Wednesday, 30 January 2013

NOTD: Essie We're In It Together & Topshop Adrenalin

Hi Glossies, I did my nails a few nights ago and I was feeling like doing something really girly that wouldn't take much effort. Also I'd just received my order from Fragrance Direct which was 3... yes 3 Essie nail polishes for the bargain price of £5.97, that's less than it costs for 1 of these little beauties in Boots. They only have limited colours and they're from last year's spring/summer collections I think, but if you want to get your paws on them you still can here.

So I chose Essie - We're In It Together, which Essie state is 'a shimmering iridescent pink' and that is exactly what it is, it's a baby pink with blue iridescent shot through it. I can't tell you how much I love this polish, anything pink I am pretty mad for anyway but I just love that not only is it baby pink but in the light it's all shimmery and blue; what more could you possibly want from a pink polish? I did 3 coats on all my nails to get it to full opacity. 



I have a bit of an obsession with ring finger mani's at the moment and as I said I was craving something simple, so I decided to use my Topshop - Adrenalin on my ring fingers, two coats of this gorgeous holographic rainbow glitter and I was good to go. This is definitely my favourite glitter polish that I own, I've read on a review on the Topshop website that it is a good dupe for OPI's Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry collection, but I don't have this one so can't comment. Also I don't own any OPI polishes but I imagine they cost a little more than the £6 this one cost from Topshop. This is currently the only Topshop polish I have in my collection but I definitely plan to get more this year because the colours are amazing, every time I pop into Topshop they catch my eye and I only read good things about them in the big wide world of beauty blogging. I sealed in my design with my favourite Save The Nail 45 Second Top Coat and that was my nails done for a few days.




Do you have any Topshop / Essie polishes? What are your favourites? Maybe you have OPI's Teenage Dream? Leave me a comment below and let me know. I hope you enjoyed my Nails of the Day, or rather Nails of the half week in my case. Thank you for reading xxx

Sunday, 27 January 2013

My Current Skin Care Routine

Hi Glossies! I thought I'd show you my current skin care routine. I don't have the most perfect skin, but what I use at the moment gives me the best results I've had so far. I'm not by any means recommending this routine to anybody, I have normal/oily skin and I just find this works for me. Warning this post is a little picture heavy.


Most of the time I cleanse my face twice a day; once in the morning when I wake up and once at night before I take my makeup off. If it's a day where I go to the gym, I take my makeup off before I go, so then I end up washing my face three times a day. On a morning I use Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, I apply one pump of it all over my face and rinse with lukewarm water, it does come with a muslin cloth as it is a hot cloth cleanser, however I found that I got more blemishes when I used the cloth so I just rinse with warm water and then splash my face with cold water to close my pores. On a night I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash to remove all of my makeup; I used to be quite blemish prone and since I started using The Body Shop Tea Tree range about 4 months ago my skin is most of the time blemish free except for the odd one that every girl gets now and again. I wet my face with warm water then rub a small amount of the facial wash all over my face including my eyes, as I find it removes my eye makeup fine as well. I then again splash my face with cold water to close my pores.


After I've cleansed my face I like to use a toner. I currently have two toners and I use them both every week. I apply a tiny tiny amount, about 5 drops to a small cotton wool pad and just wipe all over my face apart from over my eyes as my skin there gets quite dry. Most days and nights I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner, again to keep the blemishes at bay. But if I'm having a dry day I'll use The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner to give my skin a bit of extra TLC and moisture. 


Next I apply my moisturiser. On a morning I use No 7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream and it's the one for Normal/Oily skin. The No 7 moisturisers have a lovely texture and they smell nice and fresh, I find that the Day Cream for Normal/Oily is just perfect for my skin. On a night, most nights I use the No 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream, again for Normal/Oily Skin. I do like this night cream but with all the Tea Tree products I use I sometimes feel like when it gets to night time that I need something with a little bit more of a moisture boost so I use The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Night Cream. (Pictured below is actually the day cream, but I hardly ever use this, I've just picked up the wrong one when I was photographing them). I bought the Aloe Calming collection of mini's from The Body Shop when I went on holiday at the end of September, thinking they would be useful if I got a bit too much sun, but they've been a god send throughout this cold winter when my skin has felt dry.


