Saturday, 19 November 2011

A Nail Tribute to Britney Spears

When I got got Deborah Lippmann's Today was a Fairytale I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to re-create Britney circa 2000 MTV Movie Awards. That's right my nail inspiration has come directly from that sparkly flesh coloured leotard thing and I bloody love it!

Deborah Lippmann Today was a Fairytale is available from House of Fraser online and the other polish I used was a freebie with Cosmopolitan magazine. Its by Misguided and is in the colour Miscellaneous.

What camp nail trend shall I create next!

The Beauty Graveyard

As well as buying far too many make up and beauty products these past few months, I have also been using them up at a range of knots, which is something that strangely gives me great pleasure and a strange feeling of satisfaction!

Lee Stafford Treatment for hair that never grows past a certain length x 2! - I love love love this stuff it truly is holy grail for me and I cannot be without it. As soon as this ran out I had to go and buy a new one the next day. Its quite pricey, £7.99 in Boots but they often do 3 for 2 offers on the Lee Stafford range so you can get a good deal. I'm sure you can tell by the name what this stuff is supposed to do and I honestly believe it works, i genuinely have seen quite a difference in my hair length and a real improvement in the condition of my hair.
You use this in between shampoo and conditioner. I use this every time I wash my hair without fail. I must have used 6 tubs of the stuff by now. Run to Boots and try this!

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter - This smells deeeelicious, when I use it you can actually smell it from all the way downstairs. I love it but I think The Body Shop Body Butters are ridiculously expensive at £12.50! For that reason its not an everyday type moisturiser.

James Brown London Scandalous Rock Chick Wave Spray - In short a sea salt spray. I adore the packaging on James Brown's Scandalous range I think its gorgeous but there's definitely some things they can improve. The spray on this was utterly crap, instead of spraying out a fine mist it just spurted out big drips of product so it was horrible to apply and made my hair feel knotty and crispy. I can't really give a true review on the actual formula of the spray because of this but I wouldn't bother repurchasing because theres a lot of sea salt sprays out there which I'm sure work a lot better.

Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo for Mid Brown hair - I very rarely use dry shampoo now after I had quite a horrific experience with it. All I will say is make sure you rub it in thoroughly at the back of your head and if you have dark hair use a coloured powder like this one. I really like Lee Stafford's range and again I would recommend his dry shampoos. There are 3 colours, normal, mid brown and dark all available in Boots

Johnson's Baby Moisturising Cream - I will admit I just got this because I wanted to smell as sweet as a baby! Quite a nice moisturiser though ;)

bnatural Sleep time Pillow Spray - I swear this stuff gave me the most vivid dreams whenever I used it! Honestly since stopping using it I cant even remember my dreams. I wouldn't buy this again because it freaked me out a bit but if you want to give it a try I got it from Sainsbury's! Good luck......

Cherry Pop Lip Shine - You will never guess where I got this lip balm from...Tesco's, in the children's party bag section for £1 and I actually really liked it. 1 - 0 to me then.

Chanel Bronze Universal or Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel - If you are an avid beauty blog reader or YouTube watcher then you know all about Chanel's cream bronzer. It gets mixed reviews some love it, some hate it. When I first got this I was unsure it was kind of orangey and I just couldn't seem to get it to work but once you master it (I personally think its all in the brush and I loved to apply it with a Body Shop Kabuki brush) then you fall in love. I really debated repurchasing this but I decided to give it a break for a while and use up some other products but I will definitely be buying this again. In fact writing this mini review is making me want it now! Argh I'm a bad influence on myself!

Waitrose Essential 3 in 1 Facial Cleansing Wipes - The best budget make up wipes out there. I don't think I'm the only one who's noticed this either as whenever they are on offer in my local Waitrose they always sell out!

