Sunday, 26 December 2010

Christmas NOTD

Just a quick post to show you the nail polish I was wearing on Christmas Day and the nail polish I am wearing today, so first up on Christmas Day I wore a no7 polish in Pillar Box number 98



And today I am wearing a Nails Inc polish in Buckingham Street which is from a set of 10 Nails Inc polishes I got from Santa! :)














And this is the Nails Inc set



Thursday, 23 December 2010

Drugstore Haul

Whilst out getting last minutes christmas pressies I popped into Boots and here is what i picked up



I have read quite a few blog posts about the bourjois eyeshadows and as it was 3 for 2 I picked up one of there new trio eyeshadows in 01 gris dandy which will create a great smoky eye and a purple shadow in shade 72. I love how pigmented this shade is and it also has some lovely shimmer throught it.



And the third thing from the Bourjois range was a lipstick in sweet kiss shine shade 73 which is quite a light pinky colour with a shimmer to it, its quite sheer.

Below I have swatched this and the number17 mirrorshine lipstick i got in belle. I love the mirror shine lipsticks theres really nice to apply don't dry out your lips and have a good colour pay off.(bourjois on the left and mirrorshine on the right)


(sorry about the bad picture but gives you an idea of the shades)


I also got another tub of cherry carmex as i have just finished my last one, this was definately my favourite lip balm of 2010 and i will continue to use it in 2011

* all products were purchased with my own money *

Monday, 20 December 2010

Soap and Glory Pink Big



As you will know if you read my blog i love Soap and Glory products! So when I heard boots had the Pink big colossal compilation set on offer i hot footed it down to pick one up ! The set includes a pink soap and glory tote bag, fabric storage box and loads of products! It was on offer from £60.00 down to £25.00 , what a bargain !



So what do you get ?

* Clean on me
* The Righteous Butter
* Flake Away
* Girligo
* Glad Hair Day
* The Breakfast Scrub
* Hand Food Scrub your nose in it
* Super colour Sexy Mother Pucker
* Off your face wipes
oh and lets not foget the pink loofer

Wow!! all products are full size




This is the lid of the fabric storage box and shows you the products, this would make a fab pressie for anyone who likes soap and glory

*disclaimer- Bought with my own money *

Stocking Fillers (Benefit)



I discovered Benefit products a while ago now and I have quite a few pieces which i use regularly including eyecon, benetint and boi-ing concealer. When I first seen these little kits I thought the were a great way of trying some of the benefit products so these would be great for people just starting out in makeup or if you just want to try some of the benefit products. They would also make a great stocking filler this christmas!

First up is Realness of concealness



This is described as the mini "fake it" kit as it includes :

boi-ing industrial strength concealer
High beam
Lemon Aid(colour correcting primer)
Lip plump(lip gloss)
Ooh la lift (under eye de-puffer)

Next is Justine Case



This kit includes:

California kissin (lip gloss)
Eyecon
Benetint (lip and cheek stain)
Some kind-a gorgeous (foundation)

These kits are good value for money for what you get in them and a great way to try products from the benfit range as some of the products are quite pricey.

* all products purchased with my own money *

Monday, 13 December 2010

Stila Haul !

Well i have waited patiently for my Stila goodies to arrive as i bought them from the Brandalley website.So I thought I'd share some photos of my stila products :



The items I ordered included:

*Stila Illuminating liquid foundation
*Stila Jade blossom Hair Refresher
*A 4 pan compact
*9 eye shadow pans




Here is a closer look at the eyeshadows which i bought from left to right

top row - viola, sajama, twig
2nd row - shore, makalu, bud (cheek colour)
3rd row - nanda devi, cloud, sparkle

I did order a few other cheek colours but unfortunately they were out of stock even though it let me add them to my basket! Brandalley were very good at refunding the money owed tho and informing me of their mistake. I would recommend this site as it has some great bargains( i'm in no way connected to this company just a happy customer )

* sorry about the shadows in the pictures these were taken at night with artificial light*

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

nail polish swatches



NYC- Times Square

This polish applies well, takes 2 coats for good coverage and lasts around 2 days without chipping but my hands are always in and out water etc.



NYC - Prince Street, This polish also applies well , this was two coats but did chip very quickly, after only a few hours !



Nails Inc -Jermyn Street

Nails Inc is one of my favourite nail polish brands, they are always good quality polishes that last well without chipping ,this polish lasts at least 3 days before starting to chip which is great !

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Candles




I love to light candles, my favourites are the yankee candles so when I seen these candles in Primark i picked up a few. I think they were about £1 or £1.50 each. These candles are great they smell really nice i got a vanilla and 2 peach but there was also a red one which was cranberry or strawberry(something like that anyway). The candles are in glass jars very similar to Yankee candles, they smell great and the fragrance the whole room. A great bargain!


