Just Autumn Things.

23 October 2014 · 30 Comments

It's starting to feel a lot like Autumn, one of my favourite seasons of the year, so I thought I would put together a little post of things that I enjoy when the days start getting colder and it gets darker earlier. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments! 

Scarves // Berry Lips // Cosy Socks // Snuggling // Dark Nail Polish // 
Cups of Tea // Seasonal Drinks // Long Hot Baths // Cosy Jumpers // 
Golden Leaves // Dark Evenings // TV and Movie Nights // Lazy Days

A/W Nails.

21 October 2014 · 19 Comments

With November coming round quicker than I can believe, and the weather turning cold and autumnal, I decided now would be the perfect time to treat myself to some suitably seasonal themed nail polishes to go with the thick knit jumpers and berry tones that are currently filling my life. And what better colours than black and a dark burgundy to scream autumn and the end of all that is summer?

I've given the Collection Lasting Gel Colour a trial run before in the form of a gorgeous fuchsia which I wore all over the summer, so new that the formula was a good'un - glossy finish and a good staying power (plus they come with a wide brush - winner) - so when I stumbled across these two colours, in the aisles of Boots I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for. 

Red Vixen is a gorgeous rich wine toned burgundy which appears more black or red in certain lights. A classic colour, it's one that goes with everything and a dupe of the infamous Chanel Rouge Noir, it's one to get if you want to save a few pennies. Black Jack is just your average black, but I really like wearing it around this time of year to vamp up looks slightly, and it makes me feel like a witch - in a good way - perfect for Halloween. 

I don't think I will be wearing anything else on my nails, at least until after the new year, these two have definitely stolen my heart! What are your favourite shades for this time of the year? 

Winged Eyes Nude Lips.

19 October 2014 · 33 Comments

(From left to right; Ellie, Emily, Me)

It was the Masquerade Ball at school a couple of weeks ago, so of course, like any girl would, I used it as an excuse to really go to town with my makeup and experiment with a bolder look than I would usually go for. Using the Naked palette and a heavy winged liner as the focal point I patted Bootycall and Snakebite all over the lid with my finger tip for a smokey wash of colour before blending out the edges with a fluffy blending brush and lining my eyes with my favourite liner. The creamy consistency and gorgeous shades made it a dream to work with and I think it would work perfectly for a festive themed event. To finish the look I used lashings of mascara and went with a peachy nude lip so as to not overdo it. 

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I'm loving the effect and definitely feel that I should push myself out of my comfort zones a bit more with makeup and experiment. What do you think? Do you like the look?

What's In My Bag.

15 October 2014 · 32 Comments

I thought I'd spill with you the contents of my bag and make use of an amazing new app that I found, just hover over the little circles and it will take you to a link where you can purchase the item - cool, huh? Sometimes I just love technology. I try and keep my bag as organised as possible, and have a little pouch with all the essentials (read: a whole stack of lip products that I probably never get round to using) that I can easily transfer from place to place so what you see is my bag in it's most ordered state - don't worry, I'm not super woman, it doesn't look like this most of the time! 

What are your bag staples?

UPDATE: The widget doesn't seem to be working ... well that's embarrassing isn't it? I've linked everything down below anyway, hope you still liked the post, haha!

Sunglasses // Lip Gloss // Lipstick // iPhone and earphones // Phone Case
Perfume // Gum // Mirror // Small Zip Bag // Handbag

Face B4 Results.

08 October 2014 · 21 Comments

I was recently asked to take part in a trial for Face B4 and thought it might be interesting to share my week by week updates with you too, as this product worked so well for me and I know a lot of you are probably interested in trying something like this too. 

I'm not sure how much of a difference the photos pick up, but the wash and serum have sorted out a lot of problem areas for me, like excess grease and pore size in the T-zone without stripping the skin, and sorting out those under the skin bumps that I could never before seem to be able to do anything about. My skin is generally clearer, and most of my blemishes are gone (although the odd stress related one still pops up now and again ... grrr) and a lot of the redness in my skin is gone too. Both are easy to work into a skincare routine, I use the wash and toner after removing my makeup, and then the serum before applying moisturiser, both twice a day. Plus, for the bargain price that they are, you really can't go wrong! 

My skin is in better condition than it has been for ages now, which I fully accredit to this wonder duo, I'll be using it everyday from now on and with 1000's of other amazing reviews I'm pretty sure that you would love it too. 

What do you think of this, will you be trying it out? 

Everyday Nails

05 October 2014 · 39 Comments

Since moving schools, the rules about nail polish have toughened up, so I've had to seek out some alternative everyday shades, since I hate having bare nails so much. I was searching for a neutral baby-pink-ish shade for ages so when my lovely sister surprised me with OPI's Mod About You, it was the perfect thing to fit the bill. (plus, it's reduced right now to only £7 on BeautyBay - the link above!)

A very white toned pink, it's definitely stretching the rules on 'natural nail polish' a little, but so far I haven't been told off about it yet, so it is definitely one to search out if like me you love wearing something but your school or work are strict about colours. It also has the most incredible formula, only needing two layers to get a nice fresh opaque colour that sticks around (with the help of a good topcoat) for about a week - perfect timing to take them off and repeat on a Sunday evening for the following week. 

The brush is nice and thick, which makes application a breeze, and the finish is nice and glossy, unlike a lot of pastels which tend to dry fairly matte, so if you were short on time this would be fine without a topcoat and its one that I can see myself getting a lot of use out for a long time to come. 

So, a natural-ish polish that fits the bill for school has well and truly been found. What are your recommendations for natural nail colours?