;">If this is too much for you then apply less.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/s/blogger/f83cb014e521edca7ae4ae942e7c20f2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="/s/blogger/28f3685b7bf4612fd57114dbb5fd56e1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">What do you think?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You can read my review <a href="http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/2011/05/dior-new-le-bronzers-001-aurora-and-002.html">here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">XXX</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Mercedes</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">ps: if you are wondering...I'm using the Clinique bottom lash mascara on my bottom lashes!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></p> contact@mercedeshayward.com (mercedes)Thu, 02 Jun 2011 20:22:00 +0000http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/06/02/dior-aurora-bronzer-on-the-cheeks-close-up-photos/beautyAmazing Drugstore Bargain-Pretty Pink Blush by Accesorize http://mercedeshayward.com/blog/2011/05/26/amazing-drugstore-bargain-pretty-pink-blush-by-accesorize/<p><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Hi ladies,</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Lately I've been posting a lot about high-end cheek products but don't be fooled. I adore high-street/ drugstore products too!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I've discovered the affordable make-up collection by Accesorize some months ago and I can now confidently share some of my favourites.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">This is the first product I will discuss but there are lots more so keep tuned.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Today I want to share photos and swatches of</div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Pretty Pink blush</b></div><div style="tex