30/04/2014

Rimmel, Models Own and Barry M Haul.

A few days ago, I entered a competition on Instagram to win a lovely collection of makeup goodies. The competition was run by Dahlia Nails, who have an amazing blog where they post nail art pictures and tutorials (you can take a look at their blog, here) and I'm amazed to say, I won! I got a little message on Sunday telling me that I was the competition winner and my goodies would be sent out to me soon. Amazingly, they arrived yesterday morning and I was so excited to try them all out, so I thought I would do a little blog post showing you guys what I won!



Left to right: Models Own 'Hedonist', Barry M Nail Effects 'Princess', Rimmel Lasting Finish Nail Polish in 'Marshmallow Heaven' and Rimmel Space Dust Nail Polish in 'Aurora'.

Top to bottom: Rimmel Volume Flash Scandal Eyes Waterproof Mascara in 'Black', Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeshadow Stick in 'Paranoid Purple',  Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeshadow Paint in 'Rich Russet' and Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner Pencil in 'Silver'.

Left to right: Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 'Classic Beige', Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 'In Love With Ginger' and 'Oxford Street Fuchsia'

Also included in the box were:
Rimmel Blusher in 'Santa Rose'
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laqquer in 'Nude Eclipse'
Models Own Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil in 'Ice Pink'
All in all, I won over £70 worth of make up, which is absolutely amazing! I'm so pleased with all of my prizes and I'm definitely going to be entering more competitions in the future. A big thank you to Dahlia Nails for running such an amazing competition :)

29/04/2014

Graffiti Nails Nail Polish: Review and Swatches

Graffiti Nails Nail Polish in 'Cherry Red', 'Mellow' and 'Festival Glitter'*. £3.99 each)


Graffiti Nails is a new nail polish company who kindly sent me 3 of their new polishes to try out. They sent me 'Cherry Red', 'Mellow' and 'Festival Glitter' and the polishes came beautifully presented in a white Graffiti Nails box, which I thought was a really nice touch. Firstly, I want to say just how beautiful these colours are. 'Cherry Red' is so bright and pigmented, it's gorgeous. 'Mellow' is more of a pastel yellow and I absolutely love it. It's perfect for Spring. 'Festival Glitter' is definitely my favourite of the 3.  It just looks so glamorous over any nail colour!



Here, I have painted two nails with 'Cherry Red', covered one with a clear top coat and covered the other with Barry M White Crackle Paint. 



Here, I painted 4 nails with 'Mellow'. How gorgeous does it look?! I then painted one nail with 'Festival Glitter', one nail with Barry M White Crackle Paint and one nail with Barry M Nail Effects Confetti in 'Sour Apple'. 



To show you how 'Festival Glitter' looks on different polishes, I have painted one nail with Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in 'Blackout', one with Barry M Nail Paint in 'Indigo', three nails with 'Bright Blue', 'All Nude' and 'Frozen Yoghurt' from the MUA Nail Polish range, and the final nail is painted with 'Fairy Dust' from Collection Work The Colour nail polish range. I love the way it looks over the black and it glistens in the light so beautifully, too. 

After trying out these polishes, I am so impressed with them! They are really easy to use as the consistency is just right, not too runny or thick and it just glides on to the nail perfectly.  The drying time is really good, each coat drys in around 3 minutes, which I think is great. They are a great product and I'm so pleased I got to try them out. Definitely some of my new favourites nail varnishes! 

The Graffiti Nails nail polishes cost £3.99 each and you can order them from their website, here. On their website, you choose to buy your polishes separately or choose to buy a collection of 3 nail varnishes that go together which I think is a really good idea. It makes choosing which ones to buy a little bit easier. Plus, you get free postage if you buy three polishes! They also make some lovely nude colours, a top coat and a base coat, too.


Finally, here are some photos that I posted on my Instagram of me wearing the polishes:







* These products were sent to me as PR samples, but all views are my own.

28/04/2014

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation (£5.99, Superdrug)


After trying the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and loving it, I decided I needed to try the foundation to match. I picked it up for £5.99 from Superdrug, a reasonable price because it turned out to be a great product. I got the lightest shade, which is Porcelain 1 and it matches my skin perfectly. It's lovely to apply and goes on all silky and smooth. When applied, it has a matt-like finish, but it doesn't dry the skin out. It's also oil-free and has SPF20. It has a pump dispenser, which dispenses the perfect amount of product each time. I absolutely love the packaging, it's a simple, sleek, frosted-glass design, which looks and feels much more expensive that it actually is. 

