Wednesday, 27 July 2011

NOTD: Barry M Peach Melba

Hey guys, so I wanted to try my first 'Nails of the Day' post so hope you like.



I saw that Superdrug had an offer on Barry M's nail varnishes so I chose to pick this colour up 'Peach Melba' and 'Strawberry Ice Cream' so I'll be doing some photo's of that shortly. I got this colour because I liked how different it was and thought it was great for the summer.

It's a milky peach colour which I thought may look a bit tacky but it really doesn't and looks great with my pale hands. I hadn't tried Barry M before but I'm really impressed with it, the only thing I found and that's because I'm used to using quick dry nail polish is that it did seem to take a while to dry.

Anyways currently they are £2.99 and Superdrug have the offer 2 for £4.99 so that's a good price.

I also promised a video yesterday and I had some uploading troubles so did manage to get it up in the early hours, and I'll apologise now for the quality I had some wrong settings on the camera.

I wanted to do an introductory video so you guys could get to know me a bit better before I carried on uploading videos, so I've done a 50 random questions tag so I hope you all enjoy.


Finally I'd just like to know if you own any Barry M polishes and which is your favourite?

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Monday, 25 July 2011

MUA Eyeshadow Palettes

Hey guys, firstly I got treated to a new handheld camcorder so look out for some more video posts shortly (probably starting from tomorrow) including tags and tutorials.

Secondly I've reached over 100 followers so I would like to say a massive thank you to every single person for following me it means a lot.

Lastly I'd like to say thanks to http://ashleighduncan.blogspot.com/, http://rose-tinted91.blogspot.com/ and http://glitterskulls.blogspot.com/ for also nominating me for blog awards so thanks lovlies.

Anyways enough of my ramblings and onto my MUA reviews.

So I've had both the Heaven and Earth and Starry Night pallets from Make Up Academy for a couple of weeks now and this has given me time to use them and let you guys know what I think of them. These palettes retail at £4.00 each which is a bargain considering you get 12 shadows so I will definitely getting my hands on the other ones.

Heaven and Earth



These palettes are proving very quickly at the moment, and if you don't want to fork out the prices that Urban Decay are asking for their Naked Palette pop into your local Superdrug and get this.

The shades that you get are perfect for creating everyday looks, but with some of the darker shades allow you to take that everyday look to an evening/night out look.



I was really shocked at the quality of these eyeshadows considering the price, because you do think it when purchasing cheap cosmetics that the quality isn't gonna be brill, but it's completely the opposite.

When I've applied them I've found that the shadows are really pigmented, some of the highlighter colours do need the additional layer putting on to help make them visible but like I said they are highlight colours.

Here's a swatch of the colours:



The shades have a very wide range when looking at the swatches going from champagne colours to bronze colours then to smokey browns. Making this a palette of many looks. These are also very smooth to touch which again is a shocker for something so cheap.

It does come with the applicator brush which I never use, and I wouldn't recommend using it on the palette as I did try it out of curiosity and it does tear the shades up a bit leaving them quite messy which isn't too good.

Another thing that shocked me with the palette was when wearing this I found that they didn't crease or fade during the day, which has been an added bonus to this great palette.

For the money this product is an absolute steal, and if you don't have the money for the UB Naked palette or are just starting out and experimenting with looks this is a great staple piece.

Starry Night



This is the second palette I got from the MUA range and again this product hasn't disappointed me. These can be great for day looks but I do prefer to wear these when going out due to the colours featured.



Just like the other palette they are very pigmented which is great, because some lower priced shadows you do often have to put lots of layers on to actually see the colour which can be annoying.

These shimmery shades can be used to create so many looks, you can use the pink and purple for day looks but then transform it to night simply by blending it with the darker colours to help create that lovely smokey eye.

I've found that these shades also last all day, I thought that with these being more visible colours in comparison to the heaven and earth palette I'd notice the wear on them but I really don't, again no fading or creases.

Here's a swatch of the colours:


I love the white shade that you get with it, I thought it would be a very faint colour but once you've built a couple of strokes on your brush it does come out very vivid which can be seen on the photo.

The only one problem I have found with this though is that a couple of the shades are very samey which is a bit of let down as you then feel like there are less colours.