After I've applied my face cream I like to use an eye balm. I only bought this a week ago, before I had always just applied my face cream to my eye area as well but I found that the skin around my eyes was getting really dry so I thought I'd invest in an eye cream. I had a voucher for £5 off No 7 Skin Care at Boots so I went ahead and asked the assistant at the No 7 counter what eye cream would be best for a 23 year old with a little bit of dry skin around her eyes. She pointed me in the direction of this Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm and told me to pat it on rather than rubbing it in and to use my ring finger as that is the lightest. Also she said that it doesn't just have to be used at night, so I apply this to my eye area morning and night, I pat it underneath my eyes but also across the top over my eyelids as this is where I'm most dry.


Once a week I like to use a scrub. I currently use The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash, blackheads are my main skin concern, I've always had a bit of blackhead problem around my nose and chin and every now and again I get a few on my forehead. Having said that I have had this scrub for a couple of months now and haven't particularly noticed a reduction in blackheads on my skin. But the product is still quite full and I will continue to use it until it runs out. I cleanse my face with the Tea Tree Facial Wash first and then apply a tiny amount rubbed in gently all over my face except for my eye area.


Another product I like to use once a week is a mask. This is the only mask I've ever tried and I've just kept repurchasing it over the years. It's the Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash & Mask. I never use it as a wash, I just find it works ok as a mask. If I'm feeling like my skin is a little red I apply this and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and then splashing with cold water. It seems to take the redness out of my skin and it is supposed to unclog pores which my skin does feel squeaky clean after I've used this. I think when this runs out I will probably be on the lookout for a different one, just to see if I can get better results as I'm not in love with this product, it's just sort of ok.


My last little gem is The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. I use this if I can feel a blemish starting under my skin. I apply a drop or two to a cotton bud and dab it onto the area before I go to bed. Or if I'm quite blemishy around my chin I will apply a few drops to a cotton wool pad and sweep it over my chin. It doesn't completely get rid of the blemishes but I do think it reduces redness and I always think of Tea Tree as being anti bacterial so I like to think it removes the dirt and prevents the blemishes from multiplying.


So that's what works for me at the moment. I will be testing new masks and scrubs out when these ones are all used up but I'm happy to continue using the ones I have for the moment. Sorry for this ridiculously long post but I didn't want to do skin care in two separate posts. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading. What skin care do you use? Do you swear by The Body Shop Tea Tree range too? Leave me a comment down below and let me know xxx

Friday, 25 January 2013

NOTD - Barry M Mint Green

Hi Glossies! I hope you're all well. I thought I'd do a nail post, I haven't done anything particularly fancy with my nails since I did the love hearts the other week, but I keep changing up the colour a couple of times a week. As always if boredom takes over I paint my nails, I think painting your nails and making them look pretty is so relaxing and therapeutic, does anybody else agree?

I've noticed a lot of celebs in the magazines and award shows have been wearing pastel mint colours on their nails, and I've had Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green in my collection since summer and only used it once, so thought I'd pop it on.


It's quite a sheer colour at first and needed 3 coats to become opaque. But it looks really pretty and quite summery, it had me getting all excited about summer nail colours and ideas. I find this time of year really difficult to know what colours to wear both in clothing and nail colour, because it's too early for spring but too late for the dark vampy colours of pre-christmas winter. If anybody has tips on what colours to look out for then feel free to leave me a comment below.



I really like the Barry M Nail Paints, they do tend to gloop up a little quicker than some of my more pricey polishes, but the range of colours is fabulous and they last just as long on my nails as any of my Essie or Nails Inc polishes. I want to try out some designs with my new Models Own Nail Art Pen and may use this as a base colour to try out some pretty designs. 

