Another nail post for you today, and I have a few other posts lined up that are all nail related! Today I'm going to be talking about the new MUA Nail Constellations - this one is in Pisces (they are all named after star signs).
So as you can see from the above, the concept of these products is basically the same as the Ciate Caviar nails, but for much cheaper. I haven't tried the Ciate version and to be honest I won't be, as I can't really see how the price difference could be worth it. I've been searching for these for so long, every Superdrug I go in is always sold out of the newest MUA products (still searching for the Undressed palette!). But I got lucky at the weekend and found three of the five colour choices - click here to see them all. I'm happy that I found these colours actually as they are the ones I would have chosen.
Sorry about the mess on my middle finger and also my stubby little nail!
I am really impressed with these actually. I think they look so different and although they are honestly not practical (and not something I probably should have done on a Tuesday night!), they definitely make an impact and I think would be great for a special occasion. This colour is my favourite out of them all I think, but mainly because bluey green sort of colours are my favourite anyway. I would definitely recommend painting a colour underneath that you wouldn't mind showing through - I chose Barry M Mint Green.
Application wise I found it pretty easy to apply. I held my nail over a small lid to catch the beads, and poured onto a nail at a time while my nail polish was still wet. I did find that the beads kept getting stuck, sort of blocking the tubes, so I did have to pour sections one by one, but in some ways I found that easier and it helped not to use so many beads - maybe they are made that way on purpose? Okay, after typing that I watched this video and yes, they seem to be made to work like that. One thing to note is that these are definitely a little messy, but that's to be expected really and if you prepare properly before you start, you can contain all the beads and get them back into the bottle to be reused.
This photo was taken after applying the Nail Constellations to both hands, and to show how much was used in comparison to a full bottle. I would estimate you can get at least 5 full applications out of one bottle, and obviously many more if you wanted to do accent nails or something like that. I think £3 for over 5 manicures is an absolutely great price, and I am really glad I managed to get my hands on these! I'm sure they won't last all that long but like I said earlier, they're clearly not supposed to, and are great for a special occasion.
Long time no post! I have another nail post for you today. I was lucky enough to win the giveaway that Sarah from Try My Hand was holding a month or so ago :D I was so happy to win, so thanks again Sarah! I have a few posts planned with some of the different polishes I won, and today is the first; Models Own - Disco Inferno.
This was released with the Mirrorball collection recently. I will be honest, some of the swatches of the collection that I saw didn't really excite me. But having this polish in person makes me appreciate it much more!
I love this photo! I was trying to focus on the brush but I actually really like that I got this shot :) I think it shows the different coloured glitter perfectly; gold, green, and a sort of reddy golden colour - very festive!
This is the shot I was trying to get, although I prefer the above now! But I think this shows the amount of glitter that comes onto the brush each time, and also shows the different sizes of glitter a bit better. I am actually much more impressed with this than I thought I would be. I thought the bigger bits of glitter would be a bit awkward to get to lay flat and would look a bit of a mess, but it actually works really well :)
And here's how it looks on the nails. This is just one coat, as you can see it's quite good coverage really, but at the same time I don't think I would want much more than this. I don't think I'd like this to wear as a full glitter nail though; I quite like that you can see all the different sizes and colours of glitter individually, and I really like how it looks on a dark background.
Overall I'm super happy I got the chance to try this, as from what I'd seen I don't think I would have bought it myself. But now I've seen it and enjoyed using it, I'm very tempted by the other polishes in the collection.
Do you have any polishes from the Mirrorball collection? Which would you recommend?
Imaginative post title I know! Today I have a nail post. I think this would be called ombre nails although I know most people consider that to be the sponging technique where the ombre is all on one nail. I don't really know what else to call this though!
I don't really have too much to say to be honest! The only thing I'm not sure I like about these nails is that three of the colours are a frosty metallic(?) sort of finish, and the other two are more creamy. Maybe they'd look good with a matte top coat to even out the finishes. But other than that I'm pretty happy with them! I had decided I wanted to do an ombre design and it just turned out that this was the only set of 5 similar colours that I own.
