Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Review | Maybelline Color Show




I have been wanting to do a OOTD for a superbly long time now, but as it turns out, I'm not looking too hot today. So, I settled for a little nail performance. And let me tell you, this Color Show formula is phenomenal! It goes on smooth, dries by the time you've done your other hand, and the colors are knock out. It's thick without being unspreadable and pigmented as h-e-double l hockey sticks! For someone who was born without the one thing every girl is supposed to have, the ability to paint nails, it's an easy and virtually mess free nail varnish. It also doesn't hurt that she only cost me $3.00 at Walmart. Maybelline offer a really stellar variety of colors - definitely the hardest decision you'll make throughout your shopping trip. I for one decided that I wanted to adopt, and welcome into my home the lovely, generous Sweet Clementine 210. Oh how I love Clem. What a polish! I have never had a favorite nail polish, partly because im a firm believer in not choosing favorites, but mainly because I just didn't have that bone in my body. The one where your heart starts racing when you see a brand new color that nobody has, or when you've been searching far and wide for that long lost glitter coat. It just never came natural to me. Until now! Sweet Sweet Clementine, what would I do without your summery goodness now permanently attached to my fingertips? The good news is that now I will never have to know the answer, and that's a good feeling!



Have you tried the Color Show range yet? I'd love to know what colors you chose!

Monday, 25 February 2013

Change Is Gonna Come



Lately I've become so frustrated with the general appearance of my blog, and the fact that I have absolutely no idea how to make it any better. I've had so much spare time on my hands lately, so I decided to really try to make my blog the way I want.

Did I accomplish that?  No, not really - but I did my best and that's what counts right?!

Anywho, there really isn't anything quite like designing and perfecting  what's been inside your noggin. For someone who doesnt have have any knowledge in codes and all that hullabaloo, I have to thank every blogger who puts up tutorials on how to make your blog better. It must take so much time and frustration to makethem, but without them my blog would look like a pile of something not nice....So thanks bloggers!!

This is a fresh start, like getting a pixie cut after having your hair down to your derrier (dont do that). A new era for 10 Downing Chic; a brand spanking new format for a new season! I recommend it to the high heavens! If you`ve been getting a little discouraged by the header that isn`t quite centered, or you think your font isnt quite cohesive. I urge you to take a moment, or hours if you`re like me, and do what you`ve been dying to do avoiding. If you`re too busy, just do one change a day and eventually your blog will be the envy of every drag queen(get it?change....).

So get going! And if you decide to actually take me up on this little tid bit of inspiration, please post your blog link in the comments and I promise to check it out and maybe write an adorable comment!

I hope you all have a lovely week! X

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Makeup Wishlist | Febuary 2013


 You know what really blows about being unemployed, other than being unemployed. Having no money but also having a beauty addiction. Something that doesn't require money - window shopping! I've become quite the connoisseur at it. There's  nothing like a full Sephora basket and the wonderful whiff of desperation. You've spent hours searching for the perfect foundation for your imperfect skin, or a mascara that will fool everyone into thinking you literally have doe eyes. All is right in the world, and you've accomplished something great. Then, as you're coming down from your legal high, you realize that it's all pretend and you cant actually buy these picture perfect products. All that's left for you to do is log out, and exit the temptress tab.



YSL Shocking Mascara
Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen
NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer Oil-Free
NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Charade
Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Blush in PDA
Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer in Ivory 001
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Light


What's on your makeup wishlist?

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Looking For A Change? *

I was contacted by someone from Retro wanting to do a little swapsie. Retro is a website that sells one-off 'vintage and retro goodness', and lucky for you they're looking to sell. They sell a range of things - from lunch boxes to teapots and ashtrays to board games! What more could you ask for?!

The shop is all ready to go, you would just need to find the stock. Easy peasy!



