Sunday, 29 July 2012

My Week In Pictures - No. 1

I've finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and started do to My Week in Pictures posts with my Instagram photos from the last seven days. I always enjoy seeing people do this and I hope you do too as I'll probably be doing these every Sunday now!

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1. My friend Victoria had her birthday on Monday. She lives in Sydney - hence the Australian koala!
2. Having a Mocha and reading Blow by Blow which I'll hopefully have a review of up during the week.
3. Sara and myself sporting my McQueen scarf look-a-like which I recently rediscovered in my room.
4. Sara's birthday cake on Tuesday - I found it horrible but she loved it, haha.
5. Favourite drink ever! Jones blue bubblegum flavour.
6. New Inglot lipstick which I featured in one of my latest posts - My Favourite Lipsticks.
7. Sara packing for Germany and Poland, sigh.
8. Ireland in the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
9. My new favourite show - 21 Jump Street! I originally just started watching it because of Johnny Depp but it really is an amazing show.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Originally I intended on watching the opening ceremony for the Olympics last night just for Paul McCartney's closing performance, as I adore that man beyond belief, but the entire show ended up being absolutely incredible. Thank you Danny Boyle.

The very start was just strange. I think for a moment there Danny Boyle got England confused with the Amish so I'm not even going to go into that. To brighten my mood however, there was a huge band of Sgt. Pepper's which I'm pretty sure no one was expecting.

Then out of nowhere, the Queen decides to jump out of a helicopter with James Bond. I think that may have been when I realised that this was going to be amazing.

After that, not a whole lot happened except a forty-foot Voldemort came out of nowhere while J.K Rowling was reading Peter Pan which obviously happens every day over in England. Also, Mr. Bean was on keyboard with the London Symphony Orchestra while acting like an angsty teenager on his phone.

Now on to my favourite part...
Suddenly, all of these teenagers come out on stage which I expected to be nothing of interest, but then, all of my favourite artists started playing - The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Queen, David Bowie, The Who and The Prodigy to name a few. Needless to say, I freaked out quite a bit along with the entire classic rock fandom of Tumblr as we all blew up with excitement, and this is all before Paul McCartney even came out!
It's amazing how one country can produce such amazing music.
But then, just as I started to calm down slightly, my hero, the inventor of the internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee appeared. 

After that there was the massive parade of countries no one has ever heard of. Even though it was the Olympics, I think I'm pretty safe in saying that this is the hour or so where everyone puts on the kettle and changes the channel until it's over - or in my case, until Ireland came out.

By the time that was finally over, I was just getting sick of it all and was dying to see Paul. Instead, The Arctic Monkeys came out and played one of their songs. I wasn't really bothered by the entire thing until they started to do a cover of Come Together by The Beatles! I absolutely loved their performance, not just because of that, but also because while they were playing a ton of cyclists came out with glow in the dark wings on. 

Finally, after a few speeches and the lighting of the torch, the time we had all been waiting for had arrived, It was finally time for Paul McCartney to perform. 
Without even being introduced he started playing In The End in his bespoke Stella McCartney jacket. Of course he then played Hey Jude which I spent the duration of the song screaming the lyrics at the telly and crying, as one does.
I saw plenty of people on twitter and various other websites complaining about how it wasn't his best performance and how he didn't sound great. Let me remind you that Paul is now seventy years old, he is hardly going to sound the same as he did when he recorded the song in 1968. He also tweeted later on that night "There was some talk of maybe being to playback but we decided against it we went live, live, live!" which could explain the strange echo at the beginning.


Pauls bespoke Stella McCartney jacket - detail
 There's also an incredible line up for the closing ceremony in two weeks time which I cannot wait for! You can be expecting another post on that too.

"Welcome to London!"
- Paul McCartney

My Favourite Lipsticks

Evening all!
I haven't been feeling my best at all the past couple of days so I thought I'd take a break from watching endless episodes of 21 Jump Street and do a blog post.
As some of you may already know, I'm an absolute lipstick junkie. It's definitely my favourite makeup product and I can never leave the house without wearing it.
I didn't exactly intend on doing these in order but I suppose it sort of came out that way anyway. 

