Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Sinful Colors Series: Dancing Nails

Bare with me if this a little rushed - I'm currently getting ready for work and remembered I had no Sinful Colors series ready for today! I'll come back and tidy this post up tonight after work.

This week it is Dancing Nails!

Sinful Colors Dancing Nails

Sinful Colors Dancing Nails

Dancing Nails was a polish I bought to go with a wine coloured dress I'm wearing for New Years Ever - and I think the shade name of this polish goes well with what I'll be doing tonight! What a coincidence that it was the perfect colour too! 

In the bottle it is a shimmer light wine colour with shimmers of pink and red running through it to give it some unique tones with the light hits it - sometimes giving it a copper feel to it.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Succubus

A few weeks ago whilst having a mooch at Illamasqua online I came across something magical.. a few items were more than HALF PRICE! So, after work the next day I quickly made my way up to the Illamasqua counter and found the items that were half price - there were 6 intense lipglosses and 6 nail polishes. One of the nail polishes I also picked up in the shade Velocity, and can be seen here

One of the intense lipglosses I picked up is this shade, named Succubus.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in SuccubusIllamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Succubus

The lipgloss comes in a black cardboard box with light cream/gold detailing and a small hole in Illamasqua's signature shape so you can see the product and colour inside. You get 7ml of product for your money - not bad for the 50% price tag!

Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas FOTD

Hey guys!

So, I decided to do a FOTD on the makeup I was wearing Christmas day afternoon and Boxing Day - as I really liked it, it was simple as I was stopping in but I still wanted to look nice. Plus I got new make-up for Christmas and wanted to test it out! I got the Naked Basics palette by Urban Decay and a Ted Baker nail polish and lip stain set - so here is the look I came up with.


Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The Sinful Colors Series Festive Edition: Sugar Sugar

Welcome to the second to last Sinful Colors series of the year! Considering tomorrow is the big day, I thought I'd give you a sort of festive polish to tie in with the Christmas Period. So I present to you.. Sugar Sugar!

Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar

Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar

Sugar Sugar is a sparkly red lady. She is a classic pink toned red and in the bottle she had small red shimmer running through as well as large gold flecks of glitter that shine when the bottle catches the light. (You have no idea how hard it was to photograph them!) Although I'm doing this as a festive polish, Sugar Sugar is part of Sinful Colors permanent range so you don't have to worry about rushing out and snapping it up before it's over! 

Friday, 20 December 2013

A Quick FOTD... Work Make-up

Hey guys, so I decided on doing a quick FOTD this week. Just a simple one though! This is my make-up I usually wear to work - sorry about the low quality of the image, I was snapping these before I had to get changed and leave the house to get my bus. 


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Rimmel London Glam Eyes HD palette in Brixton Brown

Today's review is a sneaky little purchase I made a few days ago whilst out buying Christmas presents. Oops? I don't think that's how shopping for Christmas presents works but oh well. It was hard work so this was my reward!

I spotted this little palette whilst having a sneaky peak at the make-up stands in Wilkinsons (they only have Rimmel, Collection and Maybelline) and I spotted this and thought it looked like a gorgeous little palette and I had heard some good things about it around the bloggersphere so I popped it in my basket and carried on with my shopping.

Rimmel London Glam Eyes HD palette in Brixton Brown

This little palette is small, it fits in the palm of my hand so it's easy to carry around if you need to apply your make-up on the go, however, it doesn't come with a mirror and it has a silly foam applicator that no-one ever uses - when will make-up brands stop using these and put something useful there instead? Like an eyeliner and an actual eyeshadow brush?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Crush

I'll admit it now, this was an accidental buy. When I first spotted this shade I fell in love with it, it's a beautiful deep burgandy/wine colour and as soon as I saw it on the shelves I grabbed it with both hands and happily went and paid for it. It wasn't until I got home and realized it was actually a matte shade.

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Crush

Sorry about the dull lighting in this photo - I was battling (and loosing!) with the horrible winter light.

