Monday, 29 November 2010

Polish and.... Polish?

I had my usual fight with myself yesterday over whether or not to go to Westfields - I have been avoiding the place like the plague due to lack of funds - but unfortunately common sense lost out and off I went.  I wondered into Topshop and after the success of my last Topshop nail varnish (review here) I went straight over to the make up section and made another purchase.  This time I went for 'Ruthless', a deep blood red colour (more on that later).  As I was looking for the varnish I saw something else labelled as polish that was in a round pot, and remember thinking that was a pretty stupid idea for nail varnish (hey I was tired).  But fortunately it was a rather cute lip gloss, or should I say lip 'polish'.



I went for a rather cute colour called 'Poetic' which is a shimmery pink  It gives a nude shimmer to lips and its not sticky.  It's great for an everyday bit of lip colour and I love the Topshop packaging - the little mirror is a great extra touch.



The nail varnish is also a gorgeous colour, maybe its because I'm in the festive mood but reminds me of mulled wine.


It is definately worth £5 if it remains as chip free as the last one!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Cher Lloyd's Spike Bracelet

Now I'm not sure if I love her, hate her, or love to hate her.  However, I will say this for her, she does have style even if not all of it is my cup of tea.  I do love her spike bracelet which I spotted a few weeks ago and it seems she has been wearing it ever since!


I've just found out that you can pick it up from BlingDeenie at http://www.blingdeenie.com/shop/index.php/jewellery/gold-spike-bracelet.html
I'm putting in my order now!

What do you think of Cher and her style?

Friday, 26 November 2010

Here we go round the Mulberry bush

Mulberry constantly amazes me by releasing great collection after great collection and this season is no different!


I thought I would do a post about them (they too have a blog which you can check out at  http://blog.mulberry.com/) as I absolutely adore Mulberry, its borderline obsession.  There are a number of reasons for this, firstly the brand is British through and through.  Although I love other designer brands (well lusting after them anyway) I can't help but sense a bit of British pride when I've got a Mulberry bag on my arm.  They are also one of the last British luxury brands retaining and investing in a British factory.

New season Margaret clutch
Secondly, the craftsmanship is beautiful. I own a few Mulberry bags (see my little collection below) and I can say that other than looking absolutely amazing they last!  The first one I brought is still as fresh looking as the last and I am by no means extra careful with them (if anything I am an absolute disaster zone and more than one bag has on occasion been soaked with coke, water, make-up, highlighters!). 

New season Greta tote

Finally, they are timeless. I brought my Bayswater 4 years ago and it is still just as fashionable today. Plus it goes with everything!  So if you are ever thinking of investing in a designer bag think about going for Mulberry, I promise you won't regret it!


Here is my little collection (not including my holdall which was too big to attempt to get in the picture).



Hope you like!



Monday, 22 November 2010

Ciate Twilight Collection

Ok, so I maybe a moderate fan of the books, but I am definately a fan of this collection. It consits of three colours, Twilight, Fade to Greige and 3am Girl.  Fade to Greige is what initially attracted me to this set, I am a always a fan of a murky mauve, and when I couldn't buy it seperately I decided what the hey and brought all 3.

From left to right: 3am Girl, Fade to Greige and Twilight




3am Girl is a deep navy blue and though it is lovely I have decided out of the kindness of my heart to give it to my sister as I think it would suit her more.  Although I brought the set solely because of Fade to Greige I have to say that Twilight was a pleasant surprise, so much so that I actually think I prefer it.  Its twinkly golden flakes are very festive and perfect for the Christmas party season.

The brush is great for a smooth application and the even consistency of the nail varnish means that you can actually get away with one coat which is rare (though I still have applied two in the above photos).  On the chipping front, unfortunately I had Fade to Greige on for just one day before I had some pretty atrocious chips and had to take it off.  That may be due to the fact I stole my sisters base coat which was a cheap one. I have since put on an Opi base coat and have just finished applying Twilight so will see what the staying power is now like.

[Update: Twilight did last longer than one day without chips thank god, but the staying power isn't as good as OPI or even the Topshop nail varnish I tested last week.]

What do you think of Ciate? And does anyone have any nail varnish suggestions for Christmas?

Friday, 19 November 2010

Topshop Nail Varnish Review

As a Topshop junkie I am constantly in the store but always buying clothes and jewellery, I have walked past the new make-up range a few times and last week I finally decided to actually make a purchase. I went with one of the nail varnishes in Sketch as I absolutely adored the colour, a sort of purplish grey.


