20 Oct 2013

A Few Topshop Favourites

I don’t own all that much from the Topshop beauty range, but what I have tried I’ve loved. I think their products are well priced, great quality and the packaging is always cute. I thought I would share with you a couple of my favourite Topshop products.

Topshop makeup

I have 3 Topshop nail polishes and I love each of these equally. The deep blue is AWOL, the glitter is called Razzmatazz and the pink nude is called Barefoot. These apply really well and two coats gives an opaque colour. The glitter is the perfect topcoat & adds that little bit of glitz to a meh polish. The bottles look cute with their spotty lids. If you have any recommendations for Topshop polishes, I would love to know.

Nail Polish Swatch

The other two products I really like from Topshop are the Sunbeam Highlighter & Cream Blush in Flush. I only have 3 cream blushes in my collection and this Topshop one is my favourite. It is a really pretty peachy pink and gives me a healthy touch of colour. I tend to apply this with my finger and blend it in.

The highlighter in Sunbeam comes in the cutest packaging, this thing is huge too! It is a baked gold highlighter that I always wear when I am going out. It is so very pretty. This thing is going to last me my whole life it is that big. I do wish it came with a mirror, that is my only negative point. The highlighter itself is not for the faint hearted, it gives quite the glow and has a good amount of shimmer in.

Blush and Highlighter

Topshop Makeup

Topshop Sunbeam Highlighter

There is just something really satisfying about Topshop makeup, it makes me very happy. I love having it sat out on my dressing table. Do let me know if there are any products I mush try from their range.

3 Oct 2013

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Max Factor

Max Factor

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Fantasy Fire

I love purple nail polish and seem to have some sort of addiction, this Max Factor polish in Fantasy Fire is the perfect shade. Not only is it purple but it has a pretty shimmer to it too. Ticks all the boxes for me. I also like that the bottle it teeny tiny as I never ever finish a nail polish before they separate and go all gloopy so this is the perfect size. It’s so cute. This is such a hard colour to photograph. The purple has green and red shimmer through it, it is really subtle but very pretty.

The polish does take 2 coats minimum to look vibrant, the above swatch is 2 coats & I would wear that but if you like your polish to be super bold you might want to layer up another coat. On the plus side it dries really quickly and applies smoothly and with no streaks. The formula is easy to work with. I have been wearing it quite a bit and love it on my toes too.

Max Factor Fantasy Fire – £3.99

What are your favourite purple polishes?

14 Apr 2013

Branching Out InTo Makeup

Superdry Nail Polsih

Superdry kindly sent me some bits from their makeup line to try out. I was quite excited when I received nail polish as I have been browsing their website looking at them, thinking how much I liked their colour range. I have seen a good few posts talking about them releasing their makeup line and I was super impressed by their packaging and attention to detail.

Superdry is a brand that I associate with being quite on trend and their makeup / beauty offerings live up to this too. They have quite varied selection including nail polish, eyeshadows, lip sticks, blush, lip glaze and quite a few other products. I spied a few tools and brushes on their website too. I love their bright colourful branding its very fun.

The nail file duo has been living in my handbag – when I get them out people love the bright colours and the handy bag they came in is perfect for on the go. The buff and shine block is good quality and I’m attempting to get my nails in shape for going to California in June, they need alot of TLC and these Superdry tools are helping.

Soda Pop & Jade

Both shades are really pretty and right up my street. I love the Jade mint green shade – what a perfect colour for Spring and Summer. Soda Pop is an orange toned red and takes two coats to look fab! The consistency of the polish is quite thin and a little watery but it applies well and as I said 2 coats gives a good colour. The brush could be thicker but that’s just my preference, I am a fan of the wider brush.

With Superdry being new to the makeup game I was dubious about their quality, but I have to say they really surprised me as their nail products are long wearing and the colour range is great. I just love the packaging of all their beauty products and I am excited to pick up some of their Brushes.  I’ve been loving using both the Jade and Soda Pop but have my eye on the Bronze shade – it looks so pretty

Superdry Nail Polish

You can buy the Superdry beauty range in store or online at Superdry.com – the nail polish is £6 for 10ml. I think that’s reasonably priced. If you haven’t already I recommend you take a look at their beauty offerings I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I am also excited to see what is to come from them in the future.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend x

22 Feb 2013

Beauty Releases I’m Excited For #1

Models Own Ice Neon CollectionImage courtesy of Models Own

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know that these beauties are being released next month.

