Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Lush Skin Care

Today I thought I'd do my skincare routine. I have a very oily t-zone so until recently haven't been taking proper care of my skin, I never used to use moisturiser as I didn't see the point in adding more oil to my already greasy skin.

After a visit to lush one day (I'm a proper lush addict and have been for years, the smell never put me off I always loved baths) I decided to try out there skin care products. I've been using the masks for a while so decided to give a cleanser, toner and moisturise a go. Since trying them I've not looked back.


Monday, 30 January 2012


Good morning!

What a horrible day, I wish the weather would make it's mind up and either snow or rain!

I quite fancy a snow day though so if the weather man is listening and would like to have a word.... ;)

Anyway just a quick nails of the day, did these last night whilst watching the Notebook in bed haha, what a lush and exciting life I lead!

I used the OPI Start to Finish as my base coat and topcoat, but the main colour is Nails Inc's Heddon Street.

I had it in a lucky dip a while back and haven't used it much but it's one of those perfect wintery colours.


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Saturday Night

My absolute favourite day of the week is a Saturday, as I'm sure most of yours are.

We both spent the afternoon in the pool and steam room before spending a fair few hours getting ready for our night out, which is almost as fun for us as actually going out!


Friday, 27 January 2012

Cocktail Hour!

Hello there! Happy Friday to you!!

I'm sure at the end of the week everybody likes to let their hair down, and I certainly like a good drink to help me along the way!

I realise this is quite an early cocktail hour but I'm far too excited about the weekend ahead to care! 

This week's cocktail recipe is the Bellini.

I'm quite a big fan of classic cocktails, and you can't go wrong with a cocktail invented in 1934 in Venice that was originally drunk by the like of Ernest Hemingway and Humphrey Bogart....Ooh err!

The recipe is relatively simple, it contains only a peach puree and sparkling wine, Prosecco being the Italian's first choice.


NOTD, FOTD and Baking

This is a bit of everything post. On Tuesday it was my partners birthday so I decided to go all out (even though he doesn't like birthdays) I took the day of work so I could take my time getting all dolled up and cooking.

On Sunday I baked his cake (for peoples birthday I love to bake them a cake, I have two to make this weekend for my mum and brother) For my other halfs, he loves ice hockey so I went with making the Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. I got a square tin made a stencil and then cut it out from there. I was pleased with how it turned out, though it had caused me problems!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Soap and Glory Sit Tight

Who doesn't like Soap and Glory??

We're both girly girls here at CSI and we absolutely love it!
It caters for all your product needs in an acceptable price range, beautiful packaging and generally gives you that all round warm feeling inside.
(We're particularly excited about the new make-up range but we haven't got round to buying any yet!)

The product in question today has been around a little while but I feel it needs a post so you can fully appreciate its wonders again.

The product is 'Sit Tight', the 'exclusive sit-released firming system....with the addition of DETOXYBOOST, an active shown to help healthy '


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

101 things in 1001 days

This is my version of 101 things in 1001 days

You might recognise a few from M's list below (told you we were similar!) but hopefully this means were more likely to complete them, as we can do some of them together.
We didn't really want to post 2 such long posts so close together, but as we're starting on the same date they need to be uploaded!

I struggled to finish this list. Some things I've purposely kept vague, for example visiting 10 new countries or scuba diving. I haven't been specific as to where so that I'm more likely to complete them, which I feel for me is more the reason behind it. I don't need to be specific as completing them will have been enough in itself.

Here goes!...


101 things in 1001 days

After seeing this on another blog we both decided this was something we wanted to do! I've tried to make most of mine things I can achieve there is stuff I'd love to add to this list but realistically money would put a stop to that.! I really struggled when I got to 99 so may change a few if I think of better ones. I'll be updating this post as I complete things. So here goes, apologies for the long post already! 

Started 24.1.12
Ends 21.10.14


Sunday, 22 January 2012


Just another quick nails of the day!

My absolute favourite nail varnish colour at the moment is muted nudes and pinks which team extremely nicely (if I say so myself!) with the glitters I've collected over the past year or so

Today's glitter is an oldie but a goodie, courtesy of China Glaze


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

In the news...

Whilst doing my usual procrastination when I should be doing uni work I came across this article which I found quite interesting.

It details the writer's (Kate Shapland) 'Worst Beauty Products and Trends from 2011'
(can be found here)

She lists her top 10 as follows:


Tuesday, 17 January 2012


I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE spritzing on my favourite perfume before I walk out the door.

I'm also pretty sure that most girls have a favourite perfume, and then one or more other perfumes as a back up, for a change etc etc!
Why have one all the time when you can shake things up a bit right?! Variety is the spice of life after all...

Personally I am an absolutely massively monumental fan of Jean Paul Gaultier's Madame.

It's expensive yes, but personally I believe it's worth every little penny.

Firstly let's look at it...


Monday, 16 January 2012

Quick NOTD

Just wanted to add a quick nail of the day. I finally got myself a red glitter, I went with Models Own Scarlett Sparkle and I love the finish of it.


Everyday Favourites

Hey lovelies

I thought I'd do my first post on my everyday favourites! I tend to stick to the same item when I find something that works but really want to start trying new things, so I'm hoping having this blog will tempt me to try new things so I can blog about them.
Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara - RRP 7.19
17 Peep Show Mascara - RRP 6.29 (currently on offer for 5.29 with a free palette, shown in photo)
No 7 Lipstick - Grace RRP 10.00
Max Factor Second Skin Creamy Ivory RRP 12.99
Maybellin Gel Liner RRP 7.99
Avon eyeliner brush RRP 4.00
Avon MagiX Face Perfector RRP 10.50
New CID i-groom RRP 15.50
Lush breath of fresh air toner 250g RRP 7.00


Saturday, 14 January 2012

About us...

Cosmetics, Shopping and Intoxication (CSI) is written by two girls who met at uni doing a BSc in Forensic Science and one day realised we were far too similar!

Let us explain.

Our first sociable event outside of lectures involved a 20 minutes dash to River Island where we both managed to spend a small fortune (somewhere in the £100s) before the shop closed around us.

This was when we realised we were to be pretty good friends!

Less than a week later the uni custom of consuming a rather large amount of alcohol whilst wearing a small fancy dress costume resulted in us ending up on the dance floor throwing some crazy unidentifiable shapes thinking we were the bee's knees.

Long story short, it developed into an obsession with shopping, beauty products, cocktails and spa days. We're also big fans of cake!

As for where we are now...

M is currently a medical lab assistant in a hospital by day, and glamorous baker by night.

L is a MSc student by day (and almost every waking hour) and manages to squeeze in a respectable few cocktails whenever possible.

This blog is hopefully going to justify our seemingly addictive behaviour for spending money on the latest must haves and pretty much anything and everything our eyes can spy.

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