Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spring Time Pastels

OPI - You're Such a Budapest, OPI - Pink Friday, Essie - Pink A Boo 

The sun is shining and my favourite flowers are in bloom, so even though we have officially been in spring for a while now, it's finally starting to feel like spring too. I definitely reach for pastels and bright colours when the weather warms up but I can never go too long without reverting back to a dark purple or maroon colour on my nails, even in the middle of summer. I do enjoy digging through my collection to find the lighter or brighter shades I wouldn't normally wear during the winter though and always look forward to see which pastel shades nail polish brands bring out each year!

What are you favourite colours to wear when the sun is shining?

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

NOTD: Barry M - Birthday Superdrug

Hey guys! Well I'm sure you have heard that it is Superdrug's 50th birthday and to celebrate Barry M have joined up with them and created this new polish.

I first saw pictures of this polish a couple of weeks ago and to be honest, I wasn't very keen on it but I decided I would still pick it up in order to not face disappointment later wishing that I had since it's a special edition. On first application (last night) I still wasn't very impressed - it applied pretty sheer and the glitters/sequins were a pain to get even on my nail but once I had applied the second coat, it all started to come together. The glitters were more evenly spaced and it didn't look at all sheer. Then in the daylight today, I noticed what a pretty deep pink colour the base colour is and that the polishe catches the light beautifully. I just constantly kept looking down at my nails all day!

So I've come to the conclusion that this is one of those polishes that just doesn't photograph very well and that you need to see for yourself on your own nails to see how pretty it really is. I'm glad I decided to pick this up and it was only £2.99!

Have you/will you be grabbing yourself a bottle of this polish too?

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Face Mask

Hey guys!
I tend to stay away from face masks because I have super sensitive skin which means I like to stick to the few tried and tested products that I have which I know don't irritate it but I heard about this self heating, deep pore detox mask from Soap and Glory and thought I would see how it goes..
I read a lot of reviews on this product before I bought it, firstly to see if anyone else mentioned that it seemed to break them out and then generally, if people thought it was any good!

Directions state to rub a 'grape sized' amount of the mask onto your face, wet your hands with water and then rub the mask into your skin until it turns blue and heats up. Then leave it on for 5 minutes and wipe off with a warm cloth. 

The mask blends out really nicely on your skin and has teeny-tiny exfoliating beads in it. Once you wet your hands and rub it in it definitely heats up, to me it goes beyond a warm sensation to feeling actually quite hot but this literally lasts a few seconds until it turns blue and then quickly cools down. During the 5 minutes I leave it on, it then starts to feel really cool on my skin, the way products with peppermint in them make your skin feel. I then wash the mask off as opposed to using a wash cloth like the directions suggest because I find it easier and like I said, since my skin is sensitive I like to make sure it's all removed from my face. I was disappointed to find that it no longer comes with a little sponge to use to wipe it off like it used to do before it was repackaged. 

As for unblocking my pores, I'm really not sure. At first, after the first few times I used it, I felt like I was seeing a difference but now having used this many times, if there is any difference in my skin its a very little one! It does leave your skin feeling soft and clean though which is nice and it's a nice addition to use on a pamper evening.

This mask sells for £11.50 but at the time of this post it is currently £7.67 on the Boots website.
Have you used this mask? What did you think?

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Nails Of The Week

Hey lovelies, I snapped some picture of the nail polishes I have been wearing lately and thought I would put together another #NOTW (nails of the week) post! 

First up this week was Cajun Shrimp from OPI which is an orange-y red colour. I'm really not a fan of coral nail polishes but Cajun Shrimp leans more on the red side although it's definitely not a straight up red!

Next up was Utopia by Models Own, which I don't think really goes well with my skin tone but is a lilac/nude colour and pretty none the less!

I then borrowed Embarca-Dare Ya by OPI from my mum, an maroon/gold duochrome polish. This one was tricky to get a picture of which showed the true colour of the polish. You can see from the picture at the top that it looks slightly darker than this picture, which I would say is more true to life.

Finally, I wore Fuchsia by Barry M which was another polish which was incredibly hard to get a true picture of. Fuchsia is slightly darker than the picture shows both in the bottle and on the nail.

What have you been wearing on your nails recently?

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Friday Favourites

Happy Friday! 
I wanted to share another five products that I have been loving recently with you.

Lush Dirty Springwash Shower Gel
If you saw my Lush haul then you would have seen that I recently picked up this shower gel because of the peppermint scent it has which smells amazing (I keep randomly opening the bottle just to smell it). I've been using it since then and just can not get enough of it.. I still wish I picked up the bigger bottle.

Umberto Giannini Dazzle Shine Spray
I have very dry hair and find that that can leave it looking very dull.. I spotted this while I was in Boots a couple of months ago and decided I would give it a go just to try it out. I didn't expect much from it but I spray a little bit of it on my hair after I'm done with straightening it and I feel like it actually does make my hair look shiny and less dull, it also smells really good.