Models Own Ice Neon Collection – These just jump out at me. They’re bright and scream SUMMER is coming (hurry up). I’ve always wanted the perfect yellow polish but have never found one that I loved. This might be it!

There are five shades Pukka Purple, Bubblegum, Pink Punch, Luis Lemon and Toxic Apple.

I’ve loved so many Models Own releases and the recent Wonderland Collection was beautiful not to mention the Mirrorball Collection – they just always seem to have great collections. These are slightly different from previous collections as Models Own are recommending that you keep them in your fridge to stop the bright fluro colour from fading.

This new Ice Neon Collection is available online at modelsownit.com from March 20th (pre-order from March 1st for guaranteed March 20th UK delivery) Also available exclusively in the Bottleshop at Westfield on March 9th then will in Boots nationwide from March 22nd.

I will be picking up a few colours and popping them in the fridge – wonder what the hubby will say? Are you thinking of buying any? What colour are you most excited for?

17 Sep 2012

Instagram Roundup Week #14

What a week it’s been so first off I was invited to a blogger event in London organised by Grace from All That Slap and Ewa from Social Beautify. We discussed high-end must haves & high street favourites too. It was nice to meet lots of other beauty bloggers and have a good old chat about makeup & skincare. I will have a proper post on the event as soon as my internet is connected.

I also moved into my new house on Friday, so I have been unpacking and sorting out for most of the weekend. I still have lots of boxes in the garage that need unpacking I just don’t have the mental capacity to open them yet. My internet won’t be connected until the 22nd so until then I’m on the slowest dongle connection.

I will upload some photos of the house and I’m hoping to have a beauty related blog up at some point this week. I just need to find the boxes with all my products in first. So in the mean time I will leave you with my week in Instagrams.

Cidre / Berocca / Pinch Punch / Coffee Break / Pink Bubbly Vaseline / Piccadilly Circus

Sunny London / Chanel Pop Up Store / Hubby <3 / Flat Pack Hell / Illamasqua / Bunting

 

 

8 Sep 2012

A little Glitter goes a long way

I am a complete sucker for a glitter polish. They always look so nice on and they last for ages on your nails. I did pop into Topshop to pick up a highlighter (post on that to come) and I saw the Louise Gray collection. Which is so nice. Lots of fun colours and statement makeup. I almost caved and bought the Mascara too, but I remained focused and just picked up this stunning pink glitter polish ………

Pinch Punch Nail Polish

This pretty polish is called Pinch Punch and it’s as I said a collaboration between British designer Louise Gray and Topshop. It’s a stunning pink coloured polish with gold and sliver hexagonal glitter in. It is just beautiful.

Pinch Punch Topshop Nail Polish

You can get away with wearing one coat of Pinch Punch and it looks lovely and subtle. With two coats the pink polish really coms through and the glitter is far more bold. Either way this polish looks stunning. I like it when the glitter is not uniform on your nails & it’s a little haphazard. It looks quirky and fun & that’s exactly what this polish is for me, it’s just fun to wear. I Love it. Have you tried anything from this collection? What do you think?

Showing one coat of polish

There are 4 nail polishes in this Louise Gray Collection – Junk Yard, Dart, Hat Trick and Pinch Punch. They are limited edition and retail for £6.50 – All are available in Topshop or online at Topshop.com so be quick if you want anything from the Louise Gray collection.

21 Aug 2012

I love getting mail

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway about a month ago. It was on Alice’s blog Bright Town Girl and as you can see I won some amazing goodies. I was so excited to receive them. Alice did send them really quickly I just kept forgetting to write this post. Along with all the items in the photo below Alice sent LOTS of samples/sachet’s which I have used up. Like the Liz Earle tinted moisturiser and lots of lovely skincare samples.

The Topshop nail polish in AWOL (blue) and Barefoot (nude) have been getting a lot of wear. They are both great colours and like all the Topshop nail polishes I’ve tried they have great staying power.

How nice are the two Maybelline eyeshadow quads. The colours are really pigmented and i took the neutral toned one – Coral Drama 20, with me to Amsterdam, I’ll have a post on this in more detail at the end of the week. The colours are beautiful.

