OOTD – 02/06/11

OOTD – 02/06/11
OOTD - 02/06/11

Collection 2000 Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner

Collection 2000 Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner
I’ll be honest, I’m not an eyeliner officianado, I don’t regularly wear eyeliner, let alone buy them but I was captivated by this beautiful, true teal colour liner. I bought it from Superdrug whilst they had an offer on (currently two £2.99 items for £5 and I’d already bought a lipgloss). I can’t actually find it on the Superdrug website but HERE it is on the Collection 2000 site. I’m a sporadic liner buyer… when I either want it for a specific look or colour. That said, I have tried most formulas, formats and brands over the years.

The nib is very fine which I love. On the rare occasions I use eyeliner I always lean towards these fine tipped pen style liners as I find them more accurate to use. The product itself is a quick drying, smooth, highly pigmented liquid with little to no eyelid imprinting.

The colour stays a beautiful and bold teal colour, unlike a lot of other coloured liners that I find end up either fading out or drying to a chalky dull finish.

I don’t know if I am ready to branch out in to the other colourways in the range, but I do know I will definitely repurchase this teal liner once it runs out!

My only criticism, if you can really call it that, is the longevity. Yes the liner stays in place for 24 hrs but that’s where it all goes down hill rapidly. On Friday night it took me 4 make up wipes, 2 different make up removers (including a waterproof make up remover), a baby wipe and a cotton ball soaked in baby oil to try to remove this pesky liner! It was stained on so badly, I had to re-wear the liner on Saturday… which only made the staining worse! I think if I had only applied a very thin line alone my lashes it would have been fine, but as I applied it in a slightly wider liner for a statement look, I was stuck with it! Maybe a stained black line wouldn’t have been so bad either!

Here we go.. a brutally horrid picture… late at night. You can see how much I rubbed at my eyes to get it off, my cheek is bright red!

I did however cry (at a tv show) whilst wearing the liner and it didn’t budge. This would be so perfect for a beach holiday or a festival. I know I shall be carrying mine with me on my holiday this year!

For £2.99, I think this is an excellent budget liner and would recommend it to anyone especially as there is more than just black to choose from and it actually lasts the 24hrs it promises!!


Sienna X express yourself tanning mist

Sienna X express yourself tanning mist
I am a bit of a tan addict, and I openly admit to having been a sunbed fiend in  yesteryear but I am now loving spray tans and gradual tanners.

I struggle to find products that are actually dark enough to show up on my normally quite tanned skin, so my store cupboard is full of discarded light spray tans!I was kindly sent some Sienna X tan to try out and it has taken me a little while to get round to using it. Fake tan + chlorine don’t mix and I’ve been swimming of late.

I used the Sienna X Express yourself tanning mist in their generic shade. This retails for £15.95

As a trial run, I used it on my arms, chest and face so I looked (hopefully) glowy when I went out for my birthday. I prepped in the usual way and began the application.

The can was a nice slender size which made it very easy to maneouvre around and it continued to spray while upside down. There was a little residual drippage from the nozzle but a tissue on hand fixed this so that I didn’t end up with dark blebs.

I sprayed from the recommended distance but I found the mist disappated far to quickly and didn’t feel like it came in to contact with my skin. I went back over my arms at a slightly closer distance and the application felt much better.

The smell was pleasant and my skin dried ultra quickly meaning I could re-dress in record time, without stains on my clothes (white pj top as it happens!).

The tan gradually developed over the 2-4hrs recommended time to a very very light golden tint. It is a beautiful colour but no where near as deep as I’d personally like. No one has noticed I looked any different but have commented that it has tanned my hands and inner arms beautifully and naturally to match my arms on the top. Now this might not sound very good, but I always suffer white hands and inner arms, even after a week long holiday, so to have a nice evened out glow is fab.

The only real downside for me was it did start to stink after a few hours and even after a shower I had that horrid fake tan smell on my arms, despite it not smelling like that after the initial application! A variety of colours would be great too, if you can tailor a spray tan to suit the depth you want, the choice of a dark tan as well as the generic can, would really appeal to me and make me re-purchase. It is also quite a small can for the price, but it is on par with other brands on the market.

I think this product will be amazing for all you lighter lovelies or for everyone in the winter months for a quick perk. I would rate it higher than St Troper and Garnier (I have used both several times without much joy).

I am going to re-spray myself tonight to see if a 2nd application will allow the colour to deepen down and spray it a little closer to my skin. I will update you once it’s developed but I had to let you all know about Sienna X as I genuinely do love it, so far! The only reason I’m writing this now is because I can’t stop admiring my tanned hands and inner arms, set off by my lovely salmon pink nail varnish! I’m distracted!!

If there is any demand, I will ask Mr Tramp to test the tan out for me as he is very very VERY pale so any difference in tone will show up much more on his skin.