Dead Sea Spa Magic Age Response Eye Cream*
Now that I'm in my mid-twenties I'm trying to take better care of my skin. I've been dabbing a little bit of this eye cream under my eyes and on my eyelids once a day but as with any eye cream, I can't really make comment on how well it works in terms of wrinkles as right now I'm just using it as a prevention product. It has a subtle floral smell which is nice and it feels good on your skin, it also dries quickly which is an added bonus for me. Although I can't comment on how well it works as such, I can say that general I really like it.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner
I picked this up while I was France which is just a clear lip balm but it's the most luxurious feeling lip balm I have ever used. It's thick, stays on your lips and just feels amazing. I've finished this tube though now, so at the moment I'm trying to dig out the last little bits of it because I don't want to be without it!

Tweezerman Travel Size Tweezers
I had heard so much about these tweezers but at £12.50 (for the travel size ones) I put off buying them. I use tweezers to shape my eyebrows myself at home but it is a job that I despise doing so finally with hopes these might make that job easier for me, I decided to go for it. To be honest, I couldn't see how these could be 'so amazing' like everyone kept saying they were but they proved me 100% wrong. Not only do they grab onto hairs easier than any tweezers I've used before but they also pull the hair out easier which I've found causes less pain. I find that even though these are the travel size ones, that they're perfectly easy to hold and use. I regret not buying these sooner because they make the tedious task of doing my eyebrows so much easier!

Earlier posts:
January Friday Favourties
October Friday Favourites

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Lush haul + thoughts!

Hey guys! Okay, let me apologise first of all for the shoddy picture above. I meant to take another one after realising I wasn't pleased with it but I completely forgot and started using the wrapped products, so we're stuck with it! Awkward positioning of products in photos aside though, I recently made a trip into Lush and picked up a few goodies.

Normally, I would not spend £11.50 on a shampoo but Big was a product I went into Lush deciding I wanted to try after hearing so many good things about it. Washing my hair with it for the first time was definitely interesting with the big chunks of salt that the shampoo has in it but it lathered really nicely (more than I expected it to), smells really good and left my hair feeling clean and soft. 

I also went in there deciding I wanted a new shower gel and so I spent the next 5 minutes sniffing them all.. Once I realised this was a peppermint scented one, my choice was made. I love peppermint scented products and this stuff smells amazing. I do think £4.50 is a lot considering its a small bottle though.

I've been really into exfoliators recently and if you like the more gentle type of exfoliation then I think you would really like porridge soap. It contains oats which gently buff your skin while the soap lathers and cleans it. It smells good but can be a bit messy. For reference, the chunk I got cost £3.60, although I'm not sure if you can tell exactly how big it is from the picture.

Since this is a salt scrub maybe it should have been obvious but please learn from my mistake and do not use this on your legs after you have shaved them because it hurts. Like hell. I think Rub Rub Rub should come with some kind of warning like I have seen on other scrubs because it felt like I was rubbing little pieces of glass into my skin. I figured I wasn't the only person who experienced this and after having a look online a lot of people mention stinging, so if you're about to use this for the first time, be weary! Anyway, this scrub smells good but it has a pretty watery consistency and at £8.95 per tub I'm not sure how long this is going to last because to get the kind of scrub that I like, I have to use huge handfuls of it. Pretty disappointing all round really.

Sugar scrub is a product that is meant to work on cellulite and buffing the skin by boosting circulation. I used this on my legs and found it be an extremely abrasive scrub which unless used with a gentle hand kind of hurts.. I looked down to find that my leg was actually bleeding! I again had a look online at what other people thought and read lots of comments about this leaving scratches on people's skin or making them bleed, so this is another product you need to be careful with. However, it smells good and when used gently also feels good and I actually really love this product. I got four uses out of it before it finally crumbled up which I don't think is bad and my skin was left feeling so soft after each use. Next time I'm in Lush I will be picking up a couple more of these, I love them!

What have you been picking up from Lush recently?

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Friday, 7 February 2014


Hey lovelies! So I filled up yet another bag of empties and thought I would share the products I have recently used up with you.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara - I did a post a while back on this mascara and if you happened to have read that then you know I really liked it. I like more natural looking lashes which, when applying just a little of this mascara, is what you get. I did find that it smudged a little bit on me though. 

Snow Fairy by Lush - This was my first time using Snow Fairy so I just went with the smaller bottle to see if I liked it but let me say, when it comes out again this year, I will definitely be picking up the larger bottle. Like most people, I loved it! 

Accessorize mini nail polish in Purple - I find the nail polishes in the Accessorize line to be pretty hit or miss - some I really like and apply nicely while some are just disappointing. I didn't get much use out of this one, even though I know it's just a mini bottle because it went gloopy pretty quick. I'm also not sure of the exact name because the mini bottles don't come with them.

Herbal Essences Coconut Hydrating Hair Mask - When I picked this up I didn't realise it was coconut scented and if I had realised, I wouldn't have bought it since I don't like coconut scents but I was pleasantly surprised by this and ended up really liking it. It leaves your hair feeling super soft.

