Sunday, 13 March 2011

Another Crack in My Heart

 Models Own Bloo Bloo 
Barry M's Crackle varnish

The title of this post is actually a Take That track which I randomly thought of whilst I was painting my nails  - thanks boys!

Back on to the actual topic of this post, crackle varnish.  I have to say I have been so slow in jumping on the bandwagon with this, but I am glad I finally did!  I love nail art and to be honest I haven't always got the time to sit there and paint leopard print on (like I did here), or zebra stripes (like here).  Its nice to just slap on a coat of this and watch the magic happen!

I have a couple of tips which may be useful to those who have/want the crackle polish:

1. Patience is a virtue! Make sure you wait until your chosen base colour coat is completely dry before you paint on the crackle glaze.  If its still a bit tacky you tend to get less crackle effect and more huge separated chunks of black (see my thumbnail).

2. For a better crackle effect blow on your nails whilst the polish is drying.  I have tested it out a few times and I find that if I blow on it the finished effect is better for some unknown reason.  Has anyone else found this?  Or got any more tips involving crackle polish?

I am massively looking forward to Models Own new line of 'Smash-up' crackle polishes!

The darker blue colour really appeals to me and so does the purple. Decisions, decisions!  According to the Models Own blog (here) they are being released in Boots from the 20th of April, can't wait!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Rimmel Volume Flash x10 Mascara Review (before and after)...

I picked up this mascara on a whim really. When Maybelline's 'The Falsies' Volume Express mascara was released I jumped straight on the bandwagon and thought that it was pretty great to be honest.  I finally had to concede that my latest one had dried out beyond all use (quite rapidly in my opinion), so I needed a new one.  However, I had no time to go into town and was fully aware that I needed to get a new one there and then as I was going out at the weekend.  I literally just legged it down to the chemist around the corner to find that the only make-up brand they sold in there was Rimmel so I grabbed the cheapest one I could see which turned out to be Rimmel's Volume Flash 'X10' mascara for £5.99.

I have to say that after using this now for a couple of months, Maybelline is out and Rimmel is most definately in!  

Like 'The Falsies' it too has a curved brush, which I massively prefer as it makes it so much easier to apply.  In my opinion it dries out far less quickly than 'The Falsies' and I don't get any of those little bits that drop off under your eye (that when you wipe they create black lines across your face - anyone else get these?!).  Anyway I think its volumising and lengthening qualities are brilliant, quite possibly the best that I personally have ever experienced from a mascara.  Here are some pics so you can see the difference for yourselves:

Before: As you can see I have very small (non-existent), wispy eyelashes which are a challenge for any mascara to make presentable!

After: Massive volume and length! I have put on a couple of coats of the mascara just using the curved wand that it comes with.  I haven't used eyelash curlers or a brush to separate.  I have included another picture below so you can see what it looks like from a bit further away.  Gives a better indication of the effects I think. 

I thought that I would do this post as so many people have asked me about my mascara since I changed to using this one.  I personally think its great and the fact that it only costs £5.99 is such a bonus! 

In case anyone wants to know the eyeliner that I use is also Rimmel (Black Exaggerate liquid eyeliner).

Does anyone else use this mascara? What do you think of it? Is there some magical mascara that makes your eyelashes look amazing that I haven't come across yet?

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Eat, Pray, Love...

No I'm not talking about the film or the book, I am in fact talking about Model's Own 'Pray' nail varnish, a dusky brown that kind of reminds me of hot chocolate.

My Model's Own collection is growing by the day it seems.  As a once devout follower of OPI I decided to broaden my horizons this year and try out different nail varnish brands.  One of the main reasons being  that OPI is rather expensive and because of this I can't keep up with all the new colours!

It has been quite a close call between Barry M and Models Own, but models Own have just pipped it with their wide variety of colours, fun blog (here) and by remaining chip free slightly longer.

The nail varnish formula goes on smoothly and you could probably get away with one coat with this one (if you are in a rush) but two gives you a strong opaque.  One other thing I will say about Models Own nail varnish is the toxic fume type of smell you get whilst painting your nails is not as strong as other nail varnish brands, which is always a bonus in my books.

So eat your dinner, paint on a couple of coats of Pray and love the results!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Giveaway Winner...

Well I have counted up all the entries and discarded those that didn't follow the rules.  I ended up with a total number of 177 entries and used to generate the winning number...

So the winning entry was was 16 and this was:

You can check out her lovely blog here! Contratulations doll! I hope that you like your goodies! I have sent you an email to get your details!