These palettes are great value for money at only £4 a palette and they contain 12 eyeshadows. The packaging is a bit boring but oh well that doesn't bother me too much as I'm more interested in the product itself.

I think that there are 6 palettes altogether from MUA so I will be getting my hands on the others shortly, but these are my favourites of the collection. Thanks to these great products I'll be looking at purchasing more MUA products.

If you do wanna get these make sure you're quick as they do seem to sell out quick from Superdrug.

Have you tried these before? If not I really do recommend doing so. So yeah as I said keep your eyes peeled for some videos coming shortly.


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Friday, 22 July 2011

Sigma Brushes

I didn't get chance to post this yesterday, but I had a little package come in the form of Sigma brushes.

I had been looking for new some brushes for a while now as mine were getting old and worn and I looked at Mac but didn't really fancy paying Mac prices so came across the Sigma brushes. The only problem was with it being a US site I didn't really fancy waiting up til 8 weeks for my package (if you do get them sent quicker to the UK let me know).

So I came across this lovely website http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk where they actually are a UK certified seller for these brushes so I figured I'd get them from there as the delivery times would be a lot quicker.

These brushes are retailed at reasonable prices from £4.95 to £17.95 or alternatively you can purchase them in different sets. I chose to get mine separately so I knew that the brushes I'd be getting would be used.

Here are the brushes I got:



As you can see I got 6 brushes and because of spending over a certain amount you do also receive a free gift which I'll talk about later in the post.

Onto the brushes themselves:

Large Powder F30



This brush is great for applying powder to the face and body, it's a massive brush but you can tell when holding it that it's also very sturdy. The bristles are very soft which means it's great when applying you're makeup to the face.

Even though the brush is quite big it still gives you precise application over the face whether you're applying powder or bronzer. I also find when putting powder onto the brush it says well because I have had brushes before where I've applied powder and within moving to my mirror it starts falling off.

I've found that it also works great with both pressed and loose powder, normally I don't tend to use brushes with pressed powder but as I mentioned it works wonders with both.

A great brush which cost me £12.95 so a bargain price for what you get.


Large Angled Contour F40



The F40 is an ideal brush when applying either bronzer or blush to the face allowing you to easily blend.

This is probably one of my favourite brushes out of the set that I purchased, again because it's so soft but the way it works. It picks my powder up brilliantly and the size of it, it's the perfect size for applying blush or bronzer as I've never liked using a big brush because we all know what happens if you apply a bit too much blush.

I find that when dipping this into my blush it always picks up a decent amount for my face so I never feel like I'm overdoing it.

However I do after a few more uses feel that it's gonna lose it's lovely white bristles but I'm hoping after looking at the quality of these they'll be easy to wash.

The bargain price I got this for was £10.95.


Foundation F60





What this does is probably given away in the title with it being a foundation brush, but what I like about this is that you can not only apply liquid and cream foundation but also your moisturiser.

Now I've never actually used a brush before to apply my foundation with I've always been a fan of sponges but I've fell in love with this brush.

Everything about it is just perfect from the size of the brush to it's stiffness, it applies my foundation seamlessly where with sponges I've had to go over areas to allow them to blend more naturally my brush works wonders. I will probably say this about all the brushes but yet again a very soft brush.

My mom said to me that I might end up using more foundation with this method but I find that I'm probably using less because the coverage is better.

My fave brush totalled in at £8.95 so I'll be sure to get another.


Concealer F70



Another lovely to add to my collection is the F70 concealer brush which is perfect for applying concealer under the eyes and any other small areas.

Again this is another way I haven't tried before simply because I've been content with using sponges and my hands to blend my concealer in.

The concealer that I currently use also has a brush on the end of that to apply and blend your concealer but I don't really like to use that because if you press a bit too hard the top is caked in it and this little brush is a gem.

I was a bit torn between this and the larger concealer brush but this is the one for me, because I only really apply concealer under my eyes and in small areas where I have blemishes and it doesn't irritate my eyes at all which I was most worried about, again thanks to its soft bristles.

Gets the job done perfectly.


