Sunday, April 6, 2014

Nails: Chloe Spring/ Summer 14 Paris Fashion Week inspired look

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Today's post is this nail art look inspire by Chloe's spring/ summer 2014 look from Paris Fashion Week. I loved the simplicity of the design and decided to go about recreating it for my nails as simply as possible.

I used a couple of coats of MUA's white nail polish to get a good base, then used Rio'S Nail art pen in gold to create the dots on top. They turned out slightly bigger than I originally planned, but I still like the overall look. I then topped it off with Seche Vite's top coat to seal it all together and smooth it out.

I only have one photo to show as the others didn't turn out so well and I'm sure you don't want to look at blurry pictures. But I quite like this one and the inspiration.

What do you think of the nail look?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New: Gosh Spring/ Summer 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014
I was super excited to go to the launch of Gosh's new spring/summer 2014 collection and check out their new range of colours. The emphasis, as you will see in the pictures, is very much on colour - brights in particular - but also texture. The lipsticks have a matte finish to them, while the lip lacquers have a glossy finish. The nail polishes, which I will swatch in a separate post, have a glitter matte finish, and I love the creamy blendable eyeshadow pencils.
Let's have a closer look at the collection in detail:
First up is this quartet of lacquers (there's eight available) - now I will freely admit I thought these were polishes when I first saw them, but pretty nifty if you want to wear similar colours for your lips and nail colour - why not?
It's no coincidence they are glossy and ultra moisturising as they have that magic ingredient, Argan oil and vitamin E in them. I have been wearing these in work, and aside from how cute they look on my desk, and the colours, I found they lasted well, my lips didn't need topping up as often as usual, and even after the lacquer had long gone, there was still a colour stain left on the lips. These get a thumbs up from me.
Next up are these beauties - the Velvet Touch Lipstick.  I have these five colours to show you, (there are eight in the range). In the bullet they look ultra bright, and I have swatched them so the colour is shown well. If you only want a wash of colour, use a balm underneath and swipe these over. I love the matte, creamy look to them, they are moisturising and contain vitamin E too. I'm loving the range.
Now on to these, that I can see you eyeing up. They are the Forever Eyeshadow Sticks. There's eight in this range too, but I have four to show you above. I adore the darker of the four Grey, hey I am a smokey eye girl at heart, so this would be my go-to colour. The other three are beautiful for a wash of colour, or to go with a smokey eye, but my ultimate favourite is the green, which I will be hotfooting it to a Superdrug store for. It has a rich emerald colour, which anyone with brown eyes will know is the perfect accompaniment. I have been wearing as shadows, and using to line my upper and lower lashes too.
Here is the Frosted Nail Lacquer, and aren't they beautiful?! I have been wearing these on my nails all week and have been getting compliments on the colour and finish. They have a sandy finish to them with silver flecks, very pretty. There's five colours in the range.
And lastly, we have the Prime'n Set Primer and Mattifying Setting Powder. I have only used this a couple of times as my skin has been fairly dry recently, but I am looking forward to making more use of it in the summer. It aims to minimise pores, fine lines, redness and imperfections. Just pop on top of your makeup to finish it off and keep it locked in.

So there you have it. What do you think of the range and what is your favourite?

Friday, April 4, 2014

New: Ghost Eclipse

Friday, April 4, 2014
Last week I went to the launch of the latest offering from Ghost - Ghost Eclipse. Before I event tried the scent I was in love with the crescent shape and two-tone colour of the bottle. It may look familiar as the shape is similar to Ghost Deep Night, but this is aimed at mimicing the sun, with its red, orange and gold colours. 
On to the perfume itself, and I loved the citrus-floral scent straight off. I'm no expert in the different layers in the smell, but it cries out summer, fruity, floral and fresh too. It's not heavy, and I would easily wear it for the evening as I would the day.

