Friday, 30 November 2012

NOVEMBER FAVOURITES


First and foremost I have to talk about ESSIE!! In the past few months I have accumulated 6 of these and have 2 more on the way. Ever since I saw the first Essie stand in my local Superdrug I have been obsessed with this brand. I blog about every new polishes of theirs that I wear. What can I say Essie's just the nail brand of the moment and I have officially been carried away with the hype. I also love the packaging too. It's so sleek and cool and is much preferred over all other brands.

From L - R Lapiz of luxury, Beyond cozy, Topless and barefoot, Fiji, Peach Daiquiri and 5th Avenue.

Secondly I have rediscovered my Illamasqua Skin Base foundation sample pot and I am in love. You seriously need the tiniest amount. It has great coverage however it gives your skin a satin finish rather than being flat and mask-like like lots of high coverage foundations do. I am in the shade 4.5 (MAC shade: NC20).It lasts really well aswell.

My favourite brush at the moment is the Real Technique's stippling brush. I have been using this with all foundations this month and it applies them perfectly, especially already mentioned Illamasqua skin base. These two are a match made in heaven. The stippling brush has short and dense bristle which help give the nicest finish to the skin. Right now I am actually preferring this to the Real Technique's buffing brush which I am loving so much.

Finally my friend gave me some Body Shop goodies recently and I am absolutely loving the honey bronzer. She gave me it in shade 2 and although I would have probably chosen one for my skin tone I have to say this is perfect and a joy to use. It's silky smooth and gives the most subtle bronze glow. Great for winter. The packaging is sleek and swanky too. And has a good size mirror. If your in the market for a matt bronzer I would give this a try.

And thats it for right now, please let me know if your interested in buying any of these products and want more information or you already have them and want to share your opinion. It would be great to hear from you. Also if you enjoyed this post please follow this blog for more of the same. Thank you for stopping by xoxo

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

HOLY GRAIL #1 Clinique Dramatically Different moisturising gel


I mention this moisturiser a lot but it's never had its own rave review post of its very own. FYI this is my FAVOURITE beauty product of all time. I cannot iterate enough how much I love it... I recently repurchased this for the tenth time and once again it didn't fail to amaze me and I fell in love with it all over again. I firstly love it because its so light and melts into the skin. Second because your skin feels so silken and fresh once applied. My skin loves this stuff as it never feels nicer than when I use it. If you have combination skin I would strongly urge you to give it a try. it retails for £29 for 125ml and around £15 for 50ml. There's nothing left to say except its YELLOW and fragrance free and great for sensitive skins too. xoxo

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

China Glaze: Yellow Polkadot Bikini


Here in the UK it's cold, its wet, it's dark and it's fecking miserable... cue the brightest and most summery nail polish I own - China Glaze's Yellow Polkadot Bikini! This is highlighter yellow ya'll. I love it. i haven't been able to take my eyes off my nails at all today and neither has anybody else. I have had tons of compliments and a stranger even grabbed my hand!! (don't know how I felt about that one!). Its just fabulous. End of. The big but with this polish is that it is such a hassle to put it on. First of all it's exceptionally sheer so for full coverage it helps to put a white on underneath. Then it is as streaky as anything to apply, causing many mishaps and me shouting "noooo" in frustration. And finally it dries matt so you need a glossy top coat. I am not the best nail painter in the world so my swatches are a bit ropey, but nevertheless it still looks funky and has had the desired effect of brightening up a dull and dreary day. I have three neon Brights from the China Glaze poolside collection. The pink polish shown is pool party and the orange is called sun worshipper. You can get these still online on EBay and the like and Ulta in the US. xoxo

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

MOROCCAN OIL TREATMENT LIGHT



Moroccon Oil Treatment Light is specifically formulated for fine and or light coloured hair. As I have both it was the perfect decision to chose this one over the original. Presumably the original oil would be too heavy for my hair type. I have very short hair and I bleach it and as such it frizzes. No matter what moisturising / for damaged / for frizzy shampoo and conditioner I use, when my hair dries it will frizz out and stand on end. Moroccon oil diminishes this. As soon as I massage this through wet hair my hair is suddenly tamed. And whats more I find that my hair stays in a better condition for longer when I use this. Ordinarily I need to wash my hair daily (As I have greasy roots - it all happens to me :-( ) but when I use the moroccon oil I can leave two to three days. Its fabulous. It contains argan oil and, according to the blurb, fortifies hair, improves elasticity, moisturizes strands, and shields against harmful environmental stressors, while specifically targeting the more delicate needs of fine-textured hair. But I am definitely inclined to believe the write up. It is the colour of nut oil (a browner shade to that of the generic olive oil). I use a finger tips worth and massage through. Done. 25ml retails around the £13 mark and 100ml retail around £30. the end. Hope you enjoyed this mini review. For more of the same please follow :-) xoxox

Monday, 12 November 2012

Essie Topless and Barefoot



The Essie Obsession continues with a classic shade purchased from the good US of A. It is a gorgeous pink tone nude which flatters my skin tone a treat. A real must for a chic yet understated manicure. This polish is not part of the diffusion line and as such it has a thin spindly brush. I have two coats on but I think for full opacity you need three coats. In recent times I have picked up Beyond CozyLapiz of Luxury and Fiji and thus far I love them all. Please follow for more of the same xoxo

Monday, 5 November 2012

Essie Beyond Cozy



Beyond Cozy and Beyond GORGEOUS!! After going crazy for China Glaze's christmas collection last year (SEE HERE) I have had mega restraint on not buying any polishes from christmas collections this year... That is until The Polishaholic showcased Essie's Christams collection: The leading lady. And bam!! there she was, Beyond Cozy, a glittery and silvery gold/silver (a pewter colour if you will). Just so divine and so up my street. Sold..

In person Beyond Cozy is a stunning antique silver and in bright sunlight and superficial light it sparkles like crazy. It's a glitter infused polish which is very opaque and grainy to the touch. For ultimate shine and sparkle I put a glossy top coat over the top. I only needed 2 coats for full opacity. Unfortunately the polish in the bottle is coming out much more gunmetal than in reality. The shade on the nails is more true to life.

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