I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Review - Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

Hi Glossies! Sorry I haven't blogged for over a week I've been really busy with work and my new gym routine, but I'm back and hoping to blog at least twice a week. So I filled in a form on the Rimmel website a few weeks back to apply try out and review their new Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara before it goes on sale in February, and I was delighted when I received an e-mail saying that one was on its way to me. I love a freebie!

There is already a Lash Accelerator Mascara out (pictured below) which I believe I had in my collection at some point. But I wasn't very impressed with that one at all, it just seemed to leave huge clumps in my lashes and make them all stick together and I threw it out after a couple of uses.


However this little beauty is a whole different story. I've only been using it for about 2 weeks, and I haven't used it every day because I don't normally have my lashes looking super long for everyday makeup but on a weekend I've lacquered up my lashes with this mascara and I can't say enough good things about it.


The packaging is eye catching and sleek, using the same colours as the original Lash Accelerator, but having the barrel the yellow/lime colour and the lid black, I think I prefer it this way; although having said that I'm not a massive fan of the yellow/lime colour in the first place. So go back to the drawing board with the colours Rimmel! Also when you place the wand back inside the barrel it clicks shut which I think is great for keeping the air out of the mascara and all mascaras should be like this to prevent drying.


The wand is long and thin and has a tapered edge , the applicator is made from plastic and  I personally prefer plastic because I think they separate your lashes so much better, nobody wants clumpy spider lashes do they? And it definitely doesn't disappoint on the separating front. As you can tell from my pictures below, my lashes are defined and separated (sorry about the lighting).



It states on the barrel that it contains 'Grow Lash Complex & Fibres' which are supposed to not only make your lashes look longer but should actually encourage them to grow longer too. How great is that? Although I'm not sure how much I actually buy into that idea; but my lashes definitely look longer when wearing it so that's good enough for me. I will try to keep an eye on my lashes (get it? haha) and see if I notice any lengthening over time with this mascara. I'll let you know if I get any results.

Overall I give the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara a huge thumbs up from me and it will be rivaling my Maybelline the Falsies and Maybelline Volum' Express the Colossal Cat Eyes Mascaras for when I want lovely long look at my fluttery eyes lashes! I've read on another blog (sophierosehearts.blogspot.co.uk) that this mascara is due to hit the shops around the 20th February and will be priced at £7.99.

Leave me a comment down below if you've been lucky enough to try this mascara and let me know what you thought of it. Do you like long separated lashes, or big voluminous lashes? I hope you enjoyed my review and thank you for reading xxx

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

MAC Paint Pot Review - Painterly & Constructivist

Hey Glossies! So in my Christmas Haul post you saw that I bought two Paint Pots from MAC. I got Painterly & Constructivist. 


I had seen many YouTube videos from various bloggers raving about MAC Paint Pots and how great they were, so although they were on the pricier side of what I would usually pay for eye shadow at £14.50 each I thought I would give them a try. They look very professional in their glass jars with screw top lids, simple, sleek packaging as per usual from MAC. 



Painterly is a matte flesh coloured shade with pink undertones. I bought it to use everyday just to blank out my eyelids of any redness, not really wanting to use another product over the top of it. However I've been using it for about a week now and it certainly doesn't stay creaseless all day on my eyelids. Now maybe I have extremely oily eyelids or maybe this product is just best used with an eyeshadow over the top of it to set it unless you have really dry lids. I applied it with my fingers, as this is the only way I've seen it be applied on YouTube and it doesn't look like the kind of product that would apply well with a brush. It goes on smoothly and my eyelids do look like the perfect blank canvas at first, but by the time I look in the mirror at lunch time they are creased and the colour seems to have disappeared slightly. So I think I will be on the lookout for a good neutral eyeshadow to go over the top to set it for my everyday makeup. 



