Monday, 23 February 2015

Boots and Superdrug Makeup Haul

My bank balance has taken a bit of a beating since moving back to uni. The temptation to go makeup shopping, with town being so close, has been high. Well I wouldn't be a blogger if I didn't give in a few times. So here's what I've been wisely spending my money on over the past week. 
Nail Varnish
I went through a nail varnish obsession phase around last year. So much that my collection is now pretty excessive. But I've been meaning to buy a nude shade for ages as I seemed to have misplaced my other one. Going into Superdrug or Boots (can't remember which one) expecting to only walk out with one colour, the two for £6, enticed me to just buy another one. I'm not sure what orange will look like on me but I just wanted to try something. 
I then wondered over to the seventeen counter and apparently thought one nude wasn't enough so bought another. I think this purchase was because I had an offer voucher. You can never have too many nail varnishes can you?

With spring/summer coming, I seem to be liking pinky shades and found my collection lacking. That meant one thing - lipstick shopping! I wanted to try something new and Seventeen was my choice of brand. 
Day-glo, £1.50 (on offer in Boots)
If You Please, £4.99
If You Please, Day-glo.
I've heard so much about Revlon Lip Butter's that I randomly thought I'd buy one and see what the hype was about. 
Revlon, Sweet Tart, £7.99
I had to buy another pinky shade. I think this will be quite a light, subtle, tint pinky colour. 
Makeup Revolution, Beloved, £1
This is probably the purchase I'm really excited about - MY FIRST EVER MAKEUP REVOLUTION ITEM (SHOCK HORROR). I went for something a little daring and different, a matte shade. I have no idea what this'll look like on me but I guess I'll find out. Again, in pink! 

Collection, Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner, £2.99
I've had a bit of a struggle finding an eyeliner which compares to the Soap and Glory one, so when I found the Primark one I was pretty excited. Well searching the Collection stand for the nail varnish, I came across this eyeliner. It was one someone had actually recommended to me. Being the one thing I've already used from this haul, I have to say it is pretty good. But more time will tell. 

I can't wait to try all of these out. I've had to restrain myself from using the lippies until I did these swatches. 

Have you tried any of these things? Let me know. 
Happy Shopping x

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Review: Models Own Rose Colour Chrome Nail Varnish

I know I'm a bit late to the hype of this but I wanted to give you guys a thorough review of this nail varnish. As most of you may know, Models Own had a 50% off deal on their website and as soon I heard about it, I knew I had to buy some of the their new collection; Colour Chrome. 

I was so excited to try it that when I went to pick up the parcel from my uni accommodation office even the guy there thought I was weird. But as soon as I opened the box I tried the Rose Colour Chrome varnish. I've had this on my nails for just about a week, that's why this review is a bit late. Like I said I wanted to be thorough. 
I've absolutely fallen in love with this nail varnish. It goes with everything and Rose Gold, so in at the moment. I'd seen a few swatches of this shade before and decided it was definitely on my list to buy. 

It's a bit of matte/gloss mix. It has that little bit of a shine to it which I love. I used 2 coats but you probably could get away with one. The varnish is just the right consistency - not too thick, not too thin. 

So here's the nail varnish after I've had it on for 5 or 6 days...
It's not too bad, I'd expect any nail varnish to chip after about a week unless you're the Queen and don't do anything. But it's not as bad as I thought it would be, so it's got staying power which is a bonus. I'd definitely recommend buying the Colour Chrome collection. 

I also bought the Gold Colour Chrome shade, which I can't wait to try as well, so expect a review of that in a few weeks as well. 

If you haven't pop into a Models Own Bottleshop or Superdrug store and pick up one for £4.99. There's 10 shades so I'm sure you'll find one you love. 

Happy Shopping x

Monday, 9 February 2015

The Grammys 2015: Best and Worst Dressed

This definitely isn't a post I normally do. But scrolling through my Twitter Feed last night I saw the thousands of tweets about what the celebs were wearing. Some genuinely made me think, you've spent thousands of pounds on a dress did someone not advise you on what suits you? So I thought I'd put together a little Best and Worst list so you can see what I thought on the looks and give you a little peep into my style likes and dislikes. 

There were so many celebrities who I think looked classy and elegant and gorgeous. It was a night of sparkles mixed with some classic, simple black outfits and it was often the classic looks that won me over. But picking mt top 3 of best dressed was actually more difficult that I thought. 

1) Taylor Swift
I loved the colour clash in this outfit - the green dress and pink shoes - not something you'd think to put together but it worked. The cut out shoulder detail and high neck looked fab on her - I think high necks really suit Taylor. Teamed with the slight down the front showing just the right amount of leg. One thing that would put me off is the look of the material; it has that plasticy/firm look but Taylor pulled it off perfectly. 
2) Jhene Aiko
Jhene's outfit was a classic, elegant one. But the two tone creamy/brown of the top and bottom along with the ruffled detailed of the top made it a dress I'd definitely wear. I liked that she knew what suited her and stuck to it. A few more accessories like bracelets might have made the outfit look event better but it's still one of my faves. 

3) Gwen Stefani
Gwen went for a classic yet with a twist jumpsuit. The top's almost net like detailing added that little bit of edge and made it a classy, elegant look. She also kept the jewellery to quite a minimum. One thing is for sure, she definitely knows how to dress for her age and looks fabulous. 

