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Monday, 30 September 2013

my everyday makeup bag

my everyday makeup bag review swatch photo
my everyday makeup bag review swatch photo
origins vitazing moisturiser*, Laura Mercier Radiance Primer*, Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, By Terry Touche Velouttee, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, Nars Deep Throat Blush, Cargo HD Picture Perfect Translucent Powder, Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette, Nars Ride Up To The Moon, Guerlain Eyeliner, Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara, Illamasqua Androgen Pigment, Topshop Whimsical

I've had to come back to my home town for a bit, and while I had a few posts preplanned as I was actually ahead of schedule for a bit I have now run out of preplanned stuff. So I thought I'd share what I shoved into my makeup bag as I frantically packed. This is the makeup that I've been reaching for the most at the moment and pretty much what I use most days. I'm a creature of habit, and I always tend to reach for the same items over and over again.

To prep the skin I've been leaning towards Origins Vitazing Moisturiser. A vitamin and colour boosting moisturiser which perks up very looking tired skin. I wasn't sold on this initially, but it has been growing on me the past few uses. It gives my skin a lightly bronzed even out base. I'm still working my way through the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. It's a brilliant illuminating primer which brightens up even the most sallowest of skin. This is definitely going on my repurchase in full size list once my mini is up. Joeur Matte Moisture Tint was my base of choice as I wanted something easy to apply and gave me enough coverage. Beautiful light matte coverage, evening out the skin without the use of heavy product. For the touchup of dark circles and lurking spots, Concealer comes in the form of the By Terry Touche Veloutte in Cream.

As for contour and blush, I chose the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder and Nars Deep Throat Blush. A combo of products which produces my current cheek of choice (note to self, use this as a post title sometime!) One is a really lovely natural contour shade and the other a light pink to add a flush of colour to the apples. To powder my face I've been using the Cargo HD Picture Perfect Translucent Powder. While I'm not a huge fan of loose powders, this one works like a treat. It gives a soft matte finish without making the skin look cakey or dry. The packaging stops it from going everywhere as it has a sneaky hidden lid which stops powder escaping while on the move. Which makes it easily transportable unlike most loose powders which poof up in a cloud of dust!

For eyebrows, I brought along the Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette. Even though I'm finding it too dark now that my hair is so light. I'm tempted to get this in a lighter shade, but I found Soft Brunette to be too ashy. It's a wonderful waxy powder formulation which looks natural and subtle when used correctly. On the eyes, I've been using Nars Ride Up To The Moon Palette as it's a wonderful selection of autumnal colours which can be used in a variety of different ways to take looks from day to night. I've started wearing eyeliner again so have been using an ol' favourite in the form of the Guerlain Eyeliner. I adore this for a slick glossy winged out look. I actually forgot to bring a mascara with me, so I'm using the Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara which is my Mum's which I can't say I love. I don't feel like it applies well to my lashes and doesn't coat them as well as I'd like. The lengthening and volumizing are very minimal, and I find the ball on the end makes application a little messy. As for my lips I brought two favourites Illamasqua Androgen Pigement and Topshop Whimsical. Two shades of peachy pink perfection, which I just cant get enough of.
What's in you're everyday makeup bag? 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

september favourites

september favourites review swatch photo

Dove Leave in Conditioner Spray, Ojon Dry Recovery Spray*, Ebay Push Down Pump, Michel Mercier Detangling Brush, Topshop Hedonist, Bourjois Twist Up The Volume Mascara*, Coloursmash Hair Chalk, Hydraluron, OPI Nail Envy*, Oribe Thickening Spray

Watching back over my September favourites I don't think I really talked about the products that I was actually discussing in the video very well. Sometimes my brain goes utterly blank while filming, and things I want to say just don't come out how I intend them to! Argh, So to correspond with the video (which you can see on my channel) I thought I'd post a brief overview of some of the products on the blog as well as linking to all the full reviews of products that I've I've done in the past of the products. This way you get a bit more than a quick overview and can skip past the products you don't care for.

Dove Leave in Conditioner (full review) & Ojon Dry Recovery Spray (full review): I'm grouping these two together as I feel they do exactly the same thing, but ones high end and the other, low end. Basically, they are both just very lightweight oil/leave in conditioner sprays. They nourish the hair, help untangle knots and refresh my dry ends. My favourite thing to do is to apply it all over my hair, brush my hair to remove knots and then blast with a hairdryer. Hello smooth, silky hair.