Constructivist is a shimmery warm metallic brown. I bought it to help me create an easy smokey eye look. I've only had a go with this once when I went out last weekend and I used it as a base and set it with brown eye shadows over the top (Sorry I don't have a photograph I was rushing as usual). It did look good when I left the house but then again when I got home 4 hours later it had definitely creased and disappeared somewhat. 

My review seems a little on the negative side, but I don't think I have particularly bad oily lids and I was expecting a bit more from these shadows. However I am fairly new to wearing eyeshadow; a bit of foundation when applying to the rest of my face and black liquid liner was my only look up until recently so maybe I need to keep trying with these and build them up. One positive I can say about the paint pots is that they will probably last me a lifetime, you need so little product there's no chance these will run out quickly.

All in all I will persevere with the Paint Pots and am sure I will love them once I've got the hang of them, but I wouldn't rush to spend £14.50 on another. 

Do you have any Paint Pots? Have you tried the Maybelline Colour Tattoo's? Do you always apply shadow over the top to set them? Leave me a comment below if you have, I'd love some help in getting the most out of these. I hope you enjoyed my review and thanks for reading xxx

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Glitter Heart Manicure

Hi Glossies! I thought I'd share with you my weekend manicure. First of all I have to give a shout out to Jess from Sheer Beauty in Cleckheaton for my lovely manicure. I love doing all the painting and designs myself but I can never do the cuticle bit so she tidied them up nicely for me and made my nail shape all even and rounded. I've never had a salon manicure and I really enjoyed it, so thanks Jess. 

So onto the manicure. I used Barry M Berry Ice Cream and Nails Inc Buckingham Street for this design.


I painted two coats on all my nails with Barry M Berry Ice Cream, it's a lovely pastel lilac colour, it's very summery but I saw it in my lovely ever growing box of nail polish and just felt like using it even though it's far from Summer outside!


I waited a couple of hours after applying Top Coat to make sure that my nails were completely dry. Then I used a small piece of masking tape, folded it in half and cut out half a love heart, unfolded it and there you have a perfectly symmetrical love heart template. I stuck my template firmly onto my ring finger and filled in the heart with Nails Inc Buckingham Street, I got this in my Nails Inc Lucky Dip as I've spoke about in previous posts and it's definitely one of my favourite Nails Inc polishes of the ones I own. It's a deep pink almost purple and silver fine glitter, it needs a colour underneath as I don't think it would be very opaque on it's own but it is fabulous for this sort of thing. I left it a good 5 minutes to dry before removing the masking tape and doing the same on the ring finger of my other hand. And after Top Coat this is what it looked like:




I really love this design and will definitely try it again with some other colour combinations. Have you ever used masking tape for a manicure? What design did you try? Leave me a comment below with designs, I love looking at other people's ideas. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading, tweet me a picture if you give it a try xxx

Friday, 11 January 2013

40 Questions Beauty Tag

Hi Glossies! So I was reading Christina May's post over at talesfromthekingdom.blogspot.co.uk the other day and thought I'd tag myself so here goes:

SKINCARE

-How many times do you wash your face daily?
Twice, once in the morning and once in the evening.

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
Normal to oily, tends to be normal in winter but oily in summer.

-What is your current facial wash?
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish in a morning and The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash in an evening.

-Do you exfoliate?
Yes, twice a week.

-What brand do you use?
I'm guessing this is brand of exfoliator? Currently The Body Shop Tea Tree.

-What moisturiser do you use?
No 7 Beautiful Skin for Normal/Oily Skin.

-Do you have freckles?
I do. I actually kinda like them.

-Do you use eye cream?
No but it is on my list to buy this weekend, any recommendations?

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Not acne as such but I do have quite spot prone skin in the summer.

-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
No, might try it at some point though.

MAKE-UP

-What foundation do you use?
At the moment I swap and change between Garnier BB Miracle Skin Perfector Oil Free, Clinique Stay Matte, Clinique Even Better and No 7 Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation.

