Saturday, 25 August 2012

An Unusual Review

We all love to have minty-fresh breath. The cool, refreshing and clean sensation that you feel when you have a mint or chewing gum mid-way through the morning. Well, if you want everything but these things, Wrigley's Extra ICE White is perfect for you.

I am a chewing gum worshiper, and if I do not have a pack in my handbag, I can feel myself begin to panic. So, when stocking up at the petrol station, which didn't stock my usual flavour 'cool breeze', I had no choice but to opt for the ICE White. And it has now registered why there were so many left on the counter!

Since trying the chewing gum, I have to say they must hold the title for 'least amount of staying power'. The flavour is very mild anyway, and when compared to peppermint or spearmint, you would barely taste a thing. The slight hint of mint which is there lasts approximately 3 minutes, but after that point, you just have that horrible plastic taste from an old chewing gum. That in itself requires you to have another piece to mask it, which results in a swings and roundabouts situation.

Overall, I thought it would be a wise idea to advise those who may be tempted, to NOT BUY this chewing gum. It is not worth the 49p on the price tag, and will last you no time at all. Consider yourselves warned!

Monday, 20 August 2012

V Festival 2012 - Hylands Park

Yesterday, I encountered once of the enjoyable days I can remember. Surrounded by those closest to me, we embarked on the adventure that was... V Festival.

Although this may not be for everyone, I could not think of anything more exciting than enjoying live music, sun, beverages (which may have been on the alcoholic side), my friends and my family. Before my trip, I spent the week before panicking about what outfit I should wear and what accessories and make-up would best fit the 'festival chic' genre, however this did prove difficult with the joys of English weather being as temperamental as ever. I have to say, by the time we arrived and were sipping our first cider, I took a look around and it seemed the fashion side of the event seemed to have gone out the window. It had turned out to be a glorious day, and the majority of the crowd, including myself, were too hot to care.

At any festival, the venue is always large with various tents and stages spread around. This does make it difficult to see all the acts which you have spent months excited over, so we decided to take a step back and just enjoy. Who cares if you don't make it in time to see the whole set of Cher Lloyd?... oh no, my mistake, she didn't complete her set after storming off stage. Anyway, we casually strolled over to the stages/tents which we had time to see, and didn't worry about the ones we didn't, which made the day a lot more relaxed.

As the evening was drawing in, we decided to make our way back over to the main stage, after indulging in some Chinese food, where we found a great spot to watch Tinie Tempa. Yes, we did spend the majority of his set dodging bottles, of God knows what, which were flying through the crowd, but it was well worth it. His enthusiasm on stage was electric and he had every single person on their feet with their arms in the air. He was the perfect crowd-pleaser and I could feel the 'buzz' for the remainder of the evening. Following Tinie, were Snow Patrol. As we all know, their music is a lot softer and the crowd seemed to mellow slightly throughout their performance whilst the sun was setting. And then we had the Grand Finale - The Killers. At this point the sun had set, and it was the perfect way to end an unforgettable day. Everyone seemed to club together whilst singing their greatest hits. And when the faint sound of Mr Brightside began on the guitar, the feeling was unexplainable. A true classic.

I wont go into details about our adventure trying to leave the venue. This proved very difficult, and when spending a day on your feet in, not so comfortable, flip-flops, the last thing you wish for is to get lost.

So, we may have cheated slightly and booked a hotel for the night, but we all have to ease ourselves in somehow right? And, it was the best decision I've ever made. Climbing into a cool, bouncy bed at the end of a tiresome day doesn't get much better.

V Festival 2012 will be a day which will stay with me for years to come. A day of sunshine, laughter and loved ones.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Current Nail Colour - No.7

Today I decided to finally remove the Topshop colour which had been on my nails for 2 weeks. I think it's safe to say that colour is insanely long-lasting and well worth the money...

...But onto this post. I decided to opt for a more 'low key' colour this time, a beautiful pastel pink which had been collecting dust in my nail basket. I purchased this No.7 nail varnish in the shade 'Pinky Pure 160' with the infamous £5 boots voucher a while ago, but it must have been playing hide and seek, or I just completely forgot about it?

