Monthly Archives: February 2015

Walking….

One of the things I miss about living in England is the walking. There is a lot more land that is open to the public (many times via the National Trust) where you are just free to visit whether it be for walking, riding or even picnics. Since I have been back in England I have been walking Leo, my sister’s dog, daily. We switch it up, either going back behind the house or over to Headley Heath. Yesterday we walked behind the house (there is a trail) in the pouring rain. Leo loved it! He was rolling in the mud and walking through puddles while I was trying to avoid the mud and puddles. Here are 2 pictures from yesterday. We were both drenched by the time we got home.

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The rest of the pictures are from walking on Headley Heath. Enjoy!

On the way

On the way to Headley Heath.

View from the top of the hill

Leo

Cows roam all over Headley Heath and according to my sister sometimes they can be a bit mean. Below is us taking a detour through a thorn bush to get to another path and avoid them!

Detour from cows

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Some people were building a fort.

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Leo leading the way.

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Leo in action

Heading back to the car.

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Wrong direction Leo!

I am off to France next week for a few days. I am heading to Normandy and the Loire Valley so if you have any recommendations for places to visit in the area please let me know.

Hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

Lots of love,

Buffy x

 

Mini Lush Haul – Dragon’s Egg

I am back in England for the month and the other day my sister, my mum, and myself popped into Kingston for a few hours. Lush was the top of my list of places to stop by because I wanted to pick up a bath bomb. Since I only have showers in my condo back in Georgia I was really excited about getting a bath bomb. I love taking baths and always like being able to take them when I come home.Lush Bag1

My sister and I looked around for a bit and were throughly entertained by a party that was taking place! I ended up picking 2 things to try.

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The first thing I reached for was, of course a bath bomb. I decided to try the Dragon’s Egg (£3.35). I was attracted the the strong citrus scent. This one contains Lemon Oil, Bergamot, Jasmine Absolute, and Popping Candy. The Lemon Oil refreshes the mind and body, stimulates white blood cells, and is also antibacterial and antiseptic therefore helping to clear skin. The Bergamot gives the bath bomb a fresh, sweet, fruity scent which is said to give one a cheerful effect also easing tension and encouraging sleep. Lastly, the Jasmine Absolute is great for sensitive skin, muscular complaints, depression, and stress related conditions. (The popping candy just adds the popping sounds – making it more fun!)

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I used this is the bath that night and as soon as I dropped it in it started fizzing (obviously). I didn’t really have a colour apart from a slight whitish colour. After a while it started to crackle and then all of the sudden it turned the water an orange-golden colour while also leaving the water slightly glittery. Overall, this bath bath really leaves your skin nice and soft and the citrus fragrance is refreshing and relaxing at the same time.

The second thing I picked up was a bath melt. I had not tried one of these before but they supposedly help soften the skin and with the cold winter air I thought it would be an ideal time to try.

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I chose the You’ve Been Mangoed (£3.35) since I am a huge mango fan. This bar is made with Lemongrass, Lime and Lemon Oils as well as Cocoa, Avocado, and Mango Butters. The oils give it the fresh citrus scent and have the same properties and effects as the bath bomb above. The Lime Oil is one that is not in the bath bomb above and it is there to help boost circulation and remove dead skin cells. It also has antibiotic and antioxidant properties that help protect skin from pollutants and the sun. The Avocado butter is there to rehydrate the skin while the cocoa and mango butters take care of softening and moisturizing the skin.

This one also turns the water a slight golden orange colour and fizzes a little (more than I expected). It produces a few small bubbles that along with the water really leave the skin feeling soft! I think next time, instead of using the whole bar for one bath, I would cut it in half or even 3 pieces.

Overal both of these products were great (so far Lush has not disappointed)! Next on my list to try is the Space Girl bath bomb and the Blackberry bath bomb.

Do you guys have any Lush recommendations? I would love to hear them if you do – just leave them in the comments below.

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Shades of Green – Playsuit

Happy Monday Everybody! This is a continuation of my previous post. In that one you saw the makeup I wore to a wine dinner, well here is the outfit! It got this green playsuit (that looks like a dress from the front) a couple of months ago and have been really excited about wearing it. I thought the wine dinner was the perfect occasion.

I think this playsuit is great because it can easily be dressed up or down and can be worn year round. Here I just paired it with tights to help stay warm and heeled booties just to dress it up a bit. In the summer, minus the tights and add some sandals!

Here it is!

