Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Current Nail Colour - Essie

As we step into the 'ember' months, it only means one thing (and no, I am not referring to the countdown to Christmas), Autumn is approaching.

I have decided to take a head start and indulge in my first Essie purchase. At £7.99, this is probably the most expensive nail varnish in my collection. But with all the continuous hype which is circulating the online beauty world, I had to give it a try. Whilst 'umming' and 'arring' at the stand, I found myself drawn to the deeper shades of the range. I think it may just be because I am all 'pasteled' out.

The colour which I opted for is in shade 'Sole Mate'. It really is the perfect, deep plum. From a distance, the nail looks black, but once you are close, it transitions into a beautiful, moody purple tone. Dark shades can sometimes look 'gothic' on those with paler skin, like myself, however the purple tones throughout the polish warm up your complexion. This can only be a bonus when entering the cooler months.

I may be one of the minority, but I am a huge Autumn fan. I love the crisp mornings and dark evenings, cosy jumpers and fallen leaves. This nail varnish to me defines this season.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

August Favourites

To conclude the month of August, I have rounded up a few of my favourite products/items to share with you.

Natural Collection Lipstick (Raspberry)
We all shy away from high street make up products, assuming the quality or finish will not compare to those high end brands. Of course, there are many out there that are not even worth the £3.00 spent, but I have to say, I couldn't be more impressed with Natural Collection lipsticks. I have two shades of lipstick from this brand, 'Cherry Red' and 'Raspberry'. The lasting power is second to none, I have gone for dinner and they are still in place and vibrant, I have worn them to work and only topped up once throughout the day, I have gone out for cocktails and not had to reapply (the list goes on...). For £1.99, you cannot fault this product, and I would actually pay a lot more. In fact, I have been more impressed with these lip products than any of my MAC items.
The shade which I haven't been able to part from this month is 'Raspberry'. This is a beautiful, deep pink with a hint of plum. I find this is wearable for any occasion, whether night or day, and it really does add warmth and colour to my face. In addition, this colour is great for summer, but it will also be beautiful for the Autumn and Winter months.

Neutrogena - Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturiser
As someone who has an oily complexion, I have always avoided moisturising my skin on a daily basis. However I am well aware that moisturising is a key step to any successful skincare routine, especially if you want to combat premature ageing. So, I decided to try out Neutrogena, a brand that have been around since I can remember. I have heard great things about their masks and scrubs, so when I saw the oil-free moisturiser on offer in Superdrug, I saw it as a sign! I have been using the moisturiser on a daily basis after my toner before bed, and I can already see my skin looks more even and refreshed. Another high street purchase which is a must have.

Peplum Tops
When peplum tops decided to make their way onto the high street, I was truly ecstatic. Peplum is the perfect cut for someone like myself, larger hips and a minuscule waist. Finally, I have found a style which is comfortable, flattering and shows off my best bits!

Liz Earle - Cleanse and Polish
So, as an avid blog and YouTube lover, I cannot seem to escape from the name 'Liz Earle'. Of course, when this is the case, you feel that you must find out what the fuss is all about. During this month, I have been testing this product, and yes, I am a convert. Saying this, there is one slight point which does bug me (due to my laziness) and that is how time consuming it is. I do enjoy the process when I am having an early night, but when I have been out for the evening and am ready to drop as soon as I walk in the door, it does seem like the last thing I want to be faffing around with. Putting that one point aside, I don't think I will find a cleanser which makes me feel as clean and silky as Liz Earle, which means I officially have a new staple in my skincare routine. August has certainly been a positive month for my skin!

I have never been a trainer wearing female. Once I left school, I could have thrown a party for the fact I do not have to be seen in sports wear again, but oh how times have changed. I now find myself drooling over... CONVERSE! So, when you see the heading 'trainers' into my monthly favourites, don't be fooled. I am not referring to running shoes, oh no. I am referring to the ever-so cool and funky converse trainer. So, when roaming around the shops, I found a very simple and cheap pair of converse style shoes for only £5.00. I am usually one to go for the 'real thing' however I have always been dubious to buy the real thing in case I never wear them. So, what could be a better idea than to buy the cheap pair, see how much use I get out of them, and then invest? Done! These shoes have been permanently attached to my feet, which means when pay day comes around, I shall be investing in the real deal.

Lets all keep our fingers crossed for a bright and sunny September!

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.