Sunday, 5 December 2010

Skin Care





Look Familiar ? Like most people i have tried alot of facial washes, exfoliators, moisturisers and toners, most of which brought out more spots than they got rid of and to be honest i didn't see a great difference in my skin. So i am constantly looking for something that is going to improve my skin which is normal combination. Many people both on you tube and blogs have raved about Cetaphil cleanser and moisturiser and so i decided to try it out for myself.

And Finally i have found a great cleanser and moisturiser that didn't break me out and i can see the difference in my skin. My skin feel clean , looks almost glowing and is very soft. This cleanser and moisturiser has moisturised the dry patches and reduced oil in the t-zone. I cannot recommend this enough. The only thing i would say is the packaging is not the most attractive and means that if it hadn't been for the great reviews this product got i probably wouldn't have got this product because mostly i am attracted to pretty packaging and bottle. Also i can only seem to get it online, although this isn't a great problems for me it may be for some.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sanctuary Microdermabrasion Body Renewal




This ultra-refining microdermabrasion cream claims to polish away micro-bumps which appear on the backs of your arms, thighs and buttocks or knees, using the power of micro-silicates from fossilised seashells.

It is amazing!! I have been using this product for around 2 weeks and have noticed how smooth my skin has become and there is a reduction in the bumps on my arms and legs. Its very easy to use i applied it before going into the shower, rubbing it on with my hand in circular motions and then when in the shower wet your hands and continue to rub the cream in in circular motions. I then rinse it off to get silky smooth skin.

I was pleasantly surprised by this product as when i first bought it I was doubtful that it would work but it does and i am delighted with the results! i cannot recommend this product enough if you have tried other exfoliators etc to get rid of the bumps and have been unsuccessful like i have.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Soap and Glory Hair Supply Conditioner




First of all I love the packaging of the Soap and Glory products and their names ! This is what attracts me to their products.

What it says: " Leaves hair smooth and shiny. coats and controls split ends"

The conditioner itself is a yellow coloured creamy consistancy but when applied to your hairs turns almost oily. It left my hair feeling soft , smooth and shiny. I was impressed as I was a little worried that as it felt oily after being rubbed into my hair it would leave my hair looking greasy but it didn't .

It can be used as a normal conditioner by just leaving it on for 60seconds or for a more intensive treatment leave on for 3-4 minutes. I have been using it as a daily conditioner and find that my hair has been looking a lot healthier.

I purchased this product in boots i can't find the receipt but on boots website it is £6.25 for a 200ml tube , its well worth it as a little goes a long way!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Review NYC Uptown Nail Polish



As promised I tried one of my new nail polishes this morning and the results are great. This nail polish is really easy to work with, you could get away with just one coat. I have 2 coats on in the picture as I wanted a more vibrant colour. The colour is also slightly shimmery with hasn't really showed up it the pictures. This colour reminds me of a Nails Inc polish (which I can't find a name on the bottle, sorry )
I would definately say give the NYC range of nail polishes a go as the range of colours is fab and the drying time is fairly quick.

I will try to get some swatches of the other colours up before I go on holiday on Saturday.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

NYC Nail polish Haul

After seeing the NYC Colour in a minute nail polish on other blogs I thought I'd give them a go. As I stood in Superdrug I could not decide which colours I liked best so I bought 6!!
The colours I got were:




* Uptown 242B
* Downtown 244B
* Central Park 216B
* Times Square 224B
* Prince Street 247B1
* Wall Street 234B

These nail polishes are a must have! They come in a great range of colours and are very affordable at £2.49.

Review of each polish and swatches to follow :)

Cloud Nine Straighteners

I recently purchased a pair of Cloud Nine straighteners which are made by the same people who first produced GHD's. They claim to straighten your hair at lower temperatures and have a special ingredient in the plates to make your hair shiny. I will continue to use the straighteners for a few more weeks and then will write a review on them. I will not be able to compare them to GHD's as I do not have a pair but will certainly give you all the pros and cons in my opinion, so you can compare the two.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Maybelline Define-a-Lash Mascara



Hi, I have tried a lot of different brands of mascara as it is one of my favourite make up products but have to admit I do like my eyelashes to look fake and this mascara is GREAT. I have had so many people asking which false eyelashes I am wearing! Maybelline Define-A-Lash mascara is easy to use- no hitting the wand of your eyelid etc when trying to reach those small lashes. It is a good formula which is smooth, clump free and reaches every lash. I really cannot fault this mascara, I have been using mine for a few months now and the formula is as good as the day I got it, it hasn't dried out as has happened with other brands.


( sorry about the slightly blurry image, I don't think this picture really does it justice)

beauty blogs

Well i have finally made myself a blog for all things beauty, I hope to keep this blog updated with everything from reviews to NOTD. I love reading beauty and nail blogs and have found them to be really helpful if I want to know how good something is, or just finding out about new brands/products. I will also do hauls as I love to shop(who doesn't!!).

I hope I can be of some help to other people!!

Laura