Friday, 31 August 2012

NOTD - Candy Pop featuring O.P.I Shorts Story

Since the sorbet and neon shades have been this Summer's must-have colours I thought I would do a pretty pop of rainbow pastels on my nails this week.
I highlighted the ring finger with an accent of Silver and Essie Carnival over the top.
Products used:
Essie Mint Candy Apple
O.P.I Done Out in Deco
O.P.I Shorts Story
O.P.I DS Radiance
Essie Carnival
Essie Cute As a Button 
 
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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Most Used Summer Beauty Products 2012

 
Nars Laguna Bronzer
I used to use a MAC bronzer until I found the famous Nars Laguna, it is such a beautiful matt bronzer which is not orange at all, I hit pan as it has become my Summer go to bronzer.
 
Urban Decay NYC Palette
This is filled with a beautiful array of colours to play with and endless eye look combinations to suit day and night. It comes in such a beautiful box with two Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencils and a travel size Primer Potion. I have loved experimenting with this palette to create limitless summer eye looks.
 
Carmex Strawberry Lip Balm
I love this lip balm as it smells gorgeous, plumps my lips with a slight tingling effect and has SPF 15 for those sunny days.
 
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Another great classic from Urban Decay that I have used every day since I got it, it has a beautiful mix of neutral colours for everyday.
 
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
I love this sheer foundation it gives my skin a flawless effect without being too heavy, plus it has SPF 15 too.
 
Models Own in Ibiza Mix
This is such a pretty glitter polish which works so well under this season's neon shades.
 
Essie in Penny Talk, Bikini So Teeny & Mint Candy Apple
Essie has come out with some great colours this summer, my favourite are Penny Talk a Rose Gold toned polish, Bikini So Teeny, a stunning cornflower blue & Mint Candy Apple an old favourite.
 
China Glaze in Shocking Pink
This milky light neon pink has been so pretty for summer and I am yet to find another pink as beautiful as this. 
 
Nars Blush in Orgasm
I totally fell in love with this blush; I use it as a cheek highlighter over MAC Melba. It glistens on the skin and instantly brightens my face.
 
Vera Wang Perfume in Princess Night
If you're a fan of deep musky perfumes then you'll love this, I love the original princess but this takes it to whole new level, a beautiful summer night's perfume.
 
Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque
This is my quick fix hair mask, the smell is amazing and is great when I want to deep condition my ends quickly.
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Safari Sunset Eye Look

 
Products used:
 
Boujois Healthy Mix Foundation
Mac Eyeshadow in Omega
Mac Brow Set in Clear
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Urban Decay Naked Palette - Buck
Urban Decay Naked Palette - Half Baked
Urban Decay Naked Palette - Creep
Maybelline 24 Hr Colour Tattoo in Eternal Gold
Urban Decay Gold Glitter in Midnight Cowgirl
Mac Pigment in Rose
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero
Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Maybelline The Colossal in Black Waterproof (Top Lashes)
Maybelline Great Lash in Brownish Black Waterproof (Bottom Lashes)
False Lashes
Ben Nye Concealer Wheel

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Friday, 24 August 2012

NPCOTW - Nail Polish Colour of the Week

Essie Bikini So Teeny
Finally after much anticipation, Essie's Summer 2012 Collection finally came to the UK! So of course I had to get my hands on the colour of the moment 'Bikini so Teeny' and boy I wasn't disappointed on the hype of this colour. It is a crème colour Blue which comes off as the most beautiful cornflower blue you have ever seen on your nails, so much so that I painted it twice this week.
  What's your views on Essie's 'Bikini so Teeny' ?
 Leave your comments down below.
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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Blue Nail Polish Obsession Swatches & Dupes

My most worn nail colour hands down is pink, but I have this slight obsession with blue nail polish, I just think it looks really polished on the nail and I feel important when I wear this colour!

You can get so many different types and finishes these days and I think blue is more of an acceptable colour to wear now, as it has become as classic as red.

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite blue polishes.

Blue Nails Left to Right: Leighton Denny Miss Behavin', O.P.I Road House Blues, Gelish Magneto Inseperable Forces and O.P.I Dating a Royal

Leave a comment below telling me what your favourite blue nail polish is?
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My Top 3 Beauty Books - Bobbi Brown, Scott Barnes, Beauty Bible

I love collecting beauty & makeup books; they are so colourful and full of tips & tricks that inspire me for a lifetime, so I thought I would share with you my top 3 makeup & beauty books that I cannot live without.

1. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual
This book is perfect for anyone who has a passion for makeup or who is just starting out. It gives you so many tips and tricks, what colours to use on different lip shades, eye colours & skin tones. There is just so much in this book that I refer to time and time again and I always learn something new from it every time I pick it up.




Bobbi also recommends suggestions for starting your basic and more colourful makeup kits, as well as how to apply the makeup basics.




2. The 21st Century Beauty Bible
This is my Holy Grail book as it is filled with beauty products 'tried & tested' by real women. It lists a description on the highest rating products and is divided into sub categories including everything from mascara to cleansers & perfume to shampoo. I just love referring to this book if I need a new beauty product that I need to know works well and I can get results from.




 It's also filled with tips and tricks to inspire you from head to toe.



