Friday, 30 October 2009

Birthday makeup

On Wednesday my bf took me to a lovely restaurant to celebrate my 23rd Birthday. It was an amazing dinner!

This was my makeup for the evening.
Products used:
Face- Mix of MUFE HD and Dior forever spf25 foundation
MAC MSF natural
NARS Laguna bronzer
NARS angelika blush
MAC MSF porcelain pink

Chanel quad -silver e/s, Urban decay silver e/s, MAC knight devine, carbon, vapour e/s.
MAC blacktrack fluidline, L'Oreal voluminous mascara, MAC 106 lashes (my new love).

Lips- MAC cremecup

This is pretty much my go-to look for going out, a simple silver and black smokey eye, with a light pink lip. Do you guys have a look that you love and always do when you want to look your best? xxx

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Friday's OOTD

Just a quick little post as I am sitting here waiting for the clock to strike midnight and the beginning of my Birthday! Yes, I am turning 23.. in approximately 1 hour and 9 mins ;) eek!!

This is what I wore for dinner and drinks with friends on Friday.
Dress: white sequin from French Connection
Opaque tights and boots to dress it down :).

As you can tell, I am still in love with the conical wand. I use it pretty much every time I go out to curl my hair and I can't recommend it enough!!

Oooh.. 53 minutes to go till my Birthday ;). I am excited!! xxx

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Quick OOTD

I really wanted to do a tutorial today, but since my eye is still looking horrible and puffy (I got an infection while I was in Moscow.. not pretty!) and I can't wear makeup yet, I thought I would post a quick outfit of the day instead as these seem to be quite popular with you guys!
Top: French Connection plain silk camisole (just to contrast textures with the jacket)
Jacket: Mango (I love the way this is fitted as it nips in at the waist to give a lovely silhouette)
Tan jeans: Zara
Brown Suede and patent leather boots: Nine West

Once again I apologise profusely for the awful quality of photos, but I really do find it impossible to do these full body shots without the aid of my old school camera remote. 

Hope you are all having a great week :). xxx

Friday, 16 October 2009

New Hair

I love long hair. I have always loved it. I play with it constantly, until people tell me to stop. I think I will be 60 and still have long hair, I can never imagine getting to that stage that all women seem to go through in their 40s when they decide to go for the chop. I have always wondered why that happens!

When I was 12 my hair was so long I could actually sit on it! To be honest it was pretty horrible and a nightmare to wash and dry. I didn't give it that much thought until I went to boarding school. I definitely couldn't fit my super long hair washing ritual into my schedule and didn't want to annoy everyone with my hour long showers each day! So I got it cut to just below my shoulders and since then it has been getting long and then being reigned in for the last 10 years. I'm not very exciting when it comes to hair. Long soft waves, volume at the crown and a side parting (ie. playboy bunny hair) is what I love. If only I could transplant Cheryl Cole's hair, plus her numerous extensions, on to my own head, then I would be forever happy.

Enough of the rambling, I really should not be allowed to post at 1.30am. I just wanted to share with you guys my new hair :). As you may have noticed when I came back from Thailand it was very long, which I loved. However, I did not love all the nasty split ends and the fact that the colour had really been bleached by the sun, so it was turning somewhat coppery, and very orange on the ends. It was time for a trim, and as much as I hate having my hair cut I could not put it off any longer. In the end I was right to be scared as the initial promise of "I'll only take off an inch" turned into 4 inches! I hate it when hairdressers do that! Luckily my hair grows like wildfire and there are always extensions meanwhile.

As for the colour, I decided to go darker for autumn and more red. I always dye my hair at home as I find it a lot easier, cheaper and I like being in control of what I am doing. Sometimes I add my own highlights, but this time I decided I wanted to keep it dark throughout.
I used my favourite hair colour (usually 5.3), but in a deeper red shade. I chose L'Oreal Couleur experte in 3.54 a dark copper mahogany. Unfortunately this photo has bleached the colours somewhat and it looks much more red in real life.

I can't decide whether these photos make me look like the girl from the ring, cousin IT from the Adam's Family or the little hair creature from those 'don't break up with you hair' adverts. What do you guys think?

Have you been brave enough to ever do anything drastic to your hair, or do you experiment within limits like me?  xxx

Thursday, 15 October 2009


Today was another long, hectic day of Visa chasing around London. If you have ever tried going to Russia with a UK passport you will know what I am talking about... they make it very difficult and expensive for you! Though, I did meet a friend for lunch and managed to have a very brief stroll around Selfridges, which always cheers me up!

