Saturday, 30 June 2012

Ok, so i'm in love!

So I recently treated myself to my first nails inc nail varnish and I was not disappointed. After lusting after them for months and trying to select a shade that I wanted the most (they have so many great colours, it's so hard to decide), I finally decided on one of their new 3D glitters. I went for Hammersmith. It says it's a teal pink glitter but I personally can't see any pink in it at all.

I bought mine for £6.20 from eBay but this retails at £11. I do like to save myself a bit of money.
This goes on really dense but it gives great coverage and it dries really quick! I usually apply two coats for a super glittery effect. You need a lot of top coat with this nail varnish, I applied one coat and it just drank it up straight away! I think for the glossy result I got, I ended up applying 5 top coats! Seems extreme but as I said before, this nail varnish really soaks up the top coat and I wanted to make sure I locked in the glitter!
I do have a picture of this on my nails but it makes the glitter look more silver than it actually is!

There are some flecks of silver glitter in it, but the smaller particles are teal and it's tightly packed!
I absolutely love this nail varnish and will definitely be buying more nails inc! They're such great quality and are so easy to apply! I'm converted!
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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Soap And Glory - Scrub Your Nose In It

RRP £7.40 for 125ml

What it does.
Claims to reduce large pores and prevent blemishes, whilst leaving your skin silky soft.

What I thought.
This review is so painful for me to write, I'm a big big fan of soap and glory products and i wouldn't usually have a bad word to say about them. I did like this product, but my skin really didn't!
This can be used as a facewash or a mask, i used this for about 2 weeks and i used it twice a week as a wash (because of it's exfoliating properties - i don't like to over exfoliate) and once a week as a mask. It felt nice to apply and it wasn't overly grainy like some exfoliators are. It also had a nice minty smell which left your skin feeling all tingly and refreshed. 
I tried persevering with this product but it made me have one of the worst breakouts of spots since i was a teenager. I had spots everywhere. It did to my skin, the complete opposite of what it said on the bottle. I stopped using this two weeks ago and my skin is still not fully recovered. I would recommend this as i think it just didn't agree with my skin type. I've seen mostly good reviews for this product (that's why i decided to buy it) but for me and my poor oily skin, it just really didn't work. I'd give this product a 3 out of 10. My score is only based on the smell and how it leaves your skin feeling afterwards. Everything else is a no no for me I'm afraid.

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

What I'm lusting after this week

Ted Baker - Gemm- Jelly Shoes £50

Now, as much as i love looking at heels, i can't walk in them and i really do not find them comfy at all. So I'm all about the flats. And, being a 90's kid, I'm absolutely in love with anything that brings back a bit of nostalgia. And Jelly shoes are absolutely perfect for bringing back a bit of 90's chic! I love these because they bring a modern twist to the classic jelly shoe. Perfect for holidays or just for everyday.
My only problem with these is the price....£50 for jelly shoes! Really!? But they are Ted Baker, and they're soooooo pretty! Hmm....can i justify it!?

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Bare lashes!? No thanks!

Hello lovely people :)
I just wanted to draw people's attention to something I read in my more magazine yesterday. Designers are now sending their models down the catwalk with bare eyelashes. There's just something about this that I don't feel comfortable with. Now, for work, I pretty much never wear make up but I think after you've put a full face on, the mascara'd eyelashes just set it off! I can't imagine just going natural with the eyelashes and nothing else. To me, wearing mascara is like putting my eyes in a frame! I love my eyelashes to look long and fluttery and this bare lashes look just doesn't sit right with me.
What does everyone else think about this latest make up trend?
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Saturday, 9 June 2012

My Five Beauty Must-Haves

I thought I would kick this blog off by writing about my five beauty must-haves. These are the products that I just can't live without. These are in no particular order as I love them all equally :)
So without further delay, here we go!
Please note, that I usually get my make up from eBay. Which is usually cheaper than I will state on here as I will put the RRP :)

