Sunday, 27 October 2013

NOTW: House of Holland by Elegant Touch Heart Breaker Nails

Hey Ladies,

In January I swore to myself I would never get nail extensions ever again after discovering the ease of at home gel manicures however every now and again I crave some super girly long nails. When I saw ASOS were stocking the House of Holland nails I just had to try them with the justification that stick on nails aren't as bad for your nails as extensions.

Got to say I LOVE these nails, if you are going to a party or an event and want some super fun nails the range is fantastic. The collection is a selection on 8 designs ranging from the more subtle like the Heart Breaker (Link) or the Classy Nude (Link) alternatively you could go for the completely in your face designs like Zig Zag Stardust (Link) or Face Ache (Link).

Like all stick on nails they are super easy to apply and like all stick on nails you will glue your fingers together at some point! If you have petite nails they might not be for you as the nails in general are quite big, the kit contains enough nails for two applications but I couldn't use the rest without some serious reshaping to fit my nails as my left over nails are far too wide.

Another point to note is that these are super super long; It seriously took me five minutes to put my bra on in the morning after applying them. I couldn't type, I couldn't text, I couldn't apply my makeup; I was totally incapacitated. Once I got used to them most of my daily tasks were achievable however typing on my keyboard at work was a challenge throughout having them on my nails so if you're an office worker prepare yourself to be completely inefficient!

Despite all this I loved having these on my nails, they are super feminine and fun and they lasted on my nails over a week with ease (I only removed them as I had a nail appointment) I thought soaking them off my nails would take forever and a day but happily it took very little time and my nails were left completely undamaged!

You can purchase them from ASOS for £8.00 (Link) but they don't stock the whole range however Boots do and they are available from £7.99 (Link) I highly recommend these nails for a fun look if you enjoy the long rounded nail trend but don't want to commit to extensions (which I totally had done at my appointment just not as long oops)

Have you tried the House of Holland nails? I didn't apply the Heart Broken nails as i'm not Broken Hearted so why would I!!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Winter Sunnies

Hey Ladies,

Whilst I may preach and get through to some friends regarding the use of SPF even in winter when it comes to wearing sunglasses they sort of huff and we leave the conversation there. So i'm like a Jehovah's Witness going door to door.
Sun is the number one ageing aggressor to skin yet knowing this many many people still go on sun beds and disregard any SPF's in order to keep up their tans. I am not one; I try and prevent premature ageing in any way I can even in winter where it seems the sun hides from us all. Good skin care is of course my number one defence but one which most wont even consider is sunglasses; bright winter morning especially when it has snowed causes you to squint which if you do it enough can cause premature ageing therefore sunglasses are anti-ageing plus lets face it you'll always look cool.

The three pairs I am currently considering as my winter shades are from SmartBuyGlasses who sell all manor of designer glasses and sunglasses at some great prices;

Gucci £147.95 (here) I love big bold sunglasses and tortoise shell patterns so these are a classic that will see you through a few seasons,
Mark Jacobs £172.95 (here) These are totally out of my comfort zone but I think the typical dark winter wardrobe would be suited to a darker frame and lense.
Tom Fordʣ181.95 (here) These are probably the nicest sunglasses i've come across, I love the slight cat eye shape as well as the ombr̩ frames, they are pretty much the perfect shades for me.

I cannot pass the Tom Ford's up I fell in love with them the second I saw them so I will have to have a good talking to myself afterwards but i'll most likely get the Mark Jacobs too as I have nothing similar in my sunglasses wardrobe. Are you as paranoid about ageing as me to purchase new sunnies approaching winter?

** sponsored post, totally buying the sunglasses though so its a good job it's helping to pay for my shopping addiction!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Nails of The Week: Bourjois It's Raining Stars

Hey Ladies,
Dare I say it's glitter season, oh who cares it TOTALLY is glitter season.
Bourjois - It's Raining Stars*
This glitter polish is phenomenal, it is seriously one of the best i've tried; it is fully opaque with no base shade underneath it in two coats. The bottle is jam packed with a fine glitter and then some chunkier glitter particles it does set a little rough on the nails so you do need a couple of top coats over it.

The quality of this polish for the price (£5.99) is amazing and something I would expect from a nail polish brand which command a much higher price. I have been very impressed with Bourjois over the past year or so they have seriously upped their game and I have been loving all their releases so i'm sure some more reviews will pop up in the coming weeks.

Have you been sporting some glitter on your tips yet or holding off for a while longer?