The packaging is so cute and I could easily buy all the colours in the collection just to display them on the top of my dresser.  However, although I love the colour I will say that I find that the varnish has quite an inconsistant texture.  When I was putting it on some areas were really thick whilst others were paper thin.  It took 3 coats to get an overall even distribution.



However, this is outweighed by the fact that I've now had this nail varnish on now for about 3 days, and have only had one small chip! I can't stand chipped nail varnish and I'm not sure if I am just seriously heavy handed but I find that most nail varnishes that I have brought (especially those that are £5 and under) chip literally the next day.  Thus meaning I have to take it off and reapply. So the fact that this has actually remained virtually chip-free is a major bonus for me!

For the price and the packaging I will definately be purchasing more colours.

Has anyone else tried any Topshop make-up products? Any recommendations?

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Eylure 'Double Lashes' Review

Inspired by my new pigment pot - Mac's Moonlight Night - I decided slather it on to create a darker night time look.  I think this pot may now be my new favourite, I'm loving anything green at the moment for some unknown reason and it also makes a change from the Dark Soul pigment.  Now, it might just be me, but I also find that this pigment seems to end up more on my eyelid and less all over my face than Dark Soul, but I might just be applying it differently.


The photo doesn't pick up the green shimmer as much as I would have liked but it doesn't disappoint in person.

With the heavy dark look I find that smaller lashes seem to get lost in the swathes of black shadow and instead of doing a Cher Lloyd and gluing sets of lashes together to achieve a stronger look (I've heard she sticks 4 on top of each other!), the good people of Eylure have kindly done it for us!

As you can see from the picture they are pretty heavy duty especially when compared to the Eylure Glamour Lashes which are a typical purchase for a night out.  They are £6.95 and you can pick them up from most Boots or Superdrug stores. If you don't often wear fake eyelashes, I wouldn't recommend starting with the Double Lashes as they are quite noticeable when you have them on (in your area of vision) and this can be quite disconcerting at first. However, if you are a seasoned lash wearer or tend to wear quite long length lashes you do get used to it quickly. 

I would also recommend cutting the lashes down to fit the size of your eyelid.  Whilst it is good practice to do this with all of your lashes so that they sit on your eyelid properly, in reality, if you are in a rush to get ready this tends to go out of the window.  With most lashes you can get away with this for a night but with the double lashes they will most likely lift up at one or both ends and you may be rushing to the toilets in a desperate bid to stick them back down again! This problem is erased as long as you cut them to fit before you put them on.

As you can see from the above picture they are noticeable from quite a distance and are great if you have extreme or dark eyeshadow on.  I have re-purchased them quite a few times and they are definitely my favourite lashes for a night out. 

What are your favouite lashes and what is your favourite lash brand?

Friday, 12 November 2010

Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner

I thought I would do an EOTD with my new MAC purchases, Girlie and Knight Divine.  



Heres what I used:

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Benefit Highbeam
Mac Bisque Eyeshadow
Mac Girlie Eyeshadow
Mac Knight Divine Eyeshadow (blended to death)
Mac Blacktrack Fluidline
Girls Aloud Kimberly Eyelashes

Hope you like it!
xx

Thursday, 11 November 2010

New Blog, New Make-Up

I am constantly reading everyone else’s fashion and beauty blogs and so thought that maybe I should finally start one of my own!  I decided to pop home from university for a bit as its reading week and whilst it is lovely being at home, it does have its downsides.  Namely, that I have a Mac store pretty much on my doorstep.  I had only popped into town to meet a friend for lunch (who is the type of person who has such a jammy personality that she will probably be famous at some point) and ‘accidentally’ fell into Mac. 


I brought a couple of eye shadow colours that I am missing (girlie and knight divine) and indulged a bit in the new Tartan Collection.  I do love a bit of limited edition Mac, however, I’m not sure I’m too keen on the theme this Christmas.  I ended up buying one of the pigment pots in Moonlight Night and a Vain and Glorious lip bag (which I subsequently had to give up as a Christmas present from my mum, so no review on that till later).  The pigment pot is gorgeous though! Will do it as a FOTD asap! I also really wanted Sir Teddy but they were all out!

On a side note, I have also noticed that coming home in an attempt to actually do some Uni work has other downsides. Firstly, there is abundance of food (compared to my fridge at uni) which means I eat a lot more, not good.  Secondly, I can watch Freeview in bed at home which means I am actually doing little reading.  Oh well! Better enjoy it while I can!