I started off sugary, sweet and very saturated, now that I have lost all those qualities I'm left with something which starts to look a little more like me. It's a never-ending process of change.
Stick around?


Monday, 29 April 2013

27th of April 2013 Outfit Of the Day

Yesterday was a such a pretty sunny day and I went for lunch out with my friend, which gave me a reason to dress up really nicely! So why not do an outfit & make up of the day!

I'd like to start out random, with my bag!
I love this little navy blue bah with a big white bow, which on a picture is a little on the side, but it's not faulty you can easily straighten it. I really love the gold detailing, and how being very small it fits all my essential bits and bobs. I got this little cutie a while back from TopShop and I believe it was £28.
Oh and on my nails I'm wearing Essies, peach daiquiri £7.99

For my bottoms I went for the KRISTEN jeans from TopShop, which I got in 26W, 30L size 8. £40
My top is from Zara and I got it from sale for about £10, which is in size small.
Moving right up my coat/jacket is from Mark&Spencers, but I bought it in Charity Shop/Thrift Store for I think £7, and it's in size Medium, so it's really oversized on me. I just really enjoy the tartan pattern!
The booooooooots are from Topshop, which I got in size 5 a while back.
I think these were also from sale for around £50 reduced from £75. Even though the heel is quite small, it still gives me a massive lift.

Sunglasses, as in my last ootd are from Lactose and I think they were £89.99 (not 100%sure).

To do my eye make-up I have used my Urban Decay the Great and Powerful Oz palette in Theodora, and I've used the gold sparkly colour all over the lid (along with some of the other colours).

Lastly on my lips I'm wearing the newest addition into my Mac lipsticks collection, Sunny Seoul.

And that's it for today guys, as always thank you for reading :)

Cloud x

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour

Aloha Angels!
So as you've (hopefully) seen in my older posts I bought both of the Great and Powerful Oz Palettes by urban Decay, and both of them came with one Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour along with one eye pencil each. I already reviewed the palettes themselves so I though why not focus on the extras?
Today I'll be reviewing those Lip Colors!

Unfortunately the ones I have, because they were featured in a limited edition palettes aren't available to purchase on their own. However Urban Decay has a lot of different kinds of colours, which are a part of permanent collections. So I'll just tell you about the texture and wear.

This is very rich and warm-toned red, called Theodora which I've been absolutely loving lately! Goes on amazingly on it's own.
And this is more of a natural nude/pinky toned shade named Glinda, which I really enjoy layering over more intense lipstick to tone them down a little bit with a glossy finish.

Here are both shades as swatches, with Glinda on the left and Theodora on the right.
And smudged swatches so you can kind of see the the incredible texture that these have.

I'm going to rate these Lip Colors with 9 lemon points!
Great points:
Super pigmented,
Go on your lips smoothly, just like a lip balm,
Extra moisturising,
Stay put for good 3-4 hours,
Has amazing glossy finish,
Doesn't sting your lips or has that "plumping" effect I really hate,
No need to apply lip primer or lip pencil, it's amazing on it's own,
Great for travelling or if you're in a rush and need something effective on your lips in seconds,
And I think it's totally worth the £14, I'm definitely going to be repurchasing more shades!

My only negative comment is that you need to sharpen it, which makes you loose product.
Would be great if you could just twist them like your regular lipsticks.

Here it is! I added more pictured (as requested) and changed the font so hope you'll enjoy this more guys!
Thank you ever so much for reading!

Love, Cloud x

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Empties #1

First ever empties post! 
Is that "yay" or "nay"? I really hope you'll enjoy these, because I've been collecting my empties for the past two months! For those of you who aren't sure of what "empties" are, is just a bunch of products I've actually used up. As you know sometimes you buy/receive things that aren't that effective or good so you end up struggling with finishing them off. These are my latest empties! Take a glass of Evian and enjoy!