Anyway, the reason I was eager to blog about this product so soon after posting a previous 'Current Nail Colour' review is because I cannot explain the sheer disappointment I feel with this product. Yes, the colour may look aesthetically pleasing and 'cute', but the formula itself is shocking. To start with the packing states 'Pigment Rich Colour', well that's an absolute lie. I have never spent so long applying layer after layer of varnish to try and achieve the colour in the bottle. It must have taken me approximately 6-7 coats, no exaggeration, however I lost count. Who has the time to be sitting at home re-applying coats of nail varnish onto each finger, unable to touch a thing until dry?!

Even once I had applied enough coats to achieve a look slightly close to the bottle, I felt as though my nails just felt like gloop and I had to be careful for the rest of the morning with what I touched. You can see from the image attached they are not in perfect condition for freshly painted nails. They look more like 2-3 day old nails with slight wear and tare.

My apologise for the negative post, I just felt the need to vent my anger and share this in case any of you had spotted the colour and thought 'oooh what a lovely, subtle pink'. This product will not give you the look you would expect, unless you are willing to spend well over an hour on tedious re-applications and then long awaited drying process.

As I have spent a whole morning of my weekend trying applying this so it looks half decent, I will be keeping the colour for as long as it will wear, however once this leaves my nails, I refuse to use this again.

No.7, where did this go wrong?

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Year that Changed Britain

Now, I am aware that we are only 8 months into 2012, but we've passed the half-way mark, which means it will be December before we know it.

As cliche as it may sound, this year has truly made me realise what a wonderful place Great Britain is. Through the many celebrations which have taken place here during 2012, we have been brought together as a country and, I think I can speak for the majority of people, I have never been so proud to call myself British.

I have always been a huge fan of the royal family, particularly Prince Harry, and even in 2011 we found ourselves glued to our TV screens awaiting the marriage of Kate and Wills. This year, the Queens Jubilee made a huge impact on the British public, with street parties across the country, crowds gathering across the streets of London to show their support and traditional English foods and beverages being marketed across retail outlets (the list could go on). This alone was enough for me to realise what a fantastic country we live in...

...But then came the Olympics. For months we have been unable to escape this event, and that is advertising alone. Of course, what could be a more perfect opportunity to entice the British consumer? I have to admit, I have never been the biggest follower of sport, however it would seem rude to ignore a once in a lifetime experience which is happening right under our noses! And, with all this new found British pride inside me, I have even found myself edging off my seat with anticipation and screaming at the TV screen. The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was truly spectacular, bringing a tear to my eye, and I have to say, I expect the closing ceremony will be equally as emotional, but mainly because I will be gutted it's all over!

2012 will be a year that stays with us for along time. A year that brought us together as a country. A year that brought other countries to us. A year that made us proud.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Current Nail Colour - Topshop

I've decided to give myself a break from the beautiful lilac colour in my previous 'Current Nail Colour' post. As much as I could wear it continuously, I wouldn't want to out-wear it!

So, I decided to venture over to the Topshop make-up range, which has been oh so raved about across the internet. Initially, I was ready to try out a blue shade, which is new to me, but decided on a vibrant orange/coral. Now, be careful when finding this exact shade, because there are two orange shades which are almost too similar. I opted for the colour 'Causing a Stir'.

Excuse the slightly chipped nails, but on the plus side, I applied this nail colour last Sunday, which makes it a week today, without a top coat! Now, I don't know about you, but for my nail colour to still be in 'almost' perfect condition a week down the line is a first for me.

I have to be honest, when first applying this colour, I wasn't too sure how I felt. When looking through my nail collection, it seems that I have been playing it very safe with lots of 'pretty' pinks/reds/neutrals. It took me a day or so, but I now absolutely love this shade! It gives a pop of colour to any look and is very 'statement', I almost feel as though it has given me a burst of confidence.

At the moment I am working a fairly pale complexion and it looks great, but we all know how amazing vibrant colours look on darker skin tones too. So, in a nutshell, if you are looking for an uplifting, positive colour, 'Causing a Stir' is the one for you.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

July Favourites

I have decided to join the 'Favourites' bandwagon and share a few of my top products from July. Horah!

