Friday, 19 September 2014

Project Use Up - Makeup Update #2

Hello there! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. This is my second attempt at recording the progress of the Project Use Up for make up. I am quite thrilled with the current progress actually, I can see that a lot has been used up within the past few months. 

I have also decided to be part with couple of items, mainly because I felt like the actual product has changed in colour or smell. On the other hand, I am introducing some brand new items to the project to keep it rolling. 

Cream eyecolour in Cashmere (06) by The Body shop
It was the time to bin this item, I felt like the cream was developing a slightly off-putting, chemical smell. There was more than 1/3 left. I don't think Body Shop produces this anymore and I don't intend to repurchase it either.


2true lip and cheek tint
I realised that the more I used this lip and cheek tint, the more I started liking it. I was only using it as a cheek tint, some days underneath a blush or on its own. Ultimately I decided to give up on it, not only the brush wasn't really reaching down to grab enough tint but also the liquid was getting slightly cloudy. Again, another item that won't be repurchased. 

1. MUA Blush in the shade 01
As you can see, a great deal has been used up. I'll be glad to see it gone by the next update.  
2. Jemma Kid Lip Gloss in light pink
Have to admit, I haven't been reaching out for this much or for any lip gloss for that matter. It might be just a phase, but there's still 1/3 left. 

3. MUA lipstick in the shade 11
I can see some good progress, I am still learning to combine the lipstick with other shades to achieve a nude look.
4. Revlon colour burst lip butter in Candy Apple
This is my on the go lip product, and most probably it will be done by next update.

5. Elf Bronzer in warm
I finally manage to see bottom of the pallet, finding it weirdly comforting to know that there's hope. I like it a great deal and really enjoy wearing the lighter shade as my daily highlighter. 

6. Myface Cosmetics Lip pencil in Med/Dark Rose
I am considering passing this on to someone who might enjoy it more. The colour is tad too hard to work with.  

7. Carlos de Roma PURE Kajal in 0527 Silver
Once I started using this in place of my top lash liner, there was no going back. I am really liking it, it is also easy to smudge to achieve a natural day time look. 

8. Maybelline Dream mousse eyecolour in (06) Plum Temptation
Really lovely shade, I find no chunky shimmers, which is a plus and very smooth and easy application.

9. Rimmel London, Dark Brown (001) eyebrow pencil 
I have decided not to rush in to finishing this up, since it's my only brow product. But it will still be included in the project. 

10. Eyeshadow duo (Seduction) by H&M
As the picture bellow shows, there is good dip in the golden shade. Don't think it will take a long time to finish up. 

So here are the additions I want introduce to my project use up.

11.Blush and Bronze Duo by Elf
I think the dark pink blush would be ideal for Autumn and Winter. It's very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Not too sure about the bronzer yet, need to experiment with it more I believe.

12. Exaggerate Eye crayon by Rimmel in colour 005
To my knowledge this is a discontinued product, it has been in my collection for a while. The light beige is shimmery and quite pretty when used on the lids. Already one of my favourites. 

13. Black Kajal by Lakme
This is what so great about going through your stash and finding little gems hiding underneath. It's such a great black eye Kohol. The only problem is finding a sharpener that would fit. 

14. Cream Concealer by Bobby Brown in Honey
I have a love hate affair with this concealer. Fell in love with it when I first bought it, but it can be hard to work with, specially if I have dry skin. I mainly use this as my under-eye concealer to hide those dark panda like under eye circles. 

 14. Just Bitten Lip balm by Revlon in Beloved/Adoration

A fairly recent purchase. I do like the colour, but it is extremely drying and uncomfortable on the lips even when the clear balm is used. I don't think I am any where near finishing it either.

There you are, that's the second round of updates on my project. Hope you enjoy reading. 

Bud xoxo

Friday, 15 August 2014

Restless July- Monthly Wrap up

July was a month of abundance; abundance of  much needed sunshine, ice cream and summer time music.  But the sweltering heat had made me a little restless too. I know I shouldn't complain, two weeks in to August there's a lot more rain than sun here. 

A resolutely chilled day at the sea side. 


I love going to the beach! which is a rare occurrence when you live in London. Regardless of all the thrill and excitement, I always manage to find a surreal feeling of calm and clarity at the seaside.