Colours used were: L-R OPI Stranger Tides, Barry M Mint Green, Emerald Green, Teal and Racing Green.
This post is about Pink Silver Glitter from Barry M - a polish that I've seen lots of talk about, mainly positive. So of course I had to try it out!
Before I start talking about what this post is about, can I take a minute to point out my ring finger? That is the Essie 'mystery colour' from this post, non touched up! I may not have loved the application of this - mainly how sheer it was - but I am beyond impressed with it's lasting power! Definite thumbs up from me for that :)
Anyway, onto the glittery goodness! I love this polish. That is all.
But really, it is great! It took longer to dry than I'd hoped but I think I've just got a bit used to Essie's quick drying polishes (last mention of Essie, I promise!). Even so, it wasn't too bad really, and I thought the application was really good. This photo is three coats but I could easily have left it at two with no problems at all. I just love that this is glittery but because it's a muted colour, its super easy to wear. Usually I'd save glitter for an accent nail but I don't think this is too in your face at all. It dries surprising smooth for a glitter polish - I saw another blogger say it was almost like a foil and I would agree with that - I think that's part of why it's so wearable.
So incase you didn't guess, I am really glad I bought this polish :)
Today's post is going to be about the third nail polish I got in the pack of three that I posted about here.
This is Jamaica Me Crazy (I'm pretty confident this is actually it's name, too!) and as you can see its a blue toned bright pink/purpley colour. The photo above is a little more colour accurate than the one below.
Please excuse the stumpy nail :(
I have to say, I think I'm much more impressed with the formula of this than the other two - maybe Essie polishes are just a bit hit and miss. I think this was three coats and the third coat was more just to be sure than anything else, I could have left it at two. I can't remember ifI said this in the other post or not but I am so impressed with the drying time of all the Essie polishes! Super quick :)
I do like this colour although I feel like out of the three, I'll get the least wear out of this one. Which is a shame because I found this one the easiest to apply. I just don't tend to go for this sort of shade too often, but when I feel like it, I'll know I'll be using a great polish :) This polish has convinced me that if I see another of the £10 packs of three with nice colours, I know it'll be worth it. However because the two nicer colours had a worse formula, and because I don't know how much wear I'll get out of this, I don't think I'd have paid the standard £8 for any of the three Essie polishes I've got. Sorry, I know that's an unpopular opinion!
Maybe I need to try the Boots diffusion ones instead?
Today I have a nail post for you - it's been a while!
At the weekend, I went into TK Maxx and headed straight for the beauty section. I have seen a few Essie polishes in there before and on blog posts so I'd decided that day was the day I would buy my first Essie polishes! I got a set of 3 for £9.99 and today I'm going to share two of those with you.
Unfortunately the naming of all the polishes they had on offer was awful. I think I saw about 5 different shades, all called Tangerine. None of those shades was orange in any way!
According to the labels, the polish on the left is We Can Do It Pink! - which I think might be right - and the right is Tangerine. From a quick Google search I'm pretty convinced that this isn't Tangerine, but I also think there are quite a few people who think it is Tangerine - probably because of the bad labelling.
Anyway! The swatches :)
I have to say that I wasn't amazed with the formula of these. They took a good 3-4 coats to look like this and for the first 2 or so coats they definitely wouldn't have been passable - a bit of a streaky mess! It didn't take as long as you might expect though because I found the drying time to be pretty good.
I've had my nails like this for 5 days now and am impressed with the chipping, especially considering the amount of coats I had to use.
WCDIP! is so close to being white, in some lights it's really hard to tell! I think it depends what colour it's next to really, next to 'Tangerine' I think the pink tones to it come out a bit more - but only a little! It's a very very pale colour so definitely not too out there or anything like that, perfect for more formal occasions and I also think it would make a great base for things like glitter.