MAC Shell Cream Colour Base - I love cream colour bases for highlighters, I wouldn't really use them for anything else as I don't think they are long wearing enough for the eye area. I guess if you got the right colour they would make a nice cream blush but anyway I just use them for a highlight. Shell is a lovely pinky colour with shimmer. I'm really trying to avoid using the description frosty pink here because no one wants to hear that but if I said a good frosty pink would you believe me? Probably not! Anyway this makes a lovely highlighter and I would recommend!

Chanel No5 Eau Premiere - This was released as the modern, younger and lighter version of the classic No5. It is a lovely comforting smell, kind of like wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket and giving yourself a cuddle. Sometimes you need a perfume like that!

Juicy Couture, Couture Couture perfume - I think I got that right! Probably not the best perfume if you like the bottle more then the actual scent!

Collective Haul, Benefit, Too Faced, OPI, Sleek, MUA, Barry M, Accessorize

Finally the last of my October hauls! These are just the last few things I picked up, it was worth cashing in those Boots Advantage card points!

OPI Muppet's Collection Fresh Frog of Bel Air - I picked this up from eBay. For swatches and blabberings I have already talked about this little beauty here and here!

Barry M Raspberry Nail Paint - I think this must be one of the last Barry M nail paints I didn't own. A gorgeous berry colour, perfect for winter. Its photographed much brighter then it really is, I need to do a nail of the day on this one to show you guys the true colour.

Sleek Monte Carlo Pout Polish Mediterranean Collection - I know this collection is quite old now but I found this in Boots in Sutton and had to pick it up. I would say these are a combination of a lip balm and a lip gloss, not sticky at all. I absolutely love this bright pink colour, as you can see I've already created a dent in it. If you can find this in your local Boots pick it up, you won't regret it. 


MUA Heaven and Earth Palette - There was a LOT of hype about this eyeshadow palette from Superdrug's budget make up range MUA. At £4 it is a great alternative to Urban Decay's Naked palette. The downside for me is that there are no matte shades in this palette, they all contain shimmer but these are really lovely colours and for £4 you can't really complain. My mum took quite the shine to this and I ended up going back to pick her one up too. With Christmas coming up I think this would make a great stocking filler or, at under £5 an even better Secret Santa present.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - This could possibly be the best bronzer I have ever used, it's that good. This is another product that gets rave reviews and as I had just finished up my Chanel Bronze Universal I decided to finally give this a try and now I'm thinking what took me so long! This bronzer is completely matte, which is what you want as shimmer bronzers give your skin that "muddy" colour. There is no orange in this at all, it really is the perfect chocolate colour and it blends on the skin beautifully. I have used this everyday since I got it. I really would recommend sticking this one on your Christmas list, its one of my finds of the year! Plus it smells delicious!

Benefit Carmella Perfume - I am a big fan of of Gracie aka Ugly face of beauty on YouTube and she always raves about this perfume so I was interested to try it and I have to say its gorgeous. I love the smell of coconuts and am obsessed with any perfume that smells remotely coconutty! Carmella is no exception, if like me you have a coconut obsession go smell this!

Accessorize Aztex Nail Polish - There is one reason and one reason alone I got this. My friend at work was wearing it and it was a perfect dupe for one of my favourite colours of all time, MAC's Mean and Green from the Venomous Villains collection. Again I'll post a nail of the day pic so you can see what you think.

Nars Haul

I picked up these items back in October before I went on holiday. I got these in the sale and I would really recommend checking out the beauty sections on ASOS, Debenhams and House of Fraser when they are having sale events because you can often get good bargains on make up too.

Nars Cactus Flower Cream Blush - Blushes are Nars stand out products. I cannot recommend them enough, highly pigmented, beautiful, unique colours that are definitely worth the money. This is my first Nars cream blush and I am in love with it. Its a gorgeous red with gold shimmer that when blended gives a beautiful coral sheen to the skin. Don't be scared by the glitter, it's not overpowering and once blended it just gives you that "glow"

Nars Schiap Nail Polish - If you are lucky enough to own Nars Schiap lipstick then you will know what I was hoping for with this nail polish. The lipstick is the most gorgeous bright pink, I hear that it has been making the round on several of the X Factor contestants this year. I was hoping the nail polish would be the same but in the bottle the colour is duller then I hoped for. I haven't tried it yet though so can't really give my opinion. When I do though I'll put some pics up so you can see.