I have quite of a variety of products so let's start with the FACE products:
Nivea original cream, I go through these like water! Honestly this is by far the most amazing, thick, effective moisturising cream ever! I've been using this all my life and probably will end up doing so for the rest of my life. (£3.99) Already repurchased, recommended.
Lush Oatfix fresh face mask, Lush's face masks are my essentials! I couldn't live without these, Lush only uses natural and organic ingredients to make all of their products so you're only putting the "good stuff " on your face. Oatfix in particular is perfect for dry skin, because of the rich oils in bananas as well as oatmeal, ground almonds and a lot of different goodies which put together make your skin look fresh and brings (and moisturised if course!).  (£5.95) Already repurchased, recommended.

Only BODY product I have here is Original Source Daily Scrub with cranberry and honey.
This product smelt oh just divine! However I'm more of a thicker scrub kind of gal, whilst this scrub was very fine and I just didn't feel like it did the job! I love Original Source products, because the brand is very natural and has some amazing principals when it comes using chemicals versus natural ingredients. Overall great smelling showers gel, not scrub as much. (£2.65) I purchased different body scrub to try out, not recommended. 

I also have only one hair product is Dove Intensive repair leave-in spray. This was a very impulsive buy, it was on offer in Booths and I just though I'd give it a shot. Personally I didn't feel the difference at all, not even a little bit. It didn't make my hair feel worse, but it hasn't made it feel better either (and supposedly it should). I also haven't noticed the difference after I've stopped using this? I don't have any tangles in my hair so this hasn't done anything in this part either? Overall verdict: useless.(£3.59) Purchased different leave-in conditioner, not recommended.

And I left the best for the last, Benefit They're Real Mascara! This baby lasted me up for literally AGES!
I love the wand, I love that it doesn't smudge, overall AMAZING mascara. Full review here http://clooudylemonade.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/benefit-they-real-mascara.html
(£18.50) Already repurchased, recommended.

That's it for my first ever, ever empties!
I really hope you've enjoyed this!
Cloud x

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Nike Air Max & Nike Air Max Excellerate

Finally, finally, finally! Blog post about Nike Air Max shoes!

With no faffing around I'll jump straight into the review of these and a little comparison!

Nike Air Max Excellerate I've had for about I'd say 6-7 months and honestly they're the best running/gym shoes ever! The amount of comfort and "bounce" they give you is unreal. Whilst I bought them they were about £107 I believe, but now they're on offer in Sports Direct so if you're looking for amazing gym/running shoes you couldn't find a better pair! However besides gym Nike Air Max Excellerarte unlike the original Air Max aren't very weareable (style-wise). They are strictly gym shoes only, that's why I decided to purchase a pair of original Air Max in a silver/cream colour, so that I can wear trainers and still be fashionable (comfort&style). I have bought the original Air Max around a week ago and I love them, honestly I can see why people in London wear Air Max literally with everything from evening wear dresses to dungarees!
But now I would definitely say that the original Air Max are totally unsuitable for gym purposes, they're to sort of chunky and not very comfortable running. That's my option personally.

Both of the pairs are EXTREMELY comfy for either gym or every-day wear, I wouldn't say that any of these are multi-functional. Website says that the original Air Max are perfect for running, trust me they're really not. That's why I decided to have one pair for sports and other for every day. Unfortunately both of the pairs are around £100 mark, but some of the colour/designs are often on sale so definitely be on the hunt for a pair of these! Comfiest shoes around?! Besides platforms, I think so!
Quick, but into the point!

Hope you've enjoyed this!
Cloud x

Friday, 19 April 2013

19th of April Outfit of the Day

Hey angles I have an outfit of the day for you today! And I promise I'll get around to my air max blogpost very soon!

Okay so, today was quite warm but still windy so I went for a little outer layer!
I wore (starting from the bottom) my:
Aldo, Chelsea Bots in size 5 (sale price £59.99)
George, polka dot socks (£1.50)
Primark, nude tights in size small 15 den (£2 for 5 pairs)
H&M, black polka dots skirt in size XS (I got it ages ago, but I think was about £7)
H&M, purple vest with spaghetti stripes (£5'ish)
Innocence, mint top in size 8 (£9.99 from TK MAXX)
River Island, denim jacket in size 8 (sale price £20)
Lacoste, sunglasses (£89.99)

And on my lips I wore Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie!

