Saturday, 26 November 2011

Sequins for Christmas

It's that time of year where you have to start looking for that Very Special Dress for Christmas time.
I've never been a fan sleeved dresses (on the account of my rather large jugs - too much material often makes them look even bigger!) but there are some beautiful sleeved dresses out there, and what better time to splurge on one than at the coldest time of year?

This year I've noticed a lot of sequins in the high street shops which I think are perfect for Christmas - maybe because the sequins remind me of the twinkly lights :) I've browsed through some of the shop's websites and have found a few to show you girls. I'll also put the links to the websites so you can find the dresses easily if you want to buy them. Simples! :)

There are MILLIONS of dresses but here are some of my favourites:

I'd love a bit of colour this Christmas, so I think my favourites are the red TopShop dress and the blue Lipsy dress.

Do you have any sexy outfits planned for Christmas? 

:) X

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Everyone Loves a Beauty Haul.

Sometimes, a girl really needs to spend some time alone and for me, there is no better way to spend that time than an afternoon shopping in town. Recently I've been expanding my beauty product collection, and replacing some old favourites with new additions.
These are my new products that I've bought/received over the past two weeks

Radox Showergel, Batiste Dry Shampoo in Boho, Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole fake eyelashes by Eylure, Barry M Nail Effects in Silver Foil, RoC 3 in 1 Cleanser Toner and Moisturiser, Benefit Porefessional Pro Balm, Mac 187 Stippling Brush, Sleek Nude Eye Palette, and Vaseline Essential Moisture Moisturiser.

The "every day essentials" like shower gel, moisturiser and dry shampoo are not really things I'm excited about. Everyone needs them and everyone uses them, but I always enjoy trying out new products so they're all new makes for me :) 

The RoC  3 in 1 cleanser toner and moisturiser is something I'm really excited about because my facial cleansing routine is so boring! I feel like it's more of a chore than anything else, and when I don't get quick results I get disheartened. But this new 3 in 1 saves me loads of time and RoC is very gentle on the skin. And for only £6.99 in Boots, it's a bargain! :)

I've been badgering my boyfriend to buy me presents (cos I'm a greedy bitch haha) but I don't think he ever knows what to get me. Unfortunately, subtlety is not my strong point. I talked about Benefit Porefessional NON STOP for about 2 weeks until he finally gave in. I went into Fenwicks to their Benefit counter to find out everything about it and lectured him on the product. I found loads of links to buy it online and casually left them open on two of his computers. Everytime he told me that he loved me, I replied "and I love Porefessional." I can't believe it took him two whole weeks to decide to buy it for me! He could have shut me up a lot sooner if he had bought it the first day I asked for it!
Anyway, I've been using it for about a week now, and I'm liking it! BUT...I'm not loving it. From the way that the Benefit counter lady spoke about it, from all the reviews I read in magazines and online,I was expecting it to be this one-stop miracle cure to fighting nasty pores. While it does pretty much cover up and minimise my pores, they are still visible. It boasts that it's also a make up primer, and yet it says on the box that you're only supposed to put it on your cheeks and forehead? Also - I find that my foundation doesn't actually sit very well on it, and a line appears where you can see my foundation sitting well on half of my face, and either absorbing or drying up on the side of my face where porefessional is.
Don't get me wrong, IT IS  a good product, I just think that it's not the greatest for my combination skin. Maybe people who have less acne prone skin and a more even skin tone would have more luck with it than I have.

The Sleek Nude palette is something that I'm really loving, but I'm actually settling for it, because I decided I didn't want to spend £35 on the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I much prefer spending my money on face make up because I won't necessarily always wear eyeshadows (as I wear a lot of eyeliner and sometimes adding eyeshadow looks a bit OTT). There is a great selection of colours and I find that Nougat and Honeycomb are also great highlighters. My favourite colours in the palette are Honeycomb and Mineral Earth :) Watch this space for some Youtube tutorials on how to make the most of your Sleek Nude Palette!

 Also, I've been using my beloved Hema brushes for eyeshadows but I'm looking to branch out to other brands. Can anyone recommend some good eyeshadow brushes for me? Both application brushes and blending brushes :)

So that's my most recent haul! What have you guys been buying and loving recently?

P.S. Sorry you can see my boobs in the photo of the Sleek palette! ha!

:) X
Thursday, 10 November 2011

Aluminium: Nail Wraps VS Nail Polish

Every morning I wake up in my University flat, to look up at the sex bomb that is Lady Gaga. Not that's she's creepily standing next to my bed as I sleep or anything, I mean her poster is on my wall. In her Fame Monster photo shoot, she has the most incredible aluminium/silver foil nail wraps. I literally drool over them. I'm sure hers are the real deal, like Minx, but for those of us who live on  a student budget, Minx is just a bit too expensive to be splurging on every 2 weeks.

And so I went out to find a cheaper alternative to these beautiful nails, and as it turns out, you don't have to go far! Nails Inc have created a line of nail wraps, ranging in all colours and patterns. For those who aren't familiar with how nail wraps work, you have to heat the wrap up (eg. with a hair dryer) before carefully placing each wrap on your nail, smoothing out any bumps or bubbles and heating them once again to make sure they're properly set on to your nails. Seems a bit tricky to do on all ten nails, right? Especially if you haven't got the steadiest hand when you're doing the nails on the hand that you write with. But at just under £8 for 24 individual nail wraps, you're not exactly breaking the bank, and if it all goes wrong then you can just chalk it up to experience.

Ideally, this is what I imagined my nails would turn out like:

So I popped along to Boots with my purse ready and my tail wagging, only to come across THIS little beauty instead!

Barry M Instant Nail Effects in Silver Foil for half the price at £3.99! Barry M I could kiss you! Half the money and half the effort, yielding the same effects! Result!

So I bought this and so far I've been loving it! It's just like any other nail polish - simple to apply, except with two coats of it, I've found that it's barely chipped in the five days that I've been wearing it. Barry M are my knight in shining armour when it comes to nail polish - they have every colour imaginable and at affordable prices. I wouldn't say that Barry M in silver foil has the exact effects of nail wraps though. While foil wraps have the effect of the shiny side of aluminium foil, the Barry M nail polish has the effect of the matte side of foil. Still equally as cute, but doesn't have the same wow factor that wraps would have.

These are my Barry M nails compared to the Nails Inc wraps. Apologies for the poor quality photo, I sneakily took it on my camera phone in Boots (can you take photos of products in shops??)

So my verdict is....undecided! I do love the Barry M nail polish, but if I wanted to treat myself to some party nails, I probably would try wraps. Nails Inc and Nail Rock both do affordable wraps (both retail at around £7-8 each). I'm desperate to try Nail Rock's black and white stripe designer nail wraps.

What do you guys think? Have you ever tried wraps?

:) X