Estée Lauder - Double Wear Light 
The first item which I will swiftly run by, as I have written a review post for this below, is Estée Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation. I cannot say enough about this, and either can my colleagues and friends - I don't think I've ever been complimented so much in my life - it's almost embarrassing (not). Let's be honest, we all love to pretend we have no idea why we 'suddenly' look so radiant, when really we are high-fiving ourselves in our head and thanking God somebody noticed as we have spent a small fortune.

Soap & Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker (Yummy Plum)
Next on the list is Sexy Mother Pucker in the shade Yummy Plum. And yes, this is yummy. Not in an edible way, but it certainly does make your lips look yummy. I will warn you, as with MAC Plushglass', you will have to get used to the 'tingling' sensation, however I genuinely believe this product does plump and enhance your lips, without the risk of looking like Leslie Ash (I'm a huge fan of Men Behaving Badly, don't shoot me). It is still on the pricier side of high street at £10.00, however they have numerous shades available and putting aside the plumping, they are genuinely pretty lip glosses.

Natural Collection Blush (Pink Cloud)
Here is a cheap and cheerful addition - Natural Collection's powder blush in the shade Pink Cloud. For a fabulous £1.99, you really can't go wrong with this product. It is a beautiful and light-weight powder which gives you with perfect flush of colour. Natural Collection have various shades, which I also own some of, and this is my current favourite. If blind testing, which really wouldn't be advisable if you are planning on leaving the house, I would genuinely believe this would belong to a high-end brand as the texture is so smooth with minuscule particles. I urge you to try!

No.7 Fanomenal Lashes
Last, but not least, in my favourites of July is No.7's Fanomenal Lashes mascara. I have to say, I am a swapper when it comes to mascaras. Once I use one up, I tend to move onto the next new thing. However that doesn't go to say I don't know a great mascara when I use one. Fanomenal Lashes really does enhance every lash from the lusciously long, to the tiny lashes which we don't even know are there. My eyes look wider, lighter and almost glowing (if that is even possible). And yes, I did use my Boots five pound off No.7 voucher when purchasing this, but this is certainly a product which I would have no doubts in re-purchasing at full price.

So, there we have it. You now know which products I've been loving over the last month, and I'm sure they will be joining me throughout August too.

Goodbye July, it's been truly emotional.

Torn Between Lovers

Well... not quite. But almost.

Okay, so following my raving review about Chanel's Vitalumiére Aqua, which I still stand by, I found myself browsing the make-up counters of my local department store, trying to dissuade myself from buying anything MAC. Next thing I know, I am walking out £27.00 lighter with a new Estée Lauder foundation which goes by the name of Double Wear Light.

What a revelation, and why haven't I discovered this before!? Of course, I have heard the name flown around from time to time, but I have never found myself eager to try. When swatching on the back of my hand (awful idea, I know) the lovely lady pounced on me and that was that. My 'can't say no' nature must be plastered over my forehead - I'm a saleswo/man's dream!

Moving onto the foundation, although I have to admit, the texture and consistency doesn't come close to Chanel, the staying power really is on another level. You may remember me mentioning my oily complexion and paranoia of the looking like a disco ball? Banished. I apply this foundation at around 7am most morning's and when I return home from work, with absolutely no touch ups, I still look as fresh faced as first thing in the morning. How is that even possible? I'm even starting to contemplate whether my skin complexion has magically swapped overnight to 'normal'!

The consistency is noticeably thicker when first applied to your skin which, when compared to the luxury of Vitalumiére Aqua, is a slight negative, however this is to be expected with a long-lasting foundation. The description on the packaging states:
"15 hour wear" check
"Lightweight, comfortable make up controls oil and stays vibrant and fresh throughout your active day." check
"Won't clog pores" check (as of yet)
"Transfer resistant, won't 'melt' off through heat and humidity" huge check

For your information, my shade in Estée Lauder Double Wear Light is 'Intensity 02'. I shall now insert the generic image of the packaging.

I have to say, out of naivety, I truly thought no other foundation could make me part with my beloved Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua, but maybe this was just lust? Obviously, I would hate for Double Wear Light to just be a mere rebound, and I will certainly bare in mind the grass may not be greener on the other side. I just hope that if this is the case, Chanel will take me back?