So that's it for my ootd!
Hope you've enjoyed this!

Cloud x

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

I've created a separate email just for you!

Any beauty, hair, makeup or lifestyle questions?
Please email me at clooudylemonade@gmail.com
Once a month or two depending on the quantity of emails I'll be posting a Q&A post, unless you wish your question not to be published then please do let me know!

I'd love to hear from you
Cloud x

Benefit Fake Up

My newest addition to the family, Benefit's (apparently) most proud product.. and really I can see why.
I'm not going to lie I've only used it for a couple of days, but HOLY S***! This is amazing.
Like seriously this has became my Holy Grail product from the first time I've used it.
I can't say enough!!! Oh and I forgot to mention, it's a concealer especially designed for under-eye area.

In UK this concealer retails for £18.50 and comes in 3 different shades (light, medium and dark), me being the palest of them all obviously went for the lightest shade.
Apologies for the pictures not being razor sharp, but you get the idea!
It doesn't crease, go cakey, make your under-eye darkness or circles worse and it moisturises at the same time!

I'm giving this product 10 lemon points, yes my darlings you've heard me right 10 lemon points!
This is the creamiest most heavenly concealer on Earth,
Just one stroke is enough (pat it in with your ring finger),
Doesn't need to be setted with powder,
If your eye-are feels a little dry this product packed with Vitamin E & apple seed extract will provide you with enough moisture for the day,
Doesn't feel greasy or cakey,
Right are you ready for this one, ladies and gentlemen this concealer DOES NOT CREASE,
Stays put for whole day (Benefit says it lasts for 6 hours, but I'm easy going on 16 here),
It smells lovely, not harsh but slightly floral/fruity,
Provides enough coverage for any kind of dark circles (my mum is 45 and she's loving it as well),
And most of all, I always moan about makeup being expensive, but in this case and what it is I really thing this is a good deal..

I actually went the day after and purchased another two.

I just can't get enough of this!
Whenever you are, whoever you are. You need this!!
Nope, I haven't been given this for free :(
But hey Benefit if you'd ever want to colab, you know where to look for me!

Cloud x

Look out for a blogpost about Nike Air Max (original) and Excellerate. My thoughts and feelings!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Soap&Glory The Daily Double Lidshadow & Liner Stick Pencil

We all have "lazy make-up days", don't we?
Well here's what I like to use on my eyes on those days. It's quite of a mouthful name: Soap&Glory The Daily Double Lidshadow & Liner Stick Pencil, all it is is just a pencil with two cream eyeshadows.
And this is what I'll be reviewing for you guys today, along with a little tutorial of how I like to use it!

Let's start with the standard informations, this product comes in 3 different colours:
Velvet pink/ brownie (the one I'm using) which is a cream matte colour and a slightly shimmery brown,
Ultra violet/ plum plum,
Fresh cream/ greenlight.
They retail for £8.50 each, but if you live in UK Boots often has Soap&Glory product on offers so you could get it even cheaper.

I'm going to jump into the review itself now.
I'm going to score this product with 9 lemon points!

Great points:
The consistency of these is just exceptional, very creamy,
Easy to apply, you can happily get away with putting these on with your fingertips,
Blends beautifully,
Stay put all day,
Don't crease,
Both of the colours, because of the texture can be used as an eyeshadow base under other powder eyeshadows,
Great space-saver, because you get two different cream eyshadows in one stick.
Brilliant to travel with,
Very affordable!

My only concern with these, which isn't really that much of a big deal if you're fairly quick with applying this product on is how QUICKLY it sets. It's really impressive, but once it's set it ain't going anywhere. So you really need to be quick with blending these in once you've applied them into your lid.

Now I'll describe the easiest way to achieve every-day smoky eye using only this one product (and some mascara of course)!

