Monday, 23 December 2013

THE RED NOSE REINDEER

Today has just honestly dragged on and to be perfectly honest, the weather has just made it even more miserable. It's been seriously windy and it has been raining all day...absolutely horrible London weather.
So in order to cheer myself up and get a little bit more in the Christmas spirit (2 more sleeps!) I decided to have a go at a little bit of nail art.

I have seen so many pins on Pinterest of spectacular looking nail art designs and I know for a fact that I cannot reproduce any of them. I just do not have the patience and it seems like as soon as I paint my nails, I have 10 millions things to do straight away, this is ALWAYS the case. However, I found one that looked quite easy to reproduce so I decided that I will show you my final outcome. Here are the actual nail polishes I used to recreate the look:
- Loreal - Soft Chinchilla - Nails Inc - Jermyn Street - Ciate - Dangerous Affair - Barry M - White - Revlon - Black Lingerie -
I decided to use Loreal - Soft Chinchilla for the face, I simply just applied it to the tips of my nails. I then applied Nails Inc - Jermyn Street (with a cocktail stick) on to my nails to create the antlers.
With Barry M - White nail polish I just added two dots per nail for the eyes and when this was dry I added two black dots to create the pupils by using Revlon - Black Lingerie.
Finally for the final touch I applied Ciate - Dangerous Affair to create the famous red Rudolph nose to each nail.
And this was my final result...
When this was all dry, I just applied a top coat (I used my Seche Vite top coat) to help make the nails smoother and more glossy.

A very simple and cute nail art design that is perfect for Christmas.
I would love to see your recreations so leave a comment below if you do recreate it.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

MAC TALK OF THE TOWN

I have been on a real blush kick lately, I have never really been into it since my cheeks naturally get that 'flush of colour' even when I don't want it to (especially in those awkward moments) so that being said, I had no use for blush. Oh my, how things have changed! I am turning into a blush fanatic, especially when I saw the MAC Holiday 2013 collection, it seriously suck me in!
I decided to pick up the mineralised blush in Talk Of The Town.



Talk of the Town is described as a “warm brown base with yellow bronze.”
It is more of a peachy colour in my opinion, that has a frosted finish to it. Now this 'blush' if you want to call it that, has a lot of shimmer/glitter running through it which is perfect for those nights out but during the day, I use this more of a highlight on my cheekbonesAs for the application, it really did just glide on to my skin and a little definitely goes a long way with this.

Talk Of The Town retails for £22 and you can click here to purchase. Have you brought anything from the MAC Holiday collection?

Friday, 6 December 2013

MAC NOCTURNALS BLACK/GOLD PIGMENTS

I mentioned in a previous post that I was not much of a pigment kind of girl but obviously that has changed now. I brought two of the three Holiday 2013 mini sets from MAC and I am tempted to buy the third one too. The second mini set I brought was in Black/Gold, you can click here to read the other set that I brought.
The set comes with three pigments and two glitters, which are not safe for the eye/lip area.


 Naked is described as a “flesh beige with pearl.”
It is a beige with a soft, champagne shimmer-sheen running through it.
 Museum Bronze is described as a “rich taupe with gold pearl.”
It is does not look like anything special in the container but when applied it is a lovely medium-dark brown with warm, golden frosty finish.
 Gold is described as a “sparkly chunky gold.”
 Copper Sparkle is described as “super frosty copper flecks.”
It is a super pigmented, orange-copper that has a frosted finish.
 Black is described as a “sparkly chunky black."
Bronze Museum and Copper Sparkle are definitely my favourites from the three pigments in this set, they are just so pigmented and a little definitely goes a long way!

I am definitely on the fence about the third set in this collection which is more on the green side of the spectrum.
The set retails for £25.50 and you can click here to purchase. Have you brought anything from the collection?

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

MAC NOCTURNALS SILVER/VIOLET PIGMENTS

I have never been a 'pigment' kind of girl, but this has changed ever since I saw MAC had released a set of mini pigments and glitters for their Holiday 2013 collection.
A few months back, I swatched one of their pigments in Kitchmas (adorable name!) and I really liked it but I put it back down as I said before, I was not a pigment kind of girl. When I saw the sets that MAC released, I was instantly drawn to two out of the three, I first brought the set in Silver/Violet which contains Kitchmas!!


 Vanilla is described as a “soft ivory white.”
It is more of a white gold with that has some warm undertones to it.
Kitschmas is described as a “shimmering pink mauve pearl.”
It is more of a pinkish lilac that has a frosted finish.
Pink is described as a “bright pink.”
 Push the Edge is described as a “deep bright purple with pearl.”
It looks like a lot more dark in the container but when applied it is a violet purple that has a pearly sheen.
Grey is described as “sparkly chunky grey.”
 In the set, two are glitters which are difficult to swatch and are not meant for the eye/lip area so I have to find a use for them - I have heard that you can use them for your nails!
But here are the swatches for the three pigments you get in the set: 
As you can see, they are super pigmented as to be expected, but again because they are pigments they are a little bit more difficult to work with as they tend to get everywhere, but they do come with a little stopper (as seen in the photo for Vanilla).
The set retails for £25.50 which you can click here to purchase.

I did buy another set from the Holiday collection so be on the look out for that.