1. Chanel Rouge Allure - No. 58 Audace
This lipstick was originally an impulse buy. I bought it back in February in Tenerife. Me and my friend walked into a random perfume shop on the beach and saw that they had a Chanel counter. 
The tax on makeup in Ireland is really quite high and I was in dying need of a new red lipstick so I just had to get one. I was drawn to this shade in particular because it's called "Audace" which means "daring" in French.
 It was originally around €20 but I got some sort of discount, I think it was because I was a student, I'm not really sure to be honest. 
As with all Chanel lipsticks the pigmentation is absolutely amazing and it lasts for ages! It also has a bit of gloss to it when you first apply it. 

2. MAC - Creme Cup
I was on the hunt for a new nude lipstick last month after running out of my third Darling by Gosh and after hearing so much about this colour I finally decided to buy it. Since then, I have been wearing it non-stop. 
For me it's definitely a "my lips but better" shade. It's also great for 1960's makeup as well which I adore!
It goes on creamy and a bit glossy as it is a cremesheen but I find it looses it's gloss after a while.

3. Revlon - Pink Pout
I bought this lipstick back in the summer of 2010 and I am amazed that I still have any left as I wear it so much. I did however, neglect it a bit in the beginning I have to admit. 
I find this colour to be very similar to MAC's Creme Cup just a bit more pink. It also has a matte finish which I love because I'm really not a gloss person at all. 

4. Inglot -  No. 281
If you follow me on Instagram (@SophieLouiseButler - just thought I'd throw that out there), you'll know that I bought this lipstick during the week. I've been eyeing up this lipstick every time I went into Inglot and I finally just decided to buy it. I've also never used any of their lip products before so I thought I'd give it a go! 
First of - the scent of it is delicious. If Jesus was a Starburst, he'd smell like this lipstick. 
As for the lipstick itself, it is very pigmented, however, it doesn't stay on very long and I find myself having to reapply it a fair bit. It does also get rather drying on the lips. The colour though is just absolutely amazing and I'm willing to sacrifice the moisture of my lips to wear this.

5. Barry M - No. 52
I actually haven't a clue when I bought this lipstick. It must have been around a year and a half ago but I didn't start wearing it until the beginning of last summer.
This is without a doubt my favourite pink lipstick ever. I'm not really one for light pinks. I love incredibly bright pinks, and that's exactly what this is. It's incredibly pigmented and it lasts all day.
The only problem I have with this is the same problem I have with all Barry M lipsticks and that is that it's very drying on the lips - more so than the Inglot one.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Daphne Groeneveld

One of my newest inspirations is seventeen year old Dutch model, Daphne Goreneveld. Born on December 24th 1994, she's only a year and a half older than me and she has already walked for Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Versace, Dior, Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton among many others. As well as this she has also appeared on the cover of magazines such as Vogue Paris, Vogue Korea, Vogue Russia, Vogue Japan, V and i-D to name a few. 

Vogue Paris cover with Tom Ford
Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011 Ready to Wear - Beauty
Numéro Magazine - June 2011
Daphne was first discovered while shopping with her mother in Amsterdam and was soon featured on as Model of the Week at the age of fifteen. She signed with Woman  Management in Milan and  debuted at the fall Emporio Armani show the next month. 
Now in 2012, she has recently done the ad campaign for Dior Addict Fragrance and is also ranked 8th on Models top 50 models.

Nails of the Day - Overglaze

For someone who always has their nails painted, nails of the day posts sure aren't my favourites. Simply because I have the worst looking hands known to man, but I just love these nail polishes too much not to do a post!
These nails are definitely something I'd only really wear in autumn or winter but I just couldn't resist as I haven't worn them in so long.

As always, I first used Kensington Basecoat Caviar before applying Chelsea which is a very deep, dark plum colour that almost looks black. I got this polish in a duo set with The Donmar which I applied over it. This is one of Nails Inc.'s Special Effects polishes which is an overglaze topcoat. It's a green/gold flake glitter that is holographic - very Irish! I love the formula of this as it's not too thick. 
Although it is technically a topcoat, it's not great at preventing chipping or anything that a typical topcoat would do. Because of this I still applied Kensington Topcoat Caviar over my nails.