Michel Mercier Detangling Brush (full review) : I liked the Tangle Teaser, but I really love this. An excellent detangling brush which really helps remove knots and smooth out my hair. I love that it has quite strong bristles while also having a handle which gets through even the most knotty of knots!

Ebay Push Down Pump Bottle (full review): Who doesn't love needless but functional packaging. My nail technician always uses push down pump bottles and after a quick eBay search I picked up a few for myself. I have nail polish remover in one which makes spillages completely non existent and I'm not wasting a bunch of nail polish remover fluid over saturating a cotton pad. I don't think these are essential, but they are really functional and I've been really enjoying using them.

Topshop Hedonist (full review): A beautiful matte orange toned red lipstick, Which looks beautiful worn day and night. Paired with neutral eyes and a lightly contoured cheek this pencil has been gracing itself on my lips for my everyday at-home glamour look.

Bourjois Twist Up the Volume Mascara: I don't know how this became one of my favourite mascara. I don't normally like brushes that are so plastic, bristles all the way. None the less, it quickly went up the beauty ranks after discovering it makes the perfect no makeup makeup mascara. It's really light, but coats the lashes well to give black, lengthened lashes without drama. This isn't one for those who want big, voluminous lashes but it's a great everyday mascara which gives ton's of length. Even the volume setting of this mascara doesn't add too much product and still looks fairly natural. It's very versatile.

Coloursmash Hair Chalk: Hair chalk has become my new thing. I love that I can use it to chop and change parts of my hair colour only for it to wash out after one wash. I've been loving this pink one to add a little hint of pink into my currently super boring blonde hair. I also purchased some more hair chalks to use in a future post. So keep an eye out for those if you're curious in that sort of stuff!

Hydraluron (full review): This is a tricky one to explain. It's a serum packed full of Hyaluronic acid which is naturally produced in the skin but as you age the skin produces less. When I add this back into my routine, I wonder how I coped without it. It really makes my skin hydrated and feel plumper, smoother and the texture much more refined. I always forget how much I adore this until I stop using it and then have that EUREKA moment when I do start again!

OPI Nail Envy (full review): One of those hyped products I never got around to trying. But after getting my acrylics removed I needed something to sort my dry, brittle nails out ASAP. It's a clear polish or base coat which helps the nails grow and strengthen. I've noticed a huge difference in my nails in three short weeks. I am going back to acrylics (naughty, i know!), but I cant recommend this enough if you're having a break or need something to keep your nails in tip top condition.

Oribe Thickening Spray: I thought I liked the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray until this came along. It's a mega volume boosting blow dry spray which leaves my hair looking huge... I mean next level huge. Even a few days after my hair still felt big, bouncy and volumized. I add about 5-8 of pumps to wet hair, flip my head down and then blast with a hair drier. It doesn't dry my hair out like the B&B one and more expensive than B&B, but I feel like it works so much better. I love how long it lasts in my hair and it makes me hair feel awesome. You do need to use it sparingly or you might end up with emo throwback hair!
What are your favourite products from the month of September?

two ways to wear- nars ride up to the moon palette

two ways- nars ride up to the moon palette review swatch photo

two ways- nars ride up to the moon palette  review swatch photo

nars ride up to the moon palette

I've had the Nars Ride Up to The Moon palette in my possession for a while, but since I wanted to show it in a haul, so I didn't use it. Now that's ultimate pathetic blogger problems! So since I've ticked that box and shown it in a haul (see here) I've taken to using it almost every day. To give a speedy rundown of the deets, It's a beautifully housed edit of 6 fall ready shades of eye colour from Nars. The shades included within the palette are (from left to right, top row then second) Argentina (pale gold), Isolde (metallic amber), Night Porter (deep green), Biarritz (matte cream), Fez (cocoa brown) and Cordura (dark brown with gold flecks). All the shades are utterly butter soft and remarkably pigmented. I found the only one that is slightly off is Cordura which I found to be slightly chalky. They lasted a good 9 hours without primer and didn't crease on my oily lids.