The reason I was drawn to this colour was because I love wine shades and berry colours so this polish just screamed me! But when I realized it was a matte shade, my love for this polish faded - i've never been a fan of matte nail polishes but I bit the bullet and went ahead and applied it and hoped for the best.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Illamasqua Nail Polish in Velocity


Illamasqua Nail Polish in VelocityIllamasqua Nail Polish in Velocity
Velocity with Barry M Limited Edition polish on my ring finger - review coming soon!

This is my first polish from Illamasqua - and I will say this now, I WILL be buying more! 

I'll admit now, the only reason I bought this polish was because it was on sale - at half price! It would be rude not too! Because of the sale, this polish was only £6.75 and because I work in the store that sells them, I got 20% off that price! Making this polish a grand total of £5.50! I don't know why it was in the sale at that price, but there were 5 others in the sale and 5 intense lipglosses in the sale at £6.75 too (so I maybe, possibly.. accidentally bought two of them too!)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Sinful Colors Series: Pink Forever



This week for the Sinful Colors series is a lovely lady named Forever Pink.

The Sinful Colors Series: Pink Forever

The Sinful Colors Series: Pink Forever

Pink Forever is what I would describe a Barbie Pink or a Bubblegum Pink. It's a bright, blue toned pink that screams girly girl. It makes you feel very girly and feminine when wearing it, and I think it's one of those polishes that will suit most skin tones. I'm not usually a fan of pink nail polishes as I'm not a super girly girl, but this is one of those rare ones that I like and I think suits my skin tones. I would say this polish is definitely suited more to Spring/Summer because of it's bright colour. This is definitely the pinkest pink in my collection!

Monday, 9 December 2013

MUA Luxe Powerbrow in Mid Brown

I have no doubt that the last few weeks have been covered in images of the latest collection from budget make-up brand MUA. Their latest collection named Luxe, has been flying off the shelves since it's launch and I have geniunly struggled to get my hands on this collection, but I finally have so let's start off with the reviews! First up we have the Powerbrow shape and highlighter in mid brown.

MUA Luxe Powerbrow in Mid Brown

MUA Luxe Powerbrow in Mid Brown

A new feature of this collection is the packaging, normally MUA products are very simple with the packing and just come loose, but this time around they have sleek black cardboard packaging with gold letting, which makes them look a lot more fancy than the actual £3 price tag! I like this as I prefer to keep products in the packaging where I can just because I wouldn't want anything to get damaged! 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

The Body Shop Christmas Collection: Smokey Plum 4 Colour Eye Palette

You might remember me talking about the Smokey Plum eye shadow palette and my search to find it, in my post reviewing The Body Shop's Colour Crush eyeshadow in Grape Expectations, if you didn't see that post.. this is what happened:

In a recent post about freebies in December magazines, I mentioned that I got a Gift Card in Glamour magazine for The Body Shop. I ventured into The Body Shop before work one afternoon to see how much mine was for (they come in three amounts, you get either £3, £15 or £100!), my one was worth £3, so I couldn't go nuts in the shop like I really wanted too. But the good thing was I knew what I wanted and you could use your Love Your Body card at the same time and get your 10% off to make it even cheaper!

The product I was on a mission to get was the Eye Palette in Smokey Plum which was part of the Prepare to Party which is this years Special Edition winter trend make-up range. As you probably know, The Body Shop release a limited edition range of make-up, kabuki brush and body shimmer over the Winter period and as always, are super popular. So, as you can image I couldn't find the Eye Palette. I could find it in the other shade, Smokey Brown - but I had bought that palette a year or two ago, but every Body Shop I tried didn't stock the Smokey Plum palette and multiple employees told me the entire company had sold out. So I asked if I could order it online, and they said no that they weren't getting any in stock and my best bet of getting it would be waiting until next year and see if, because it's been so popular this year, they might bring it out again. Safe to say I wasn't happy! So on my way home, I checked the Body Shop website straight away, and what do I find? The Smokey Plum palette! Even better, they honour my Love Your Body card so I go 10% off, plus they had a promotion going at the time so I got another 35% off, free delivery AND a free gift worth £10! If I was paying full price, plus p&p, it should have cost me just shy of £18, but with all the discounts, it cost me £9! Bargain! So I quickly placed an order and I'm expecting it to arrive within the next few days. 

