This week’s nails

I’m really loving textured nails at the moment, especially nice sparkly ones to help me get into the Christmas spirit. This week’s nails are courtesy of Nails Inc, it’s a beautiful mermaid tail green glittery polish. Part of the Modern Art collection, this beauty is called Cromwell Road inspired by Jackson Pollock and named after the location of the famous Victoria and Albert museum.

To achieve the look below, it required two coats and a little filling-in in certain places.

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Dear Santa…

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’, as the song goes and that’s because its time for presents. Haha only joking (sort of…). Now us beauty bloggers rarely put off buying anything because we are too impatient to wait for a birthday or Christmas, but sometimes, those extra special things get noted in our letters to Santa and we pray that we have been good girls this year.

What’s on my list you ask?

Charlotte Tilbury – k.i.s.s.i.n.g lipstick in night crimson £23.50

Image from www.charlottetilbury.com
Image from http://www.charlottetilbury.com

I’ve been fancying a really dark berry coloured lippy ever since last year, but I wussed out thinking I couldn’t suit it. This colour is absolutely gorgeous and Charlotte Tilbury’s make up range has been massively celebrated, I’d love to try this lipstick.

Benefit – Dallas Blusher – £23.50

Image from benefit.com
Image from benefit.com

I love Benefit’s box blushers, I already have two of them plus Hoola. They last ages and the pigment is phenomenal, just a few sweeps will perk up any complexion, Dallas is a great colour choice for winter or those with a darker skin tone.

Ciate London – Dragonfly Collection – £40.00

Image from ciatelondon.com
Image from ciatelondon.com

Ciate nail varnishes are one of my favourite brands of varnishes. The colours are beautiful and the varnish its self is good quality making your self mani look very professional. With a decent base and top coat, these polishes can last up to 7 days chip free. The shape of the brush is more fanned out, which is easier to use, coats more of the nail providing for a smooth finish.

Estee Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush – £37.50

Image from esteelauder.co.uk
Image from esteelauder.co.uk

A revolutionary foundation brush creating the ultimate definition following the contours of your face for a more flawless finish. I’m not sure I’d use this for foundation just because I love my sponge application, but I’d love to try it out for blush and bronzer.

Urban Decay – Vice 3 Eye Shadow Palette – £42.00

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Well it’s no surprise that Urban Decay is featured really is it? I usually stick to neutral eye shadow (a.k.a Naked 1 and 3) as I favour bold lips. Sometimes a girl wants to mix her look up, and this pallette is perfection. Those purple/reds are gorgeous.

GlitterLips – Beauty Boulevard – £12.50

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Image from fashion.telegraph.co.uk/beauty
Images from fashion.telegraph.co.uk/beauty

OK, this is a little bit special. I first found out about these when I noticed my 2 beautiful cousins Lynn and Debbie sporting these amazing glittery lips on their facebook page. After doing some research I discovered a multitude of colours, with my favourite being a ruby red slippers colour, think Dorothy’s shoes and you’re there! It’s a glitter paint that should last on your lips for approx 8 hours. These are not easily available just yet, but you can scout them out at the flagship TopShop store in London and Harvey Nicholls. For all of you lucky ladies in the North East of England, there is a wonderful place called Kitui Hair Design based in Sunderland (my motherland) which currently stocks this product.

What do you have on your list for Santa?

The Classic Red Lip

It’s December, which means it’s party season! We’re either hitting the shops looking for that perfect outfit to wow, or we’re dusting off our old faithful that hasn’t seen the light of day since this time last year.

A statement dress should be teamed with a statement lip and I am on a mission to match the perfect colour which will complete my look.

My office Christmas party is in a few days and I have my outfit sorted, it’s a lovely silky black dress which I have had for years now, but I love it. Everyone knows the perfect lip colour which goes hand in hand with an LBD, is red.

I’ve road tested 4 reds to find the perfect one.

Maybelline – Baby Lips in Cherry Me

20141202_213201This lovely lip balm gives such a sweet and subtle colour payoff. It is really light, only with a hint of red, and really moisturising for your lips. This would be good for an everyday red that isn’t too much ‘in your face’, however, I don’t think it is jazzy enough for a night out. The Baby Lips lip balm retails at around £2.99.

Max Factor – In Ruby Tuesday

20141202_214033Ruby Tuesday was the very first classic red lip colour that I ever bought. I remember buying it just because I didn’t have a colour like it in my collection, I had no idea when or if I would ever wear it. This colour is an orange based red and is really bright and striking. It lasts a good few hours on your lips without the dreaded fade, making reapplying not a common occurrence. This is a serious contender for my LBD. Retails for £7.99.