LOOK ONE is my usual everyday look but adapted using some new shades. I popped Isolade onto the lid then blended with a touch of Fez in the crease to define the eye a little. Then took Isolade under the bottom lashes to make the eye pop. I then lined with a liquid liner as usual and finished with my everyday mascara. Isolde is a shade I've had my eye on for yonks. I just didn't want a single eyeshadow of it as I knew it would get lost in the shuffle. It's positively lived up to my expectations and now wondering why I never caved sooner.

LOOK TWO is a dark, smokey, evening eye shadow look. Not a look that I've ever created before, but I can see myself wearing it again somewhere down the line. I've never experimented with dark eyes, however paired down with a bronzed base and neutral lip I think it looks quite gorgeous. For this, I used Argentina all over the lid as a base, then blended Night Porter over the top to create a shimmery green with gold flecks. I took Cordura and lightly buffed into the crease and then ran it under the eye to smoke the whole look out. To finish I lined the eye with a creamy black eye pencil (I did use gold originally but didn't like it!) and blended it out with a small brush on the upper lash line to create a little more definition. I'd probably need to wear false lashes with this look as I felt my eyelashes got a bit lost in the look! But I really like how the green compliments my green blue eyes, I wasn't sure it'd work as well as it did.

This palette is a limited edition, and I suggest getting your mitts on it ASAP if you're curious about it. At £32, it's not terribly priced for 6 amazing quality shadows in 6 wearable shades. I often find with pre designed palettes there is always those odd shades that just don't work quite so well. Despite my original doubts about Night Porter (the green), it actually works really well within the overall colour palette and provides a much needed colour pop against the neutrals. I'd also had my eye on Isolde previously so it's nice to see that in a palette as I'd never in a million years use up a entire eyeshadow! In conclusion In all think it's utterly beautiful and varied eye palette. Creating anything from a simple matte neutral eye to a deep smokey look with a pop of green.

Have you entered my giveaway to win you're own Ride Up To The Moon Palette?

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak* review swatch photo
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak* review swatch photo

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak*

Urban Decay released a whole host of original lipstick shades earlier on in the year. With twenty two new shades varying from vibrant to neutral, bold to soft, bright to subdued. The formula of the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick is creamy and lightweight and mostly opaque in one swipe. My pick of the 22 is Urban Decay Streak, a warm toned coral pink. On me shows up slightly lighter than in the bullet. The finish is glossy and easy to wear. Rich, even pigmentation and smooth finish. On the lips, they feel slightly waxy, sort of slippy, but this doesn't make the wear uncomfortable. I don't tend to go for lipsticks with such a glossy finish, but I find this one very easy to wear.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks have no noticeable taste or flavour, a big plus in my book as anything flavoured on my lips doesn't sit well with me. The lipstick didn't bleed or look messy after a few hours and left a slight stain behind on the lips. In all, I adore this lipstick, it's so pretty and brightening on my skin tone, and I find it to be very flattering. I have a few other Urban Decay lipsticks from this range which I'll review possibly in the future, althrough I have to admit this is my favourite of the bunch
What do you think about Urban Decay Streak? Your kinda colour?

Friday, 27 September 2013

Inhibitif Hair Free Deodorant

Inhibitif Hair Free Deodarent review swatch photo

Inhibitif Hair Free DEODORANT *

This was one of those things that came through my front door, and I skimmed over the press release and was like "WHY DID NO ONE THINK OF THIS BEFORE"… A lot like the call blocking on the new IOS7, Why was that not a thing before? Anyway, in comes the Inhibitif Hair Free Deodorant.

There was a lot of hoo-haa earlier on in the year when Inhibitif launched their Hair Free Serum and came with a lot of buzz. They've started coming out with various ways of packaging their fuzz sighting formula, and this is the latest along with a facial serum. It's a roll on deodorant that doubles up as a hair minimizer, ingrown hair reducer and moisturiser for the underarm (who knew we had to moisturise under there?). How genius! I think it's the ultimate 2 in 1 product!

Apparently this takes about 2 weeks to see a notable difference and 8 to see the full benefits, so I'm gonna give this a go and report back to you on my findings. I've been using Inhibitif Advance Hair Free Serum on and off and have seen that my hair is growing back a lot finer and between shaves my legs aren't as stubbly. I think I'll remember more to use this as we all apply deodorant daily so I might be able to give a fairer test. I'm excited to see how this goes! It's exclusive to Boots and costs £8.99. Not a bad price in terms of fuzz fighting and odour eating abilities.
Why are we not funding this!?