Eye Shading E55


The eye shading brush is perfect for applying both pressed or loose eyeshadow to the lid, and I don't know about you but I find I have millions of these brushes lying around.

In comparison to my Urban Decay one it's not as stiff which I am completely fine about because I do like the softer brush when applying my eye shadow, but in comparison to Superdrugs own it's bigger and the shape is a lot better.

While talking about the shape, I love its shape I find it makes applying eyeshadow easier in comparison to other brushes I've used. I've found that the amount of shadow on the brush is brilliant as there doesn't seem to be a fallout when applying which is great.

The other thing I like about this brush that it also does a good job of blending, now I don't use this as my main blending brush but if you want to save money and not buy both the blending and shading brush then just stick with the shading as it will do both anyways.

Depending however on the colours that you're using I have found that on some of the lighter shades that I apply quite a bit of on my lids I do have to keep applying more on the brush, but I find that with any brush so not a big problem really.

Cheap price at £7.95

Blending E25



The blending brush says what it does on the tin really, blends your eyeshadow or harsh lines. What I also like about this is that it can be used to apply eye primer and base shadows which can be helpful.

Again I have a feeling depending on the colour eyeshadow I use it won't stay white for long as I do like to wear the darker colour here and now. As I've said with the others another really soft brush so it's not gonna irritate your eyes which I find brilliant as I do have sensitive skin so anything really can bring me out.

What I love about using this brush is that I won't have to worry about harsh lines from where I've applied my eyeshadow you get a really soft finish, which again is great if you're using darker colours.

I've also used this for applying eyeshadow that I've just wanted a small coat over another colour and it's brilliant for that also, so it will do a fair few jobs for you.

Again cheaply priced at £8.95

Now when I said I'd go back to my free gift (which at first I was a bit miffed about) I did get the travel size of this brush also.




At first I thought oh so I've spent money on the full sized one to now receive one for free, but after using it those thoughts when straight out of my head because this travel sized one is perfect to go with you anywhere.

I'm going on holiday soon and it's great that I don't have to worry about taking my big E25 because I have the smaller one. I did compare them also to see if there was anything else different expect for the size as sometimes the quality may not be as good but it is.

The brushes are exactly the same in quality and length, the only thing is the travel one is slighter smaller in its width but it's not a major size difference hardly noticeable.

So that is the collection that I got and I've found these brushes to be really great so soft and do the job brilliantly. If you don't want to pay Mac prices than I definitely recommend these as a cheaper alternative, I really can't fault these. If you do spend over £30 you do get the free travel sized brush which is always a bonus.



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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

OOTD: My First!

Hey guys, so today I'm doing my first outfit of the day post for you.







So this is a simple everyday look which I wore to go to the cinemas, I figured you don't need to dress to the nines but I also wouldn't go in my trackies. I love neutrals, beige's and browns at the moment so I wanted to do a look that combined these colours.

Caridgan - Dorothy Perkins
Vest - Vero Moda
Leggings - Vero Moda
Toms - Office
Necklace - H Samuels

To keep in with the look I had going on I decided to use neutral colours for my makeup, I kept it very light and used three shades from my UD palette which I will do a tutorial for if anyone would like to see it. A simple everyday look that can be used to go to work in, go out with friends anything really.

Sorry for looking a bit rough in my photo's I was meant to take them before going out but as per usual I didn't have time to so took them when I got back.



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Monday, 18 July 2011

Blog Awards!

I'd like to firstly say a big thank you to the lovely Cloie aka Zaffiro Bleu for nominating me for these awards! It's really lovely considering my blog has been running for just under two weeks, so again thanks chick! *hugs*

I've always seen blogs with these awards and hoped I would someday be able to get one, it feels like a birthday in the blogging world. It really does mean a lot to me, showing that people are interested in my blog.




So the rules for these awards are:

1. Thank the person that gave you these awards and link back to them.
2. Post even things about yourself.
3. Pass the love to 15 bloggers.

7 Things:

1. I'm highly addicted to the TV show Lost.
2. I love my boyfriend who I've been with for nearly 2 years.
3. I go to Birmingham City University.
4. My favourite Disney film is The Little Mermaid.
5. I wear hair extensions.
6. I'm addicted to Ugg boots, I own 6 pairs.
7. I work at a shop called Clas Ohlson.