I may do another giveaway soon as I have acquired a few things including some Stila eyeshadows (which you can see here)!

Giveaway Closed...

The giveaway is officially closed! Thanks to all my followers who entered! I have nearly finished making a list of all the entries so will just add the last few and then will annouce who has won tomorrow.

Good luck!

Sunday, 6 March 2011

My mama told me when I was young we're all born superstars...

I got some new eyeshadows from Stila last week and have fallen in love with 'twig'.  It looks a very reddy brown in the pan, but when you swatch it its more of a bronze (swatches of this eyeshadow and the others I got here).

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Benefit Moon Beam (as a highlighter)
MAC Vintage Selection Paintpot (all over lid and blended into highlighter)
Stila Twig e/s (outer corner of eye and in crease, blended into vintage selection)
Rimmel Black Exaggerate Eyeliner
Rimmel Volume Flash Mascara
MAC False Lashes No.8

I got this new snood from River Island the other day and I have been wearing it ever since.  I hate massive chunky scarves/snoods as they make me feel claustrophobic, especially snoods as I feel like they are choking me, but this one is great - lightweight but very warm!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! I have been out far too much this weekend which isn't a good thing really.  I have so much work to do on my dissertation but I just can't seem to find the motivation to do it, I will literally do anything to avoid it, which is worrying since I don't have long left till I actually have to hand it in!  Does anyone have any tips on how I can force myself to concentrate?  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

p.s Don't forget to enter my Wishing for Summer Giveaway if you (here) if you haven't already, it ends as midnight tonight!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Covet (verb): Yearn to possess or have (something)...

Why is it when you specifically want something you can never find it!  I have seen this dress on a couple of blogs that have posted about the Primark Spring/Summer Collection and as soon as I did, I wanted it instantly.

I popped into Primark and there was no sign of it whatsoever, so assumed that it would drop latter in the collection.  However, a few days later I then bumped into one of my friends who actually had it on.  After being assured that there were vast amounts of them, I went to Oxford Circus Primark yesterday in order to pick it up and what did I find.... one size 20 and one size 18. No no no! I need a size 10! Is this dress so in demand that a whole rail of them disappeared within three days?!  I wasn't happy to say the least, I mean braving a normal Primark is one thing, but if you go to Oxford Street you quite literally are taking your life into your own hands! Sharpened elbows at the ready!

I am a bit forlorn about it now, as apparently they won't get any more in (according to to Primark's ever 'helpful' shop assistants).  I absolutely hate it when you go out specifically to get something and its not there.  To be fair I would have probably been less annoyed if I hadn't planned an entire outfit around it for this weekend.  Massive fail. 

Does this happen to anyone else or am I the only one that gets this wound up about not being able to get something they really want and Primark in general?

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Stila Make-Up Haul....

I promised myself that I wouldn't make any more impulse purchases, as due to my impulsive nature I end up with a mountain of items unused/still with their tags on.  But...once I found out that that there were Stila products online for ridiculously low prices, I couldn't help myself!

I got eight eyeshadows in total.  This included:
  • Four shimmers (Twig, Barefoot Contessa, Viola and Sparkle) and;
  • Four mineral matte (Makalu, Nanda Devi, Kalahoo, Illimani).
I then realised that though I love the eyeshadows, I have already have three matte colours very similar to the ones that I have just brought.  Fail.  However, all is not lost, I have decided to keep the all four matte eyeshadows for my next giveaway.  Out of the shimmers, Twig is definitely my favourite.  It looks almost brick red, but it gives a deep bronze shimmer.

From the pictures you can see that I also brought a bronzing cream aptly named 'sun gel' and a tinted moisturiser.  The swatches of these didn't come out so great in the pictures so I haven't posted them up but needless to say they are both pretty good! I usually use Benefit's 'talk to the tan' to add a bit of colour to my face, however, I have learnt that this is being discontinued (as well as my prized Jiffy Tan - what the hell am I going to do?!), so it will serve as a replacement for now.  

The tinted moisturiser was definitely worth the £2 that I paid for it, I got it in 'dark' as I wanted a bit of a glow, but nothing too drastic.  Its great for everyday wear when you don't want to look completely like you have bathed in fake tan.

I got the entire haul from M&M Direct (here).  I'm not sure what they have left but it might be worth checking out as some of the eyeshadows were as cheap as £1! I would also like to say thanks to Nude Obsession who pointed out this great giveaway and also to ask if anyone knows where I could get some inexpensive, empty Stila palettes to house the eyeshadows? I originally found some for £2.99 but they are all sold out now.... I should have been more impulsive!