Friday, 20 January 2012

Grey Is The New Black

Hey Ladies,

I appear to be having a little love affair with the colour grey! I can't seem to get enough of it, its appearing in my clothing, shoes & now nails.

China Glaze - Recycle

Recycle by China Glaze is a very lovely mid toned grey creme, I'd say the truest grey I own as they all tend to be on the blue side, it applies like a dream & is like a cloudy rainy sky. I'm not really selling it to you am I??

The same shade as my new Converse!!
If you didn't see my recent haul video I've embedded it for you below!!

Anyone else obsessed with grey, you'll see mine to the full extent soon (a couple of bags will prove my loyalty to the shade to you all)

Monday, 16 January 2012

Griege Is The Colour Of My Soul

Hey Ladies,

I thought I'd do a NOTD for you today as I've had a few new nail polishes arrive on my desk & soaked off my Glitter Tips  so thought I'd give one of the shades a test run (I am going to be getting some more press on nails but I've had major banking issues which you'd know if you follow me on Twitter so postponed buying some for now!)

Essie Merino Cool
Of course I reached for the griege type of shade first, they really are my favourite shades of polishes, they go with every outfit, look classy & flattering to most skin tones. Essie Merino Cool was released as a part of their Fall 2010 collection & is a beautiful mix of brown, grey & purple and is more on the purple scale than other grieges around. What I love is it looks different in all different lights so it never gets boring, I can just stare at it for ages. You can still purchase the shade & it is such a classic I hope it will be around forever, I purchased mine from eBay.

I have a serious problem!
.... Told you they were my favourite shade of polish!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Urban Decay Yawn, Hello Bobbi Brown!

Hey Ladies,

Well the Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 is officially out and am I the only one who is completely underwhelmed by it? It looks the exact same as the 1st one except there's a black in it & the shades are in a different order.

I owned the first one & like everyone else loved it but it slowly made its into the back of my makeup drawer because sometimes too much choice is a bad thing & I never reached for it & when I did, I used one shade! (Sidecar .. why you gotta be so sparkly?) So it got sold!!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette 

Bobbi Brown Neon & Nude Palette

Say hello to the Bobbi Brown Neon & Nude palette, this I will own, it is just the perfect mix of nude & sparkly shades in a compact that can actually fit in my make up bag & be used everyday. I rarely use more than one eyeshadow at once as my eyes look better bright & simple with a bit of liner, each one of these would be perfect for that look & a darker shade if i'm feeling adventurous. To me this sums the brands up, Urban Decay all about choice & young & hip & Bobbi Brown chic & classic understated sophistication! The Bobbi Brown collection isn't out in the UK yet but is in the US & the palette retails for $45, I don't have the UK price but it'll be released this month some time!! Link to the shade descriptions ---> Link

Sometimes less is more!! What do you think? Will you be owning the Naked 2 palette or already have run out & bought it?

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Of Course They're Real

Hey Ladies,

I love mascara, I am very fortunate that I have long curly lashes naturally so when it comes to mascara i'm pretty easy going, a cheap one will normally tick all my boxes. I used to use Dior Show religiously but when I discovered that the Rimmel Sexy Curves pretty much gave me the same results I swore I'd never purchase a high end mascara again. Of course I was talking BS because when I see something that is raved about I have to try it!

Benefit They're Real Mascara

Excuse the lack of under eye concealing!

So I betrayed my sworn oath to myself & bought an expensive one, this mascara was incredibly hyped up when it was released & I wanted to try it immediately, I was patient as I have a million mascaras to use & when I saw it on offer I couldn't resist.

This mascara is fantastic, It gives you incredibly black, long, thick & curled lashes in no time whatsoever not only that but they aren't crispy & feel like they'll snap & the results last all day, I apply this mascara at 7:30am & when I take it off at 9pm my lashes are as curly & lifted as when it was applied & no smudging underneath either. All in all the perfect mascara, its fairly easy to remove too which is good for the lashes underneath as you dont have to pull & tug.