'Tangerine' is close to being neon but isn't quite there. It's a bring pink that is almost coral but again, not quite. Not that those are bad things though, I really like this. I just wish I didn't need so many coats!
I had heard that the original Essie polish formula's are a bit hit and miss, and that the Boots diffusion line is a lot better, so that might be what the problem is. That being said, I was impressed with the lasting power of these and if I saw another set of 3 colours that I liked I would be likely to buy it - but only if I liked them all. I don't think I'd pay £5 for these but more like £3 is about right I think. I am interested to try the new formulation though.
Overall I'm not wowed by this polishes but I don't hate them either. I think WCDIP! will come in especially handy and I'm sure I will continue to use these polishes. I like them, I think they are worth what I paid and I would pay the same again for them :)
Have you tried any of the non-Boots Essie polishes? Did you have similar experiences? If not, I'd be interested in hearing recommendations for shades to look out for :)
Today's post is another Simply Home Yankee Candle, and the scent is Bartlett Pear. I love fruity scents as mentioned before, so this is right up my street. Unlike the cherry one, there's no sweet side to this - not that it's sour, just there is no vanilla or anything like that. This is purely fruity! I love it, I love pears and the smell of them anyway so this was bound to be a hit with me.
My aunt described this as a 'kitchen candle' when she smelt it for the first time, and I can definitely see why. It smells so fresh and sort of clean, although clean isn't really a word I'd associate with pears. But I can see why some of the sickly sweet scents might seem a bit overpowering in a kitchen, while this I can see would be perfect. It may sound a little silly but scents like this make me so excited to move into my own house, so I can fill each room with a candle that matches!
Overall I'm just a huge fan of this, this is also a super big jar - it's bigger than the cherry one (pictures here for comparison) so I think it's Simply Home's version of the large Yankee Candle jar (pictures here for comparison). So I'm sure it will last a while which is great :)
So as I mentioned, it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Being my 21st it was more of a special 'milestone' birthday so I got some more special pieces of jewellery than I might normally get, as something I can keep. I did get other presents and am hugely grateful for all of them :) but I thought I'd post about the jewellery I got.
First up is this Elsie Belle Armadillo necklace. Of course I had to have something with an animal on it :D I like that this is a bit of a different animal to have on a necklace, and I love the detail on it! So cute :)
I absolutely love this bracelet! I believe I heard the person who got me it say that it's from Argos, and that it comes in other colours - the sound of a rose gold one particularly interests me! I just think this is a gorgeous bracelet, I like that it has the glitter/sparkle to it but it's not too much. I've worn this every day and I just love it! :D
These rings were my most '21st'y present I suppose. My mum had asked about getting me something like a Pandora or similar charm bracelet, but I don't love the idea of charm bracelets. I prefer to wear a lot of my more 'classic' jewellery every day, whatever I'm wearing, and I feel like a charm bracelet would end up getting in my way and bash into things. These rings are from a brand called Spinning Jewellery who are stocked in my local jewellers. What I like about these is that they're almost like charms in the collection sense. For birthdays, Christmas etc. instead of a charm, people can buy a ring that I can add to my collection, and mix and match which ones I wear together. My personal favourite is the clover one, but I love them all and I think they look great both in pairs and all grouped together. I'm just really happy with these rings, would definitely recommend them and love that I now have something I 'collect' :)
So that's it for the jewellery I got for my birthday!
Bit of a different post from me today but one I'm really happy to be writing :) I will admit now that my version of this post is going to be a little bit of a cop out because I'm not great at coming up with things, so I'm just going to answer the questions. I've also broken up all the text with photos of my cats so you can enjoy those if you can't be bothered to read! :D
I was tagged in the Liebster Blog Award by Emily from Just Miss Emily - see her post here. In this tag I need to come up with 11 facts about myself and then she came up with 11 questions for me, which I will now answer!