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Burberry S/S14 Nail Polish

 Burberry Nail Polish review swatch photo

 Burberry Nail Polish review swatch photo

 Burberry Nail Polish review swatch photo

Burberry Pale Yellow No. 415 Nail Polish review swatch photo

Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 405 Nail Polish review swatch photo

Burberry Nail Polish Pale Yellow No. 415* & Burberry Nail Polish  Dusky Mauve No. 405*

Is it weird to describe a nail polish as buttery? I don't even know why that was the first word that came to mind when I was swatching up these Burberry Nail Polishes. Six new shades are being added to the Burberry Beauty collection and were revealed backstage at the spring summer show last week. A limited edition capsule collection containing six shades: Pale Grape, Rose Pink, Dusky Mauve, Mink, Pale Yellow and Sage Green. I was sent a few of the soon to be launched shades, and I thought I'd show you them today. Smooth, pigmented and an absolute dream to apply. Burberry sure know how to do luxe nail polish. I'm always in two minds about high end polish, why spend the extra pennies when cheaper polishes are just the same. I did feel these did have a very luxurious feel to them and could really note the difference in quality when using them. They applied so evenly and smooth and both were opaque in one coat. An additional coat was applied purely to make sure it was completely even but you can easily be worn with just one layer.

The shades all have a soft, feminine English Rose edge to them. I think they are unique shades for spring, steering away from pastels and towards more punchy shades. I received Burberry Pale Yellow No. 415 Nail Polish, which is a really lovely muted mustard yellow. This was sported by the beautiful Cara Delevigne on the runaway during the spring/summer 2014 show. I think it's a really individual shade, and If it's good enough for Cara it's good enough for me. I also got Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 405 nail polish is a pretty deep purple brown with a sort of pastel edge. It looks retro and charming without being too in your face.

If you are desperate to get your paws on the The Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 Runway Nail Collection, it retails for £90 at until September 30. And then will be launched counter wide from January. They are pricey, but I cant fault the quality. I think Pale Yellow is a wonderful colour and a stand out shade. I might be biased as I do love Cara way too much...
What do you think of these spring ready shades?
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Note: I dont know why 405 has photographed so badly, I think it's the plastic nail I used wasnt very smooth! 

Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Limited Edition Products

review swatch photo

review swatch photo

TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt, TONI&GUY Classic Shine & Gloss Serum, TONI&GUY Glamour Volume Plumping Whip, TONI&GUY Creative Stick it up gum

Over Fashion Week,  I worked with Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe to create a variety of looks using products based around their four key looks, Glamour, Casual, Creative & Classic. I was also lucky enough to interview the lovely Lulu Kennedy about her role working with Toni &Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe. To correspond with London Fashion Wee a set of limited edition packaging with designs by Lulu Kennedy was released. If you're unaware who Lulu she is creative director of Lulu & Co, Fashion East founder, and Love magazine editor at large. Super passionate, engaging and someone you can't help but be inspired by. One of the coolest cats you'll ever meet.

She explained to me that she wasn't able to change the shape of the product but was given creative freedom of the designs. She told me how she was inspired by various looks, women and decades to created dozens of outstanding mood boards based on each theme. I've seen some of the mood boards and can totally vouch for their impressiveness. Her team went through tons of fonts, designs and ideas before settling on the bold graphic designs. TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt Spray was inspired by the photos of Marilyn Monroe at the beach, really carefree and casual with a "windswept Americana" feel.  TONI&GUY Classic Shine & Gloss Serum is very mod and Sixties - black and white and very Mary Quant. TONI&GUY Glamour Volume Plumping Whip  was all about modern day glamour pussies like Rosie Huntington Whitley, all sleek and curled. TONI&GUY Creative Stick it up gum's packaging  was inspired by rap culture and girls like Grimes.

Overall I think the range is really fun and eye catching, and I love the story behind the limited edition packaging. You can see how the items should be used on me in their individual posts that we put together over London Fashion Week (see Glamour, Casual, Creative & Classic). But my pick for the limited edition stuff is definitely the TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt Spray. Just a really good spray for adding texture and interest to the hair without making it feel dry and gritty. It was Lulu's favourite product too. Lulu Kennedy's Limited Edition range for Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe is available now from or at selected Boots nationwide.