On a blissful sunny day we drove down to Hastings, with no prior planning and it was as abrupt as a day trip could be. Just how I like things to be. Sometimes those make the best memories.


Looking back I wish I'd taken more pictures, they came out came few and far between as I was awe struck by the beauty of this quintessential English town.

All together we avoided going to the modern parts of the town, and stuck to the old town rammed with traditional fish and chip shops, galleries, antique shops and quirky cafes. This is also the right spot if you are looking for something upmarket. 

When we got ravenously hungry, there were plenty of fish and chip shops lining the promenade to pick from. Of course any seaside adventure wouldn't be complete without gobbling up a grand portion of freshly made battered cod and chunky chips, and that's exactly what we did.

Hasting's glorious historical quarters enticed us away from the beach for a while. We took the liberty to use the old cliff railway to go up to the hill to explore more.

July Read: The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman. 



If you are not convinced by fairly tales or mythical tales of witches and alike, this novel by Neil Gaiman will make you interested. By any means I am not the biggest fan of fantasy novels out there, but oh boy, I so loved reading every page of this book. The novel portrays a bizarre, yet wonderfully enticing story of fantasy world entiwined with reality, and all conveyed through the eyes of a young boy.

The story starts off with our Protagonist (an unnamed middle aged man) visiting his childhood home for a funeral. He wonders about until he reached a duck pond at the end of the lane of an old farm house. That's where the memories begun to unravel.

It's a story of adventure, mythical creatures and courage. I couldn't help but notice the great deal of sadness, and compelling sinisterness that surrounded the little boy's life.

Neil Gaiman's writing is so beautiful, his prose is almost poetic with wonderful words and flow. Here are few of my favourite quotes from the book. 

"I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy".
- Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the end of the Lane. 

"Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world."
- Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the end of the Lane.   

I have been watching lately- "Damages" TV series.

My latest obsession is a TV series called Damages. I found this legal show to be completely unique, and mesmerizing, nothing like what I expected it to be. The leading roles of Patty Hewes and  Emily Patterson, played by Glenn Close and Rose Byrne certainly do justification to the show.

This utopian thriller revolves around an extremely successful law firm owned by Patty Hewes (also a great trial lawyer herself) and the newly hired law school graduate, Ellen Parsons. It's full of bewildering twists and turns and nail biting moments. All I can say is, it's a must watch.


These tracks have been playing nonstop lately. 

Chandelier- Sia . This is a hauntingly beautiful song with a great meaning. I just adore Sia's raw and heartfelt voice.

Hideaway- Kiesza. Brings me such joy and puts me in a bright mood.

Sky full of stars- Coldplay. Coldplay is my favourite band of all time! Another great hit that I could listen to all day. 

Here's the recap for the month of July. Hope you liked reading it. 

Bud xoxo

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Perfume Review- Miami Glow by Jennifer Lopez
Miami Glow by Jennifer Lopez  

Miami Glow by Jennifer Lopez has become a staple in my daily routine. This perfume has been on my Project Use Up for few weeks now, and I can see myself warming up to it even more.

The fragrance was launched in 2005, and it is the only J Lo perfume I have tested so far (there are few other flankers such as; Glow, After dark glow and Sun kissed glow if you are interested). According to the marketing blurb Miami Glow makes an effort to capture the sultry atmosphere, enthralling sandy beaches and party life of Miami. Even though I haven't set a foot in Miami ever, I can almost immerse myself in the air with a spritz or two.  In all likelihood, the combination of tropical fruits with warm musk is what's convincing (either that or too much time spent on watching CSI Miami I reckon).

Top Notes: Coconut Water, Pink Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Blackcurrant
Middle Notes: Sand, Orange Flower, Cyclamen, Heliotrope
Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla, Woods 

Upon initial application I sense a lot of  sparkling notes of Grapefruit, Pineapple and Passion fruit. I like this stage quite a lot, it screams fun in the sun sort of thing. Although coconut water is listed, I only detect a faint note. I cannot help but admit that, I am a little intrigued by the notes pyramid as the middle notes category contains Sand. That is quite mind boggling isn't it? Next time I am at the the beach, I have a mission to accomplish; to capture the smell of sand (promise I won't look crazy sniffing sand on a beach).  