They're Real Mascara retails for £18.50 which hurts to say, it is a very expensive mascara when you are used to el cheapos like me. Now what's even more painful is that I would buy this item full price (I got mine from BuyaPowa) which means this is going to be an expensive habit! Totally worth it though!!

Diet Coke have currently collaborated with Benefit Cosmetics in the UK & if you buy one of their very prettily designed cans you can get £5 of a £20 spend on Benefit's website!! Time to stock up I think! (this sounds like a sponsored message .. it isn't I happened to see it yesterday & thought it was useful to include)

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Glitter Tips

Hey Ladies,

You know I love a bit of glitter nail polish right? Well after buying some TERRIBLE Elegant Touch nails last week I challenged myself to make them wearable.

The Results!
You Will Need:

A Glitter Polish - China Glaze - CG In The City
A Top Coat - Jessica - Top Priority
Nail Glue - Elegant Touch Brush On Nail Glue
White Polish - Topshop Nail Art Pen
False Nails - Elegant Touch Classic French X Short
Step 1 - Apply Nails

They Are just terrible, they are supposed to be x-short but the tips are too short & the pink is too long, so your actual nail tips show underneath!

Step 2 - Correct Tips with a white nail polish

It doesn't have to be perfect but it will mean less coats of glitter!
Step 3 - Paint over the tip with Glitter

It'll take about 3 or 4 coats
Step 4 - Add a couple of layers of top coat

Hey presto! Glitter tips, if you actually find some nails that fit you nicely you can do the painting first & it'll make it a lot easier. I personally love the brush on glue you can buy separately it makes applying the nails so much tidier & there's no sticking your fingers together (just me?) of course you can use the glue provided.

I LOVE this glitter from China Glaze, it is like a gun metal glitter in a very sheer black polish!! I am officially addicted to press on nails again, if you remove them properly by melting them off with acetone they don't damage your nails & allow your natural nails the protection to grow underneath. Plus your nail polish never chips on them .. Time to break out all my Zoya polishes which chip immediately on natural nails.

Any tips for applying the nails so you dont get any of the air bubbles underneath?? Which are your favourite glitter polishes?

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Speed Review: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

Hey ladies,

I thought I'd introduce some speed reviews so that I can blog a bit more on my lunch break & get some posts scheduled. Sometimes I don't half waffle on & there's some products that don't need major reviews! (see i'm waffling again! I can't help myself)

The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is finally available in the uk, I've seen this on many YouTubers videos & wanted to try it, I am a total lipbalm-aholic.

I got it in the Sugar Flirt gift set which includes the Brown Sugar Body Cream, the Sugar Lip Treatment & a little makeup bag it retails for £16.

First of all the lip balm & body cream smell lovely, not too strongly but a really lovely lemon smell, the body cream works a treat & very good for dry skin types.

The lip balm is amazing, no other words are really necessary, there is a reason it is so popular, it is moisturising to even the driest of lips even though it is in a stick it feels like a lip butter that melts on contact with your skin & stays on your lips for hours without rubbing away. Once it has actually gone your lips feel so much healthier than before unlike a lot of lip balms I have which relieve the tightness when you put them on but don't actually do any good long term!

This treatment has saved my lips over the last few months & I am certainly going to buy another when it runs out, you can only currently purchase this in the Fresh shop in London or by email/over the phone on 02074864100, which is slightly annoying but nothing I haven't resorted to in order to get products before or alternatively get an American buddy to do a swap/custom purchase!

Have any of you tried these before? If so let me know what you think. I might try & get some for a giveaway when I place my order, the tinted ones look amazing!!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New Years Beauty Resolutions

Hey Ladies,

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year, I got dressed up even put up my hair & had a night out with my friend Jade, it was shockingly quiet but I had a great night!! So now comes the time of the year when everyone tries to improve themselves. Personally I'm perfect & don't need to change (or too lazy to, whichever one you believe go with it) but beauty & fashion wise I definitely can improve my behaviours/habits so I thought i'd share them with you.

Now i've gone very basic so that they are achievable! So without further a-do!