1.) Benefit "Stay, don't Stray" primer. RRP £19.50 - 10ml

Now, let me start of by saying, this seems like a splurge for me. But I can assure you that it's worth it! Primer is important for my make up routine, as without it, i can look like my make up is melting off my face because of my dreaded oily skin! I use this before my eyeshadow and concealor to make sure it stays put all day! You only need a little bit, one dot on each eyelid and a small dot over the places you are applying concealor. Just be careful as it has a pump dispenser, which can make it difficult to control the amount that come out Try to push it down slowly, as otherwise you will have a load of primer leftover, and nowhere to put it! Once you've blended it in, it dries invisibly And after, it's dry, just apply your eye shadow as normal and it will last you all day. I really don't know how I lived without this product. I love it! Don't be put off by the seemingly small bottle as it will last you for ages! Oh yeah, and it's also good for hiding dark circles under the eyes too! :)

2.) L'Oreal Volume Shocking Mascara - Waterproof in Black. Prices May Vary.

Now, the reason I had to write "prices may vary" is because this has been discontinued in the UK. Which I am so disappointed about as this is the ONLY mascara to date that has any effect on my eyelashes and manages to get them exactly how I want them. I have to buy this off eBay and it usually costs me around £10 for two tubes. I can't big this stuff up enough, I just love it. I have quite short eyelashes normally, but this makes me look like I'm wearing falsies, and people always comment on how long they look when I wear this mascara. It boasts 12 times more volume and boy does it deliver! I always curl my eyelashes first just to give maximum effect. I always use eyelash curlers with a spring in them as this somehow makes the curl last all day. Step one is a silvery base coat which works to prep your eyelashes and define them ready for step two. Step two is the black mascara. It has a comb brush instead of the traditional mascara wand which allows precise application with no mess. I usually apply 2-3 coats of the black mascara to build up the volume. The comb really helps to avoid clumps as well which is a great bonus as there's nothing worse looking that clumpy mascara. I have absolutely no idea why this was discontinued as it is the best mascara I have ever used!

3.) Rimmel exaggerate liquid eyeliner in black. RRP £5.29 for 2.5ml

I absolutely love wearing liquid eye liner. It's part of my everyday make up and this one really packs a punch! It's got a good sized brush and can be applied in thick or thin lines. Admittedly, liquid eye liner can be tricky for beginners, but you just have to persevere! And once you get the hang of it, it can really add drama to your look. I like to add flicks at the end of my eyelids for an extra, unique look! This works well over eye shadow as well. It's such a versatile product and it's good to play around with so you can change up your look and find your own way to wear your eye liner. I've been using this for years now and it really is the only eye liner for me!

4.) Nivea Soft Intensive Moisturising cream RRP £4.28 for 200ml

Moisturising is essential to anyone's beauty regime! It's very important to look after your skin, especially on sensitive areas like your face. If you wash your face daily with a cleanser, then it is essential to moisturise afterwards to stop your face from drying out. I love this moisturiser because it's so versatile. You can use it on your face, hands and body and it's so light. I have quite oily skin and this cream doesn't make it worse, like other creams I've tried. You only need to use a little bit, as it spreads quite far over your face. This tub should last a couple of months, they even do a 75ml tube to pop in your handbag! Perfect!

5.) GHD IV Hair Straighteners RRP £99

Now, i know these are very expensive, but they need to be thought of as an investment!
In my opinion, no other hair straighteners come close to these. I have naturally curly hair, and now that it's been cut short, it's very important to me that it is kept straight, and these do the job like no other! Once my hair has been straightened with these, that's it! I needn't touch it for the rest of the day. It isn't left frizzy, or static. Just smooth, shiny and most importantly, STRAIGHT! These are well worth the money and come with a two year guarantee, just for a bit of piece of mind. Just please, make sure you use a decent heat protection spray when using these (and any other heated hair appliance) as otherwise your hair could risk being frazzled. Which is never a good look!

So there you have it. Those are my top 5 beauty must-haves. And my very first post in my new blog. I hope you all enjoyed reading it! If you feel like i have missed any vital information about any of the products mentioned, then please feel free to leave me a comment!
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