The consistency of the foundation is quite runny, which makes it really easy to apply and blend. It gives a really full coverage, to the point where I would actually feel confident enough to wear it on it's own, without any concealer. It seems to blur imperfections and makes them pretty much invisible.  It also claims to have 'Skin Lock Technology' which makes it last 16 hours and I found that it actually does last that long. It's a great foundation and I love the way it makes my skin look!  It's definitely my new favourite.

27/04/2014

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49, Superdrug)




Sadly, I ran out of my go-to concealer last week so I needed to pick up another one but I decided to go for something new. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is a product that I had heard so many good things about, so it was quite an easy choice. I got the palest shade which is the perfect match for my skin. It's a really lovely product to use! It blends well, sits well on the skin, hides imperfections and redness extremely well and banishes dark circles from under the eyes. It has a slight shimmer in it which really makes your skin look bright and awake, which is exactly what it claims to do. It's an all round wonder product and I will definitely be purchasing it again. 


26/04/2014

MUA: Bronzed Perfection Bronzer and Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter Powder

MUA Bronzed Perfection (£3, Superdrug) / MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter (£3, Superdrug)

 I'm completely new to contouring (give or take a few failed attempts with a brown eyeliner pencil - i know, right?) so for my first proper venture into the world of bronzers and highlighters, I didn't want to spend too much money. The obvious option was some MUA products. I'm always so impressed with their products and the prices are just amazing. I picked up Bronzed Perfection Bronzer and Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter for just £3 each, which I think is a really reasonable price compared to other high street brands (Rimmel Sunshimmer Shimmering Bronzer is double the price!).


They're both really good-sized products swell and as you can see in the photos, the bronzer (15g) is massive compared to the highlighter (7.5g) but it's still small enough to carry around with you in your make-up bag. I really like the packaging and they both open and close rather firmly, which is always a good thing. 



 The bronzer is a lovely colour, but it's very dark, so you need to be very light handed when you apply it and I find that you really only need the tiniest amount on your brush. It's quite easy to blend though so if you do put too much on, you can always rectify it. It has a very subtle shimmer in it, too, which is actually really flattering. I wasn't too sure that I would like it at first but it actually makes my skin look really healthy and glowing. It's long lasting, too, which is great considering the price. 

The highlighting powder  is amazing. I love it. It's such a beautiful looking product. I find that it's a lot easier to apply with my fingers rather than using a brush and it also means that I can apply it more accurately. It's a lovely peachy colour when applied, which looks really nice with pretty much any make-up look. Again, it's long-lasting and you only need to use a tiny amount. I'm so glad I bought these products together because they compliment each other so beautifully. I've been 100% converted to contouring on a daily basis and it only cost me £6. Amazing. 




24/04/2014

Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish

'Corals Up' and 'Blackout'
(Superdrug, £2.99 each)

As you may have realised by now, if you read my blog often, I am completely obsessed with nail polish. I absolutely love it and my collection is growing and growing. I love trying brands that I haven't used before so I decided to get some Maybelline Color Show nail polishes and try them out. I have to say, I'm really impressed. I chose two colours, 'Blackout' and 'Corals Up'. I decided to get black because I recently had to throw out my only black nail polish (Bourjois Paris So Laque Ultra Shine nail polish in 'Noir De Chine') as it had gone all gloopy so I needed a replacement. The coral shade was more of a Spring color choice. I just thought it would look so good on a sunny day! 

I love both of the colours, the coral is especially beautiful. It's so flattering and would look amazing with a tan! Their consistency is really, really nice. It's not too thick and you really only need one coat because it's so pigmented. It's goes on really nicely and dries pretty quickly, too. The finish is really shiny, which I absolutely love. I'm definitely going to be picking up more the Maybelline Color Show range. 

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Show nail polishes?

23/04/2014

Barry M Silk Nail Paint

(Blossom:with top coat/without top coat. Heather: without top coat/with top coat)
'Blossom 401' // 'Heather 406'
(Superdrug: £3.99 each)

I really love Barry M products. They're always amazing quality and their nail paints are definitely my favourite. When I seen their Silk range, I had to try them out. I decided to get the pink and the purple shade because I figured that they would be good for everyday wear. They have a sort of matte finish with a slight shimmer, they're so pretty! You can also wear them shiny by adding a top coat, which looks great, too. I think I might have to get the rest of the collection because they're so perfect for Spring! I absolutely love them! 