-How about concealer?
MAC Select Moisturecover

-Do you know your undertone colour?
Pink

-What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I'm not a fan, they look lovely on others but I've tried them a couple of times and they come unstuck in one of the corners before the end of the night.

-Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes, but I never really stick to that rule.

-What brand of mascara do you use?
At the moment Maybelline.

-Sephora or MAC?
MAC, can you get Sephora in the UK?

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
I don't know what this is.

-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Real Techniques, MAC, Laura Geller & No 7.

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
I use either MUA Primer or MAC Paint Pots.

-For the face?
I have L'Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Primer and Benefit Porefessional.

-What is your favourite eyeshadow (colour or shade)?
I love neutrals so a good warm brown colour for me.

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Pencil and recently gel.

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Haven't managed to do that yet but do it with mascara all the time.

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I've never tried them.

-Do you use mineral makeup?
I've used Bare Minerals and Laura Geller in the past, both are great.

-What is your favourite lipstick?
I'm new to using lipstick but really like Rimmel Lasting Finish in Nude Pink and the Lasting Finish by Kate Moss ones.

-How about lipgloss?
Laura Geller Party Pink, it's the glitteriest pinky perfect colour and it smells amazing.

-What is your favourite blush to use?
Rimmel Lasting Finish in Pink Rose is the only one I have yet. (Don't shoot me I'm new).

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
Yes, if you know exactly what shade/colour you're after and it's a bargain then why not?

-Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes of course! It's what 99% of my makeup is.

-Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
I don't know what these are.

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
I would love to without a doubt.

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Yes, always. Always smudging mascara on my eyelids.

-Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Wearing foundation caked on so that you can't see your skin.

-Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
Definitely a neutral girl, although I have recently fallen in love with pink & red lipsticks.

-Which celebrity always has great make up?
Cheryl Cole of course. And Millie Mackintosh from Made In Chelsea always looks flawless and amazing.

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?
It would have to be mascara.

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes, I do it often but I do feel unrecognisable.

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
Definitely not. I think I look ill.

 -In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
MAC for me but more affordable Rimmel.

-What do you think of Makeup??
I absolutely love it. It makes my life! Ha!

Sorry about the lack of photos in this post but I didn't really know what to choose to show photo's of. If you want to tag yourselves then feel free but be sure to leave me a comment below with the link so I can have a little nosey. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Alternative French Manicure

Hi Glossies! I've had a first attempt at an alternative french manicure and I thought I'd show you the results. You may read this and think 'is she for real? This is really easy'; well it was a challenge for me. 


I used french manicure nail guides (bought from ebay for around £1 for 110 stickers) to get the line but they're far too big for my nails and left more of a straight line than a curve to match my smile line so I'll have to think of a better way to get a neat line for next time. The colours I used were Nails Inc Marylebone Mews for my base, I got this in a set of mini's which I received as a birthday gift last year. And for the tips I used Nails Inc Hampton Court, which I received in my Lucky Dip that I spoke about in my New Years Eve Nails post.

So onto my base, Marylebone Mews which is a sheer pinky pearl colour. When I first looked at it I thought I'm never going to use that because I'm not a fan of sheer polishes but I've been Googling nail trends a lot recently and the barely there almost naked looking nails look is in so it could come in handy over the coming months. I did 3 coats of this and this was the result after top coat: (Apologies for my shiny skin in this photo, it's from the cuticle oil)


I actually did the base colour on Sunday night and left it until Monday night to do the tips because I wanted to make sure my base was completely dry before I stuck the nail stickers on top of them to do the tips.

So on Monday night I positioned my nail stickers the best I could and painted on my tips with Hampton Court which hasn't photographed very well (sorry again) but it is a deep burgundy colour, and anybody who knows me will know I've been loving burgundy this season. And this was the result, again after top coat.


I'm not massively happy with this, but it's not bad for a first attempt and it will be staying on my nails for the next few days. Also you may have noticed I've attempted to shape my nails more rounded, I'm not too sure that they're even but I gave it a go and I'm happy with them. I've always had square nails so they look really different to me. 