3. About Face Celebrity Makeup Techniques by Scott Barnes
Now this book is defiantly a little bit special, Scott can transform any women into the most beautiful goddess ever! He looks at a face differently to any other makeup artist; he can see a women's best features and then takes to work like a magician buy sculpting & contouring the face with different powders, creams & liquids to accentuate your features to the maximum. The transformations are amazing, for me he is more than a makeup artist, he is a magician and a illusionist.




This book includes transformations, step by step instructions and his magic tips & tricks to achieve on any colour, face shape and age.



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Monday, 20 August 2012

Benefit The PoreFessional Pro Balm Review & Photo's

I was excited to try one of Benefit's newest products, Benefit's POREfessional, I had heard so many good things about this wonder balm and so I had to get my hands on this must have product!

It is described on the tube as a 'PRO balm to minimise the appearance of pores' which is 'oil-free, lightweight, translucent & silky'
PACKAGING
The packaging is beautiful & quirky and it comes boxed with a great leaflet on how to use the primer. The actual primer itself comes in a small tube and contains 22.0 ml of product. I was quite shocked when I opened the box to find the tube was quite tiny in comparison to other primers I have purchased, but I was advised at the counter a little goes a long way.

TEXTURE
The texture of this balm feels so silky smooth and the consistency is not too thick or thin just right so it feels weightless on the face.

COVERAGE
It covered my skin well and you only need a little bit as it dispersed easily. For me I don't really have any visible pores to cover but it filled in any lines and partial pores around my nose and set a great base for my foundation.

APPLICATION
I used my fingers to apply as I felt I got the most out of the product by using the warmth of my fingers. It is really easy to apply but if you are a novice to primers & balms it comes with a great picture instruction leaflet on how and where to apply which is really helpful to keep.
The lady on the Benefit counter also suggested applying round the lip area to keep lipstick from feathering.

 Before
After

LONGEVITY
This lasted all day for me from 8am in the morning till 11pm at night, it was hot outside too and my make-up didn't slide around or budge all day.
2pm

PRICE
The RRP is £23.50 which I think is a little on the pricey side for such a small tube, this would be great for a special occasion or as part of your weekend make-up routine, but not something I would use on a daily basis because of the price tag.
FINAL THOUGHT
I would award this product a 4.5 out of 5, it's an amazing product that does what it says on the tube, with great instructions, a super silky texture that is lightweight and lasts all day. The only downside for me is the size, it seems very tiny for how much you're paying and is something I will only be using at weekends. But overall this is another amazing product from Benefit which is defiantly in my must have make-up kit!

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Friday, 17 August 2012

NOTD - Neon Disco featuring Models Own and China Glaze

This week, I have been playing around with bright colours and rainbow glitter and this has to be my favourite combination so far, China Glaze Shocking Pink with Models Own Ibiza Mix on top, it works so well and looks amazing for holidays!

What's your favourite colour and glitter combo?



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Friday, 10 August 2012

NOTD - Taupe Favourites and Dupes featuring Nails Inc and Leighton Denny

This week I have been having a rest from my usual glitter & shimmer polishes and wanted to wear a classic colour so I chose Taupe. This colour looks so understated and polished, it's defiantly up there with a French Manicure and Pillar Box Red shade.

I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite Taupe polishes, comment below what your favourite Taupe polish is?


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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

My Top 3 Favourite Deep Conditioner's featuring, Philip Kingsley, Ojon & Macadamia

If you have long, damaged or coloured hair a deep conditioner can be essential to help moisturise & restore the hair. I have long, coloured hair also so I like to do an intense hair mask once a week to ensure my ends stay hydrated, shiny and healthy. I thought I would share you with you my top 3 deep conditioners that work for me.
  
From Left to Right, Macadamia Deep Repair Mask, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment

Macadamia Deep Repair Mask
This mask is truly amazing, I recently discovered this and now I can't be without it, it smells divine for a start and has a thick luxurious gooey texture to it. I like to concentrate this on the ends and then I use a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute the product through my hair while I'm in the shower, leave it for 7 Minutes then you wash it off. I like to compliment this by using the Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo. My hair after feels amazing like silk it really does the condition the hair amazingly!


Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

This is a cult favourite of mine, such an iconic product and was originally made for Audrey Hepburn!
This product is amazing you only have to see all the reviews for yourself, it is a little pricey but I think totally worth the money when you can see what it does to dry, damaged or brittle hair. It makes my hair feel soft and hydrated and you can see the results the more you use.

You apply this to damp hair before you wash it, then you put on the plastic cap that comes with it to help penetrate the ingredients into the hair. It says to leave for 10-20 Min's but I often leave it on a lot longer to get the most from this genius product.



Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment
I love this product for it's entirely natural contents, it helps restore my hair if I want an all over intense hair treatment. The story of this beautiful product is really inspiring as it comes from deep within the remote rainforest in Central America and founded by Denis Simioni a guy who just stumbled upon it! I admit the smell is not so great, it does remind me of smoke but this is an entirely natural product and I know they do sell a not so strong smelling version of this product.

When applying you use the comb provided to scoop out half a teaspoon into your hand, I do find I need more than half a teaspoon to evenly distribute this throughout my hair. The texture feels like putty but with the warmth of your hand it liquefies into an oil that is easy to apply to the hair. You apply to dry hair before shampooing and I tend to wrap my hair in a bun and let the goodness sink in for around 20 Min's or longer if you have more time. You then carry on with your normal hair routine shampoo/condition to reveal restored conditioned hair.

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