Friday, 20 November 2009

Mirror Mirror...Debenhams Cream Pearl Dressing Table Mirror

Hello lovely followers!

Thought I'd share my newest purchase incase any of you were after a new mirror or wanted something pretty to stick on your Christmas List!

So here is Erikson Beamons for Debenhams "Cream Pearl Dressing Table Mirror", which I purchased on their website here for £22. I also used the code 'SHD1' to get free delivery worth £3.95 so i'm happy with that!

I was just flicking through the website and this caught my eye, I loved everything about it, the shape, the colour, the pearls etc. But upon arrival, there is only one thing I don't like about it - the size! The thing is, the measurements were actually given on the website so I feel stupid for not checking them out first so it's totally my own fault lol. So if you're about to order something, always whip out a tape measure and check the sizes to avoid dissapointment. Don't get me wrong, it's not a teeny tiny micro invisible mirror. It's absolutely fine for doing your makeup in but not your hair really (unless you have short hair I guess!). Though if you were after a beautiful make-up mirror which didn't take up much space then this may just be perfect for you!

The measurements given on the site are 29 x 18cm.

This is accurate but that's from the top of the mirror to the bottom of the stand and from either side of the silver balls. The mirror itself is a around 7 x 5 inches

My first thoughts upon seeing the box were 'Hmmmm that's quite a small box' and when I pulled the mirror out I initially felt dissappointed as the mirror was quite a bit smaller than I had imagined. However, my immediate second thought was 'Gosh it's sooooooo beautiful though, really well made!'. It's like a fairy-tale mirror!

Without flash

With flash


There seems to be a yellow tinge on the picture but the base it totally cream, no dark patches!
Initially I was in two minds about whether to keep it or return it because I was after something bigger but I've fallen in love with it, it really is stunning and it looks alot more expensive than it is. Every little pearl is perfect and it's all shiny and lovely, there is no imperfections with the mirror whatsoever. It is so pretty and it's one of those rare things that actually looks a lot better in real life than it does on the website.

The mirror can be moved and tightentened into position with the silver balls either side. And another neat feature is that the mirror can be removed from the back. So the mirror can be replaced should you ever smash it or it could actually be turned into a beautiful photo frame if you'd prefer

I haven't got a proper dressing table yet but I can imagine this looking magical on any dressing table. I plan to use something to prop it up abit though as it's not very tall.

But I guess good things sometimes do come in small packages, as they say :)

L. xXx

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

E.L.F. Haul - New Studio Line products


I just thought I'd show you some quick pics of my recent ELF haul from incase any of you were thinking about buying some of their new products or any of their new studio line. Before I buy things I always like to get as much info as I can about stuff so I always google to try to find pictures or swatches or measurements first and I find that ELF don't give sizes or state the contents of liquid in mls etc so I thought this post may help.

I won't be doing any reviews in this post as I plan to review most of it separately and I've only just got them so haven't played with them yet!

So here is what £33 of ELF looks like:

(It is free delivery for spending over £30).

And now for the closeups and some info:

This is the new 'Daily Brush Cleanser'- £3.50 and the 'Brush Shampoo - £3.50 from ELF's new Studio Line.

The 'Daily Brush Cleanser' is 250ml (quite big!) while the Brush Shampoo is 120ml. And these are both anti-bacterial which is why I bought them.

I will review these at a later point. I've never tried brush shampoos or cleanser before so i'm excited!

Here is the new 'Eyeshadow C Brush' - £3.50  from the Studio Line.and one of their normal 'Eyeshadow Brushes' -£1.50. Then also the  'Blending Eye Brush' - £1.50 but it seems to be in the wrong packet as the packet says 'Lip Defining Brush' but it is the correct brush inside. Then on the right is the 'Eye Widener' - £1.50 which is basically a white eyeliner to apply in the corner of the eyes to make the eye appear wider! The lid of this is also a sharpener which is cool.

I already have a normal ELF 'Eyeshadow Brush' so this was a spare but I am planning on ordering some equivalent MAC brushes online to compare these cheaper ELF ones to the expensive MAC ones but the MAC brushes have been out of stock for so long! So when they get back in stock I will review and compare all of these brushes.

This is the 'High Definition Powder' - £6 for 8g which ELF claims "creates a soft focus effect to the skin and masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion." Sounds exciting! The powder itself looks white but applies sheer and I plan to test it as a setting powder for my foundation.

This is the stuff I can't wait to try!

Mineral Infused Face Primer - £6 for 14g

Eyelid Primer - £1.50 for 5ml

Mineral Eyeshadow Primer - £3.00 for 4.5g

I'm planning to review all these in an upcoming primer post and compare the new ELF eyeshadow primers to the famous Urban Decay Primer potion (which I love). I wonder if these will be any good!

And finally, here is the 'Elements Custom Compact' - £1.50

This is designed to fit ELF eyhadows/blushers/lip pans......BUT.........I have seen online that these are also a perfect fit for MAC eyeshadow pans! So, as I plan on making my first MAC order soon, I got this compact to put my first future MAC eyeshadow pan in as the MAC palletes are alot more expensive than just £1.50 for this one! And this ELF one is small, portable and includes a mirror (unlike MAC).

And there we have it. Any questions about sizes/amounts etc etc then just ask. There is also for international beauty lovers.

Do you already have any of these or plan to?

L. xXx