August 31, 2013

UK Magazine Freebies| September 2013 (October 2013)

Hi everyone,

A new month starts tomorrow, and with it comes a whole new set of magazines hitting the news stands, with some exciting freebies. Freebies are my favourite way to try out high end products, so today's post is about what I've spotted recently.

 In Style magazine: Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer + 20% code for any Phillip Kingsley product

 Marie Claire: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Products

Elle: Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray


August 29, 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips, now available in the UK

Maybelline Baby Lips are one of those cult YouTube beauty favourites that haven't been available in the UK until now. I've been lucky enough to try one of the flavours in the past, but have been sooo curious about all the other flavours/colours/scents in this range. And now I can finally try them! YAYAYAYAY! (Can you tell I'm a little overexcited?)

Flavours, from left: Pink Punch, Cherry Me, Peach Kiss

 Swatches, from above: Peach Kiss, Cherry Me, Pink Punch

The two flavours on the left are new additions to my collection, I recently picked these up in a mini haul, whilst the flavour on the far right is one I picked up a while ago on holiday. Out of the six flavours available in the UK, these are the only tinted ones available, the other three are: Hydrate, Intense Care and Mint Fresh, available from Boots (currently on 3 for 2) and Tesco (currently on 2 for £5).

I have been very impressed with the flavours "Pink Punch" and "Cherry Me" so far. The formulation is really lovely: they glide on smoothly, but stay put for hours at a time, providing long-lasting hydration and they manage to give a light wash of colour (swatches above). They both smell absolutely divine, having fruity scents, so you're more likely to be a lover rather than a hater.

Out of the three above, I picked up "Peach Kiss" about a year ago, but very surprisingly, really disliked it! I find this flavour to be very dry on the lips, not too hydrating and it has chunky bits of glitter which I can feel on my lips even after the balm has worn off. The saving grace has to be that it smells divine, just like everything else I've tried from the line, and it has a pretty peachy-nude colour to it which can be very flattering. I'm extremely impressed with everything else from this line, and hope to try more in the future, though may steer clear of this one until it's re-formulated.

Have you guys tried anything from this line? I'm always looking for something new to try, so if you have any recommendation, drop them in the comments below, I'd love to try them out!


August 24, 2013

Mini Haul

Hi Everyone!

I have a mini haul for you all today- I may have been bad and picked up a few things while out yesterday :D

I finally decided to pick up the cult beauty favourite hydraluron; when I saw it was on offer at Boots, I just couldn't resist anymore! It's supposed to be excellent for those with dry skin as it contains a high amount of hyaluronic acid, an ingredient found naturally in skin cells. 

I also spotted the ever famous Maybelline Baby Lips - finally out in the UK - at Tesco. Out of the total 6 flavours out currently, I decided to pick up 2 flavours: Pink Punch and Cherry Me. I haven't been impressed with the quality of these in past (I own the purple tube, in Peach Kiss), but have heard not all flavours are created equal, so am determined to give them a proper go! These are currently on offer at Boots on 3 for 2, and at Tesco on 2 for £5. 

Finally, I picked up a new nail file, deciding to try the Stylfile by Tom Pellereau (winner of The Apprentice 2011). I think this one may turn into a love or hate thing- being curved, it can either make my life much easier or much, much harder - I'll keep you guys posted.

Also, just in case you were wondering which flavours of Doughnuts I picked up, here they are from left: original glaze, chocolate praline fudge cake and lemon meringue pie. I would show you guys a closer look by opening the box, but these were demolished pretty much as soon as I entered the house! The lemon meringue pie was my favourite :P


August 15, 2013

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Base and Top Coat

As promised in my last post, today's post is about a base and top coat with a twist. In my teens, when I first started really becoming interested in nail varnish, I remember using clear nail varnish as a base and top coat; it worked well and was inexpensive to boot! Since then, I've grown up and started trying more expensive base and top coats, but never really found one that could top (pun intended :D) my trusty old clear nail varnish. So, this post is dedicated to a new clear nail varnish/base/top coat I've been trying: Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in Crystal Clear. Available at Superdrug and Boots (currently on offer).

Maybelline Forever Strong in Crystal Clear as base and top coat, with Miss Sporty Metal Flip in Aurora Borealis

The Claims: Enriched with iron and calcium; wide brush designed to give precise application

This is the ultimate product for lazy days, I now only have to juggle two bottles of nail varnish (clear + coloured) vs the previous three! As for the claims: I have to agree that the brush does provide a quick, easy application and the metal ball allows for the nail varnish to be mixed nicely. When it comes to the iron and calcium, I'm guessing that these ingredients are included for the 'strong' aspect, although there are no real claims made about this, and this is incredibly difficult to judge. The most important thing though: it works great a base coat, which stops my nails from getting stained, whilst providing a shiny top coat which doesn't wear and doesn't chip easily. So overall, it does exactly what I want out of those two products, but does it better than anything else I've tried, and for much less! Yay!

 What are your favourite base and top coats? Do have any recommendations for me?


August 09, 2013

A Dip into Duo Chrome

Hi Everyone!

Now, I promise I'm not completely nail polish crazy (erm, on second thoughts, that may not be something I can promise...), but today I have another post about a polish I have recently been obsessed with: Miss Sporty Metal Flip Nail Polish in Aurora Borealis.

At just £1.99 (yes, you read that right) you really can't go wrong these. Miss Sporty have a great selection and the polish goes on beautifully, particularly as it comes with a large brush that allows you to paint on in a maximum of 3 strokes. The colour selection is probably my favourite thing about this line, the above colour, is a beautiful duo chrome that ranges from light green, blue, silver to a soft lilac. Absolutely gorgeous! If I was being nit-picky, my only complaint would be that it requires about 3 coats to be completely opaque; but I personally find I prefer the nearly-opaque look you can achieve with only 2 coats, its not quite as stark as with 3 coats, but looks fairly opaque, unless you're looking really closely.

Hint: look closer at the photo above, did the polish look completely opaque to you? :)

My next post will be carrying on with this theme and be about my favourite base coat and top coat, but with a twist! If you liked this post, you can subscribe to this blog through bloglovin', stay tuned to find out more :) 


August 07, 2013

My First Foray into French Manicures

Hi Everyone!

On a quick trip through TK Maxx, I spotted the ‘La petit french’ manicure set by Orly and couldn’t resist! It has almost everything you’ll need to get the perfect French mani: a 2-in-1 base and top coat, soft pink, a nude and an opaque white for the tips. 

After first coat, from left: Bonder, Je t'aime, Sheer Nude, White Out.

The 2-in-1 base and top coat has to be the star of this beauty: the concept behind this is that you paint it on as a base coat, but the nail polish on top sticks to it, meaning no need for a top coat! :O If only it worked *sigh*. It works great as a base coat, goes on smoothly and protects the nails, but with no top coat, it’s chips galore within a couple of days. The soft pink, though, is beautiful. Not too cool toned, but a nice neutral that gives a soft shine to the nail. The nude is a soft, natural colour and also my favourite out of this set, whilst the white is wonderfully opaque, but be careful: it can go on streaky.

As far as my first foray into the French manicure goes, I’m glad I tried this set, and at £7 it was good value to try out four polishes from a well known brand. Would I it buy again? Probably not. Mostly because I wasn’t particularly impressed by two out of the four products. Although, at that price, it may just be worth it for such beautiful nude and pink shades.

Do you have any favourite nail sets or nail polishes I should check out?

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