Finish A Foundation Before Buying Another

 This is my current foundation collection plus at least 4 more that I know are missing (eeek) I need to seriously do some slapping on & get through at least one before purchasing another. If you saw my Wish list for 2012 there was a few foundations on it, I clearly have a problem so by finishing some of the ones I own I will not be feeding my addiction. Ahem.

Use Hand Cream & Cuticle Oil Everyday

I have so many hand creams & cuticle oils/balms/creams which I use very sporadically so I am vowing to get some use out of them & get my hands in tip top condition, my favourite hand cream is Hand Repair by Liz Earle its super thick & moisturising. I thought i'd keep my Nailtiques cuticle oil in my handbag so I can use it at work & then my new China Glaze one for home use, I can keep on my bed side table to remind me to use it!

Wear More Jewellery

I got this amazing Talullah Tu necklace for Christmas from my friend Jade and It made me realise I am just too lazy when it comes to accessorising, I mean I own a Jewellery Shop & yet I don't ever wear bracelets or necklaces. I tend to stick to my Zoe & Morgan Love ring & that's it, so this year I aim to accessorise & hopefully start some outfit posts for you as well so you can track my progress!

I think that's a reasonable resolution list, obviously blog more etc will be always be something I aim to do, my dot com is officially working again which makes me incredibly happy, it was seriously stressful, all I can say is transfer your domain away from blogger because they have done some serious messing since they bought blogger!!

What are your resolutions?? And more importantly do you ever stick to them!?

Monday, 2 January 2012

2012 Wish List

Hey Ladies,

Each year I like to do a list of my most coveted products for the year ahead (so far most of them I haven't stuck to!) This year I will be different, yes I'm actually having a New Years resolution to actually buy things! So I thought if I picked 12 things that's one a month (duhh) so easily achievable! I have such high achievements in life I need to fulfil don't I?

Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation - £26.50
Heard so much about this for being amazing at covering dark circles, if it can tackle mine then it will be a miracle.

Georgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation - £32.50
Water based, satin matte & medium coverage this sounds a lovely foundation & I've not tried any Georgio Armarni makeup so I think this is a good place to start.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Powder - £31.50
I have been recommended this quite a lot & it's always been on my wish list but the price has always put me off purchasing it, 2012 will be the year I bite the bullet.

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder - £31
Like the Chanel powder I have been recommended this quite a lot, it is a mineral foundation powder which I personally love to set my makeup with, currently I use the Bare Minerals Matte so it will be interesting to compare the two.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation - £42.50
Since the moment I heard about this foundation I have wanted it, yes all these face products may seem a tad too much in one year but sometimes my skin goes through oily patches (the Georgio Armani & Laura Mercier powder will be for these times) & sometimes its dry which the Creme Smooth Foundation will come good for me hopefully, at £43 it is going to be painful but hopefully worth it for the hydrating & skin smoothing formula.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment - £27.00
I have been needing a new eye cream for ages & I have the driest eyes in the world so this one has always popped up when I've asked for recommendations on Twitter. It is supposed to be incredibly rich so will be my night time eye cream & my face serum can be sufficient for under my makeup during the day.

Models Own Jucy Jules - £5.00
Bit of a cheap one for the list so completely achievable (she says) but this glitter polish is basically Mac 3D silver pigment in a nail polish, holographic glitter on your nails. I don't think I need to say anything else.

Violent Lip Tattoos - £12.00
These have intrigued me from the moment I saw them, tattoo's for the lips is a genius idea & one i'd totally wear on a night out, I can't decide between the leopard print or the sparkly light pink though.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy - £23.00
Another product I've heard so much about, I tend to wear sheer hydrating lipsticks more than others so this one will probably get a lot of use which is handy if you're paying £23 for a lippy.

Laura Mercier Brow Definer - £16.50
My brow obsession is going through a revival since I finished my Mac Impeccable Eye Brow Pencil (which is amazing) I want to try other products before buying another just to make sure there are no better ones & what better place to start than Laura Mercier.

Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel - £11.50
I've been wanting to purchase a brow gel for a while but my ELF one doesn't seem to want to run out so this is on hold until it does,  it's supposed to be fantastic at holding the brows in place, I just wish Illamasqua did it in different colours (mainly so the brush doesn't go a horrible colour from the brow colour it will be on top of)

So there's my list for 2012 you know if the earth doesn't fall apart like it's supposed to! (not that I believe that nonsense) Have you tried any of the products if so what do you think? Am I wasting my time?

I think i'd be happy with a total spend in the year of £259 but lets face it like thats ever gonna happen, but it's a great place to start!

My Top 11 of 2011 -TAG

Hey Ladies,

I was tagged by the gorgeous Tali to do this tag so here goes ... My Top Eleven of 2011

Benefit They're Real Mascara
I heard so much hype about this mascara when it was first released & I can see why, it is seriously fantastic, it gives you the longest, curliest & blackest lashes you could wish for & in without any effort. The only negative of this product is the price tag of £18.50, but you can get it cheaper if you shop around so many department stores sell it these days you'll find an offer & stock up when you do. I will do a full review soon.

L'oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss
I have never come across an eyeliner that stays put all day whether I wear a shadow underneath it or not, this doesn't move it remains completely black & glossy all day & doesn't transfer onto the top of your eyelid, plus at around £7 it is a complete bargain.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre
These are fantastic, the strangest texture you'll ever come across but they work like no cream shadow i've ever used (including my beloved Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows) they are buildable so you can wear them alone or perfect under a powder shadow for a really intense look, the thing that makes them special is they do not crease at all. Yes they're expensive but worth it for a treat.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
If you have tried the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage & used it under your eyes you made an error with Laura Mercier Concealers as that is for use on blemishes. The Secret Concealer is amazing for under the eyes as it is incredibly creamy & opaque perfect on my dark circles & dry under eyes, I have nearly gone through a pot after 3 months but it's totally worth it!

Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua
This was my summer foundation, my original review is here for you to ponder but in fewer words it is a light medium foundation that is buildable, it feels and looks like you have nothing on your skin but gives you a decent coverage & effortless looking skin, smells great too.

Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
At the opposite end compared to the sophisticated Chanel foundation & to be a total contradiction to myself I have to say this winter I have loved Mac Studio Fix Fluid, its crude in every sense of the word compared to the Chanel, heavy coverage, heavy texture & smells awful but do you know what it makes my skin look flawless & lasts & lasts & doesn't highlight any dry areas on me. I can't believe I am mentioning it let alone putting it in my yearly favourites but I have to say there's a reason it's mentioned so much.

Sleek Makeup Brow Kit
The day before I received this I actually looked round Boots & thought to myself there are actually no decent high street brow products, well now there certainly is one! The Sleek Makeup Brow Kit I have used everyday since I got it, the light version is perfect for lighter hair shades, it gives you a decent colour not too dark & not too light & the actual powder & wax have great formulas which are long lasting.

Moroccan Oil
I am late to this bandwagon but I'm glad I've hopped on, this really is a fantastic hair product not only as a treatment before drying your hair to help detangle & de frizz but also for dry hair that looks a little bit frazzled and frizzy and providing you don't use to much it doesn't look greasy or weigh it down. It is quite expensive so an honorable & cheaper alternative is the Lee Stafford Argon Oil, it doesn't smell as nice but it very effective on damp hair to make it smooth & silky.

Chanel Particuliere Nail Polish
This was probably my favourite polish of the year, its formulation is fantastic (should think so for £17.50) & the colour is a sophisticated mud. Grown up & yet still young & edgy one you can wear to the office & a night out as well.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
How can I not mention my beloved Lizzy E, the most perfect cleanser of them all my original review is here but again to sum it up, smells lovely, ultra gentle & rids you of every scrap of makeup on your face, doesn't cost the earth either. I will never be without it & if I run out before I get hold of another bottle my skin doesn't thank me for it I can tell you, this an addiction I am happy to have.

So those are my products of 2011, If you've tried any let me know or let me know what are yours below, they could end up on next years list!

I tag Kelly, Gemma, Laura, Zoe & everyone else!!

Cheeky Haul & Topshop Nail Art Pens!!

