Thursday, 28 March 2013

NOTD: Essie 'Cascade Cool'

Hey guys

So although my nails haven't been this plain in a while, they are currently plain as I absolutely love this colour which is cascade cool by Essie. I think this is such a gorgeous pink colour and I will definitely be getting a lot of wear out of it throughout spring and summer. I've also started to develop an essie collection and I'm really starting to love the formula. I find it's very long lasting although some essie polishes have better formula than others. I used three coats in the picture below although I could have got away with only two.

I bought cascade cool from here for only £1.99 and they also sell different essie shades for the same price (such a bargain!)

What's your favourite Essie shade?

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My top 5 favourite lip products

Hey guys, hope you're all well. 

Today I thought I would share with you my top 5 favourite lip products as I actually have quite a few now (I'm blaming blogging!) and thought this post might interest some of you. I mostly wear lipsticks and Revlon lip butters nowadays so it's not surprising that my top 5 consist of those. 

[Left to right: Revlon lip butter in 'Cotton Candy', Revlon lip butter in 'Berry Smoothie', MUA lipstick in 'Shade 15 Juicy', MUA lipstick in 'Shade 9' and Revlon matte lipstick in 'Mauve It Over'].

I adore Revlon lip butters and have posted a review about some of the ones I own here. I love the fact they are so easy to wear and if I don't feel like wearing lipstick I always grab one of these. The two I wear most are cotton candy and berry smoothie and I absolutely love them. You can buy the lip butters here for £7.99.

Like the Revlon lip butters, I also love the lipsticks from the brand MUA. At only £1 each they are extremely cheap and I find that they are very good quality. I have posted a review on some of the colours I own here. My two most reached for MUA lipsticks are shade 15 'juicy' and shade 9 as I find they're extremely easy to wear everyday and aren't too over the top for uni. Out of the two shade 9 is definitely my favourite but I love them both. You can buy the lipsticks here.

Lastly in my top 5 favourite lip products is a Revlon matte lipstick in 'mauve it over'. This is the only Revlon lipstick I own so far and I adore it. I think the colour is perfect and really like the fact it is a matte that doesn't dry out my lips. I wrote a review about it here. You can buy this lipstick here for £7.49.

What are your most worn lip products?

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Two attempts at nail art

I don't know about you guys but recently I've become extremely interested in nail art and now rarely find myself with my nails painted with just one colour. I thought I would do this post to show to two designs that I have tried recently and loved!

This is the first design I did. To get the three different colours I painted my nails white and then painted  a yellow, pink and blue line onto a sponge and then printed it onto my white nails. I love the fact this doesn't have to look neat but still looks rather effective anyway. To create the leopard print on my ring finger I used a dotting tool and a cocktail stick and followed a tutorial similar to the one here. Once dry I then sealed with a clear top coat.

The second design is probably my favourite one out of the two as it was the easiest but looks like I spent a lot of time and effort doing it (which I didn't to be honest). The tutorial I used to create this design was this one but I chose not to add more dots. 

Overall I loved both of these designs and will definitely be trying them again. I also got a lot of compliments whilst wearing these including a sales assistant and a woman who works at my university who both asked me if I did them myself/how.

What do you think of these designs?
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Friday, 22 March 2013

Nail polish swatch sticks

Hello everyone

If you're like me and have many different nail varnishes then it makes choosing a colour often a task. To make this an easier task, whilst browsing Ebay one day I came across a nail art stick fan which I thought would be perfect to swatch all of my nail varnishes so that I can instantly see which nail varnish I want.

As you can see from the picture above, I've painted the nail end of the sticks and then using cut up labels, I've written the nail varnish brand and shade so I know exactly what colour I'm looking for.

The fan comes with 50 individual sticks and a large screw and bolt to hold the fan together. As I have more than 50 nail varnishes I have bought a second fan and I'm just waiting to get around to swatching the remainder of my nail varnish colours. 

I absolutely love this idea and it has honestly made it so much easier for me to choose a colour to paint my nails and also to see what nail colours work well together.

Do you think this is a good idea?

You can buy the fans here in white like I have or clear for 99p and 73p postage.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

How can you follow me?

Hello guys,

As many of you will know, Google Reader is going so many people are finding alternative options for their readers to continue to read their blog posts and I'm one of them people!

I really appreciate every single one of you who read my blog and would love it if you would continue to follow my blog once Google Reader has gone.

Other ways in which you can follow me:

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Review: Passion Peel Off Face Mask

Hey guys!

I apologise as this post is quite overdue since I received this face mask from Montagne Jeunesse at the beginning of February (oops!). As a major lover of Montagne Jeunesse face masks I was only too happy to try this product and thought I would share my thoughts on it with you. 

What they say: "Gently peel away dead skin with our amazing Passion Peel Off deep cleansing masque. Our Pomegranate and Passion Flower formula cleans, purifies and protects leaving your skin feeling fresh and radiant".

These masks are also suitable for vegetarians and Montagne Jeunesse always try to use natural ingredients where possible. 

What I thought: Generally when it comes to masks I prefer the clay or mud masks as I find they do more for my skin than peel off masks. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this mask and will definitely be seeing what other peel off masks are available! 

After cleansing my face I put the mask on and waited for it to dry. One thing I'm always impressed about when using Montagne Jeunesse products is the amount of product you get in one sachet, it's always very generous! 

The smell wasn't my favourite as I'm not a lover of pomegranate which was the only down side for me but it wasn't horrible enough for me to remove it from my face so I wasn't too bothered by it.

Once the mask was dry, I peeled it from my face (there is definitely something appealing about peeling it off or is it just the child in me?) and noticed how soft and clear my face felt.

Overall I'm very impressed with this product and would definitely purchase it in the future but maybe a different scent. For more information about this product click here.

The passion peel off face mask is available in ASDA and other leading retailers or online here.

Have you tried this?

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

NOTD: black leopard print

Hello guys,

I know my last post was a NOTD as well but I promise I have some different posts coming for you shortly!

Recently I've been trying out different nail designs and after seeing a tutorial on instagram of how to do a leopard print design I thought I would give it a go and I'm extremely impressed with how it turned out.

Sorry about the picture, my nails look a bit untidy and I currently have some dry skin on my fingers (ew!).

To create this design I used a dotting tool to create the spots and then using a cocktail stick I drew black lines surrounding the spots and random dots and lines around the spots. I actually found this really easy to do and I'll hopefully get better with practice! I think painted the rest of my nails black and finished with a top coat when all my nails were dry. The nail polishes used were: Essence - black is back, MUA - all nude, MUA - shade 16 and Beauty UK - burgundy.

What have you been wearing on your nails recently?

Thanks for reading!