Saturday, 22 December 2012

BENEFIT - WHO ARE YOU WEARING?

I recently found out that there is a Benefit store near my University (There is also a MAC store!!). A few things popped into my head when I saw the stores:
1) I need to go inside!
2) Ah my wallet is going to hate me!
3) WOOHOOOOOOOOO!
So as you do when you have a 2 hour break between your lectures, I went inside. I was so overwhelmed that I forgot to take photos but I will definitely take photos when I go next (yes wallet there is going to be a next time! Haha!). As usual the store was cute like all Benefit stores but the stand that caught my eye was the lip products. I swatched and swatched so many lip glosses that I ran out of space on the back of my hands. I was attracted to their lip glosses since the majority of the them were really pigmented. I ended up buying a Benefit Ultra High Shines Lip Shine in Who Are You Wearing?
As you can see from the photos it is a sheer watermelon pink that has a slight shimmer to it, which is suitable for every day use and the brush applicator makes applying the lip gloss so much more smoother and precise.
I would definitely be looking forward to wear this on nights on. Now I know it is not the typical Autumn/Winter colour as it is not dark, but dark colours lip colours freak me out and I stay well away from them!

Benefit Ultra High Shines Lip Shine retails for £14, and they are available at Benefit stores or their website (click here for their website).
You can also get Benefit products from Boots (here) or Debenhams (here)

I think I need more will power because I know where I will be going half the time! Have you tried anything from Benefit? They are slowly becoming my favourite brand for make up.
Love Always,
Mandeep
xx

Monday, 10 December 2012

OPI HAUL

So in today's post I have decided to do something a little bit different. Instead of showing you what colour I have painted my nails I thought I should show you what polishes I have brought recently.

So since Christmas is in 2 weeks, I decided to have a look in the stores to grab a few last minute presents. I went into my local TKMaxx which is not a store I normally go into (I think I have only been 4 times in my life!) and I saw that they had a little beauty area!! Woohoo!

I practically ran to the stand and I saw that they stocked nail polishes (bonus!) from brands like W7 to Models Own to even Essie and OPI!! Now I heard that TKMaxx sold Essie but I did not know about OPI so I got a little excited. They only had 2 sets left so I just had to buy one of them.


(from left to right: Stranger Tides,  On Air Perso-Nail-Ity, Hong Kong Sunrise)

The other set also had Stranger Tide and On Air Perso-Nail-Ity and I believe the other polish was called Sea You In Hollywood - it was a shimmery blue. But I do not really go for blues unless they are dark, since I do not think they suit my skin colour.

OPI here in the UK normally costs £11 but this whole set (3 full size polishes) cost only £14.99. That's less than £5 for one polish. Bargain!!

The 3 full size OPI polishes came in a clear plastic bag which can also be re-used. I think I might store my nail tools in it. I personally think the set is perfect for Christmas stockings!

Would you be making a trip to your local TKMaxx to find these polishes?? I think I might go to my local TKMaxx more, especially now that I know OPI and Essie are sold there.
Love Always,
Mandeep
xx

Thursday, 6 December 2012

TOPSHOP INNOCENT LIPSTICK

I am not a lipstick kind of girl, I think everyone who knows me would know that I do not wear any sort of colour on my lips, I just prefer tinted lipbalms so if it smudges then it would not be obvious.
I recently popped into Topshop (I am not a huge fan but recently Topshop is doing it for me) and I came across the 'beauty' area. Since I had to waste time as one of my friends was in the dressing room, I decided to swatch a few things.
I then came across Topshop's lipstick in Innocent.

I think this lipstick is mostly overlooked by others since it looks nothing how it is in the tube. I think everyone needs to swatch this against their skin because I feel as if it changes on everyone. (A magical colour changing lipstick?!?! Haha I think I'm losing the plot!)
It is a true rosey pink colour almost like my lips but better, with a velvet finish.
As for the formulation, I really like it. It is creamy so it is easy to use (I dab it on my lips and then blend with my finger to give a bit of colour) and it is also moisturising which I was really surprised at. As for how long it lasts on the lips, I would say it has a good lasting power as I simply apply this in the morning and when I arrive back home (around 7pm) it is still on my lips!
Plus the packaging is really cute! I am such a sucker for cute packaging.

You can buy Topshop lipsticks online (here) or in some selected stores for £8
I think I might pick up some more of their lipsticks!
Love Always,
Mandeep
xx

Thursday, 8 November 2012

ESSIE HAUL

I went a tad bit overboard in Boots the other day.
It's definitely not a good thing that Boots is SO close to where I live AND where I work!!
So as I do..I went straight to the Essie stand in the store and I was taken back with the wide selection that they had..but my eyes went straight to the neutral colours that Essie is very much famous for.

The first polish I picked up was 'Ballet Slippers' which is an off white/pink. This is my second bottle of Ballet Slippers.


'Ballet Slippers' is a very popular colour here in the beauty community  as it just looks so chic and sleek on your nails!!

The next polish I got was 'Mademoiselle'.


Which is very similar to 'Ballet Slippers' but of course I justified it to myself that the colours are NOT the same! 'Mademoiselle' just has a slight more of a pinkish tone than 'Ballet Slippers'.

The last polish I chose was 'Sugar Daddy'.


Which is much more pink toned that any of the other polishes I got.

Now as you can see that all these colour are sheer and not very 'autumnal' but I have a thing for light pinks/creams on my nails.
I think it just makes your nails look so much more clean and polished. I get a lot of use out of my sheer pinks and creams..so much so that I have quite a lot of them!
Now Essie retails for around £10 (which is a lot for a polish in my opinion) but in Boots and Superdrug you can get them for £7.99.
(be sure to keep an eye out for any offers in stores which may come soon)

Love Always,
Mandeep
xx

Sunday, 14 October 2012

LILLY PULITZER AGENDA

After waiting impatiently for two weeks, my Lily Pulitzer Agenda came in the post last week!!
However since I was busy last week, it was not until today when I had time to actually flip through the agenda and I can say I am NOT disappointed as Lily has done it once again for me!

Now if you are not familiar with Lily Pulitzer, it is a well known American designer that is specifically for those who are in a sorority.
However Lily Pulitzer is not your average designer, oh no, far from it to be honest.All of her designs are bright and colourful which are really in your face. She ranges from dresses to bags to stationary (including agendas, phone cases and tumblers!) 
Here is a photo of the agenda I brought.
(edited using Instagram)

I chose the print 'Azalea Pink May Flowers'. As for the size of my agenda it is 'Large' and it is a hard back cover, which is brilliant since it would not get ruined easily.
One of the perks of the Lily Pulitzer Agendas (not only are they cute!) but it is a 17 month agenda so therefore my agenda can be used from August 2012 through to December 2013.
It retails for $26 (around £16).

Have you brought anything from Lily Pulitzer before?

Love Always,
Mandeep
xx