“Dress from the head down with TONI&GUY HairMeetWardrobe. Create your look with the exclusive TONI&GUY Limited Edition products designed by Lulu Kennedy
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by TONI&GUY via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of TONI&GUY.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

high end makeup haul

high end makeup haul

Origins Clear Improvement Mask, Nars Sheer Matte in Vallauris,
 Nars Eyeshadow Palette in Ride Up To The Moon, 
Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder,
 By Terry Touche Velouttee, Hourglass Arch Brown Pencil

I've been picking up bits here and there for the past two months and I thought I'd do a round up of some of the newer additions to my makeup collection that I've purchased recently. I've been on a real makeup kick with a misison to shake up my makeup bag and find some new, exciting products to test out. I also repurchased a few old favourites which I havent used for a while while I was at it. I'm really happy with most of the products I've purchased and full reviews are coming soon. Remmeber to watch on Youtube for more details, give the video a thumbs up if you enjoy and subscribe if you're new!
Are you interested in any of the products I've shown in this video?

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

no makeup makeup

no makeup makeup
no makeup makeup
Nars Sheer Matte Foundation, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, Bourjois Twist Up Mascara*

More and more recently I cant be bothered with actually applying a full face of makeup. It just seems like such a chore and everything gets a little bit too much effort. However the last few weeks my go-to makeup has been this three product face or what I like to call my no makeup makeup. Designed for lazy days, weekends and those I want a bit of makeup but nothing to fancy. A good even base, a natural contour on the cheeks and a good lengthening mascara are all in my no-makeup-makeup cheat sheet.

I always start off with a nice matte base and recently I've been opting towards using Nars Sheer Matte Foundation. The word sheer really put me off this foundation when it came out a few years ago, and I've tried samples of it but never committed. I was matched to one of their newest shades Vallauris which is a dream match for my awkward skin tone. The finish is matte but light and doesn't feel dry or cakey on my oily skin. It's not sheer in the slightest, and I find it to be light but buildable. I've been contouring my cheeks with the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder which much to my surprise is the perfect contour shade despite looking muddy and grey toned in the compact. It gives a natural shadow effect on the skin, which I find that because it's so neutral it looks really minimal but really sculpts the face. As for mascara I've been using the Bourjois Twist Up The Volume Mascara. I find it gives the lashes a good coating of colour while really defining them and adding length. As you want the makeup to look natural I didn't want huge spider lashes, so a picking a good lengthening and separating one like this works a treat! You can twist the brush to give two different mascara styles, so it has a compact brush which is great for volumizing if you are so inclined!

I do sometimes fill my brows in as well, but most of the time I really don't bother. As you can see my brows are quite full naturally! A slick of lipgloss or lip
Whats your no-makeup-makeup routine look like?

Monday, 23 September 2013

giveaway: Nars Ride Up To The Moon

giveaway: Nars Ride Up To The Moon  review swatch photo
giveaway: Nars Ride Up To The Moon  review swatch photo

I just went and emailled the winner of my last giveaway, so Id thought I'd run another sneaky little giveaway for a Nars Ride Up To The Moon Palette. It's just such a wonderful warm toned autumn palette and it's literally the apple of my eye at the moment. I've got it down for a full review later on in the week but I talk about it in my most recent haul video. So to go along side it for all the down-bar readers (and you guys obviously!) I'd give another one away. All you need to do is be a subscriber of my channel which you can do at the bottom of this post or by clicking here. Open Worldwide and winner will be picked via Rafflecopter in two weeks time!

forever repurchased

review swatch photo

Im a fickle soul when it comes to all things beauty but also such a creature of habit. I do have a few things that I tend to always gravitate back towards whenever my skin does something funky or I want something that I know works.