L’Oreal – Color Riche – Blake’s Pure Red

20141202_214416I absolutely adored L’Oreal’s Privee collection which came out about 18 months ago (I think, don’t quote me) so I’m really excited to see this Pure Red collection. This colour is Blake Lively’s Red and it is lush. It reminds me of the MAC Ruby Woo that I am trying desperately hard not to purchase. It’s a deeper shade of red with a matte finish. Nice and comfortable to wear and this too retains its colour. I love this colour, it’s demure and classic without feeling the need to be that stereotypical pillar box red. This retails for £6.99! What a bargain.

Dior – Dior Addict in Red Carpet

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I’ve never had Dior lipstick before and I have heard so much praise for the Addict range, I just had to try one out. I mentioned to the assistant on the counter that I wanted one for a night out and it had to be red. After being shown pink after pink I pointed out this one and another and said this is what I’ve come for. She automatically poo pooed the brighter of the two, called New Look and said this one would suit me more. As I was running late back to work, I didn’t have the time to try it and stupidly parted with my £24.50.

Rather than a vibrant long lasing raspberry red, it was a wishy washy, glossy, rub your lips together twice and its gone kind of lipstick. Devastated. As you can see from the photo too, this feathers around your lips very easily, and the stick is flat rather than your usual bullet shape making this a very messy application. Not impressed Dior!

Seems to me a toss up between the Max Factor and the L’Oreal one, but I think the L’Oreal one is just that little bit more special. Have I chosen right, or is there a perfect classic red still out there that I haven’t considered? Let me know if I’m missing out on a gem!

Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara

Image from HarpersBazaar.com
Image from HarpersBazaar.com

Ohhh Guys, I’m nervous…

I have a confession. I have had a very public love affair with Urban Decay eye make up for a decade now, ever since I first used a ‘disco on my eyelids’ blue glittery eyeliner when I was 16. Urban Decay and I, we’ve been through a lot. We were together through laughs, big life moments, we’ve been to many a country together, We’ve had arguments and we’ve been temporarily separated through tears. One thing is for sure; I’ve never cheated on UD, I know where my bread is buttered when it comes to eye shadow and eyelid primer.

That being said, If I could change anything about UD, it would be their mascaras. I’ve had Big Fatty – too gloopy, brush too big and too clunky to operate, resulting in stumpy lashes. Lush Lash – nondescript, could have been any Tom, Dick or Harry of the mascara world. With our track record, I’ve resisted buying Perversion mascara, I’m too afraid to rock our good relationship. But, I’m curious, I want a bit of excitement.

So, here goes…

The Perversion mascara and eyeliner, which I have previously reviewed, are described as having the purest, deepest and most intense black colour imaginable. Does it live up to this statement? After all, this has been one of the most eagerly anticipated beauty products since Kim Kardashian revealed it was her mascara of choice for her wedding to Kanye West.

Well, off to a good start, the brush is exactly what I like, good old fashioned rounded full barrel brush. The formula is instantly noticeable as being darker than your average mascara. It looks creamy and thick, oh I hope it’s as good as it looks.

The size of the brush means it is coating majority of the lashes as you sweep giving a good even coverage. This is easy to apply and glides onto your lashes smoothly, no snagging or feeling like you really have to work the product onto your lashes.

One coat, leaves you with demure, nice looking lashes. Quite similar to the look left after a few coats of They’re Real by Benefit. But, I didn’t buy Perversion for ‘demure’ lashes at all. I want bigger and blacker lashes then I’ve ever possessed. So I apply a second coat.

This is more like it, thicker and very dark lashes, I like the outcome. I cannot hand on heart say I’m blown away though. The look is what I expected, but I’m not wowed. This mascara retails at £17.00. I can get this look with something less than half the price (at the top of my head I’m comparing it to Barry M’s Lash Vegas). Out of rebellion I’m going to do something out of character. I’m going in for the unspeakable third coat.

And I’m I glad I did! This has transformed this mascara from ‘quite nice’ to ‘that’s what I’m talking about’. The inkiest black lashes I have ever seen, no clumps, nice and fanned out and really opened my eyes up and framed their shape. I’m impressed. I don’t like overloading my lashes with product, but this is still comfortable, not heavy and not scratchy. Team this with the Perversion eyeliner and you won’t believe your luck. Fabulous fabulous fabulous.

Oh Urban Decay, it really is true love.If you persist and add a few coats, this really is spectacular.