20/04/2014

Superdrug Curling Tong: Review


(Superdrug, £9.99)
I've recently started to appreciate my naturally curly hair. I think I've finally mastered how to dry and style it so it can looks it's best. However, sometimes the natural curl just isn't enough and it can look a bit lifeless. So, I decided to get myself a curling tong so I could curl the lifeless strands and see if it would make a difference. I didn't want to spend too much money, especially as I wasn't sure if it would even give me the natural look I wanted, so I looked on Superdrug's website and found that they make their own curling tongs and they're only £9.99!  They are metallic pink, have a 19mm barrel and come in a long cardboard box with an  instruction booklet.

I wasn't expecting much from them since they were really cheap compared to other brands out there, but I was pleasantly surprised. They work really well on my hair. I only curl a few strands but it makes a massive difference. The thing I like the most about them is that the curls looks so natural and blend in with the rest of my hair really easily. It's good for doing different styles, too. If you hold your hair in it for around 5 seconds, it will make a loose curl. If you hold your hair in it for around 10 seconds, it will make a really defined ringlet. The curls hold really well in my hair, even without any hairspray.  The curling tong doesn't take long to heat up and it has 2 different heat settings: one for fine hair, one for thick hair. It has a long cable which is really handy if you don't have a socket near your mirror. It also has a metal stand which folds down so you can rest it on a flat surface.  

The Superdrug Curling Tong is definitely a great buy and at £9.99, you can't go wrong. I'm so pleased with it :) 

19/04/2014

Sleek Blush in 'Flushed"




Sleek is a make-up brand exclusive to Superdrug. You might have heard of their contour kit which is highly acclaimed by the beauty blogger community. I recently picked up a blusher from their collection in the shade 'Flushed'. It looks really red in the compact but when applied, it's more of a dark pink shade which is really flattering. When applied lightly, it's a very natural looking blush and I really like it. I don't like wearing blushers that have a shimmer in them, so I'm happy that this has just a matte finish. It's really long lasting and not hard to blend. It's also really easy to build up to a stronger colour, as well, if you wanted to. Love the fact that it has a good sized mirror in the compact, too. It's one of my favourite blushers in my collection, now, and I'll definitely be getting some of the other colours from Sleek. 

18/04/2014

MUA Nail Polish






Bold Blue, Moody Mink, Bright Pink, Bright Coral, Frozen Yoghurt, Pistachio Ice Cream, All Nude

(Superdrug: £1 each)



For £1, I wasn't expecting much from these MUA nail polishes, but I think they're amazing. I love the colours (my favourites are Moody Mink and Pistachio Ice Cream) and they're really nice to apply. They're really opaque so they don't need a lot of coats and the drying time is pretty good, too. I have been using the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat on them (click here to see my review) and it leaves them with a lovely shine. I've literally been swapping my nail colour everyday because I want to try them all out. They're such lovely additions to my growing nail varnish collection and I can't believe they were only £1 each. Definitely a top buy! :) 

TMI Tag

1: What are you wearing?
Leggings from Topshop, a Monsters Inc. tshirt from Primark and a dressing gown from Primark


2: Ever been in love?
Yes

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
Yes

4: How tall are you?
5'6"

5: How much do you weigh?
More than I should

6: Any tattoos?
No

7: Any piercings?
My nose and 2 on each ear lobe. I have also had my belly button pierced and my lip pierced in the past. 

8: OTP (One True Pairing)?
Ahhh I don't know. There are too many.

9: Favourite Show?
Grey's Anatomy or The Good Wife.

10: Favourite bands?
Maroon 5, One Republic.

11: Something you miss?
My papa and my grandad. 

12: Favourite song?
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

13: How old are you?
20

14: Zodiac sign?
Cancer

15: Quality you look for in a partner?
A sense of humour

16: Favourite Quote?
"A tiger does not lose sleep over the opinion of sheep"

17: Favourite actor?
Ryan Gosling

18: Favourite color?
Anything pastel.

19: Loud music or soft?
A mix of both.

20: Where do you go when you're sad?
I curl up in bed or I have a cuddle with Ollie. 

21: How long does it take you to shower?
15 minutes-ish

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
If I'm doing my hair, it takes 1 hour. If I'm not, it takes 30 minutes.

23: Ever been in a physical fight?
No

24: Turn on?
Good hair

25: Turn off?
Dirty finger nails or loud chewing.