The Origins Clear Improvement Mask has been helping me sort out my skin which has taken a turn for the worst over the past week or two. I've had a reaction to something been left with really yucky tiny spots on my cheeks so this has been working a treat drawing all the yuck out. It's a simple charcoal mask which dries firm on the skin to leave the face looking deeply cleansed and fresh. Hyraluron is another skincare thing I've had to go out and repurchase. I'm actually on my third tube of the stuff. It contains Hydralyroic Acid, which is naturally produced in the skin but as you age the skin produces less. I find it works wonders on my dehydrated skin because it helps lock in moisture and keep the skin firm and plump. By Terry Touche Veloutte is my ultimate high end concealer. I never ever get enough sleep so this is my secret weapon on early mornings to hide tired peepers. A few clicks and it covers and expertly diffuses the light to hide my under eye circles. I do think lower end concealers do a similar job to this but there is something about this that just works so well for me. It lasts all day and I never feel the need to top up.

Which products do you always repurchase?

Sunday, 22 September 2013

DKNY Be Delicious Skin

DNKY Be Delicious Skin EDT review swatch photo
DKNY Be Delicious Skin: £39*

I've admittedly never tried Be Delicious, despite it being a very iconic perfume from the past couple of years. It's one of those instantly recognisable fragrances that I always notice when perfume shopping but have never actually tried for myself. I've always been drawn to the packaging, its pretty, sleek and really attractive. It fits right in on my dresser with the rest of my fancy perfumes. The scent is fresh and uplifting and very crisp, just like I'd imagine an apple perfume to smell. I don't find it too overwhelming but to be it has a very "classic" feel to it. Like slightly musky, but I find it to smell quite strong of vanilla or cucumber with a hint of apple. Not as apple-y as I expected, but it's very nice. It's a charming, youthful fragrance, and I can see why it's quite an iconic perfume from DKNY. This version isn't as fragranced as as traditional perfume as the concentration of scent is much less than your average EDP. However the same scent for the EDP is used, just in a much smaller dose to allow for the skincare friendly ingredients.

However the difference with this Be Delicious Skin fragrance is that it claims to have skin benefits in it. As far as being a hydrating perfume I am very intrigued. I can't understand how it works despite reading the press release over and over again. It basically says its a blend of different things that benefit hydration. Which means the stuff inside it is supposed to hydrate and nourish your skin, what these are apart from being described as an "Apple Fusion Complex" I don't know. I'll have to report back on that one as I still can't quite get my head around it. But in all, a good perfume. Safe, simple to wear and easy on the nostrils!
PS. Spot me in the reflection!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

OPI Nail Envy

OPI Nail Envy review swatch photo
OPI Nail Envy: £18.65*

As most people are aware I wear acrylics, I wasn't blessed with a lovely nail bed or long strong nails. I've been wearing false nails for probably about 6 years on and off now, before settling on getting regular acrylics. Recently I decided to take them off and give my nails a good break. But if you've had acrylic nails before you know the state of your nails after they come off. Weak, ridged and generally just not the nicest looking things. Although to be honest I've always had really weak nails, even before I discovered acrylics.

In comes the OPI Nail Envy. Something that's constantly harped on about to me by my friends and my nail technician. Honestly, its been lurking in my collection for so long but is just something I've never gotten round to giving a whirl. So for the last three weeks of non-nail abuse I've been using the OPI Nail Envy and I can honestly say it has worked. While my nails arent anywhere near being in amazing condition, and I am actually going to get acrylics applied today. My nails have really turned themselves around in such a short time. They look noticably stronger, healthier and actually feel like nails. Not the super thin shadow of a nail they were before. I know Im going to ruin them again by being naughty and getting acrylics, but I feel this month long break has really benefitted my nails and has prompted me to do it again in the future.

I applied this once a day in the evening before bed just because it was conveniently on my night table so I didn't forget. It just came as part of my nightime routine. Im terrible at sticking to doing things, but when you stick to routines you do get results. In all, a big thumbs up for OPI Nail Envy. It's darn pricey but does what it says on the bottle. I wish my nails were a nice shape naturally and grew properly, but I cant recall a period of time in my whole life that I've had nails in good condition. I hate their natural shape

Friday, 20 September 2013

barry m royal glitter collection

Barry M Royal glitters lady duchess princess countess majesty nail paint review swatch photo
Barry M Royal glitters nail paint review swatch photo
Barry M Royal glitters Lady  nail paint review swatch photo
Barry M Royal glitters Duchess nail paint review swatch photo
Barry M Royal glitters Countess  nail paint review swatch photo
Barry M Royal glitters Princess nail paint review swatch photo
Barry M Royal glitters Majesty nail paint review swatch photo
 Barry M Duchess Nail Paint*
 Barry M Lady Nail Paint*
 Barry M Majesty Nail Paint*
 Barry M Princess Nail Paint*
 Barry M Countess Nail Paint*