The Favourite Questions

Favourite Colour:
I have a couple: pink and purple.

Favourite Song:
Ellie Gouldings version of Your Song.

Favourite Dessert:
Strawberries and Cream.

What Pisses You Off:
People who are constantly trying to bring others down.

When you're upset you:
Go upstairs and listen to music and sometimes have a good cry.

Favourite Pet:
Dog.

Black or White:
Both.

Biggest Fear:
Losing someone I love.

Best Feature:
Eyes maybe? Ask my boyfriend lol.

What is Perfection:
Being happy in your own skin.

Guilty Pleasure:
Spending money I don't have.

Blogs I have awarded this to:



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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Urban Decay Naked Palette Review

Hi guys, so I know many people have probably done so already but I'm going to be reviewing the Urban Decay 'Naked' palette.




This is pretty much at the top of everyones list of 'must have' products, I had been wanting to get a hold of this for so long. Luckily enough I did manage to get the last one in Debenhams a couple of weeks ago. I thought instead of reviewing this straight after receiving it, I'd be better off trying it and playing around with the different colours to create looks and then let you guys know.

You may think that for £32 the set is quite expensive but this is not the case when you look at what you get. The eye shadows are full sized which on their own cost around £13 but in this set you get 12. You also get a small travel sized bottle of the Urban Decay Primer Potion (which is a godsend) which is usually around £12 and the Urban Decay shadow brush priced at around £15 making the set a bargain.



















The set comes in a velvet brown case which I really like with gold lettering, making the set look sophisticated and luxurious.

The palette comes with 12 shadows in matte, satin and shimmer finishes, allowing you to create different looks from an everyday natural look to a beach bronzed look even the classic smokey eyes for a night out. So many possibilities!



LtoR: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck

LtR: Sidecar, Buck, Halfbaked, Smug

LtR: Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

Combined with the primer the shadows are brilliant quality, you find that they will last the wear of your makeup without giving it a worn effect and prevents creases on the lids. The colours don't fade either so when combining some of the shimmer colours they still look vivid and glossy throughout.

A great thing about this palette is that all the colours are wearable, I find that when you buy some palettes you have a couple of colours that you wouldn't use but I really do love all the shades and will use them all.

I find that this palette is great for everybody, as basic neutrals are a must for every girl and lives up to the hype.

So if you have any comments just drop them in the comments box and I'll be sure to get back to you :)

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Friday, 15 July 2011

Some Savings

Hey guys, so I thought I'd let you guys know about Republic's latest offer 25% off everything. This started yesterday and lasts until midnight on Sunday.


I was quite happy that the shop were doing this as there had been a couple of things that I had my eye on lately and luckily enough I went in with my mom who happened to like the clothes that I shown her and offered to treat me to the items as she knows I don't have much money, bless her.

Now as always they don't include everything in the sale so very quickly the stuff it doesn't cover: G Star, Police, Diesel and Schuh.

Onto the good stuff thought I'd share with you the stuff I got.



I own this dress in another colour, the flowers are browns and beiges but it's one of those dresses that are so nice you want them in other colours. I love the zip style of these and are quite popular for the summer. The colours I feel are more summery than my other dress so this will be in my suitcase for my hols.

Secondly I got these:



Now I'm not usually a big fan of joggers and I only own my faithful Nike joggers which I'd never actually wear to go out anywhere just purely house wear (when I actually wear them as I'm always in leggings and jeggings) but when I saw these I really did fall in love. I love the cuffs at the bottom they put me in the mind more of hareem style and I love the lightweight feel these have, and of course they have pink in them so I'm definitely going to love them.

So I only got a couple of things but what matters is without the discount it came to £62 but with the 25% I managed to save a staggering £16 meaning that it nearly paid for the dress. So great saving are on offer and if there is anything you like the look of from Republic I'd get down there while the offers on.

While doing some shopping in Asda they also had an offer on Rimmel makeup where it was under a fiver so I thought I'd try out Rimmel's new day and night mascara (again thanks to the mother) so I'll probably be reviewing this product after I've tried it out and let you guys know.