Kensington Basecoat Caviar, Chelsea, The Donmar, Kensington Topcoat Caviar.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Lush Emotional Brilliance Colour Cosmetics

As a relatively new fan of Lush, I was incredibly excited to hear about their new Emotional Brilliance Colour Cosmetics range. It was announced last month that it would be released tomorrow, July 21st.
The range isn't based on what's on trend, but rather on the wearer's emotion, hence the name. 
It includes liquid lipstick, cream eyeshadows and liquid eyeliners in an array of colours. There are thirty products in this range which are all vegan.

How It Works
Simply spin the Emotional Brilliance colour wheel either in-store or via the app. Then, when it stops, pick the three colours that appeal the most to you because they stand out to you right there and then and not because they're your favourite colours or because they match your outfit. These three colours are then placed in the middle in the order that you picked them. Your first colour choice symbolises your strength or weakness. Your second resonates with your primary subconscious need. Finally, your third choice represents your talent, the thing that will help you achieve that subconscious need. 

Liquid Lipsticks
Thirteen shades
€17.95 each

Liquid Eyeliners
Eleven shades
€17.95 each
Cream Eyeshadows
Six shades
€17.95 each

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

My Hair Care Routine

Since I've been doing a few reviews on hair products lately, I thought I'd just do an overview on all of the hair care products I use.

Shampoo's and Conditioner
As I've said in previous posts, I don't wash my hair very often any more because of my current hair colour. 
When I do though, one of the shampoo's is the New shampoo bar from Lush. It has recently fallen apart so I used the photo from the haul that I had featured it in. All of Lush's shampoo bars do different things, this one is meant to make your hair grow faster. It's too soon to really say if it does so but I have noticed a small difference in my hairs length but I'm not entirely sure if it's because of the shampoo. These shampoo bars are also great for the environment as they are meant to last for up to six months and are the equivalent to two large bottles of commercial shampoo.
Since Lush's products are natural, they aren't great for keeping colour in as you can imagine. Because of this, I first wash my hair twice with my shampoo bar and then use the L'Oréal's Inoa Colour Care shampoo once after. It contains argan oil and green tea which helps keep the hair smooth and shiny. The product is very concentrated so you don't have to use a whole lot of it, which obviously makes it last longer.
As for conditioner, I now use Aussome Volume by Aussie. I've used Aussie's conditioners for years now and they're definitely by go-to brand for them. I have very flat hair from straightening it and I love to have tons of volume in my hair so this really does help with that. 

Heat Protectant
Since I have naturally curly hair, I do use an immense amount of heat on my hair daily which includes blow-drying and straightening it. 
The first product isn't really considered as a heat protectant but it does help repair damaged hair. It is of course the incredibly well-known Moroccan Oil. I already did a review on this which you can read here, so I'm not going to go into detail about it.
After applying Moroccan oil to my hair, I then spray in a bit of the GHD Heat Protectant. I actually got this for free when I did my work experience in a hairdresser's back in November and it's not even half used up yet. After that, I apply some Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment. This product has ten benefits, which are;
1. Repair for dry/damaged hair.
2. Shine and frizz control.
3. Heat protection.
4. Silky and smooth finish.
5. Colour protects with UV filters.
6. Easier brushing and ironing.
7. Detangler.
8. Long lasting hairstyle.
9. Split end prevention.
10. Adds body.

Each time I colour my hair, I use a hair treatment straight after. I either use Redken All Soft Heavy Cream, L'Oréal Inoa Colour Care Masque or Kérastase Nutritive Oléo-Relax Masque. I leave them in for absolutely ages - I don't have a set time - while my hair is still damp and then rinse them out. 

As I have said previously, I straighten my hair constantly. To do this, I use a GHD Gold straightener. I've been using GHD's since I was around eleven or twelve and I've only had to use different brands on rare occasions. I have to say though that they're amazing though and definitely worth the money.