More Barry M launches coming at you today! I feel like sometimes all I post about is nail polish but I genuinely really adore all things nail polish at the moment! Maybe I should start a dedicated nail polish swatch blog because I could literally post about it every single day if I could! Anyway, like I said. New Barry M launch for AW 2013. This collection obviously have a nod the royal fever we are currently experiencing and the opulent finishes fit perfectly with a royal theme. The Barry M Royal Glitter Collection is five new glittery shades with a textured finish. I feel the texture is a little less gritty compared to the other Barry M Textured polished I reviewed earlier in the year. I didn't find them too rough on the nails and the urge to pick wasn't that bad. The glitters have a unique matte finish but a topcoat will make it glossy without much effort.

Barry M Princess Nail Paint is a barbie style pink with gold shimmer going through it, the nail polish applies sheer at first but is two coats opaque. Barry M Majesty Nail Paint reminds me of the sand polishes because of the finish and the shade. It's a mixture of gold and glitter and looks either very summery or very Christmas ready.  Barry M Duchess Nail Paint is a lilac toned pinky grey glitter, its not as pink as Princess but still has a very noticeable light pink tone. I quite like this one, I think it looks really dreamy and pretty. Barry M Lady Nail Paint is the lightest of all the Royal Glitter's and is a shimmery white with pearly glitter, I also really like this one and think it'll make the perfect christmas/ snowy nail look. Barry M Countess Nail Paint is the most vamp looking shade of the five in this collection and I feel it's the most unique. In the bottle it looks quite brown but once applied it's a dark berry purple with gold and iridesent glitter in it. I really didnt expect to like this one as much as I did. It'd make a really good halloween shade I think.

Overall I think there are some nice shades in this collection but I could have done without the texture element to the glitters. I feel as smooth glittery shades they'd be a lot easier to wear and be a little more consumer friendly. I see Duchess and Lady being the stand out shades from this range though! These launch September 25th in Superdrug and Boots from October 2nd at £3.99

clinique superprimer

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"NEW Clinique Superprimer Face Primers are available in one universal formula and five tinted formulas designed for specific skin care needs. 30ml RRP £20.00 / €27.00. Shop now at or visit a Clinique counter to discover your skin type. Ask for a foundation fitting and you will receive a complimentary 5-day sample of your chosen formula."
I always say that a foundation always works best when used with a good primer, Together they make the perfect base for your look. I think skin is the most important part of a makeup look and taking steps to make your skin look as beautiful as possible is one thing you should really be aware of. Clinique Superprimers are silicone based primers which is great for prolonging foundation and keeping oiliness at bay and come in different shades to counteract different skin discolouration problems. For example the lilac tones in the Sallowness primer aim to brighten the skin tone and neutralise yellow tones. The primer claims to help add luminosity back into the skin and brighten even the most lacklustre of skin tone.

The product applies nicely to the skin to give a powdery velvet-matte finish. Due to the ammount of silicone in the primer means they do give a flawless, refined texture to the skin. This evens out pores, fine lines and blur imperfections. As a skin primer I felt this worked really well, it kept my oiliness at bay while blurring out my large pores and areas of unevenness. I find my skin really likes silicone primers so it did kept my skin looking fresh throughout the day and I didn't have to cake the powder on to give a semi matte base which I tend to go for. While I felt the tone did counteract some of the yellowness in my skin but I felt it could also be a little bit more pigmented as the lavender colour is very pale.Overall I think it's a nice product if you're looking for a primer to make your makeup last but I find the pigment for a sallowness corrector just isn't quite there. I do know this comes in a variety of tones dependent on what skin aliment you have so the other shades might have a little extra-something-something that this one lacks. Definitely worth grabbing a sample of though!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clinique via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clinique

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Show Reports

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I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to cover backstage at all of the Toni&Guy Hair Wardrobe shows this season. Four huge shows, Four amazing hair looks created by the talented Mark Hampton, Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Global Ambassador. The idea behind Toni&Guy Hair Wardrobe is that you're dressed from head to toe, with the outfit complimenting the hair perfectly and it all fitting together to create a over all look. All the shows I attended and did backstage for I felt Mark Hampton created looks that reflected the style of the designer showcasing as well as complimenting the garments.