Have you had a go at an alternative french manicure? What colour combinations did you use? How did you get your smile line right? Leave me a comment below if you like and thank you for reading xxx


Sunday, 6 January 2013

OOTD Birthday Celebrations

Hi Glossies! I got all dressed up for a family meal today as my cousin is turning 21 so thought I'd share with you my outfit of the day:






You'll have to excuse my awkward stance, I'm not very confident with having my photograph taken but I wanted to show you guys my outfit. My skirt is from Miss Selfridge and it is just the perfect length for me, I usually struggle to get skirts that look right on me because I'm a tiny 5ft 1in so I was really happy when I found this. My top is from New look, you can't see because of my hair but the shoulders are quite padded and it has a peplum shape which I find really flattering. Also I love how it is a little longer at the back than it is at the front. My shoes are from Miss Selfridge, they're just plain black wedges and they give me much needed height. I never really wear much jewelery, I just kept it simple with my rose gold Michael Kors watch and some rose gold dangly earrings that I bought from Dorothy Perkins years ago. On my nails I have Essie Tea & Crumpets, it's looking a little messy now because I did it days ago but the colour really goes with my watch so I love it. I kept my makeup quite natural and I curled my hair with my Mark Hill Rock Chick Wave Wand.

I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Christmas Haul

Hey guys, I thought for today that I would share with you what I bought with the last of my Christmas money. I got a few bits from MAC, Shu Uemura, Lush, Topshop, Boots & Superdrug. I know a few of these bits are a little on the pricey side but they've been on my wish list for the best part of a year and I got a few vouchers and bits of money for Christmas so I thought I would treat myself. So here goes:


I'll start with my Shu Uemura eyelash curlers. I've seen so many Youtuber's and beauty bloggers who highly recommend these as the best eyelash curlers on the market; I'm hoping to get the look of falsies every day using these. They're steep at £20 a pair but they should last a lifetime and I will be using them every day so like to think of them as an investment.

Secondly I got a few bits from MAC and I am so excited by these. I got 2 Paint Pots, these are as stated by MAC 'highly pigmented eye colours that go on creamy but dry to an intense, vibrant finish. They are long-wearing, colourfast and create seamless coverage without weight or caking.' Paint pots are great to wear on their own but they also make really good bases for eyeshadow to stick to. I got them in Painterly and Constructivist. Painterly is a neutral pinky beige matte colour that should just blank out my eyelids and fit my NC-15 skin well. Constructivist is a metallic brown with a pearly finish to it. I'm very excited about this one as I'm hoping I can achieve a one-step smokey eye with it. I got these from Debenhams where they're priced at £14.50 each. I also got 2 MAC brushes; a 217 Blending Brush and a 239 Shader Brush. I don't own any MAC brushes yet but from Youtubers like Pixiwoo and Tanya Burr I've come to learn there are no better brushes for applying and blending eyeshadow. The 217 was £17.00 and the 239 was £19.00. Again these prices are steep but these products should last me a really long time so I think they're worth it. 

I popped into Lush and got the Bubblegum flavour lip scrub, again I've read only good things online about the Lush Lip Scrubs and have wanted one for a while so I'm excited to try it out. It was priced at £5.25 and it smells amazing, I can't wait to get rid of my chapped lips and try it out.

From Superdrug I got an MUA eyeshadow in Shade 19 Matte. It is a matte medium brown colour that I'm hoping will be good to use in the crease of my eye for contouring. The MUA eyeshadows are a steal at £1 each, I don't actually own any of the other single eyeshadows but I do have the Heaven & Earth palette and the colour pay-off on those colours is great for the price.

Last of the makeup purchases I finally got round to getting the Real Techniques Powder Brush, I love the Real Techniques brushes, they are so professional looking and they help you achieve a flawless finish but don't hurt your bank balance too much. I've been using the blush brush as a powder brush and a blush brush for the last few weeks but decided I wanted the Powder Brush as well. I got this from Boots and it was £12.99, I got it with my points on my advantage card too so it felt like a freeby.