Antique Virol Pot - $12.00


Please go and check out their website (soon to be yours?) If you can think of yourself running your very own vintage website, get in touch with Retro at support@retro.us







Thursday, 14 February 2013

Motivational Thursday


About four weeks ago I had major hip surgery (periacetabular osteotomy if you'd like to know). Since then i've been doing a whole truck load of sitting down and watching movies - sounds good until you're about 2 weeks in. Basically i've had a lot of time doing nothing and wishing that I could be magically healed. Walk without a walker/crutches, have a shower with having to rely on someone to get me in and out. Not having your independance does something to you; you wind up sulking in self pity extremely quickly. I saw this quote on pinterest and it instantly struck a cord with me. Just accept where you are in life.


Praying that I could wake up completely healed is just not realistic. The only way that's going to happen is if I give myself time to recover. Not just physically either; i've spent the last year and a half waiting and hoping for a day where I dont have to be constantly thinking about my hip, and if doing a certain thing will hurt me. I have to get that out of my mind and just focus all the negative thoughts into getting better. I have to stop wishing that I could be anywhere else in the world. By wishing that, not only am I wishing my life away, but I'm just making myself more depressed. 


Be happy where you are, if you're not, your life will pass by you within the blink of an eye. Believe me, I know how hard this is. If you take it a day at a time and think about all the good things that you have in your life, I know that it will make it better. You just have to give it time.



Friday, 8 February 2013

My Everyday Makeup Look

Do you ever make the mistake of whipping your camera out intending to take 10 pictures, but ending up with about 100?

Yes?

Oh good, im not alone.

Well, I did just that, and to no surprise to anyone, they were shocking. Just awful, but I was set on doing a post tonight. So lucky you, you get to see the almost acceptable ones! I can just hear the screams of joy all around me! ;)


 This is going to be the only full frontal (...of my face - dont get weird) your probably ever going to see, so relish it!

When I'm doing my makeup for a regular day, here in the frozen ice box Canada, I usually take about 5 minutes to complete 'the look'. I should probably lie and say that I have such a busy schedule, so it's almost impossible for me to get the time to do it properly. But the sad truth is that, I am just to darn lazy to sit there and create a masterpiece day after day. However, that's not to say that I don't occasionally go all out, and spend all of 10 minutes on it ;)

Please note my thoughtful expression - does this count as full frontal?


~ Cover Girl freshcomplexion Concealer in Classic Ivory 2100
~ Dior NUDE Skin Glowing Foundation in 020
~ Cargo The Big Bronzer
~ Nars Blush in Luster
~ Elizabeth Arden Shimmer Powder in Nude Shimmer
~ ELF Eyeshadow Pallet (eyebrows and eyelids)
~ Sephora Kohl and Liner in 03 Keep Brown
~ Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in 10L
~ Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in Rich Black



What are your favorite go to makeup products, for when you're in the morning dash?

Whatever your shape, there's a black dress out there



Black little dresses are the style staple that never go out of fashion. Updated season on season, if you get one in a classic shape, it will last you a lifetime. But the important thing to remember when choosing your black dress, is getting the perfect shape to show off you figure. Once you've found that fit then you can then get a dress that can last for decades.


Follow our top tips to get a great gown for your body shape:

~  If you're an apple shape then you need to make the most of your bust and try to create a waist with sneakily cut silhouettes. A black wrap dress is a foolproof option that will focus attention on your legs and d├ęcolletage i.e. your best bits. What makes this dress even better is that it's so adaptable you can easily wear it to work or play.
~  An enviable hourglass figure is easily flaunted and most designs will make you look a million dollars. Choosing something fitted will show off your frame and you'll also want to highlight your tiny waist and show off your spectacular shape. The only thing you'll want to avoid is a shapeless shift as it will hide your killer curves.
~  Make the most of a boyish figure. If you're straight up and down then you have to use tricks of the eye to create the illusion of curves. You could go for one of this season's optical illusion dresses to help fake a curvaceous figure. If you want to keep your outfit all black then play with textures. Patent belts draw the eye to a waist and adding lots of necklaces never fails to bring the attention to your bust.
~  A perfect way to make petites look taller. If you're not terribly tall, then the good news is that top to toe black is a brilliant way to give the impression of a few extra inches in a surprisingly subtle way. Keep hemlines above the knee to make legs look long and lovely, add a pair of high heels and keep tights tonal to give yourself a boost without it looking obvious.