This is optional, but if you wish you can apply eyeshadow primer to start of with.
Step 1, apply the cream matte end all over the eyelid and a little into the brow-bone.
Step 2, apply the brown shimmery end into your crease, upper and lower 3/4 of the lash line and a little near the inner corner of the eye,
Step 3, blend everything in, and reapply the brown end into the outer corner of the eye to intensify the look (you can build up the intensity as much as you like), don't forget to blend everything in!
Step 4, basically you're done now! Apply some eyeliner if you wish or just stick into the mascara!
And here you are, simple easy wearable smoky eye!

Hope you've enjoyed this review/tutorial!

Cloud x

Friday, 12 April 2013

Gym Outfit!

Hello cutie-pies!
Today I'm going to show you what I'd normally wear to the gym!

Usually I'm going for a baggy t-shirts from male's section, the one I'm wearing right now is from TK MAXX and it's in size Small (and it's still baggy on me) £9.99
For bottoms I enjoy the most wearing 3/4 gym pants, ones I'm wearing right now are the tight fit Nike pants and I got these from Sports Direct in size XS and they were £25, I actually love these so much I got two pairs of them!
My trainers are also from Nike Air Mac Excellerate in size 5, and I bought these quite a while back in Sports Direct for £110. I'm sure they're on sale now! These are my best gym shoes ever so make sure to check these out if you're on a market for amazing gym/running shoes.

For my outer layers I'm wearing my Zara knitted cardigan which I got in size small, this was around £35.
And the jacket is also from Zara, it's my fake leather jacket which I got also in size small for around £40 as well.
oh and my socks are from TopShop!

Hope you've enjoyed this super quick gym outfit!

Cloud x

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Ombré, Dipdye, Bleached hair! My experiences

This was a highly requested post!
I've been experimenting with ombré, dipdye and bleaching some parts of my hair for about 2-3 years now and for all of you who are thinking about dying your hair I have few things to tell you about!
So grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

Let's start from the beginning, all my life I've had dark brown hair and I will never ever fully dye it.
So first thing I've ever done to my hair was getting bottom section of my hair dyed dark blonde, of course I went to the hair salon. I decided to go just for the bottom, because I was still in high school and I didn't really wanted doing anything THAT crazy to my hair. This was about 3 years ago and, because I've always been using hair masks and serums my hair wasn't damaged at all. I did enjoy the hair so I've left it as it was for about a year. This costed me about £40.
(unfortunately I haven't got the picture of what it looked like)

Next thing I did was cutting my hair from being so long it almost touched my bottom to a bob. I had long hair all my life so I though why not cut it. I absolutely loved it, but got a little bored of it so I've decided to get it dip dyed into a caramel shade. The colour ended up being ugly ginger so I've cried and bought the "colour-back" treatment from Boots and did my best to get rid of it. This removed all the ginger and left me with slightly lighter ends. This was also done in a hair salon, but the hairdresser clearly didn't know what was he doing. This was 2 years ago and it left me with a disappointing experience so I kept myself away from a hair salon for another year. This costed me about £60.
(again no picture)

Every time I'd visit a hair salon I paid quite a lot, so I though right I was always paying so much and I never really liked my hair so I'm going to pay even more and now hopefully I'll enjoy my hair.
So last year before I went to v-festival I went to Tony&Guy to get my hair Ombré'yed.
I did like it, however the lady there wasn't really listening to what I was saying, really she just did what she though would look nice. So I ended up with my ends being ever so slightly blonde, that was about it.
What I loved is the fact that even though bleach have been used on my hair, it hasn't damaged my hair whatsoever. This costed me £80.

Here's what it looked like A DAY after I had it done, as you can see it's not really visible.
(please ignore my rainy hair)
I took this picture a couple of days after I came back from a festival, it did look a little dull and the colour was already a little washed out. 

So this is what it looked like about 6 months later, my ends looked simply lighter. Not much of a ombré this was really. 
And this picture was taken about 9 months later, again just ends looking slightly lighter. I did get a few trims so of course the blond ends of my hair were getting shorter and shorter.