So, after 10 minutes or so the perfume settles down to a soapy musk with a hint of vanilla. I get a lot of soap here, not in a bad way, but it is quite apparent, which makes the perfume a lot wearable I suppose.

Projection- I do like the projection, it is perfect for summer time. It's certainly not trying to put up a show, which in return makes it a befitting fragrance choice for not only work or professional environment, but also for casual days. 

Longevity- On my skin the perfume lasts around 3 hours or more which is one of the downsides to this fragrance. I prefer my perfumes to be slightly longer lasting than this. But then again, the bottle is very light in design making it fairly easy to carry around in your bag. 

Overall I would like to rate the perfume 6 out of 10 (10 being the highest). It hasn't totally won me over, but without a doubt a remarkable celebrity fragrance that I am enjoying this summer.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Project Use Up - Makeup Update #1

Hello Everyone, Hope you are having a great weekend. It's about time that I do my first update on the "Project Use Up for makeup". Yay, for me because I finished a couple of products. It wasn't a an easy breeze at all, most of the time I found it to be somewhat frustrating and discouraging. But I am hoping to see it through to the end. 

Eye products - Project Use Up

1.Maybelline Dream mousse eyecolour in (06) Plum Temptation
Still there's a lot left, I was not paying much attention to this as I thought I would. Have to keep probing at it I suppose.

2. Cream eyecolour in Cashmere (06) by The Body shop I see some development, it's nearly gone, may  be another month of perseverance. It is still a pain to use, and creases a lot as the day goes by. 

3. Bronze Eyeshadow from the Unknown pallet.  How exciting! I am done with this, Finished it last week. I liked it a lot but glad I managed to finish an eyeshadow up entirely. 

4. Rimmel London, Dark Brown (001) eyebrow pencil 
It's still in working progress (not much of a progress). I am still keeping it in the project. Must remember to put it on. 

Finished up products

5.Loreal's Eyeliner pencil in Black
Another finished product. Again It was a beautiful product, that performed well. It was creamy, easy to blend with and had good lasting power. However I won't be repurchasing this in the near future. 

6. Eyeshadow duo (Seduction) by H&M
I made progress with the yellow gold shade, which I am sort of happy with. It's a nice shade, certainly a wearable tone. The green Duo Chrome has only been used twice, still a way to go. 

7.Carlos de Roma PURE Kajal in 0527 Silver
I haven't had a chance to use this, not once. Probably because I have been concentrating on the L'Oreal eyeliner.

8.Maybelline's Long-lasting lip liner in Rosewood (41)
Finished, done, gone. Feels much better. It didn't take long at all, may be two weeks. Not repurchasing.

9.Myface Cosmetics Lip pencil in Med/Dark Rose
I am impressed with the smooth application, still find it a tad bit lighter for my complexion. 

10. MUA lipstick in the shade 11
I've been motivated to use this more, it needs a little extra work but I am sticking with it. Most of the time I use it to lighten up a darker lipstick.

11. Revlon colour burst lip butter in Candy Apple
I love using this lip butter, It's nourishing on the lips too, there's still good two weeks left. 

12. Jemma Kid Lip Gloss in light pink
One quarter left, I was planning to finish this by the end of June but it's not that easy.

13. Elf Bronzer in warm
"Sigh" what was I thinking? The progress is painfully slow. I like the product, has a beautiful glow when used as a highlighter. I hope to finish this by the end of the year, but you know, it could be one of those totally unrealistic expectations.

14. MUA Blush in the shade 01 There was a little mishap, I dropped it on the floor, and it shattered and crumbled. But hey! I managed to re-press the product. No point relegating, it's still a nice pink blush and the perfect companion for 2True tint. 

15. 2true lip and cheek tint
Half left, and as I said earlier I like layering both of these cheek products. It gives a nice, natural glowy effect. 

Despite the fact that progress is at snail's pace, I am enjoying this project. Some of you may think that this is totally unnecessary and piteous to a certain extent. Honestly, I find the process to be a learning curve, to keep me in control of unwanted expenditure and product accumulation. On a further note, it's important that I seek to complete what I have started.

I am interested to know how your projects are coming along, please feel free to comment down below.