Lastly, after straightening my hair so much, it does get fairly flat. To get the volume back in my hair I tease it to absolute death. I just use an ordinary teasing comb and Redken Quick Dry 18 Hairspray. I also use Batiste Dry Shampoo which not only gets rid of greasy hair but it also adds plenty of volume. I've done a review on this product as well which you can read here.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Top 5 Marilyn Monroe Films

1.  Some Like It Hot
One of my all time favourite films has got to be Some Like It Hot. It was also one of the first of her films I ever watched. It's a remake of the of a 1935 French film, Fanfare d'Amour.
The story is about two male musicians who witness the St. Valentine's Day massacre and when spotted by two gangsters, they flee. They disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band that are heading to Florida. That's where they meet Marilyn Monroe's character, Sugar Kane, who is the band's singer and ukulele player. The film also features actors such as Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown and Joan Shawlee.

2. How To Marry A Millionaire
Even on paper this seems like it could be the best film ever with a cast featuring Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable as the three gold diggers.
The three women, being gold diggers, are obsessed with finding men with money to marry, especially Bacall's character. When money is tight, she pawns off the furniture in their penthouse in New York which of course, doesn't belong to them. Grable's character isn't as concerned with finding a rich man and one day brings home a random guy who ends up falling for Bacall.
Monroe's character is known for being extremely short-sighted yet she still refuses to wear glasses, much like myself, saying "men aren't attentive to girls who wears glasses". While going to visit an Arab oil tycoon, she gets on the wrong plane plane due to her bad eyesight and ends up meeting another man who also happens to wear glasses and encourages her to start wearing hers.

3. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
This is a 1953 film adoption of the 1949 stage musical starring the late Jane Russell alongside Marilyn. This is definitely Monroe's most famous film as it features her singing 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend'.
In the film, Marilyn (Dorothy Shaw) and Jane (Lorelei Lee) are showgirls and best friends. They travel to Paris but little do they know they're being followed by a detective hired by Lorelei's fiancé's father.

4. The Seven Year Itch
One of Marilyn Monroe's most iconic moments was in The Seven Year Itch, when she stands on a subway grate and her ivory halter dress goes flying up. The actual film itself however, has nothing to do with subways or dresses. The story itself is about a married man who's wife and child go off on holiday without him. While they're away he rents out the upstairs apartment to none other than Marilyn Monroe's character for the summer, who strangely enough seems to have no name. The man, played by Tom Ewell, tries to fight his urge to have an affair with Marilyn after seven years of being married - known as the seven year itch.

"Oh, do you feel that breeze from the subway? Isn't it delicious?"

5. Bus Stop
I remember when I originally read the storyline of this film I refused to watch it simply because it mentioned the word "cowboy" and I absolutely detest westerns or anything even close to it. Yet strangely enough, it ended up being one of my favourite Marilyn Monroe films!
When cowboy Beau takes the bus to Montana for a rodeo he falls in love with a café singer who, shockingly, happens to be Marilyn's character, Chérie. He intends on marrying her the next day after the rodeo but Chérie escapes as she wants to go to Hollywood to get discovered. However, Beau doesn't give up and continuously tries to find her to bring her back to Montana in order to marry him.
I adore Marilyn's acting in this film and I think that she did amazing with the accent.

Top 5 Films About Designers

1. Coco Before Chanel
I still remember being twelve years old and dragging four of my friends to see this when it was first out in the cinema. I've sort of cheated on this list - this is actually the only actual film in this list, the rest are really documentaries. The film is originally in French but it is available with English subtitles.
The story follows the designer Chanel as she transforms from Gabrielle into Coco. It shows her from the very beginning in an orphanage and goes through her entire career, including when she was a performer which was where she got the name 'Coco'.
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 2009.

2. Lagerfeld Confidential
Again in mainly French with English subtitles, this film follows the head designer of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, in 2007. Of course with Karl Lagerfeld being one of my favourite designers of all time, I was just bound to love this!
Made by film maker Rodolphe Marconi, the film shows Lagerfeld shooting models and actress Nicole Kidman, sketching out dress designs and coordinating catwalks. It also features interview footage in between where the designer talks about his personal life. 