Now we're coming to my last visit to the hairdressers two days ago! I went to a hairdressers recommended to me by a friend! I didn't wanted to go back to Tony&Guy since what they did, didn't really meet my expectations.

I decided to get my Ombré hair redone, but this time VERY VISIBLY. Along with this I wanted to get a stripe of blonde going through my fringe so that when I'd curl it upwards the blonde would be showing through. I've spent 4 hours in the hairdressers, but I absolutely love my hair!
It's the most I ever loved my hair! I've spend about £80, but I'm really pleased with the outcome!

This is my hair right now!

Stay tuned for my coloured/bleached haircare routine!

Cloud x

Monday, 8 April 2013

Revlon Colorstay Creme Gel Eye Liner

Since I've ran out of my Mac Gel Liner (I mean it dried out) I was on the hunt for a drugstore dupe for this eye liner. I though why not give this Revlon one a shot?
Here's what I though!

Straight away I wasn't a fan of the brush that comes with it, it's quite thick and dense which makes creating a think line almost impossible. About the formulation itself I think it goes on very nicely, although in order to get a jet black line you need to apply it at least twice. In comparison to Mac's Gel Liner I think Mac is more pigmented and goes on more smoothly. Revlon Gel Liner was £9, Mac costs £14. Also in Mac you get much more product, but then again more product means it dries out quicker.
I don't think I'll be ever repurchasing Revlon's creme eye liner, not because it's a bad product, but simply because I could pay a couple of pounds more and get something better, much more pigmented and easier to apply.

My  final score would be 6 lemon points!
Great points:
Easy to apply,
Goes on smoothly,
Soft texture allows you to easily apply product over eyeshadow,
Stays put for a good whole day,
Doesn't flick off,
After it dries out it becomes nice and flexible so you don't feel like you have a lot of product on your eyelid.
Not so great points:
The brush isn't really convenient to use, it's too thick and dense,
Pigmentation isn't so satisfying, you need to apply it at least twice in order to achieve jet black line,
For a drugstore product I think it's overpriced,
It may smudge a little so I wouldn't recommend applying this under the lower lash line.

Okay! So here are my thoughts of this gel, eye liner!
Hope you've enjoyed this!

Cloud x

Sunday, 7 April 2013

7th of April'13 Retro Outfit Of The Day

So! Here I am with another #ootd!
I've tried to follow retro style with my hair, makeup and outfit so I hope you'll like it!

I'm just going to show you my outer layers and a close up of my makeup!

I'm wearing:
TopShop coat in size 10 (£60-£70)
TopShop red/red orange tights in size Small (£3-£4)
London Rebel flats in size 5 (£25)
River island bag (£22)
(White shirt from last picture is in size 6 and it's from H&M)

On my face/makeup:
Dolce&Gabbana glasses (£154)
Collection 2000 24h felt tip eyeliner (£2.99)
Mac lipstick in Ruby Woo (£14)
Mac Eyebrow gel in clear (12.50)
Urban decay browbox in brown sugar (£17)
Benefit they're real mascara (£18)
Dior hydra life bb cream (£41)
Soap&Glory solar powder (£11)
Essie nail varnish in Snap Happy (£8)

And this completes my whole look!
Hope you've enjoyed this!

Cloud x

Friday, 5 April 2013

My Prom Class of '11

Hello my beautiful prom queens!
I know for a lot of you it's coming up to prom season, so I though I'd show you what I wore for my prom 2 years ago and just overall tell you more about the whole experience!

My prom was in July'11 and it took place in one of the prestigious local hotels.
I personally didn't had a prom date so I paired up with all my girl-friends and we just went together as a group.
My dress was bought for me as a graduation present from my mum from Sheri Hill and I'm not 100%, but it was about £500. It's a beautiful reach coraly orange princess dress, with a tied at the back corset. The whole dress has little sparkles on the dress and nice bling detail on the neckline.
It was really important for me to keep the dress that's why I asked my mum to buy me one instead of renting one as it was a kind of of a souvenir from that day.