1. When did you start your blog?
I posted a couple of blogs in April of 2010 which weren't related to what my blog now is, but my first proper posts were in October of 2010.
2. Favourite make up brand?
This is a tough one really! I love different brands for different things - generally though I just love 'drugstore' brands. A few that spring to mind are Barry M, Collection and MUA. If I was including high end I would say MAC and Benefit.
3. Favourite make up item?
My Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - it covers all!
4. What is the best beauty bargain you have ever got?
Anything from MUA really, you can't go wrong with their prices!
5. What is the most expensive item of makeup/beauty product you have purchased yourself?
My DiorShow mascara.
6. What is your favourite item of clothing or jewellery that you own?
Any of my jewellery that has animals on it :D and basically everything I wear on my wrists from day to day - stay tuned for a post about that!
7. Do you apply concealer before or after foundation?
Before, and then after if I feel I need to. Interesting question actually, because I've always felt I'm doing the opposite to what everyone else does!
8. Do you have other hobbies apart from blogging?
I have recently joined the gym, if that counts?! I also love cooking. Aside from that, just generally spending time with fun people, doing fun things :)
9. Where do you purchase your beauty products from?
'Drugstores' mainly - Boots and Superdrug.
10. What colour is your natural hair colour?
Brown, the colour in most of my photos. It was red for a while so there are some older photos where it's kind of in between, but it's back to totally natural now.
11. Would you ever turn your blog into your full time job, given the opportunity?
I would honestly absolutely love to! But I have no expectations that that will ever happen.
And now for 11 facts about me (this was very hard to come up with!):
1. Despite putting photographs of myself on the internet, I'm pretty shy when it comes to meeting new people and I'm awful at making small talk.
2. I hate my voice (doesn't everyone?!) and that's part of the reason I'll never make videos.
3. When I was in school I played violin for a total of around 7 years.
4. Rewind to around 4 years ago and I didn't care about makeup or fashion at all. Now look at me!
5. Despite the above, I've worn eyeliner in some form constantly since I was at least 13 - 8 years ago!
6. If you couldn't tell from the photos, I'm 100% a cat person.
7. On a similar topic to the above, I've had lots of pets over the years. Our house has been a home to: 6 cats, 5 guinea pigs, 6 (I think!) gerbils, 2 rats, 2 mice, and one Roborovski hamster, as well as plenty of fish!
8. I feel a lot older than I am. I just turned 21 but my boyfriend is coming up for 27 and he makes me feel older, plus I didn't go to university so I feel like I went into 'adult' life a lot sooner than most.
9. I'm bad when it comes to haircare. I just use whatever products are around on it and I only bother to style it in any way if it's a special occasion.
10. I love most foods except English - Japanese (sushi!), Spanish and Mexican are some of my favourite, but I really don't like things like a normal English roast dinner. I love fish and chips though!
11. I love home décor. I'm planning to move out in around 2 years time but because I already own the house, I'm constantly picturing what I'll do to it :) Pinterest is a great help with this!
So that's everything. A huge thank you to Emily for tagging me in this, I know my post was a bit of a cop out but I'm very grateful to have been tagged, it's just nice to know people think of your blog!
I tag everyone who wants to do this! Leave a link if you do it so I can have a read :)
I have yet another candle post today, hope you're not too sick of them!
Today's post is about a scent called Cherry Vanilla. This is from a brand called Simply Home but they seem to be a part of the Yankee Candle brand? I'm not 100% sure of the connection but the lids on the jars are the same as normal Yankee Candle ones and obviously the Yankee Candle name is on the front label too. These candles can be bought in B&Q (I'm sure other places too but that's where I've seen them) and are cheaper than the normal Yankee Candles.
This scent combines my favourite types of smells - sweet and fruity. I think this candle does a really great job of not being more of one than the other. I think cherry smells can often be a little sour (or maybe I just always associate them with cherry sweets!) but the vanilla really softens it. It reminds me of something but I can't put my finger on it, I almost want to say playdoh at some points, but then on the next whiff it's totally different. This candle seemed to be the most unpopular of the ones I got but I love it! I guess it's a bit of a love it or hate it one.