So if you've got any questions feel free to leave a comment and I'll be sure to get back to you :)


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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Vera Wang: Lovestruck!

So I got a little pressie from the bf and it came in the form of Vera Wang's latest perfume: Lovestruck.



Now there were numerous reasons why I wanted this perfume and one of them being that the face of this fragrance is non other than Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester. I tried this scent in Debenhams a couple of weeks bag and instantly fell in love with it, a perfect fragrance for the summer.



The bottle is absolutely stunning, it's the biggest bottle I currently own for the pure fact of the tops design. Not brilliant if you want to carry it in your handbag, but saying that I have found that once you put a couple of sprays of it on your wrist it is strong but will last. When saying strong I don't mean a couple of sprays and you're knocking people out, but enough that people can tell you are wearing perfume.


I thought something like this if not done properly could come across quite tacky but this isn't a case of that. It looks very elegant, the colours are beautiful the bottle will easily double up as a decorative piece in my bedroom. I've got a couple of close up's of the design.




The scent is something I always try and look for in a perfume something girly, sweet and fruity. My favourite before this would have to probably be Nina Ricci's apple but this has completely beat it. If you are familiar with Wang you may have tried her other fragrances out and I have found that it is similar to 'Princess' but just not aimed at the teen market but the younger woman.

If you do manage to get a hold of one of these fabulous perfumes before 2nd August you (not sure if this is the same date for all stores) but you will manage to get a free bag, I've seen this promotion at stores such as: Debenhams, The Perfume Shop and Superdrug. Debenhams and The Perfume shop are currently giving a lovestruck bag away with theirs which is black with a pink bow whereas Superdrug are giving away a Princess bag along with any purchase of Vera Wang. Personally I prefer the Princess bag because in person I thought it looked nicer and I think it's a bit bigger which is perfect to take on holiday with.



The perfume comes in three sizes: the 30ml is priced at £35, 50ml at £48 and 100ml at £62. This is a perfume that I feel will last me a while as I know I won't have to keep topping it up throughout the day.

So if you have any questions just pop them down in the comment section :)

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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Fish Pedicure



So I've been experiencing this type of pedicure for well over 6 months now and I felt that it would be interesting to review this.

These fish pedicures are slowly becoming more and more popular around the world after it was first founded in the 1800's in Turkey.

The spa I visit for this treatment every 6-8 weeks is called Junjoy in the Merry Hill shopping centre. There are many other spa's that offer this treatment and probably one of the most popular spa's is Appy Feet.




Now as I said I have been visiting this spa for a while now and I believe you do see the impact of the spa after you become a regular visitor to these little fish. When you first go it's amazing to see the effects that they have on your feet, you feel like you're walking on air. However once you start to make regular visits you begin to sustain that soft feeling on your feet.

Before you put your feet in the tanks your feet are washed and are given a pair of flip flops to walk over to the tank in. Once you emerge your feet into the tank you are greeted by lots of the fish ready to clean your skin.

If it's your first time the feeling is very strange it's a mix between ticklish and pins and needles. I personally find the little nibbles are similar to vibrations on your feet and legs. I was lucky enough to go this morning and be the first feed of the day, which meant that as soon as I submerged my feet into the tank they were glued for the whole session.




The funniest part of the session was when the 15 minutes were up my mom had a couple of fish still stuck to her feet, nearly took them home with her.

The garra rufa fish were first found in Turkey used for their cleaning abilities and treating skin diseases. It's hard to believe but these little fish don't have any teeth, making them ideal for these latest treatments.

Junjou offer the choice of 15 and 30 minute sessions where have the option of having your feet or hands done or either both if you wish. Their prices are also very reasonable for the unique treatment for 15 minutes on just your feet is £10 where as the 30 minute sessions are priced at £18.50.

Now if you're feeling a bit adventurous and want to dip your hands in also the price for the 15 minute session is £15 whereas the 30 minutes is £25.

The spa do also offer other services such as manicures, pedicures and nail art all at reasonable prices.

This is an experience I would definitely recommend and if you want to find out more the website for both Junjou and Appy Feet are here: http://www.junjouspa.com/ and http://appyfeet.co.uk/

If you have any questions feel free to ask :)

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