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I will say I had to snap pictures the next day because when we left we were running late (not my fault) and it was too dark. The next day it was SO cold, I had a hard time keeping my jacket open and scarf not bundled around me. On top of that it was really windy! Yet, I still had a great time and thank you to my good friend Virginia for taking them for me!

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 Madewell Clutch // Joules Coat (similar) //  Stuart Weitzman Boots // Zara Playsuit // Scarf – Gift

Earrings – Gift // Tights // Zara Blazer // Bracelets – The Current Custom & Henri Bendel

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Jewellry OK

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What do you guys think?

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

P.S. I am not one to match my eye makeup (and earrings) to my outfit BUT it was all green and that is a favorite of mine – also I think the green eyeliner was subtle enough that it worked.

Green Eyeliner

Today’s post is another makeup look. I wore this to a wine dinner last night and choose it because I wanted something that had some green in it but was not a green smokey eye. Also, I wore a green dress and thought the green liner might be fun! Check back for the next post to see the whole outfit.

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I paired the green eyeliner with a light brown smokey eye and kept the rest of the makeup very basic.

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Eyeliner (Emerald Seductiver) // 2 shadow Palette // MAC Single Shadow // Eye Primer

Tape // Pencil Liner (similar) // Mascara // Large Shadow Palette

I started this look off with the eyes. I used some Micropore tape tape to get the shape of the smokey eye. I stuck some from my bottom lash line up towards my eye brows. I then used my Urban Decay eye primer to prime my lids. I went over this with the Sonia Kashuk palette using the colour closest to my skin colour. Using a blending brush I again went over my entire lid with MAC’s Uninterrupted. For the crease of my eye, and to add some depth, I used (with a MAC 219 Brush) the darker colour from Nars Cordura duo. When I had the shadow how I wanted it I removed the tape. The tape ensures you are left with a very shape line.

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Now for the green eyeliner! I applied it using a Sonia Kashuk Bent eyeliner brush #107 and followed the sharp edge of where the eye shadow was. I also took a little bit under my eye, along with some of the darker shadow from the MAC 219 brush. To finish I took Estee Lauder’s Double Wear eye pencil in Forest and traced my waterline, curled my lashes and applied my Sumptuous Extreme Mascara.

Green Liner - Lancome Brushes

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For the skin I used the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation (review here) and then went with my usual routine of concealer, powder, brows, and bronzer. The blush I used was Benefit’s Rockateur and for lipstick MAC’s Ravishing with Lancome’s Lip Lover in 316 on the top.

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Here is the finished look.

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I hope you guys enjoyed. What eyeliner colors do you really enjoy wearing?

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Winged Gel Eyeliner

I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day and weekend! Today’s post is just a quick post of the makeup I wore to go to the cinema with 2 friends this past week. I really wanted to wear winged gel eyeliner since I hadn’t worn it in a while. I paired this with a coral lipstick and a contour using Illamasque’s skin base in Amber (a product I have not used in ages).

I do find that it takes practice to get the wings right and even and the brush you use makes a huge difference. I usually use one of 2 brushes as I find they give me the best results. They are: the MAC 209 and the MAC 208.

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Everything neat and tidy before getting ready!

Getting started

Annnndddd….this is the mess I created while trying to get ready!

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Some of the products I used are listed below:

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MAC Blush (Pinch Me) // Chubby Stick (Heftiest Hibiscus) // Pen Liner*

MAC Lipstick (Costa Chic) // Eye Primer // Concealer // Cils Booster // Brow Pencil

*I use the Pen Liner to just go over the gel liner where I think it could be made more precise or sharp.

Foundation

Foundation // Contour Foundation // Concealer // Highlighter Pen

Palette

Eye Shadow Palette* // Lipgloss (144 – Glittermania) // Mascara

* I used the colour on the third row furthest left in my crease.

Powder

Powder (Great for a Kit)

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Fix + // Gel eyeliner // Hourglass Ambient Powder (Dim Light)

Here are some more pictures of the final look:

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Scarf (similar) // T-Shirt // Earrings

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What do you guys think? Do you have any tips of creating the perfect wing when applying gel eyeliner?

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

~ Blush Blazer ~

Good walking

Happy Friday! I love this blush blazer because it makes a nice change from the typical black. The zips also add a nice extra touch. I paired this blazer with a leather skirt, a white open back top, and some black and white polka dot pumps that really POP! For the accessorizes I wanted to keep them soft and simple and a blush envelope clutch, a chunky pearl necklace and pretty gold bangles achieved just that. I also added these cool stud earrings last minute. I am really enjoying this blush colour and think this skirt and this top would be great pieces to add to any wardrobe wanting to incorporate more blush tones.