3. Valentino: The Last Emperor
I'll just come out and admit it, by the end of this film I was almost crying and it does take a lot to make me cry over a film.
Film maker and journalist, Matt Tyrnauer, follows Valentino Garavani in 2007 and 2008 right up until his last show. Similar to Lagerfeld Confidential, the film shows him sketching dress designs and coordinating his last ever haute couture show as well as his rather different relationship with Giammetti. 

4. McQueen and I
McQueen and I first aired on Channel 4 in February of 2011. It followed the dramatic story of Alexander McQueen's rise to fashion stardom as well as his relationship with his muse, Isabella Blow, right up until both of their suicides. It includes interviews with McQueen's brother, ex-boyfriend, friends, co-workers and models as well as Isabella's husband, Detmar.
I have to admit, this also made me feel quite down as I practically grew up adoring Alexander McQueen mainly because my mother loves him. 

5. Tom Ford OWN Visionaries 
I actually only discovered this documentary the other night when I couldn't sleep and this is sort of what 'inspired' me to do this post. Tom Ford is another designer I grew up admiring because of my mother.
The documentary was filmed last year when Tom Ford made his comeback into the fashion world after taking a break to make his own films. It shows Ford's every day happenings and features celebrities such as Beyoncé.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Review

Now that my hair is dyed a semi-permanent colour, I don't wash it as often as I previously would have because my hair now loses so much colour in every wash. Obviously, I don't walk around with grease dripping off my hair. Instead I use the amazing Batiste dry shampoo.
I've been using this dry shampoo for years but lately I've become so dependant on it because of my current hair situation. 
Now if you're wondering what the bloody hell this product is - it's basically shampoo in a aerosol can! All you have to do is spray a bit of dry shampoo in your hair and it gets rid of your oily roots in a flash!
The trouble with most versions of Batiste - and any dry shampoo for that matter - is that it can leave a bit of white residue on your hair. You can help prevent that by holding the can further away from your head or you could also just shake it or brush it out.
If you have dark hair, however, you don't even need to worry about that as Batiste also have a dry shampoo that has a hint of colour in it. I used to use the one for dark and deep brown hair before, but now that I have pink hair, I can't. They also have one specifically designed for blonde hair which I have never used, but I don't see the point in it as the white residue leaves your hair looking lighter anyway.
Dry shampoo also works wonders if you have fine, limp hair as it's great at giving your hair volume. The one that I'm using at the minute, "sassy & daring wild", is designed for just that. It also has a leopard print design on the bottle which is always a plus!
Batiste dry shampoo comes in three sizes, a mini travel sized one, a regular one and a large one. They also come in a variety scents and colours so you're bound to find the one that's right for you!

The Batiste products I have now.

Lush: Bubblegum Lip Scrub - Review

Yet another review!
This is my third review in the past few days and I apologise if anyone is bothered by this but if you follow me on Twitter you'll know that my sleeping pattern is just completely messed up. Just like every summer, I get into this habit of where I don't sleep until four or five in the morning and then I wake up at around two or three in the afternoon, so these are just the easiest posts for me to do at the moment.

And now on with the review..
As you may have seen in my last haul, I went into Lush for the first time the other week. I only bought two products but they were two products I was dying to try and one of them was the lip scrub.
Lush have three flavours of lip scrubs - Mint Julips, Sweet Lips and of course, Bubblegum. I only bought the Bubblegum one but I still had a chance to smell the other two and they all smell absolutely gorgeous! Mint Julips has a peppermint scent while Sweet Lips has a vanilla scent to it.
When using the lip scrub all you have to do is rub it into your lips with your fingers and then just lick it off! Don't worry though, it's perfectly safe as the lip scrub is actually edible as it's made of castor sugar. Then I just apply some Carmex to my lips afterwards. I sometimes exfoliate my lips with an old toothbrush as well to help get them even smoother. 
I have very dry lips myself and they get even dryer in this current change of weather and this lip scrub has definitely made an immense improvement on them.
However, I still have to point out the couple of cons that there are with this. The first one is that it is rather expensive. It costs €6.75 for 25g of this product which is quite a bit considering you could make your own at home with some sugar and some olive oil. This lip scrub can also be very messy which doesn't end up bothering me that much unless I have makeup on or something. 
In short, I adore this product and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has trouble with dry, chapped lips.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Soap & Glory: Hand Food - Review