Nars Hot Wired Lip Lacquer - This is a regret! Not based on the colour, the colour is beautiful. A bright fuchsia pink with blue iridescence. The problem is the smell. This smells horrendous, I actually can't bear to have it on my lips (too close to my nose!) I think this must be off, it certainly smells like it is. I read a post on The Gloss Goss where the same problem was mentioned.

Save your money don't buy this.

It is pretty though!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

MAC Haul (Posh Paradise Collection and Randoms!)

I was bad in October! I have been meaning to post these hauls for a while now but got side tracked with sparkly nail varnish and Ed Sheeran Lego House. How much do you love that video? I have it on whilst I'm typing this, how adorable is Rupert Grint....anyway onto the first of the hauls!

MAC In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil - I think this could be from the Style Driven collection? I could be completely wrong though, MAC did have about 4 collections going on at once! A lovely bright pink colour and very long wearing, as the name suggests.

MAC Immortal Gold Nail Polish - From the Posh Paradise collection (told you there were a few collections floating around at once!).  I picked this up at the airport on the way back from my holiday with my last few euros! This looks gorgeous in the bottle, like a golden version of olive oil. On the nails I don't love it though. You can see every brush stroke and it definitely looked better when I had a bit of a tan going on. Although, staring at these pictures now is making me want to give it another go!

MAC Summer Stash Pigments - Kinda random in the middle of winter but anywho! These are from the summer collection, Surf Baby. Little tip for you, Debenhams website sells MAC make up and they tend to have a lot of old collection stuff floating around on there, stuff that's long gone from the MAC website and store. Last time I looked they had still had some Surf Baby items, Semi Precious, Wonder Woman and the Jeans/Denim collection. 
I think I only own one MAC pigment now as I sold the rest. I just find them a bit messy and I'm never going to get through one of those pots and the thought of that really annoys me! But I thought I would give these a trial as the colours are beautiful and you get just the right amount of each pigment. These pigments aren't as finely milled so you do need to be a bit careful with them, but they are definitely worth it!




An example of one of the opportunites...(Just before bed, hence the smudged makeup!) This was released with the Posh Paradise collection but is permanent at MAC Pro. I also saw this at the airport and my friend was like "You have to get it!" but my euros would only stretch to the paint pot and nail polish so I left it but I could not get it out my head! (I am sad like that) and the next day I headed to MAC to buy it! I really can't recommend this highly enough, this is possibly my favourite ever lipstick!

MAC Genuine Treasure Paint Pot - This is the other item I picked up at the airport and like Show Orchid I cannot get enough of it! You can already see its got quite a dent in it! This is also from the Posh Paradise collection, which I have to say had a lovely mix of beautiful colours which fitted the theme perfectly, it all seemed very well thought out. Thumbs up MAC! I have seen some bad reviews on this paint pot and it made me a little bit defensive! Its a gorgeous golden glittery cream. When you blend it out it gives a lovely golden wash of colour. Now this isn't opaque and with the glitter and sheen it kind of gives you that lived in look. The only thing I can think to describe it to, is the effect you get if you put Vaseline over your eyeshadow, that greasy rocker look. I love the look of lived in make up so I adore this. My favourite paint pot yet!

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base - I used up my cream colour base in shell and decided I wanted to try a new shade. This is a lovely peachy colour, more subtle then shell but gives a lovely glow to the skin.

MAC Improper Copper Cream Colour Base - If you have olive skin or just a tan I can't recommend this enough! This is the most gorgeous highlighter on tanned skin. The name describes the colour perfectly and I will be slapping this on until my tan fades :(