Shop the look below.

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Bag (similar here, here, and here) // Bangles

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Dune Pumps (similar here and here)

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Blazer (similar) // Top // Skirt (high-waisted version) // Necklace – I tied mine (similar)

Sunglasses // BCBG Earrings (similar here and here)

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Have a great weekend and Valentine’s Day!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Thank you Jill for taking these pictures!!

– Silver Smokey Eye –

Today’s look is a Silver Smokey eye! I have been wanting to try a look using my Estēe Lauder Stay-on-Shadow Paint in Steel and eye shadow in Cyber Silver for a while and thought with Valentine’s Day around the corner why not try one now. I think this look is a great alternative to a Black Smokey eye and is also a little softer. Keep reading for more details on how to recreate this Silver Smokey Eye.

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I started off moisturizing my skin with Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer to ensure that my foundation did not stick to any dry patches. I wanted this look to have a strong contour (not sure if it showed up in the pictures because of the flash) and so I started off with my Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Palette. Using the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate brush I drew on where I wanted the shadows to appear – An E and a 3 on the face (temples, cheek bones and jawline) and down the sides of the nose. From there I drew on where I wanted the light to hit using my Estee Lauder Stay in Place Concealer in light. This was down the middle of my nose, between by eyebrows, above my eyebrows, under my cheekbones, my chin, and 2 up side down triangles under each eye. If visualizing where to place the highlight and contours is difficult it can help to look at a face chart online showing you where each should be placed.

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Aveeno Moisturizer

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TF Palette // Brush

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Concealer

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For foundation I decided to go with my Graftobian Foundation Palette in Neutral. I mixed a couple of shades together on a mirror and then buffed it into the skin using a Sigma F84 brush. Make sure to buff in either the contour or the highlight (with the foundation) first and separate so that you really keep that contour/highlight showing. I set this all with my Bobbi Brown Loose yellow powder.

Foundation

Foundation Palette // Brush

Mirror

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Powder (old packaging) // Brush

For blush I used Illamasque’s Naked Rose since I wanted something light that would go with the lipstick I had picked out. This blush is very pigmented and so you only need a tiny bit. I then went over the creme contour with a little of the Chocolate Soleil from Too Faced.

Blush & Bronzer

Blush // Bronzer

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Before moving on to the eyes I quickly filled in my brows using MAC Charcoal Brown eye shadow.

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For the eyes I started with Urban Decay’s Primer Position to make sure that this look would last and not end up creasing. Using my finger I patted on some of the shadow paint in Steel. From there I pushed on some of the Cyber Silver eyeshadow to ensure that I got it as much pigment on my eyelids as possible. This stage does not have to be neat because you will clean it up later. To ensure there were no harsh lines I used a MAC 217 blending brush to blend out the shadow.

Eye Primer

 Eye Primer

Eyeshadow

 Cyber Silver // Shadow Paint

Eye & Brushes

Brush 1 (top) // Brush 2 (middle – Blending Brush)

Brush 3 (bottom – great for using with gel liner and filling in brows)

To add some more depth to the look I took a MAC 219 Pencil brush and MAC Black Tied shadow and added this to the outer V of my eye (lash line and crease) and blended. This is also a good time to shape how you want the eye shadow to be – I waned mine to have more of a lifted tapered look (and not round) and so I used the pencil brush to help achieve that shape. Using that pencil brush I also took some of the Black Tied shadow under my lash line. To warm up the look a little I blended some MAC Wedge right above the crease in my eye. The last touch was to highlight the brow bone and for this I used some MAC Nylon shadow. When I got all the eye shadow how I wanted I took a Q-tip and just cleaned up the shape. Please not that if you want a more intense look you can keep adding Black Tied shadow until you get the desired look.

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MAC Black Tied (center) // MAC Nylon (above)

The next step was to add the black gel eyeliner (using a MAC 266 brush) on the top lash lines and for this I used Lancome’s Black Fishnets. For the water line I went with MAC Pro Longwear eyeliner in Definedly Black. Finally, to finish off the eyes I curled my lashes, added some Lancôme Cils Booster, and toped them off with a few coats of Estēe Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Black. If you want a more intense look just add some fake lashes (individual or strip)!

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Gel Eyeliner

For the lips I wanted a light nudish pink and so chose MAC Angel.