And it did! I ordered it on the Friday evening, and in the e-mail it said expect up to five working days.. and it arrived on the Tuesday! 

The Body Shop Christmas Collection: Smokey Plum 4 Colour Eye Palette

Thursday, 5 December 2013

MAC Eyeshadow - Trax

Last week I took advantage of Debenhams' Christmas Spectacular and their 10% off beauty and fragrance, and picked up two items from the MAC counter. One of those items is this lovely eyeshadow named Trax! This was the first time I had swatched it and as soon as I stumbled across it I fell in love with this unusual shade.

MAC Eyeshadow - Trax

MAC Eyeshadow - Trax

As usual, the eyeshadow comes in sleek black packaging that MAC is known for, with a round hole in the top so you can make sure it's the right shade before you take it home with you. The shadow itself is encased in sturdy black plastic with a clear lid so you can see the colour without having to open it which is always handy.

MAC Eyeshadow - Trax

On the back it says the name of the shade, in this case Trax, and the type of eyeshadow. Trax is a velvet eyeshadow. Velvet eyeshadow's aren't super super pigmented and a great for a wash of colour over the lid or to be used as a blending shade, they are the soft and sheer shades. They have some shimmer, but not a lot or enough to make the shadow look wet. However, MAC describes this shade as 'highly pigmented powder. It applies evenly, and blends well', But I have to disagree...

MAC Eyeshadow - Trax

MAC Eyeshadow - Trax MAC Eyeshadow - Trax

Trax is a gorgeous yellow based purple shade with flecks of gold shimmer running through it, it's so unsual and that's what made me love it straight away! It so soft and buttery as well, making it apply absolutely beautifully. The shimmer is slightly chunkier than usual but that doesn't matter and doesn't make the shade look over shimmery and instead gives it a duo chrome appearance when applied over the lids.


MAC Eyeshadow - Trax

MAC Eyeshadow - Trax


The eyeshadow is so unusual - depending on the light, there are golds, purples and brown tones in this shade. As it is a velvet eyeshadow it isn't highly pigmented even though the website suggests it is, so it takes several applications to build up a good amount of colour, and is at it's best when it's used as a blending shade or as a base for other eyeshadows, but as I said, it applies smoothly and feels soft and light on. This great thing about the different tones in this eyeshadow is that it can be used with SO many other shades, so you have endless options. A great thing is that even though this is a shimmer shade, there isn't any fall out.

This is a great eyeshadow, but if you are looking for a well pigmented shade then this isn't for you, even though MAC claims it is highly pigmented, this would be perfect as a blending shade against other eyeshadows though.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Sinful Colors Series: Pistache


For this week's Sinful Colors series it is a light green shade name Pistache!

The Sinful Colors Series: Pistache

The Sinful Colors Series: Pistache

Pistache is a cool toned, pastel green shade. Like some of the shades in the series, this polish is one of the few shades from Sinful Colors that doesn't have any kind of shimmer or sparkle running through it. Now, don't get me wrong, I do love shimmery polishes, but not all the time! I prefer simple, glossy polishes 80% of the time.

Sinful Colors describe this polish as one of their Cream nail polishes and I would definitely agree with this as it is definitely one of their thicket polishes - but as I have said before, thicker doesn't mean better! With it being a thick polish it does take a very long time to dry.

The Sinful Colors Series: Pistache

The Sinful Colors Series: Pistache

Apologies for the polish smudge in the first image - I applied it too thick and was rushing so didn't give it enough time to dry.

Pistache is a rather thick polish and you can 100% definitely get away with just one coat of this green shade, but out of habit and to doubly make sure no nail is peaking through the polish, I always have a second coat just to be on the safe side.This shade is lovely and glossy and I think I would definitely say this is a spring shade as it reminds me of grass and fresh flowers. I don't wear this polish much though, because as with blue polish as I've mentioned before, I have pink toned pale skin and I don't think blue or green tones go well with my skin tone so I normally stay clear of such shades and stick to my reds and berry shades. 

However, this is a gorgeous little polish and you get a lot of polish in a big sturdy glass bottle for just £1.99 so you can't go wrong really, even if you don't wear it much like me, it hasn't broken the bank and it is a lovely polish to have in your collection.

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