The makeup today was done in a hurry, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.
Revlon Colourstay- I never seem to get on with this foundation, though many people love it :(
MUFE concealer
ELF complection perfecting powder to set (the one where they have 4 colours).
NARS laguna bronzer
MAC melba blush  
MAC holiday pallette- using the grey, silver and nude highlight as well as shale
GOSH lime green eyeliner in waterline
Revlon liquid liner
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara
Lips: MAC Vegas Volt with a little peachy pink pigment on top, which ensured it stayed ALL day. I didn't have to touch up once, not even after lunch! Woop!
Since I was running about I wanted to be cosy and warm so I opted for a wool strapless dress from FCUK, with a long sleeved black jersey top underneath. I am sorry the quality is so awful, as the only way I can take these photos is with my video camera (it has a handy remote).

Hope you guys are having a good day and are looking forward to the weekend. I am off to Moscow for my grandmother's Birthday so I will be away till Wednesday. Time for me to go and pack those thermals ;).

Natalya xxx

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Silver Accent

Products used:
L'Oreal studio secrets primer
Dior forever foundation spf25
NARS Laguna bronzer
Rosey Blush

MAC painterly paint pot
MAC e/s vanilla, wedge, scene, print, phloof
silver bourjois eyeliner
MAC blacktrack fluidline
L'ancome hypnose mascara
Ardell 107 lashes

NYX cabaret lipliner
MAC dazzleglass date night


Friday, 9 October 2009

Somehow I never manage to get it right...

This is what I wore yesterday for a dinner and movie date in Cambridge. Unfortunately I did not dress for the right weather as when we were walking home it was 5oC and I absolutely froze!! Having these kind of temperatures in October really makes me wonder about global warming... After catching the train back this morning I spent the rest of the day tucked up in bed with a cup of tea, hoping to catch my developing cold in its early stages.
Dress: Asos
Belt: Taken off a Mango dress from last season
Leopard print tights: M&S
I am also wearing flat black knee high boots from Dune.

However, the worst part of my trip was that I unfortunately managed to mistakenly take my bf's glasses with me back to London, and since he desperately needs them tomorrow I will be spending my entire Saturday on the train. To say that I am annoyed would be an understatement, but at least I will be well prepared with my thermals on this time!!

Monday, 5 October 2009

FOTD- Neutral with a pop

When skin looks clear and healthy it lets the rest of your features shine, and always gives me a confidence boost! Having very little time, but still wanting to look put together, I always spend the most time on perfecting my base and then add a quick pop of colour either to my eyes or lips.

Yesterday I chose my eyes as I was wearing a dark teal jumper dress and did not want to make my lips too dark. I think bright or dark lipsticks always look best if your outfit is more neutral. I know everyone says you shouldn't match your makeup to your clothes, to some extent this may be true, but it is always important to take into consideration the colours in your outfit and make sure your makeup compliments them.
Face- Dior Forever Foundation spf25
MAC MSF natural
NARS Laguna bronzer
ELF mineral blush in Joy
Eyes- L'orel HIP liner in teal
Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Lips- MAC cremecup (officially my favourite pink lipstick ever!)

I love this look as it is simple and quick, yet polished. Today I am wearing exactly the same, just with MAC's macroviolet fluidline. 

I just had to include this for all my Maxie lovers... he is getting bigger every day!!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend :)
Natalya xxx

Friday, 2 October 2009


Today I wanted to play around with my makeup. Since I have been obsessed with warm purples and plums lately, I thought I would do a more dramatic version of the last look I posted. I love these colours for green eyes :).
Face: Dior Forever Foundation spf 25 (I love the way this really grabs on to your skin and stays all day)
Copious amounts of MUFE concealer (because it is that time we all know and loathe, when my skin just hates me!)
MAC MSF natural
NARS Laguna
MAC well dressed blush (my all time favourite)

Eyes: MAC painterly paint pot as base
MAC e/s dazzlelight on the lid, shale in the crease, with fig1 and beauty marked to deepen crease and on lower lashline, vapour as highlight
MAC blacktrack fluidline
Lancome Hypnose mascara 
(If anyone has tried the new one please let me know what you think).
ArtDeco lip primer (love this and review coming soon)
L'Oreal Contour parfait lipliner in rose vintage 668
MAC Creme cup l/s

What do you guys think? Is this too dramatic for the day, or do you love mixing it up with smokey eyes every now and again?
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