Lipstick & Eyeliner

Lipstick // Eyeliner

The final step was to use some of the Illuminating crème from the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Palette on my cheekbones to add a nice glow! And the look is complete!

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I really enjoyed creating this look and I like that it can be played up or down easily (adding more Black Tied and/or fake lashes).

What do you guys think?

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Valentine’s Day Picks

Valentine Picks

Candle // Pouch // Pumps // Body Creme

Scarf // Purse // Tray // Earrings

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and here are a few Valentine’s Day Picks I found that would make great gifts (or to treat yourself) for all different budgets. I love the smell of roses and Jo Malone makes nice luxurious body crèmes that feel great on the skin. Diptyque candles have great throw and will leave the entire room smelling like fragrant and this Roses one is no exception! Who wouldn’t love a great pair of red pumps with red soles to match! They would be great for a date night. This pouch would be great for makeup or to keep bits n’ bobs in your purse, especially this purse, and the quote is cute! I have these earrings in the clear crystal and love wearing them day and night. They have a lot of colours to choose from as well. Wouldn’t this tray would be a great place to put your jewelry when taking it off for bed. They make ones with all the different letters in the alphabet so it is a bit more personal. Lastly, scarfs always add a nice finishing touch to an outfit and this one comes in a pretty light pink color – great for Valentine’s Day and as we move into Spring.

What Valentine’s Day gifts do you have in mind?

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

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So today’s blog post is all about a really quick and easy look with a nice POP of colour. Whenever I want to look put together but do not want to spend a lot of time getting ready I like to throw on this bright fuchsia lipstick – Lancôme’s Rouge in Love 375N. To see what other products I used for this look keep on reading.

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Lipstick // Foundation // Eyeshadow Palette // Blush // Bronzer // Eyelash Curler

Eye Pencil // Mascara // MAC Palette // Corrector Palette

I started off with a new foundation that I am trying out; it is the Perfectionist by Estēe Lauder. I added more depth to my face by using the Graftobian Corrector Palette. I used the color second from the left to highlight my face by blending it under my eyes (in 2 upside down triangles), above my eyebrows, on my chin, under my cheekbones, down the center of my nose and up between my eyes. I then took Harmony blush by MAC to contour my cheekbones. I follow that with MAC blush in Fleur Power. I used the top left MAC eyeshadow (Charcoal Brown) to quickly fill in my brows and then it was on to the eyes.

Foundation Graftobian Palette Blush & Bronzer

MAC Fleur Power (Top) // MAC Harmony (Bottom)

For the eyes I wanted a non makeup makeup look. I like this Sonia Kashuk Palette (eye on neutral 02) because all the colours are matte. I used the top right color all over my lid followed by the peachy colour, all the way to the left on the second row, on my crease. To add a little bit more definition I took a mix of the black and the brown, directly above it, and also added that a little more precisely to my crease. I made sure everything was blended well and that there were no harsh lines. I curled my lashes and added some Lancôme Définicils mascara because it gives a nice natural look. I finished up with a nude colour eyeliner by Illamasque (Vow) in the waterline to add some brightness to my eyes!

Liner & Mascara

Last but not least – the lipstick! I did not use a lipliner with this lipstick but I would recommend one. It will help to ensure there is not bleeding. Lancôme’s Rouge in Love lipsticks are some of my favourites because I find they are very moisturizing but have really good staying power!

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Hope you guys like this quick and easy look. Let me know what you think.

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Duffle Coat

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About two months before Christmas when it started to get cold here in Georgia I decided that I wanted to invest in a nice everyday coat but one that could also be dressed up a little. The first type of coat to come to mind was a Duffle Coat (Paddington Bear Style). They are also sometimes known as Toggle Coats. I love the Walrus teeth (toggles), the MASSIVE hood and the thick wool it is made out of. This coat really keeps you warm! I managed to snag mine while on sale so got it for a great deal! You may notice a little furry friend in some of the pictures. Her name is Minnie and my husband and I recently adopted her. She came from a puppy mill so is a bit shy but is very sweet! Since I didn’t really have many pictures of her (yet) I thought it would be nice to get her in some I was taking for this post!

See below for outfit details and more pictures of Minnie.

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The necklace was a birthday gift from my husband a couple of Years ago. We were in New york and Henri Bendel was having a trunk show. I picked it out but had them switch out the chain for a slightly longer one. It is a coated pinecone and supposedly, the tree it came from produces the smallest pinecones in the world!

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Equipment Top (similar) // Leggings // Boots // Coat (similar)

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Lots of Love,

Buffy (& Minnie) xx