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3 coats
With Perversion eyeliner
With Perversion eyeliner

Go away dry skin – Benefit’s Moisture Prep

Image from www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk
Image from http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Oh It’s good to be back. I’ve been away from blogging for a good four months due to having exams, now that’s done for now, I’m back to beauty.

In my absence I have missed the entirety of summer and now autumn is fast approaching, with the change of weather comes the change of my skin routine. In the summer I’m preventing oily skin and in the winter, I’m trying to battle dry and red patchy skin. In between working full time and my nose in a text book, I’ve hardly noticed that the sun has gone and the chill is setting in, rather than sticking my head out of the window, I have noticed this by the quality of my skin.

Now it’s only September so I refuse to smother on the thicker night creams just yet, but I have to admit, I’m needing a little something extra. So out comes my little friend I haven’t seen for a good few months, my once again best friend, Benefit’s Moisture Prep.

The Moisture Prep is a toning lotion designed to be used after cleansing and before their Facial Emulsion. While we are in the in between months, I think this Moisturiser on its own is perfect. It is really light, cooling on your skin and acts as a fabulous base for your make up. This lotion contains vitamin E, aloe leaf, natural oat and yeast extract which purifies the skin and helps to reduce fine lines. Just a little of this and your face feels radiant and picks up your complexion. For added extra moisture I do like to use Benefit’s Total Moisture Facial Cream, but I usually use that combination on a really bad skin day.

We all know Benefit is a little on the high end price range, so this will set you back £23.50 for just under 200ml. I think it’s worth it, I have really noticed the difference.

What skin saviour have you been blowing the dust off recently?

This week’s nails

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This week’s nails have been inspired from an advert I found in my new favourite nail design magazine called Nail It! It’s a very sweet design and I love pastel colours. I think it is more of a design for younger girls, but it is fun for a few days.

The main colour is my favourite Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Prickly Pear. The accent nail is a Nails Inc colour from last years summer line called St James’ Park.

I used my favourite dotting tool from Avon.

Sunshine Award

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I have been very generously nominated for the Sunshine award by the wonderful Kelley @ Deliciously UnPolished. Check out her amazing blog here http://deliciouslyunpolished.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/shine-on/

I very much enjoy this part of the nomination as I get to promote a few blogs that I have loved reading.

The Shine On Award rules are:

1. Display the award logo to your blog
2. Show appreciation by acknowledging the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post
3. Share 7 random, interesting things about yourself
4. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and happily pass on this award, making sure to link their blog into your post
5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

Some facts about me.

1. I love comedy films, the more random and sillier the better. I can recite 90% of the dialogue of Napoleon Dynamite.

2. I attempted to surf for the first time ever a few weeks ago. I’m not at all good at it, I couldn’t even pull myself up onto the board, hell I couldn’t even stay on my feet for more than a few seconds. Damn you English weather!

3. I think I make the best lasagne in the world, so much so I could eat an entire dish worth meant for 4! Just don’t tell anyone that I cheat with my white sauce.

4. I’m partial to a cocktail, preferably rum or tequila based. Whoever invented them is a genius.

5. I burn just by thinking about the sun. I go no lower than SPF 50 on my face. I burn within minutes even in moderate sun, 16 degrees might as well be 30 degrees according to my skin. I blame years of hiding with a massive hat in the shade as a child.

6. Recently I have learnt that life is too short to be unhappy. Life and opportunity can pass you by if you don’t let go of things and people that prevent you from being truly happy.

7. If I could choose any hair colour to have, and suit, it would be platinum blonde with a lavender tint. Oh to dream.

Please check out these blogs below (if you haven’t already!) they are awesome.

Dalai Lama’s Nails – http://www.thedalailamasnails.com/

Vivianism – http://vivianism.wordpress.com/

Latino Look – http://latinolook.com/

K’s Nail Art – http://ksnailart.wordpress.com/

Haute Makeup – http://hautemakeup.wordpress.com/

Nail Virtuoso – http://nailvirtuoso.wordpress.com/

A Spoonful of Style – http://aspoonfulofstyle.co.uk/

Dry, Dammit! – http://drydammit.wordpress.com/

Fairytale Beauty – http://fairytalenailart.wordpress.com/

Curled Fantasies – http://curledfantasies.wordpress.com/

In Stitches – http://institches2012.wordpress.com/

Lipgloss and a Backpack – http://lipglossandabackpack.com/

Grace Talks Beauty – http://gracetalksbeauty.com/

Good Lack, Nail – http://goodlacknail.com/

Peacockpolish – http://peacockpolish.wordpress.com/