There were so many other outfits that I loved - Katy Perry, Jessie J, Anna Kendrick, Beyonce but I had to keep the list short so I didn't bore you. But yeas there are my top 3 best dressed now for the worst.

This is actually what prompted me to write this post - looking at pictures of millionaires and thinking I know you want to be brave and different but do you not know what kind of look suits you and what doesn't. Here's a few I wasn't so keen on. 

1) Rihanna
Every website/magazine/blog has said it but it's true. This look just drowns her out I think. It's too OTT and big, you can barely see her face in all the fanned out layers. As OK Magazine said, "Rihanna's dress has been likened to a loofah, candyfloss and an ice-cream" Harsh but true. I don't think baby pink in that size is RiRi's colour. Something that showed off her figure would have definitely suited her better. 
2) Kim Kardashian
Although I loved the sparkle and glitter of this outfit, it looked a bit like a long dressing gown with a belt with added details. I guess what I;m trying to say is I wasn't a fan of the style of the dress. The fact that the sleeves covered her hands just made me think it was too big for her and I wasn't keen in on the low neck/high front split thing - I think you have to be careful when doing this and although Kim K has got an awesome cleavage I still would've kept a balance. Another thing - her hair. When I saw her chopped locks I loved them but here she looks like she's just woken up, a bit sleeker would've been the angle I went for. 

3) Charlie XCX
She could have made this look work but the pink bow tie and fur turned me off it. They made it look a bit dress up and less elegant. If she's kept it simple it probably would have looked so much better. The pink shoes and white tux look would have worked well without the rest I think. 

There were a few others I was on fence about. I liked Iggy Izalea's dress but the weird braid hairstyle wasn't for me. Similarly with Rita Ora - I liked the sparkly dress but it didn't suit her short blonde hair. I think I prefer Rita with longer hair. 

But there you go a quick round up of my top 3 best and worst dressed at the Grammy's. 
What were your favourites and least favourites?
Happy Shopping x

[Images credited to Buzz Feed and OK!]

Sunday, 8 February 2015

52 Lists. Week 4: List Your Current & Future Goals & Dreams

So, it's already week four of 52 lists and this one is current/future dreams and goals. I found this one quite easy as I'm lucky in that fact I know where I kind of want to be in 5/10 years time. 
I've picked a few goals to do with my career and education and others that were a bit random and more personal. I seem to have developed a love of red soled shoes lately, they're just so pretty and although I could probably just buy some red sole stickers for my own shoes. Nothing is more exciting than owning a pair of expensive, perfect shoes. Buy some Urban Decay makeup - you might think I can just go and do that now but being a student I don't have that much money to spend on makeup (sad face). Maybe in the future once I've got a job, it'll be one goal ticked off my list. 

I tried to keep it short with the first few things that came into my head and even writing this I can think of some I want to add. Keep blogging would definitely be one. I love blogging so I want to keep doing it as long as people read my blog and I'm capable of it. 
Like with all the other 52 Lists, everyone has different goals and it's important to have them. It usually keeps you focused and something to work to and when you accomplish one you feel so proud. 

So what are your goals and dreams? Let me know. 
Happy Writing x

Friday, 6 February 2015

Review: Primark 'PS Love' Mascara

A few weeks I did a little review on the Primark Eyeliner Pen and said I'd be reviewing their Mascara as well. So here it is for your enjoyment. 
After being pretty surprised at how much I loved their eyeliner I was hoping the same for this. 

But I was quite disappointed by it. Sorry Primark. Although it does give length to your lashes I didn't really find it giving much volume. Maybe teamed with another mascara this might be a winning combination. 
The one thing I wasn't too keen on was the plasticy feel and sound of the brush. When you pull the brush out of the bottle you can hear that brushy clicky noise and that did put me off a bit. For £2.00 you get what you buy. 

On it's own I don't think this mascara is absolutely perfect but teamed up with something else it definitely has a potential. I think this would make a great starter mascara as well. So if you're looking for your first mascara I'd recommend trying it. It's not ott but it's just right. 
Have you tried the Primark Mascara or any other Primark makeup? Let me know what you think of it. 

Happy Shopping x

Monday, 2 February 2015

Review: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

When I heard Benefit were releasing a new mascara I got pretty excited but when I heard they were including a sample size in Elle's March Issue I got even more excited. The first thing I did, like many beauty bloggers, was run to the shops to pick up a copy and try it out. 
I've read a few reviews already of this mascara and was expecting the best thing ever. The outside of the packaging is definitely Benefit-y and pretty. And I couldn't wait to open it and try it. 
When I opened it, the brush was a little disappointing. I'm not a fan of plastic brushes but this one surprised me as I found it to be just as good as other brushes. I did find the bristles to be a little small but that might be because this is only a sample size. Like I said expecting the next best mascara I couldn't wait to try. But I'm still undecided. It definitely gives my lashes length, a lot of length and volume but I found it made them look a bit clumpy. I want a mascara that gives my lashes volume and even though this one does maybe not as much as I want. 

I like the curve shaped brush as it's easier to apply to the curve of your lashes and you can follow them round.  It seems like a good mascara maybe I just need to give it time. 

Have you tried this mascara? What did you think? 
Happy Shopping x
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