THE SHOW: Todd Lynn

THE STYLE: Creative

THE LOOK: “We wanted to develop last season’s look for Todd – as the clothes are more rough and raw this season. The look is less wavy and has a more aggressive texture. The sophisticated classic ponytail is gone and replaced with a more edgy look that’s still feminine.” - Mark Hampton

HOW-TO: Prep the hair with the Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Prep Volume Plumping Mousse applied through the lengths. A centre parting was created and the hair pulled back behind the shoulders. Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Creative Style Spray Wax was added in the lengths of the hair, sectioned and twisted to add texture. The hair was then dried with a diffuser to create movement. Before the hair is completely dry the hair was then pulled into a loose pony tail, sections are randomly rubbed together to create a undone look and then dried. The hair band was then removed just before showtime and finished with Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Creative Extreme Hold Hairspray.

THE SHOW: Vivienne Westwood Red Label

THE STYLE: Glamour

THE LOOK: "For Vivienne Westwood Red Lavel this season, the look was wild and animal-like. We wanted hair with tons of volume, pinned up abstractly to create the look of a ferocious forest creature"- Mark Hampton

HOW-TO: The Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Prep Heat Protection Mist is added to dry hair to protect from heat styling. The hair was divided into sections and the Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Deep Barrel Waver was used to create waves. The hair was then brushed pout and the Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Glamour Plumping Whip is added to the roots to give volume and texture. The top sections are pinned up randomly and finished with the Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray.

SHOW: Matthew Williamson

THE STYLE: Glamour

THE LOOK: "Matthew's hair look is always very natural, but the Matthew Williamson woman is always chic with a hint of glamour. The 70's style blown-out look that we've done this season has an effortless polished beauty to it" - Mark Hampton

HOW-TO: To create the 70's jet setter look Mark applied the Toni& Guy Meet Wardrobe Prep Smoothing Detangler to the hair to reduce frizz. Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Glamour Volume Plumping Whip was added to the roots and lengths and blow dried. Hair was then tonged with the Glamour Jumbo tong. The hair was then parted on the side and teased for retro volume. The hair was finished with Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray to hold the hair in place.

SHOW: Fashion East (Ashley Williams)


THE LOOK: The idea behind this look was "sea shined" With a just got out the sea kind of look. Gorgeous hair swept into a ponytail.

HOW-TO: Prep the hair with the Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Prep Volume Plumping Mousse applied through the lengths. A centre parting was created and the hair pulled back behind the shoulders. Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Creative Style Spray Wax was added in the lengths of the hair, sectioned and twisted to add texture. The hair was then dried with a diffuser to create movement. Before the hair is completely dry the hair was then pulled into a loose pony tail, sections are randomly rubbed together to create a undone look and then dried. The hair band was then removed just before showtime and finished with Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Creative Extreme Hold Hairspray.

SHOW: Fashion East (Claire Barrow)


THE LOOK: The Claire Barrow girl has a 70's/80's going out style. With a airy natural looking movement with subtle volume at the roots. Blow dried in all directions.

HOW-TO: Hair was prepped with Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Prep Volume Plumping Mousse and rough dried.  One inch sectioned were tonged with a wide barrelled tony to give a subtle wave. The hair is cooled and brushed out to give a soft wave. The Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Rough Texturiser is added to the roots to give instant lift. The look is finished with a few blasts from a hair dryer to create movement and finished with Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray.

SHOW: Fashion East (Ryan Ho)

THE STYLE: Classic

THE LOOK: The theme for the show was very fairytale, a ponytail perched high on top of the head. Twisted at the end to create a pigtail shape, soft voluminous with a cute bounce as the model walks.

HOW-TO:  The hair was teased at the roots to create texture and subtle volume, then smoothed into a high ponytail. The Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Classic Wave Memoriser was added to the ponytail and blow dried to keep things fresh and bouncy. The hair was then tonged with the Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Reverse Conical Wand to create a single defined curl. The hair was finished with a slick of the Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Classic Shine Gloss Serum and finished with a light spray of the Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Classic Medium Hold Hairspray.
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