; une tasse: a beauty and casual fashion blog: November 2009

Sonia Rykiel for H&M lingerie

I didn't care for Jimmy Choo's range for H&M but I am definitely interested in the lingerie line that Sonia Rykiel has designed for H&M (not enough to queue outside Oxford St on a Saturday though).

I love the vintage inspired bras (especially the nude ones), the luxurious materials, the delicate detailing and how feminine they are. I'm not sure on the sizes available but I'm guessing  they won't have mine :(

Starting from £14.99, this line is more than affordable.

The collection launches worldwide, in 1,500 H&M stores on the 5th of December. It will also be available in major  Sonia Rykiel boutiques . Her second collection for H&M consisting of knitwear and accessories for women and girls, will debut in February 2010.

Source: My Fashion Life

Natalie Portman for V Magazine Dec 2009 shot by Mario Testino

Source: TFS

Absolutely gorgeous. Not crazy about the hair but love the eye makeup!

Shopping Vouchers/Codes

Just wanted to share some shopping vouchers and codes I've come across:

Selfridges: Use this voucher and get 20% off your Christmas shopping (10% off on Beauty and Fragrance). Valid from 26 - 29 November.

Gap: 30% off until the 29 November with this voucher.

ASOS: Use the code WELCOMENOV09 and get 20% off all full priced items. Valid until the 23 November.

Space NK: Use FF201 to get 20% off all items. Valid until the 21 November.

Latest MAC Haul

L-R: Mineralize blusher in Warm Soul, Mineralize eyeshadow in Techtonic, Sheertone shimmer blush in Dollymix and Eye kohl pencil in Smoulder.

The few bits and pieces that I've picked up over the past few weeks from online sales and instore.

The mineralize eyeshadow was a freebie with my Ben Nye palette and whilst it's not something I would  have bought myself, I think it's a nice colour. However I don't really know what to pair gold eyeshadow with other than black? Smoulder was a consolation purchase as Feline from the Style Black collection was sold out. It's very very dark, even more so than UD's Zero but it smudges like a mother on my waterline...!

Warm Soul is on the left and I absolutely love it! Apparently it is a mid tone beige with golden pearl but I think it's darker than beige, almost like a bronzer on me. I don't have anything like this as I'm so used to buying pink blushers but I've been rocking this one everyday. Dollymix, on the right, is a lovely bright pink with shimmer running through it.

I have become addicted to blushers, especially MAC ones and I've already started to eye the other mineralize ones.  Harry in particular loves Dollymix! hehe

EOTD: Smokey peacock green

In my case, EOTD stands for "Experiment of the day" as I feel I'm far too much of an amateur. I'm still getting to grips with blending and I'm not always sure if I've done well.

What I used:

- Mac mineralize eyeshadow in "Tectonic" (greeny gold colour) all over the lid.
- Ben Nye "Jade" on inner corner and "Cosmic Blue" on the outer V and crease.
- One of the black shadows in the crease and outer V from Sleek's Graphite palette.
- Elf blending brush.
- Mac kohl eyeliner in "Smoulder" on upper lash line and waterline and Ben Nye "Jade" on lower lash line.
- Benefit badgal lash mascara.
- No concealer hence all the redness

Loving the Ben Nye shadows - look how iridescent and lovely they are. I will definitely be buying refills when they're finished. They are available to buy in Covent Garden at both Charles Fox and Screen Face and of course many other places online.

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette

I managed to blag this for a mere tenner from a forum but I think the Makeup Gods thought this was too much of a bargain and decided to punish me for it. It arrived in the post in pieces, decorating the inside of the envelope like a rainbow. It had only been used once or twice previously but there were now sizeable chunks missing as the seller hadn't secured the shadows properly. However I wasn't too disheartened because there is still a lot of product left and a MAC mineralize shadow had been included to make up for the delay in postage.

The shadow on the bottom far right is actually Jade.

I placed these in the wrong order. The bottom row from L-R is: Chartreuse, Cosmic Violet and Amethyst.

Unfortunately this post is going to be short as I haven't really had time to experiment with this palette as much as I'd like to. All I can say is that I absolutely love it! The palette is very similar to the Kryolan Aquaolour one in terms of the layout but I know I will definitely use this much more.

The shadows are intense and highly pigmented. My favourites are Azalea and Cosmic Blue (the ones which were damaged the most - whyyyyy!). There are so many different looks that can be created with this, I just don't know where to start...

NOTD: OPI Mod about you

Was too lazy to take a photo so here's a stock one. I think I expected this to be amazing because I kept seeing it on many blogs/YT videos but I'm a tad disappointed, especially as it's my first OPI polish. I don't think it looks that great on me and it's easily duped. I believe Barry M's Bright Pink is very similar to this, but perhaps not as "milky".

Here's a shoddy photo of how it looks on.

Maybe I'll love it more in summer.

Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

I adore Chloe Sevigny, I really do. Not even her graphic film scenes in "Kids" and "Brown Bunny" can sway my love for her. She is just fabulous and so are these buckle boots she designed for Opening Ceremony.

But at around £385 ($625), they will never be mine.......

My skincare routine

I have normal skin and suffer from hormonal spots and occasional blackheads on my t zone. Other than that I am happy with my skin and my complexion (thank you Mum/God). So when it comes to my skincare routine I like to keep it simple. I have used Neutrogena products since I was a teenager and have not felt the need to change because it works for me.


I wash my face with Neutrogena deep clean invigorating wash and moisturise with Evian original hydrating lotion. This is the best moisturiser I have ever used. I used to buy these in Poundland but the only one's I see these days are the ones with self tanner in them - bah!


I take my makeup off with these wipes from Tesco. I don't wear foundation/TM so the only thing that needs removing on my face is blusher. I then cleanse my skin with Neutrogena visibly clear triple action lotion. This is amazing, it is the one skincare product I couldn't live without.  It is a toner but not those horrid ones that leave your skin feeling tight. It deep cleanses, removing trapped oil/dirt from your pores and contains salicylic acid which helps to prevent spots


I try to address the blackhead problem by exfoliating often. I use the St Ives exfoliator about once a week as it contains pieces of walnut shells which can be very abrasive if used often. I also use Neutrogena's gentle exfoliating wash every other day which has teeny micro beads in it.


Neutrogena's 2 in 1 wash/mask is very thick and creamy and can be used as a daily wash but I prefer to use it as a mask. I probably use this fortnightly? I also use this pore refining mask when I can remember. I'm not sure if it actually does anything to minimise my pores but I'd like to think it does!

I do also use  nose strips which I have run out of so no photos but I get a pack of 6 from Poundland and they do the job!

What does your skincare routine comprise of? Any products which you think are a must have?