And lastly I got a gorgeous handbag from Topshop. I've been looking for a new everyday handbag for a couple of months now and I saw this and fell in love with it. It's a 'Twistlock Colour Block Bowling Bag' and it's made from polyurethane but in my opinion it looks like leather and it looks a lot more expensive than the £38 it cost me. My photograph really didn't do it justice so I've pinched this one from the Topshop website.

I'm hopefully going to do reviews of the eyelash curlers, lip scrub and eyeshadows at some point in the future. I hope you enjoyed my haul and thanks for reading xxx

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New Years Eve Nails

I know I'm a couple of days late but I thought for my first post I would share with you my New Year's Eve Nails. They're sparkly and great for any party or special event but I think they fit the bill for New Year's perfectly. I got the idea from Miss Jen Fabulous (Twitter @MissJenFABULOUS / Blog polishandpearls.com) I love her designs and have had a go at a few of them after watching her tutorials on YouTube. So here are my nails:


I started off by using my Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Basecoat. I've not really tried that many basecoats and this is just one I had read good things about and decided to buy. It works really well for me and it came in a set with the Kensington Caviar Topcoat for £10 at Boots which I thought was quite reasonable for Nails Inc. 

Next I painted all my nails black with Nails Inc. Chelsea. I don't really do black nails so I've not had much chance to use this colour before. I got it when I purchased a Nails Inc. Lucky Dip from their website. I can't quite remember how many polishes I got but it was £15 if I remember correctly and you get so many polishes but obviously don't get to choose them. Chelsea is what I would describe as a black cherry kind of colour, it looks like black but on closer inspection it has purply undertones.

For the glittery tips I used a Limited Edition Barry M Nail Paint called simply 'Silver Glitter'. It's just a fine silver glitter. I painted it roughly on the tips of my nails and a bit further up, it's supposed to look snowy and frosty and graduate up the nail. I really like this polish, it applies really evenly unlike some glitter polishes that can be sparse in some areas and apply in big thick chunks in others.

I decided I wanted to make the glitter tips stand out even more, so lastly I added 'Adrenalin' from Topshop over the Barry M glitter. Adrenalin has pinky silvery fine glitter with bigger holographic glitter pieces in and amongst, so in the light it looks quite multicoloured. I love this polish in the bottle but it can be quite uneven when I've used it previously on its own over a colour.

Lastly I finished with my trusty Save The Nail 45 Second Top Coat, I tend to switch and change between this and Nails. Inc. Kensington Caviar Top Coat, they are both as good as each other and I've just run out of the Kensington one so I used this. It dries as it says in 45 seconds if not less and leaves a super glossy finish. It lasts really well, I think it's always worth spending a little more on a good base and top coat because it really does make your manicure last longer. I painted these nails on Sunday evening, it's now Wednesday evening and they still look perfect. 


I hope I haven't rambled on too much. Do you love or hate glittery manicures? Do you think it's fabulous for any special event or just for New Years? If you try it out leave me a comment below or tweet me a picture @RachaelSmith89. Thank you for reading xxx

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Hello & Welcome

So here goes, for the best part of a year I have grown a teeny bit obsessed with makeup and nails / nail art. I've always been a girly girl and worn makeup and nail varnish but haven't always had quite the passion for it that I do now. Any spare time I have I tend to spend doing something new with my nails and usually end up buying a 3 or 4 new polishes every month. So I thought what better way to share my passion for all things beauty than in my own blog. 

Here you will be able to find out all about my latest nails, what makeup I'm wearing that day, maybe a little bit of fashion stuff and generally just whatever I feel like rambling on about.
Most of my products are what I would class as affordable, I have a couple of what I would call 'high end products' but my most used products are affordable ones; as I don't think you always have to buy the most expensive products to achieve the best looks. 

I'm completely new to blogging so go easy on me. I hope you enjoy my posts and thank you for reading xxx