The smell of this candle really lingers and fills the room which I love. This is also why I mentioned in a previous post that I wasn't 100% sold on the price tag of normal Yankee Candles, because this is cheaper but seems to be, in my opinion, just as good. However I know the main brand has such a huge variety of scents that appeal to everyone, whereas I noticed around 6 or so in the Simply Home range. So I would consider purchasing the main Yankee Candles again, but for scents that exist in the Simply Home range I would go with those instead.
Have you tried any of the Simply Home range? How do you think they compare?
I'm back with another post about the second Yankee Candle I got for my birthday recently.
This is Drift Away, which Yankee Candle have described as being a 'fresh' scent and I would definitely agree. I actually didn't notice the little 'theme' stickers on the jars at first and I quite like it because there are a few scent names - like this one - which aren't very descriptive, so it's quite useful.
I have to start off by saying that personally I wouldn't have picked this, I tend to gravitate towards sweet or fruity scents, but I do like this. It's a more relaxing candle that is great for when the sweeter fragrances are too overpowering - which I know they certainly can be, but there's no risk of that with Drift Away. I think by the name of it, I've got the right idea anyway :)
This definitely does give off a scent, but because it's one of the smaller jars, it doesn't quite fill the room. But I think that actually fits in with this candle to be honest. I have also noticed it burns quite a bit quicker than I expected it to, but I suppose that's because of the size. I do like this but I don't think I would repurchase, I don't think I could justify the cost of it to be honest. I will enjoy it while it lasts though :) I'm sure it would be great for people who like fresh scents - I don't usually like them at all so if I like this even a little it must mean it's a nice fresh one, if that makes sense?!
I know I said I had a few birthday posts but the outfit pictures didn't really go to plan! There will be a post about what I got, but I did get 4 Yankee Candles and so thought I'd post about them - I know candles are big in blogging at the moment haha!
I thought I'd start with my ultimate favourite! Vanilla Cupcake is the one candle I knew I definitely wanted. I'm a sucker for sweet scents, I would say my taste in smells isn't very mature! But I just love anything sweet, the sicklier the better :D
This has definitely been described as sickly by people I know, but for me it's perfect. I can't put my finger on the added scent that makes it more than vanilla, so I'm going to assume it's cupcake! But to me it smells like more than a vanilla cake I think.
This is my first Yankee Candle and I have to say I'm impressed. I know they're expensive and I was a little sceptical about whether they'd be worth it, which is why I waited to get one as a present. However it is true, the scent does fill the room, which I've never experienced before with any other candle. It maybe took a while, at first it was only when coming into the room, but then it grew into something I kept catching whiffs of every now and then, which was great. I can definitely see why people pay for these rather than cheaper candles - the range of amazing scents is a big plus too! - but I'm not sure they're fully worth the £20ish for a large jar. I have more to say on why that is in future posts about these candles.
Overall I love this candle - I actually got two of these by accident but after burning it I'm very glad I have a backup!
Are you a Yankee Candle fan? Which scents would you recommend?
Quick haul post from me today. Tomorrow is my birthday so expect a few posts about that! But for now, here's a post about what I bought from Primark last weekend :)
First up is this sheer cat print blouse/shirt. I haven't bought into the sheer shirt trend at all, it just hasn't appealed to me, but the cat print and reduced price (£3 I think) swayed me to give it a try! I will definitely wear a vest underneath it but other than that I really like it and think I can wear it quite a few different ways. One thing I love about this (aside from the print of course!) is that the buttons are covered by the extra strip of material - I just really like how that looks :)
Of course, the horse print swayed me as well! This is a more jersey type material so I'm more comfortable in this one, although again I do need a vest top underneath.