So once you've found your perfect dress shape; all you need to do is get it in black and you're guaranteed to look great time after time.


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collaborative post.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Review || REDKEN Wool Shake 08

We all love a good review, right? Good, I thought so. And what better way is there, than to spend your Sunday night reading about a fantastic hair product?

I have been wanting to review this product for some time now. You may well be asking why, if I wanted to review it has it taken me so long. The answer to that is that I have recently contracted a very severe case of lazititis. It has taken a lot out of me, but i'm happy to report that I am very nearly out of the woods.

We kid, we kid.



I've had this hair product since last June, and it has served me well. Like a basket of warm bread sticks at Olive Garden. Redken's Wool Shake has become a staple in casa Becca, and I can say with full confidence that she is one of the family. Unless she comes home with green hair and a tramp stamp, then she's out on her own. As for now, she is a fully fledged member of the Adams hair routine.

This product isn't one that I had heard a lot about from blogs or youtube videos, but I saw it mentioned in one of Zoe Foster's videos with Mamamia, and knew instantly that it would be perfect for my somewhat curly, and all round unruly hair. It is super easy to apply and you get an instant result from as little as one scrunch. You really couldn't ask for more in a texturizing hair product, if you ask me.


This is one of those products that are a life saver in the case of an emergency. Say you wake up with 5 minutes until you have to dash out the door. You take your hair out of the bun, spritz a light coating throughout your hair, and then scrunch to your heart's content. Voila presto, you have instant tousled beach waves. That truly is how little it takes to make your hair look knockout with this gel-slush spray. The messier the hair, the better.


The thing that sets this texturizer apart from others like it, is the concept of  'wool shake'. I just assumed that once you at a dapple of this on your head you turned into a lamb. Boy, did I look a fool. This spray is unique in that it has cotton extract in it - which literally translates onto your hair. Sounds ridiculous, but it creates such a modern and extraordinary finish, that you get over that in an instant. The dimensions that it gives your hair is phenomenal, it makes a 7 month old cut look as though you got it cut the day before. It creates an almost matte look, which as you all know is very in at the moment and not just for your nails ;)




If you like your hair to look super shiny and clean this most likely is not for you. I personally like it when my hair looks a bit gritty and like it's been slept in and tousled about. It kind of makes your hair appear dirty, in the best way possible of course. This gel-slush formula doesn't give your hair that horrible crunchy, stuck together vibe (unless you really go for it...don't do that), it just makes for a perfectly tousled do. If you scrunch some of this magic through your hair, you're sure to have your barnet looking like you spent ages perfecting it, and as a bonus you'll be the receiver of unlimited compliments!


With all this exeptionality going on, you would think that the wonderful artists at Redken would be tired and call it a day, right? Wrong! They added yet another delicious component! The smell! Soo good! (Yes, it deserves exclamations! I'll give you another for good measure!) Its fragrance isn't too strong, but at the same time if you forgot to put on perfume, you'd still be covered. Its scent is quite hard to determine, but I would say that it has quite a floral scent. It is incredibly fresh and invigorating - perfect for those beautiful spring mornings.
It also doesn't hurt that it's pink. Obviously.


This is such a gorgeous product with too many amazing qualities to name. So basically you have to ask yourself a few questions. Do you want your hair to look perfectly undone every day? Do you want to be the envy of every dame out there? Do you want to smell scrumptious at any given point of the day? If you said yes to the above, then Redken Wool Shake 08 is definitely for you.


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