If you are an expert in notes you may be interested to know that it has:

Top notes: fruity notes, including sweet bergamot, lemon, mandarin, apple, marigold, blackcurrant and peach
Heart notes: freesia, lotus flower and rose
Base notes: warm amber and musk
It will be out on May 7th at Superdrug and The Perfume Shop, and from July 1st at Boots, Debenhams and The Fragrance Shop. It costs £25 for 30ml, £34 for 50ml, or £46.50 for 75ml.

Do you have any Ghost perfumes? What are your favourites?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nails: Vanessa Bruno Paris Spring/ Summer '14 inspired nails

Saturday, March 29, 2014
I'm super excited about today's post because it is one I have been looking forward to for a while. Going through the Spring/Summer '14 Paris Fashion Week catwalk looks, I found this picture of this blue and white dress from the Vanessa Bruno collection. I loved the look, and set about recreating it in a nail art form.
I started with a black base, forgive me, but I can't remember which one, I layered it on so it was no longer opaque. I followed with a light blue stripe from MUA. This was followed with using my dotting tool to put on Rimmel's Azure over the black, which worked well as it is a metallic colour, and I put it over the light blue stripe.
I finished with some white dots from MUA too. This was topped with Seche Vite's topcoat to hold it all together and smooth it out. It's simple, but I loved creating it, and I adore the colour combination.
What do you think of the combination? And what were your favourite looks from the catwalk?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

New: ecotools hairbrushes

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Today's post is all about the new launch from ecotools'. Known for their range of make-up brushes, they have now also brought out these five new hairbrushes. They are aimed to tame any hairstyle and each brush is tailored for a specific use. They are extra light weight to be easy on the arms when blow drying and you may also notice the slats, or Eco-Vent system, running through, which are aimed to help the hair dry 20% faster when blow drying. First off, I love the look of them, and as with their range of make-up brushes, they have a similar look and feel to them. They have been made with repurposed aluminium and renewable bamboo handles. So now on to the individual brushes themselves...

The Styler and Smoother has a half-round shape while the padded cushion smooths and detangles. This would be my go to brush for every-day styling.

The Smoothing Detangler also has a cushioned base and bristles that are good for detangling gently.

The Sleek and Shine Finisher - The synthetic boar hair bristles are designed to get down to the scalp, distributing the hair's natural moisturisers and leaving a shine.
This is the one I have also been using on my hair when it's dry, and I have noticed my hair feeling softer and shinier after its use.

The Full Volume Styler is the best for styling longer hair lengths and the round barrel is good for creating volume. At the launch event, celebrity hair stylist Nick Peters, used this brush on my hair to blow dry it and to create volume while curling my hair from mid-length to ends.

The Quick Volume Styler is recommended for styling short to medium hair, and the narrow design helps with blow drying quicker.

So there you have it, the full range. Which one do you like the look of?

The range will be available exclusively at Boots in April, though you can also find the brushes online for £10.99 each.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel

Friday, March 21, 2014

I have a pile of shower gels that I am making my way through, but with the sunny weather we have had this week it called for something that got me in the mood for summer. And what better than a gorgeous citrus smell to wake you up in the morning?

So I turned to my trusty The Body Shop collection and tried out the Satsuma Shower Gel. My cousin got me this as a present a while back, and I was looking forward to using it. It has a gorgeous smell, is refreshing, lathers up well, is moisturising and lingers on the skin much after you have had a shower. What's not to love? Even Asif has been sneaking this into his routine and tells me he approves of the smell.

What's your favourite Body Shop shower gel scent?

Available for £4 from The Body Shop.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Beauty tip - stop lip colours from bleeding

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

As part of a series about sharing simple and useful beauty tips, my first one is about keeping lipstick looking pristine. 

There's nothing worse when you are wearing lipstick and the colour bleeds out - even worse when wearing a vibrant colour like red where the bleeding is more noticeable. I have recently been prepping my lips using concealer, especially around the edges and then lining with a pencil before filling in with colour and it has been working a treat, even with reds. 

What are your tips for making sure your lippie stays looking perfect?