Monday, 23 July 2012

Manicure Monday #1

Hey guys, hope you're all enjoying this gorgeous sunshine!

Just a quick post today to show of my latest nail polish, which is Essie's Fifth Avenue! I was really drawn to it cos I just love bright reds, especially on my toes but I won't show you a photo of that cos I think its a bit weird haha. 

Think I'll start doing 'Manicure Monday' more often as I have just started choosing one colour to stick to every week as I usually change my nails all the time and now they are getting very weak! I've also called time on the nail art (apart from dip dye tips and love heart tips) just because I'm feeling really uninspired lately/don't have time! I need to have a look at the latest designs on the Wah Nails website for some inspiration!

What is you fave nail colour at the moment? 

Friday, 20 July 2012

WISH LIST #4: Beauty Edition

1. YSL Teint Touche Eclat - I've heard so many good reviews about this, saying its a second skin and very silky, but as it cost £28 I've got a 7 day trial invitation so definitely going to give it a go before I buy it and I shall let you know how I get on.

2. Nars Laguna Bronzer -  I really want a good bronzer for 'summer' (doesn't feel like summer at all!) and this is just a classic.

3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser - Once again I'm trying to have more summery make up and my complexion is quite clear and I rarely get spots so it would do me good to try a tinted moisturiser instead of caking my face with unessary foundation! Laura Mercier also do this tinted moisturiser in a variety of different shades and for different skin types which would defintely help my skin!

3. Lush Tea Tree Toner Water - I love changing my skin care routine all the time and I'm a bit bored of my Body Shop Vitamin E toner so I think i'll pick up this one! Plus tea tree water is great for the skin and good at preventing spots.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you reckon to them and what is on your wish list?

Thursday, 19 July 2012

OOTD - Evening Aztec

Dress - Topshop

Earrings - Topshop*, Nails - Essie and Topshop's Celestial, Lips - M.A.C Lustering 

 Shoes - Office*

Just like to point out that I am now nicely bronzed and have better looking hair than these photos! I took them yesterday as I knew I wouldn't have time today.

Anyway, I am going out tonight I am wearing this! Probably going to change my heels though to my 'comfy heels' (we all have a pair) just cos I know it will be one of those nights when I will be literally dancing all night (or running around being a drunken mess!). 

Hope you're all good! 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Illamasqua Concealer

Illamasqua Concealer 215 - £5*
Hi everyone! 

I have been once again traveling the North of England again (as per) and have been to Liverpool then back home and then to Hull.

When I was in Liverpool, I came across the Illamasqua store, I have seen and heard of Illamasqua before as there is a concession in the Manchester Exchange Square Selfridges and a new concession in the Debenhams in Meadowhall, Sheffield. So, there is a heads up for anyone around Manchester/South Yorkshire. 

Anyway, I have never ever bought anything from Illamasqua before and I have always wanted to do so (everyone who works there just looks amazing). At the minute they have a HUGE sale on so how could I resist a cheeky concealer worth £5 reduced from £13?!

On to the product: This shade is slightly dark for my skin as I wanted a quite warm concealer for when I fake tan/night out concealer. The sales consultant in Illamasqua said that this concealer was multi-tasking, good for obviously covering blemishes, under eye dark circles and as a eyelid primer. This concealer offers full coverage as well.

The Pros: The concealer is extremely blendable and can be worn when I get paler as well but just applied under foundation. If you want a full coverage concealer then this definitely does the job, it also does not crease under the eyes which I thought it would. Also the price £5 in the sale is definitely a pro.

The Cons: Not a very good as a eyelid primer, I found that my eyeshadow/eyeliner came off easily and also creased easily on the lids. It's also not good if you're going for a 'summer' look. This concealer would be great for winter/nights out when extra coverage is needed. 

Would I buy it again? I would definitely buy it again in the sale, but for £13 probably not. I'd like to try different brands and then possibly come back to it. I am also in love with my Collection 2000 concealer which is cheaper than the sale price! 

What do you think of Illamasqua? Any products you would recommend?

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Peplum & Pink - OOTD

Hi guys! Hope you're well!

Firstly, I am pre apologising for these badly taken photos! I am not a photographer at all so the lighting and the angles of these are strange!

Anyway, thought to show a quick outfit of the day as I'm going out for a meal in Sheffield later to have a catch up with two friends I haven't seen in a while.

I bought this peplum top and rose jeans from Topshop the other day, and they surprisingly looked nice together, I thought it was quite a 'smart/casual' outfit that would still look smart with just flats on.

I am also shocked that this peplum top looks nice on me, as I have the biggest hips! My Mum calls them 'childbearing hips' so it always means when buying clothes I have to be careful to get my usual size or a size above. 
Other peplum tops usually accentuate my hips which always made me thought that they just aren't made for me, and that they may suit women with a slimmer frame. 

However, this cheeky number from Topshop skims my hips perfectly and actually flatters them! 

So, women with big hips, I recommend Topshop peplum tops and stay away from ASOS (made me look massive! But would definitely suit women with a athletic frame!)

Ring- Urban Outfitters*, Necklace- Topshop*, Nails - Models Own Indian Ocean

Shoes- Dorothy Perkins*

Just realised that this outfit has a lot of Topshop, woops!

What do you think of Peplum tops?

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The Breakfast Scrub by Soap and Glory

Hello! Hope you're all good!

I thought to blog about a new exfoliator today because I am a little bit obsessed with scrubbing dead skin (eww) off my body to feel super soft, especially when I've had fake tan on.
I have tried quite a few exfoliators in the past such as high street brand St Ives to a more higher end such as Guinot. 

The Breakfast Scrub is a oat, shea butter and sugar body smoother with organic cupuacu (which I don't know what that is), bio scrubs, bananas, almond and honey extracts. 

On to the actual product itself: My best friend who is a Beauty Therapist actually recommended this scrub to me as its quite a rough and thick scrub and you only need a little bit of product and a little bit of water for it to work (if you use it whilst the shower head is on you it won't work as well).

I've used this scrub a few times now to get my fake tan off and I can actually see the fake tan residue coming off when I was the product off.
It also smells AMAZING. It has a maple syrup fragrance and every time I open it I just want to eat it.

The Aftermath: My skin felt so soft after I used this product and my fake tan had practically all came off, I feel like that this product is the best exfoliator I have used and I looked forward to using it.

The Price: £10 which is a little bit pricier than some of the high street products such as St Ives £5, but I have a feeling it product will last a long time as I did not use as much as I did with the St Ives. 

Would I buy it again?: Definitely. 

What's your favourite exfoliator? What's your favourite Soap & Glory product?

P.S I would like to say thank you to Sammi (beautycrush) for her Joliebox giveaway as I won the 1 year subscription! and congratualtions to the winners of the 3 month subscription! I little too excited to get my first ever Joliebox!

P.P.S I also have a few items on eBay that are brand new with tags or only been worn a couple of times from Topshop, H&M, Motel etc check them out :)