Parma Violets Lip Balm - I saw this in Primark and decided to give it a go because I love the parma violet sweets and although this smelt nothing like the sweets, it was a pretty decent lip balm which I enjoyed using.

Maybelline Babylips - What can I say? I LOVE these lip balms but I find, since they are so soft, that I get through them really quickly. 

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - I'm not the biggest fan of cream type make up removers and tend to just remove my make up when I wash my face (with the acceptance of any stubborn mascara or eye shadow) but when my sister offered me her bottle of Cleanse and Polish which she didn't want, I decided to give it a go because I had heard so much about it. I ended up really liking this product and felt like it removed my make up really well. It's even gone through my mind to repurchase another bottle of it!

Not Your Mothers Shampoo - This shampoo smells amazing and I did really enjoy using it but I like a shampoo that lathers and this doesn't since it is a more natural product. 

Neutrogena Clear Pore Toner -  I'm pretty sure they're just a rebranded version of this Neutrogena toner you can pick up in Boots (which is currently my favourite toner) but these ones were bought in America so they're in a different looking bottle. This toner leaves your face feeling smooth and clean.

Do you enjoy reading empties posts? I'm not sure whether to make this my last one of not!

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Friday Favourites

Hey guys! Here is another Friday Favourites because I wanted to share a few more of the products I have been loving recently..

Soap and Glory's 'Thick And Fast' mascara - I accidentally picked this up the silver tube mascara by mistake (I had previously used and loved the one which comes in the black tube) but I had a feeling I would still love it either way and I wasn't disappointed! It's a pretty wet formula and I've had it smudge a teeny bit on me but I find the separated, long lashes it gives you are more than worth it!

Soap and Glory's 'Scrub Of Your Life' - I'm pretty new to scrubs but I got this and decided to give it a go.. I love it so much that as soon as it runs out I know I will be in Boots picking up another one (or at least another scrub to see what else is out there, what are you favourites?) It feels really good on your skin and lathers up nicely. My skin feels soft and smells amazing after, although I do wish Soap and Glory products didn't all have the same scent.. When you're using three or four products at the same time which all smell the same, I find I get a bit bored with the scent. 

Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 003 - I'm not the biggest lip stick wearer but I've been trying to find some that I can wear during the day and I found just that in this lipstick. It's on the darker scale of nude shades, it applies nicely and is suitable for day time wear. 

Thierry Mugler 'Angel' - I think I've mentioned this perfume on my blog before but I still just can not get enough of it. My only issue with it is the bottle - it's pretty but it doesn't stand up by itself!

NARS cream concealer - I was really disappointed with this product when I first got it, it was so dry and hard to work with that I let it sit in my drawer for weeks. I mentioned how disappointed I was with it on Twitter and someone suggested that I should depot it into another container because they had found it to be dry also and found this worked. I took their advice and they were right - now that I have smushed it up a bit and have it in a new jar, its so much creamier and has turned out to be a pretty decent concealer. I use this for blemishes as it's not a highlighting concealer and I'm pretty pleased with how it works. I will miss it once it's gone but its a product which comes with two shades of concealer as a duo and the other is just way too dark for my skin, so I doubt I will repurchase it.

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

NOTD: Barry M Mushroom / Sally Hansen Time To Shine

Lately I have been a bit (more than a bit) obsessed with Instagram and in particular looking at the #NOTD tag on there and from doing so I noticed all the different ways girls are painting their nails now. Instead of just an accent nail painted a different colour which has been a trend as of late, I noticed girls painting two 'accent' nails or even including their thumb nail into the mix aswell and decided I wanted to try that out myself. 

L-R: Barry M in Mushroom and Sally Hansen in Time To Shine

I realise my thumb is out of the picture but I chose to stick to just two nails in a different colour and painted my thumb nail in Mushroom too. I'm not really sure how much I like this combo and as you can see from the picture Mushroom dries a lot darker on the nail than what it appears in the bottle (pictured is after I applied two coats) which I always find a bit disappointing. On a more positive note though, three days into wearing these neither of them have really chipped. 

I absolutely love all the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish I've tried and wish they were easier to get hold of in the UK!

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Monday, 23 December 2013

Sparkly NOTD!

Hey guys! Let me first apologise that I wasn't able to take this picture in natural day light, it's not even 3pm here but it's been dark and dreary all day.. Is it crazy windy where you are? It sure is here!

I don't wear sparkle or glitter on my nails too often but tonight the family and I are going out for a meal to celebrate my nephew's pre-birthday (his actual birthday is on Christmas Day, so we like to do something a couple of days before as well) and due to that and the fact that it is Christmas time, I wanted to do something more festive and sparkly with my nails. I know that red is the typical colour for Christmas but I'm saving to that to wear on Christmas day itself and instead went with Models Own Utopia with NYC's Gramercy Glitz on top. I put on two coats of each but definitely thicker coats of the NYC polish because I wanted to it be extra glitzy! 

I probably won't be posting again until after Christmas, so Merry Christmas everyone!

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