Thursday, 17 October 2013

REVIEW: LimeCrime Babette Lipstick

Hey Ladies,
After having my lips done (Post here) I was determined to find a nude lipstick, previous to having them plumped I thought nude shades made my lips look like they had disappeared so I tended to avoid them. So now not only have I still got my orangey red lipstick obsession I also now am on the search for the perfect nude.
Lime Crime Babette 

As you can probably tell this is a very bold shade, it is described by Lime Crime as a 'Pastel Coral' and if I had to describe it I would say it was a bright pastel peach rather than coral as there's no red undertones whatsoever. Formula wise it is VERY (caps for effect) opaque and it isn't one I could use straight from the tube and get swipe happy; it is a lipstick which I need to apply lightly and push into the lips with a finger otherwise I can look like a complete wally. Not only is it super pigmented it is seriously creamy which means it isn't as long lasting on the lips as a matte lipstick but it doesn't dry your lips out like many matte lipsticks so for the drier lipped ladies this could be one for you as the formula really is lovely.
Packaging gets a big old 10 out of 10 as it's bright bloody pink with a freaking holographic unicorn on it, thumbs up Lime Crime.
Lime Crime will set you back £11.50 which I think is pretty reasonable for the uniqueness of the shade range available, I already had another shade from the range and was happy to purchase another I seriously want to buy the shade Geranium next.
Have you got any nude shades to recommend? Whilst I really like this shade i'm after one I can slap on without a mirror and due to the patting in this ain't it.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

REVIEW: Remington Smooth and Silky Epilator

Hey Ladies,
You know how they say no pain no gain? well I choose no gain, I am the biggest wimp in the world when it comes to pain so the idea of an epilator was one I ran from until the lovely ladies at Remington sent me an amazing pamper package with one of these bad boys in it.
Remington Smooth & Silky 4-in-1 Epilator *
It's strange but I never share any of my 'daily essentials' on my blog so thought I might start here. Initially I used the shaving facility of the epilator too afraid to use it to its potential but after a quick experiment on my boyfriends chest whilst checking the winces on his face I decided it was time.

I am so glad I took the plunge, although in general i'm not a very hairy person but this puts 4 weeks between hair removal on my legs and to a very lazy person like myself this is like the sound of angels, lights shining down from heaven type deal and do you know what ... It doesn't really hurt that much; over a couple of areas it's a bit more sensitive than others but overall its a walk in the park and you never have to face cuts and rashes that you can with the razor, the fact you can use it on extremely short hair means you don't have to wait to grow your hair (yukkie) before removing so it is a method of hair removal you're likely to keep up with.

It is currently half price directly from Remington (Link) for £44.99 down from £89.99 so pretty much a bargain for something that offers all forms of hair removal/trimming you would ever need!
Have you ever tried an epilator or are a wimp like my former self?

Monday, 14 October 2013

INTERIORS: Out There Interiors Embossed Table Mirror

Hey Ladies,
I've recently had my focus and wallet stolen by interiors for my bedroom, I made the decision it was far too bland, unorganised and generally looking a bit shoddy. I wanted to incorporate some of the results on my blog and the thing I was most excited about is my mirror.
Out There Interiors Embossed Table Mirror*
I haven't had a mirror in my room for about 4 years; after I smashed my last one I never got round to purchasing another, as soon as I saw this I knew it was 'the one'.
It is a very high quality built mirror and is very heavy, initially when I picked it out I was worried it might fall down if it's propped up on a dressing table as it's not secured to the wall but once I put it into place I realised how sturdy it is.
Out There Interiors have some amazing pieces, everything from modern mirrored furniture to shabby chic accessories, I am definitely going to be dropping in their shop in London when i'm next down there with some birthday spending money.
If you can't make it to the showroom you can check out their site (here), the mirror is available for £107 (here) which is definitely worth the pennies as it is bound barring any disasters to survive many re-decorations because it is such a classic piece which goes with everything.
Hopefully the next post will be all about organisation, any tips??

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Nails of The Week: ibd Just Gel in My Babe

Hey Ladies,
My apologies for no nail post last week I had a rather busy weekend and didn't have time to sort it all out in time!
My babe from ibd is a lovely pinky lilac, it's probably one of my favourite gels as it can look so different in different lights meaning you don't get bored of the shade very quickly which is crucial when you're wearing a two week manicure. It also is a very versatile shade to wear as it goes with most outfits being that it is so inoffensive a shade again very important if you're choosing a nail polish that's going to be on your nails for a couple of weeks.
This is definitely a staple in my gel polish collection, what are your regular 'go-to' shades?

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

REVIEW: HealGel Eyes

Hey Ladies,

My dark circles are the bane of my life, no matter how much sleep I have they always haunt me. Finding an eye cream which claims to banish the circles has been my obsession and to be honest most don't do diddily to help; thankfully Heal Gel Eyes seems to have answered some of my prayers.
HealGel Eyes*
'Provides a pick me up for tired eyes and improves the elasticity of the skin through intense hydration, dual action hyaluronic acid complex locks moisture deeper into the skin and firms eye contours’

I was very sceptical about a gel being enough moisture for my eyes as they can get quite dry at times but I haven’t had any trouble with dry skin, initially I was applying another eye cream over it at night for reassurance but it didn't take me long to work out it was unnecessary.

The formula is a very light gel and easily absorbs into the skin leaving no stickiness or residue meaning it is perfect in the morning before applying makeup.

I have noticed a difference in my dark circles’ in the sense that they have improved, they're obviously not completely eradicated but a visible improvement which I mainly noticed after I lost the tube for a week or so and truly saw the difference when I hadn’t been using it.

£32.00 for 15mls (Hereis quite pricey however the ingredients and their effects means I would happily pay the price and it does warrant the higher price tag. 

Have you tried any of the HealGel products? I seriously want to try one for my face next it definitely needs a little help at the moment!