26: The reason I started blogging?
I just love writing and wanted to find a way of expressing all of my different interests.

27: Fears?
Losing a loved one

28: Last thing that made you cry?
One Born Every Minute

29: Last time you said you loved someone?
10 minutes ago

30: Meaning behind your blog name?
It's my first name and my middle name put together.

31: Last book you read?
The Courage Tree by Diance Chamberlain

32: The book you're currently reading?
Actors Anonymous by James Franco

33: Last show you watched?
RSPCA Animal Rescue

34: Last person you talked to?
Ollie

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
My mum.

36: Favourite food?
Chocolate

37: Place you want to visit?
Italy

38: Last place you were?
My mums.

39: Do you have a crush?
Yes, my gorgeous fiancé.

40: Last time you kissed someone?
This morning.

41: Last time you were insulted?
This morning (only as a joke, though).

42: Favourite flavour of sweet?
Pineapple.

43: What instruments do you play?
I used to play the recorder and the guitar. Nowadays, I can play a few songs on the keyboard. 

44: Favourite piece of jewellery?
It's a toss up between my beautiful engagement ring and my Linda Macdonald ring which I got from my parents on my 18th birthday.

45: Last sport you played?
I literally have no idea.

46: Last song you sang?
"Ho Hey" by the Lumineers.

47: Favourite chat up line?
Aren't you tired? You've been running through my mind all day.

48: Have you ever used it?
Obviously not.

49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
Yesterday

50: Who should answer these questions next?
Everyone reading this. Go for it :) 

17/04/2014

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat (Superdrug, £5.99)
As I've mentioned before, I'm really impatient when it comes to painting my nails. I just can't sit still long enough to let them dry so I really need to use a top coat that will dry quickly and last a few days without chipping. I previously reviewed Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat and I really liked it. However, I think I might have found my new favourite. It comes in the form of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat. I'd heard a lot of good things about it and now I know why. It's incredible - it literally dries in seconds! Although, I have to say, it doesn't look as glossy on the nail as the Seche Vite Top Coat, but it still gives a really nice finish. It's long lasting, too. I painted my nails three days ago and they are still chip-free. I'm so happy with this product and it's definitely taken the top spot as my favourite fast-dry top coat.

16/04/2014

Frizz Ease Dream Curls



I have naturally curly hair and sometimes it needs a little help to get it looking nice and presentable. I had used John Frieda's Frizz Ease shampoo and conditioner in the past but it didn't really make any difference to my hair. So when I seen that they had brought out a new and improved formula (which has much nicer packaging than the old one), I decided to give it another go. I got the Frizz Ease shampoo, the conditioner and the 'Go Curlier' heat-activated spray. Asda had an offer on so you got 3 for £10, saving around £7, which was good seeing as I didn't know if it would be any good.

The shampoo is a really light formula and feels really nice to apply. It lathers well and rinses out easily, not leaving behind any residue and makes your hair feel really clean. The conditioner is really light, too, and you don't need to use a lot which means it will last a long time. After washing my hair, I apply the heat-activated spray (it suggests you use 10-16 sprays so I normally use 16 because my hairs very thick) and blow dry with a diffuser. I certainly noticed a big difference the first time I used it. My hair was so soft and easy to manage. My curls were more defined and it was definitely less frizzy. I have really, really frizzy hair normally so even the slightest improvement would have made me happy but it was actually a massive difference. 


I've not gone back to my old shampoo and conditioner and I don't think I will be doing so anytime soon. I love my curly hair now and have finally found a product that makes it looks it's best :) I would definitely recommend the Frizz Ease range to anyone who wants to embrace their natural curls!


15/04/2014

Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencils


Vanilla Sky, Vintage Blush, Hot Chocolate

I have never been much of an eyeshadow wearer. Now and then, I'll go through a phase where I'll wear it everyday, but mostly I just stick to my mascara and some eyeliner. Because of this, I'd never tried an eyeshadow pencil so I didn't know what to expect when I ordered these 3 pencils online. When I first tried them out, I was a bit disappointed because as soon as I put the pencil to my eyelid, it broke. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that these pencils are otherwise amazing. The colours are really pigmented, they're VERY long-lasting and easy to apply. My favourite shade has to be 'Vintage Blush', it's so flattering. I also love not having to use a brush to apply them and they're so easy to pop into your make-up bag when you're on the go. I really like how chunky they are, too.  I'm definitely going to be ordering some more colours in the future and hopefully get to grips with wearing eyeshadow day to day!