You also can’t beat a tube of Soap and Glory’s The Righteous Butter – this is a firm fave of mine and I love it. This sample size has come away with me to Scotland for the week. So i am enjoying using that.

The L’Oreal liquid eyeliner is so nice. It allows you  to do such a precise line & its a great black. This is great for doing a cute flick and i have been practicing my eyeliner flick. So far so good and I’ve been enjoying using this.

This was my first giveaway win and I was sent so many wonderful products. I am thrilled. So if you get chance check Alice’s blog! Have you won any giveaways or are you holding one ATM? Have you tried any of the products I was sent? I’ve really been loving testing them out this past month. So expect some reviews over the next few weeks,

19 Aug 2012

Amsterdam Haul

This is just a quick post to show you what I picked up in Amsterdam. I really tried not to go to OTT & didn’t want to drag the hubby round too many shops. We had a lovely time & celebrated our 13 year anniversary <3

So I picked up a chemists own branded makeup remover (ran out of mine). I popped into Yves Rocher, they have a lovely store there and they were really helpful. I just picked up this Micellar cleansing water. Then i found the nicest Skincare shop called Skin Cosmetics it was heaven, they sell so many luxurious brands and it was a pleasure to browse. I did buy a really nice Aesop Masque and look forward to using that.

I picked up Mac Amber Lights, whata  beautiful colour that it. Also a mono Cartice eyeshadow in My First Copperware Party. And a smokey eyes eyeshadow from etos chemist. I look forward to trying all of these.

The first polish by ANNY I thought looked like a good dupe for the Chanel Peridot. I really hope so. I picked up this cute Essence glitter top coat in Circus Confetti. Also this NYC pink / purple glitter polish in Big City Dazzle. Lastly was this bright pink from Douglas which is a makeup & skincare shop the colour is called Lena 03.

Inglot is such a great shop / brand they have amazing choice in colour and products and I have a great time taking my time deciding. The staff in the Amsterdam store were so helpful and gave me tips and really leave you to browse you don’t feel rushed at all. This is a sneek peek of my palette as I want to do a whole post on this as it so pretty. I decided on a Freedom System 12 palette.

I will be reviewing my purchases in more detail over the next few weeks. Have you bought anything from Inglot or any of the other brands I picked up?

 

 

7 Aug 2012

Instagram Round Up Week #10

This past week I have made time to catch up with some old friends which is always lovely and also said goodbye to a dear friend who is emigrating to Australia and another friend who is going to New Zealand. Sad to see them go but hello Christmas down under :o)

I also met up with 4 lovely Manchester based bloggers this week, Jodi – of JodieWinyan – Hannah of Palindrome Poppet – Nadia of Dressing Table Delights and Anastasia of Dainty Desires it was nice to meet up with other bloggers and talk makeup and blogging. I hope we can do it again soon.

I have also lost myself to the Olympics and have been utterly mesmerised by them. I even watched the shooting and the Beach Volleyball. Its been amazing. I watched some of the Athletics and the tennis at the big screen in Manchester and what a wonderful atmosphere.

So this is my week in Instagrams,

New iPhone Case, A cheeky purchase, NOTD, Pret Rice Cakes, Mac lipstick heaven, My lovely hubby

Jamies Italian in Liverpool, Olympics on the big screen,Kleenex shine sheets, Mac purchase, Sunday morning breakfast, Loving this combination Me Me Me Foundation and my sponge

2 Aug 2012

Avon nailwear pro+

I own a few polishes from Avon and really love their formula. It works so well and goes on really smoothly also the brush is a good size. This lovely light green colour Sea Breeze is perfect for summer. I’ve been wearing it a lot in July.

Excuse my bashed box – it didn’t travel well :o) Avon nail polish I find takes quite a long time to dry but you only need to apply 2 coats of this Sea Breeze for it to be a lovely Opaque colour and is dries to a really glossy finish. I do put a top coat on but thats more to make it a little longer lasting. I’ve had quite a few compliments when wearing this colour & we all like that don’t we.

Avon offer a great selection of colours in their nailwear pro+ range. You get 12ml of product. I paid £3 each for mine as they were on offer. I don’t know what the full price is.

Avon nail polish is easy to apply – just leave enough time in between coats and the finish is lovely and very long wearing. Have you tried any Avon nail polish & if so what colours do you have?