A lot of things went wrong actually, now when I look back at the pictures dress is the only thing I actually really love.
My hair and makeup was done by a hairdresser and a makeup artist, but they did a such a poor job if I'd have the makeup skill then I have now I would do my makeup myself. I think the makeup girl went to heavy on the grey smokey eye and I don't feel like it accomplished my dress. Hair was okay, but the fringe looked dodgy and messy.
But my worse nightmare were shoes from TopShop which were actually 2 sizes too big, also the jewellery was terrible.

I thought about the dress and everything else seemed unimportant at that time.

What I'd say to you which are just on about to have your prom: pay attention to the detail and make sure everything flows perfectly with the dress!

Wish I could have my prom again!
Wherever you are, whatever you're wearing at your prom make sure you're feeling beautiful and special :)

Cloud x

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation

Oh here we go another foundation review.. Trust me this isn't just any foundation, it's the most lightweight, smooth, natural-looking foundation that has ever been invented.
I don't know why it took me so long to review it.

I got this about 5 months ago I think, and it's been great. It has a light coverage it's very easy to apply and it matches perfectly (I'm in the shade 5).. All I could ask for really.
Because this foundation is basically in the consistency of water it comes with a pipette so all you need to do is dot it around your face (a little goes a long way) and you blend it in. You're going to be amazed at the way this foundation blends in, it's literally unnoticeable.

My final score: I'm rewarding this great product with 8 lemon points:

Amazing points:
It doesn't blend with your skin, it melts into your skin,
It's unnoticeable, it's just like your own skin (but better),
Its great light coverage (don't be put off this product, because its light coverage I think is best to have lightweight foundation and cover any blemishes with heavier concealer so you're keeping amount of base makeup to a minimal),
You know when you have to buy lighter foundation for winter and darker for summer? This won't happen with this product, because regardless whether you've got a bit of tan every now and then it will blend beautifully,
You don't need a lot of this at all, only 5-10 drops will provide you with a gorgeous evened out skin,
You don't need a brush for this foundation, it's best applied with clean fingers (which is a great feature if you're travelling),
It has a nice awakening scent,
You don't need to set it, if you're a fan of dewy, but not shiny finish foundations!

Not so positive points:
Again highend product £36, but in this case it's so worth it, because high street hasn't came out with any foundation like this yet,
And another point is that it's only light coverage and it's all it's ever going to be.
It's not buildable and it looks very unnatural when applied too heavily.

So here it is another holy grail of mine!
Hope you've enjoyed this!

Cloud x

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

All about primers!

I never used to think that I need to use a primer, either lip, eyelid or face one.
I thought they don't make much of a difference. Well trust me once you'll use a primer you'll never, ever put your makeup on without priming your face first.

Foundation primers I'm switching between at the moment are:
Benefits Porefessional £24.50, I have normal to dry skin so I'd use this just on my T-Zone on a regular daily basics to control the oils in my face,
(about the product itself, I think it's brilliant if you're looking for something light-textured to minimalise the appearance of the pores and to control the levels of the oil in your face)

MAC Skin Base Visage 19.50
I'd use this product all over my face on days when ok desperate to keep my makeup flawless for a long busy days or special events
(more about the product, I really log ethos primer, because it has some glittery particles in it which applied on your face aren't visible to a human eye, but they brighten up your face making a veal idyl canvas to apply foundation on. Also helps all makeup to stay beautiful for long hours)

Eyelid primes (eyeshadow base):
For the last couple of months I've been using Urban Decay's Primer potion £15, which literally will last you a lifetime
(about the product, this product is so easy to apply and will provide you with a crease-less eye makeup all day long)

And last but not least is a lip primer:
MAC Prep+Prime Lips £12
Anytime I want to wear pigmented heavy-textured lipstick I'd apply this to increase the lasting powder of the lipstick
(about the product, this is an essential if you're a lipstick kind of gal (I could lave my house just with my eyebrows done and lipstick). This primer will smoothie out your lips, creating a nice base for a lipstick/lip product)

Overall I'd say I can't live without primers, the whole point of applying makeup is to make you look flawless.. Primers are a must haves!

Cloud x

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