Friday, 29 November 2013

LATEST IN BEAUTY - THE GLAMOUR BEAUTY EDIT

Latest in Beauty released their Glamour beauty edit box this month and I immediately knew I wanted to buy it just because it had one product that I have been wanting to buy for the past 2 years.
 The box itself is a matte black which has a gold rim and font. Inside all the products are wrapped inside a white tissue paper that has gold flecks, whilst including some yellow crinkled tissue paper for that extra protection.
 Inside the beauty box came with seven beauty items, which was fantastic, since the majority of beauty boxes come with the standard 5 items.
The box included:
- Toni&Guy Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray (sample size)
- Balance Me Extra Care Radiance Face Oil (sample size)
- Benefit They're Real mascara (sample size)
- Eyeko Lash Curlers (full sized)
- HD Brows Eyeshadow palette in Foxy (full sized)
- Phillip Kingsley One More Day dry shampoo (sample sized)
- Maybelline Baby Lips in Mint Fresh (full sized)
 Here is a close up of the Eyeko lash curlers.
 The curlers are silver with velvet blue handles which are definitely more easier to grip. A girl can never have too many eyelash curlers!
Here is a close up of the HD Brows kit.
 Foxy is specifically designed for brunettes so I am glad that I was given the correct colour.
It comes with 4 matte shadows and a small double ended brush. The shadows are not only designed for your brows as you can use them as normal eyeshadows for an everyday look or you can smoke it out for the night. A perfect quad to just pop in your bag.

The Glamour Beauty Edit box retails for £14.95 (plus £3.95 for p&p)
If you want to buy it then I suggest to purchase it now before they sell out!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

MAC FLAIR FOR FINERY

This year, MAC Holiday collection has really stood out to me, so as you do, I decided to purchase a few more things - so not good for my wallet!!
I picked up another lipstick from the collection called, Flair For Finery. I also brought another lipstick from the collection which you can read here.

Flair For Finery is a lovely nude. I actually do not own any MAC nude lipsticks as none have really caught my fancy, but this one obviously did. I think it will suit any skin tone.
It is more of a pinkish nude so it will not make you look dead when you apply it to your lips.
Plus it is a lustre, which is my favourite finish by MAC.

MAC have changed it up a little by making the lipstick bullet, have a matte black finish with gold accents, which is quite different from their usual packaging, I feel as if this looks much more fancy.

MAC lipsticks normally retails for £13 but for this lipstick is retails for £16.50.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

MAC NOCTURNALS PINK LIPGLOSS SET

I regretted that I did not pick up MAC's lipgloss set from last year's holiday collection, so I made a mental note to pick one up this time around, and thankfully I did.
I decided to pick up the Nocturnals lipgloss set in pink, there are also a set in nude and coral, but I knew I would get more use out of the pink set.

The set comes with one dazzleglass and three cremesheen glass, with the cremesheen being my favourite, I was happy that there were three in the collection, all of which I would wear.
Dressed To Dazzle is a dazzleglass, which is a pale baby pink that has some pink and gold sparkle running through it.
Fashion Scoop is a true pale baby pink that is quite sheer when applied to your lips. This is also a part of MAC's permanent range.
Petite Indulgence is a hot blue-toned pink, that is kind of opaque when applied to your lips.
Colour Saturation is a redish berry colour that also is kind of opaque on the lips.
Here are swatches of all the lipglosses:

 All the colours in the set are wearable, especially now that we are in the cooler months, I am pretty sure I will get a lot of use out of Colour Saturation.

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss set in Pink retails for £25.50, which is a great value for money, considering one lip gloss retails for £17.50.

Have you brought any of the Holiday sets by MAC yet?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

MAC PRIVATE PARTY

MAC's Holiday collection came out a few weeks ago, and I instantly knew what I was going to buy. In today's post, I am going to show you one of the lipsticks that I brought, that sold out the next day and that is Private Party.



Private Party is a lovely dark berry/plum colour, it is the most darkest lipstick in my collection and I absolutely love it. It is so pigmented and it is my first Satin finish lipstick by MAC.
As for the packaging, MAC has changed it up a little by making the bullet have a matte black finish with gold accents, I really do like it.

MAC lipsticks normally retails for £13 but for this lipstick is retails for £16.50.
Unfortunately, Private Party is currently sold out on MAC's website but I am sure they will bring some more back soon.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

DIORIFIC ILLUMINATING POWDER - PERLE D'OR (002)

The second high end make up product I brought when I was Paris, was another product by Dior. It is from their Holiday collection and I absolutely love it! It is the Diorific Perfumed Illuminating Powder in Perle D'or (002).





(one swipe, natural light)
As for the packaging, the compact itself comes in the traditional blue velvet cover like all Dior make up compacts come in, and the gold compact is actually quite heavy, I was actually surprised by this.

As for being 'perfumed' I actually cannot smell anything, but it is to be said that it has hints of Dior's J'adore perfume. The highlight it self is seriously beautiful, when blended out on your cheekbones (etc) it just gives this sheen to your face that actually stays all night. I, personally, would not want to wear this during the day but for nights out, this is going to be my go to highlight, I just know it!

Diorific Perfumed Illuminating Powder retails for £49 and you click here to purchase.