I have no idea why I'm buying cardigans in July! But cardigans are something I always seem to be drawn to, I love that I could be wearing what would otherwise be quite a smart dress, but adding a cardigan like this can dress it down. I think I just have a bit of a thing for thick cardigans!
Another cardigan! Please ignore the mess in the first photo, I have no idea how I missed that when going through the pictures! Anyway, what I like about this cardigan is that in a way it feels more like a blazer than a cardigan. It feels a bit more structured and the material just feels more blazer-y (clearly not a word!).
I bought this dress originally for work meetings and that sort of thing, but I don't think it's too smart to wear for other things too! I'm especially happy with this because I thought it was costing me £13 and it scanned through at £5 - bargain!
Possibly my favourite item! Looking through my wardrobe, I definitely have a thing for navy dresses, I think this is my 5th or 6th! But I really love the lace on this, and the fact that it's cream lightens up the colour a little. This came with a black bow belt that is actually quite nice, but definitely doesn't go with this dress, so I took it off for the photo.
Anyway that's all for now, like I said it's my birthday tomorrow so I'll try to do a couple of outfit posts and a 'what I got' post. Have you bought anything from Primark recently? Would love to see posts/videos!
This post is kind of overdue but as always with things like this I think the longer I've had a product, the easier it is to talk about it.
Today I'm going to be talking about the Real Techniques Core Collection makeup brushes. I'll be honest, I was quite late to the Pixiwoo party and I honestly don't know why. I knew of the sisters but hadn't really watched any of their videos. These brushes are what introduced me to them, they were being spoken about all over the blogging world, and it really interested me to see something made by someone who is actually part of the community.
I bought the Core collection a couple of months ago and am so glad I did! It consists of four brushes - the Detailer brush, Pointed Foundation brush, Contour brush and the famous Buffing brush.
The brushes come with a case/stand which honestly I haven't used because I already have a brush roll that fits more brushes which I use for travel, but if I didn't I can see how this would be useful.
The detailer brush I believe is intended for concealer, but I find concealer always works better for me when applied with my fingers. I use this as a lip brush which it's fine for, although it could maybe do with being a little firmer. Thinking about it now I've written this, detailer could be for lips anyway!
I don't really use the foundation brush, I find its far too small. I use this if for any reason I do want to use a brush with my concealer, but to be honest I don't get much use out of this - and I have a feeling I'm not alone in that.
I rarely contour, but I use the contour brush for my blusher and it works great for that. I find it so much better at blending than anything else I own - it doesn't matter how much blusher I accidentally put on the brush, I can always blend it out and tone it down with this brush, which I love. On the odd occasion I wear highlighter or contour, I use this and it works just as well for that too, its not so big that it covers your face but its not too small to do the job either. I really enjoy using this.
Now for what I think most people would consider the star of the core collection, possibly the whole range - the buffing brush. Before I bought this set I'd seen SO many bloggers saying they haven't used anything else since getting this brush, and I can totally see why. It blends in any foundation I've thrown at it, be it thick or thin, and gets rid of any lines and streaks with such little effort. I won't go on for too much because like I said I'm quite late to this party and I'm sure you've seen plenty of reviews already, but suffice to say I love this brush! If I had to come up with a negative I would say sometimes it seems like it's almost working too well, and buffing my foundation off my face in some areas, specifically around my nose. I think this is because my skin is so oily especially in that area, but as time goes on I'm learning the techniques that work for me to avoid that from happening.
One thing I haven't mentioned already because it goes for all the brushes and I didn't see the point in writing it 4 times - these brushes are SO SOFT! The softest brushes I've ever felt! I've spent money on MAC brushes and I have pretty much not used my MAC foundation brush since buying this kit, which I think is really saying something.
Overall I really do just love this kit, obviously some brushes more than others but for the price I don't have any problems at all with them! I am definitely interested in trying other brushes from the kit, maybe the eye kit and the powder brush, and then more recently the Expert Face brush came out and I really want to try that!