Soap & Glory has been one of my favourite beauty brands for years now, and one of my favourite products of theirs is the much hyped - Hand Food.
I've been using Hand Food since, I'd like to say, 2010 or maybe even 2009. Before then I think I was just too young to really care for the softness of my hands. 
I've used a good few hand creams before, including high-end ones, and I always end up coming back to this one.
Hand Food comes in two sizes - a mini one at 50ml, which is the one I normally get, and a regular one at 125ml, which is the one I have now. As Soap & Glory is a high street brand, the mini one retails at around €3.00 at Boots. I'm not sure of the regular sized ones price as I got in in a set at Christmas. That just shows how long it lasts as well!

Hand Food is described as a "non-greasy hydrating hand cream with shea butter, macadamia oil & marshmallow". The shea butter and marshmallow sooth and nourish dry, chapped skin in no time while the macadamia oil heals and moisturises the skin. 
Hand Food, like all Soap & Glory products, has the most gorgeous smell to it! I myself am not the best at describing scents, but it does have a very sweet floral fragrance, it's just very girly! Yet at the same time the scent isn't too strong and over-powering.
When they said that this was "non-greasy", they weren't lying. Once you apply it, the cream sinks into your skin right away. This hand cream really does what it says on the tin! 

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Moroccan Oil Treatment - Review

I'm sure by now you have all heard of Moroccan oil as there has been a massive hype around it in the beauty world the past couple years. I myself have been using it since 2010. However, in November of last year I was doing work experience in my mother's hair salon and I had one client ask me what does it do. That made me realise that not everyone may know about it - even though the chances are still very slim - so I thought I'd do a review on it!

Argan oil, or Moroccan oil, has been the well kept secret of the Berber women in Morocco up until recent years. These women would use it to nourish their skin, hair and nails.
The Berber women's original method of collecting the Argan nuts isn't exactly the most pleasant, as they collected the undigested nuts from goat's waste. They would then grind them up to make a nutty oil. 
Fortunately now it's made from simply the kernels harvested directly from the Argan tree in a more sanitary manner.
The Argan tree was before abundant across North Africa but now it is mainly found in a small area in Morocco, hence the company's name.

Argan nuts

How To Use
When you first buy Moroccan oil, there's just an ordinary cap, but it also comes with a pump. So first off you just have to switch them around. Thankfully, that's the difficult part over, haha!
Every time you wash your hair, while your hair is still damp, take a few pumps of the oil into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and apply to the ends of your hair. Then style your hair as normal. Simple as!

What It Does
This magic oil, as I like to call it, does an incredible amount for the well-being of your hair.
First off, a lot of hair moisturiser products contain alcohol, which is one of the worst ingredients for a hair moisturising product as alcohol completely dries your hair out. Moroccan oil is a completely natural that won't poison your skin or bloodstream - which is always a good thing.
As I've already mentioned, this is a hair moisturising product and it does exactly that. I've been dying and straightening my hair an incredible amount since the age of eleven so I have very dry hair myself. I stopped using for a while at the start of the year, which was a rather stupid thing of me to do. I then started using it again around May and it made me realise how much it actually does moisturise my hair. It also reduces frizz which is also great for people who straighten or blow-dry their hair as it makes the hair easier to manage.
Moroccan oil is great for a adding a nice shine to your hair without it looking greasy. Unless you use too much of it, obviously.
The last thing that Moroccan oil does it that it offers plenty of vitamins and nutrients, such as Vitamin E and F as well as phenols, to name a few. These ingredients leave your hair strong and healthy. In addition to this, the magic oil offers UV protection which is great for summer especially.