This product was sent to me to try out for free. It does not sway my judgement and my verdict is 100% honest


China Glaze Ruby Slippers

China Glaze Ruby Slippers
Check out ma pimp slippaz yo!

Ok ok so I don’t actually talk like that, I was just feeling a little bit gangster! I did a NOTD with the red glittery Ruby Pumps.

I was expecting red glitter suspended in a clear gel but this polish had a red tone to it to give good coverage as well as glitter.

For this NOTD I used the obligatory basecoat followed by 1 coat of Nails Inc red just to boost the red tones of the China Glaze. Once dry I applied 2 good coats of the China Glaze to build glitter coverage. This polish is SO amazing. The depth and quality of the glitter is out of this world – I’m in love! The China Glaze does dry to a slightly gritty finish so I applied a coat of the free China Glaze top coat to finish my manicure off.

I am mesmerized by the depth and tones of this polish. In some lights it just looks like a flat metallic ruby red then in others it springs to life like a big red disco on my fingers!

This was my first venture in to China Glaze and I was so impressed I’ve since went on a bit of a CG purchasing rampage! What’s a girl to do, I neeeed more China Glaze in my life ladies!


A weighty issue?

A weighty issue?

Well, I’ve always been what we could call, a ‘big girl’ or plus size. I was  skinnier once, but at a size 14 I looked ill, being 5ft 9 and broad  shouldered, I just truly looked ill. My dad is 6ft 4, my mam is 5ft 8 and  both are broad shouldered so I don’t stand a chance of being tiny!
I lost a whopping 6 stone for my wedding in 2006 and the majority has crept  back on. But enough’s enough.
I’m actually happy with how I look, most of the time and have found it  hasn’t inhibited me at all in my life. I don’t follow current fashion so I’m  not fussed the tat in Primark doesn’t fit, or that I can’t wear a string bikini. I go to the gym so I’m reasonably healthy.
My biggest issue is portion size. I don’t eat loads of chocolate, fried  foods and other stereotypical fatty food. I do however eat too much of the  good stuff. Do you get me? I’ll have a nice healthy pasta, but I’ll have far  too much.
This does come from force of habit from being a chef in my early career. It’s hard to swap from restaurant service to 2 person!
For the majority of 2010, I lived away from home in a hotel, alone, for  work. Being a woman on my own in a different city over the darker winter  months I found myself living solely on hotel room service, which let me tell  you is not the most healthy thing going. But needs and musts and by the time I returned home in February I found myself porkier than usual, up a couple of dress sizes and just generally feeling grotty. I am a classic apple  shape. Tall and leggy but carry all my weight around my middle!
Now I do have personal reasons this time for losing weight, which to be  honest I’m not in the mood for sharing, but as part of my ‘lady from a  tramp’ ethos I want to be a streamlined Katie by my 30th birthday. I’m being  realistic here and for my frame I’m aiming for a 16/18 dress size… rather  than an ideal weight – Which reminds me, does anyone else find those  pictures of Vanessa Feltz when she was still big claiming to be a slimmed  down size 10? If that’s the case I must only be a 12 😉 tee hee!
Until my work load and most recent illness has settled I can’t really attack  the gym and weight watchers with the ferver that I would like to, so for the  last 2 month I have been making healthy packed lunches, introducing more  fruit and veg in to my meals at home and trying to monitor portion size to the recommendations on the back of the packet. I have already noticed a  change in my clothes and I’ve dropped 1/2 sizes in just a short time so I  hope that maintains over the summer months!
My husband, Mr Tramp, is along for the ride. When we met almost 10yr ago he  was a mere slip of a boy with a 28-30″ waist and I must say, I do prefer him  more now with his ‘manly’ physique befitting a 28yr old adult and not a  young boy, he is quite keen to support and join in. Not so much to lose  weight but to increase health and vitality.
I’m giving myself ’til my birthday to follow this make shift diet (Middle of  May FYI) and then I am going to crack on and really knuckle down. I have  introduced some general vitamin & mineral supplements. I also retain water  like nobodies business which doesn’t help the bloat so I’d really like to look at a more natural cure / aid to this without taking something like  Adios. I’m also keen to give the C25K concept a proper go once I’m back  gymming it. I’ve been following Charlotte of Lipglossiping.com‘s progress and  she’s been doing really well so it’s convincing me to give it a whirl!
I’m calling my challenge ‘Fit not Fat’ and I would like to welcome aboard my  new support buddy, the gorgeous Kat from Kats Beauty review. We’re both turning 30 at nigh on the same time and after catching her tweet about her  own journey, it’s going to be good to have some moral support outside my  family & friend circle. Seeing as I’ve mentioned Kat, why not mooch over and  check out her blog. It reminds me of my kitty Lola!
From now on, I’m going to stamp all my ‘Fit not Fat’ posts with this little  icon and tag them so everyone can follow my progress and more so, so I can follow my own progress!


Sorry for the waffle… I feel better for venting so early on a Monday morning!