Hey Ladies,

You may have noticed the lack of YouTube videos ... even more so than usual, it's because my silly iMovie keeps knocking my video/audio out of sync so I've given up on making more videos til its sorted! Sooo I thought a mini haul on here was in order as i've picked up some products this week which are amazing!

Yankee Candle Cake - Vanilla Sandlewood
This smells amazing, I'm a massive fan of vanilla scents but don't like overly sickly ones, this sandlewood one is perfect for me it's a really rich smell kind of masculine & homely.

Benefit They're Real Mascara - I bought this on Buyapowa this week, I did attempt to explain this concept but it got erased as it was complete rubbish, if you've not heard of it just look here. I ended up getting it for £12 & I received it within 2 days, majorly impressed & will be participating in future deals!! Used the mascara this morning & all I'll say for now is WOW!!

Moroccan Oil - I only got the mini size because I really wouldn't be able to look at myself in the mirror if I bought the full size for myself just before Christmas! I fell in love with this when I had my hair done at the Trevor Sorbie salon in Manchester (A post to come) & I love it even more now i've got some!

Topshop Nail Art Pens in Barbarella (pink) & Frozen (White)

These are AMAZING, they give you the most precise line I've ever had from a nail art tool, the normal ones come out so 'blobby' for straight lines & intricate designs whereas these are perfect, if you don't put a topcoat over it does come off with a bit of rubbing which again is great if you are super OCD about getting designs nice & perfect.

I kind of enjoy looking at this mini haul, not too OTT & exactly what I wanted!! Have you made any cheeky purchases for yourself instead of Christmas Shopping??

Trilogy Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream Review

Hey Ladies,

Sometimes I come across a product that does exactly what it says & it gets so integrated within my routine I completely forget to let people know how fantastic the product is. So Ta Dahhhh .....

'Cleanse and renew skin for an ageless complexion you can take pride in. Active fruit enzymes from Papaya and Pineapple gently polish skin, removing the build up of old skin cells and impurities that can dull your complexion.'

Now I love my Liz Earle I really do & use it everyday to remove my makeup but I always double cleanse & this is where the Trilogy cleanser comes in, you can't use it on eyes so when I got it I was a bit stumped as I love all in one cleansers but I'm so glad I gave it a place in my routine as my second cleanser, not only is it fantastic but it makes my Liz Earle last longer as I only have to use it once a day.

This stuff is amazing, you dampen your face & the creamy texture sort of turns into a thicker mousse like substance on your face, not a foaming type but just an opaque thick mousse, once you've massaged it in I just wash off with water in the morning or my cloth at night and it makes your skin squeaky clean without drying it out, my face doesn't feel tight and I don't feel the immediate need to apply my serum & moisturiser like other cleansers i've had, it is a lovely cleanser to use, easy to apply, wash off & it doesn't have a particular distinctive smell or any smell at all come to think of it.

I realised yesterday the difference it has made to my skin because I got this on the 14th of November (my birthday) & I haven't felt the need to exfoliate my skin ONCE since I have been using it, this coming from a girl who used to use her clarisonic & exfoliate EVERY DAY.  I am amazed at this because no product i've ever used has stopped me exfoliating, If I didn't use some sort of abrasion everyday my skin would feel awful & i'd see the difference so it astounds me that I haven't reached for any exfoliating products in 3 weeks.

At £25.50 it is expensive but you get 150ml and you use very little so it will last you a while, don't be put off with the fact that it's from the 'Age Proof' line, when it comes to cleansers how much anti ageing can it really give you? This retexturises the skin with the fruit enzymes, so if you have younger dull looking skin this would be perfect for you. I would also like to point out at this point, I break out at any sort of retexturising product (there's a Nuxe skin cream that makes my skin look awful but I keep trying it in the hope it will work) this cleanser hasn't provided me with any of the breakout nonsense so this is a keeper for me! I have actually a few Trilogy products in my routine so probably should tell you about those too one of these days as I love the brand!!

Anyone else tried Trilogy? or have an enzyme-y product that works as well as this to recommend??