Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
Ocean Love Potion was my NY substitute for China Glaze "For Audrey". I was desperate to find this colour, but didn't seem to come across anywhere that stocked the China Glaze line. It is, in its own right, a gorgeous colour. Not a million miles away from the famous little blue boxes (of which I now have two - aren't I spoiled??). I love how it looks both in the bottle and on the nails. I was worried about how it would apply, but it went on really smooth and evenly. I put on 2 coats and then slapped on a bit of Seche Vite (thank you Nic!x) Think I might use OLP as a base for some Konad stamping over the weekend. I'll post the piccies on here afterwards, of course.
Teal We Meet Again (which has got to be THE most difficult colour to photograph!) is simply stunning. Its the most amazing colour in the bottle. I haven't tried it on the nails yet, but I hope it lives up to the expectation. The shimmer particles of green, blue and aqua make this colour really quite unique. This colour also appears in the set I got Nic, so I'd be interested to hear what she thinks of it. I am quite jealous of the coral colour in Nic's set, but I'm sure if I'm really good, she'll lend it to me??!!??
Sunday, 27 June 2010
LeanneOCD brought these back for me from her trip and I love them, just LOOK!
A black and gold macy's bag. Covergirl Lashblast Volume mascara (I haven't tied this yet), Victoria Secret Lip Gloss in Bubble It Up which I LOVE beyond all reason it smells exactly like bubblegum (everytime I wear it I'm blasted back to the 80's, do you remember the bubble gum that you got in strips or in the bottom of a Screwball? Well it smells just like those) and a Sephora by OPI nail polish kit in Havana Nights. Here's a close up of the colours.
L-R they are Teal We Meet Again, Read My Palm, Rumba Romance and Caliente Coral. How Lucky am i?!
I'm going to depot Urban Decay Book Of Shadows II to put inside them as mine is a little bit shabby now! I'll show you when it's done.
I chose this kit which came with a lurid pink bag which was quickly (thankfully) stolen by my children leaving me with the contents - a papaya citrus scrub, papaya citrus massage lotion, a mini file and cuticle pusher and mini sizes of Didgeridoo Your Nails, Passion, Suzi Love Sydney and RapiDry Topcoat.
I also got last years limited addition valentines set with full sizes of Love Will Blossom, Heart To Resist and I Pink I Love You. My daughters LOVE Heart To Resist it's clear with glitter and red love hearts sprinkled through so how could they not! What could be prettier on tiny fingers and toes?!
Lastly (and my faveourite) a mini BrightPair Collection with shorts Story, On The Same Paige, A Grape Fit and RapiDry Topcoat.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Happy Shopping :o)
(PS Nic, this is all your fault!! x)
I spent quite a bit of time in Walgreens and Duane Reade while I was in NY. I love having a look around shops like that and this is where I came across these Sally Hansen nail varnishes.
We have Sally Hansen in the UK, but there was certainly more choice of formula and colour in the States. I was first drawn to Blazing Blue (about $6). It reminded me of OPI's Russian Navy, which I love. Although on closer inspection I noticed that the shimmer particles were a bright teal/blue (almost the same colour as Spectrum) which were shot through the polish, giving it a rather unique look. This particular polish is part of the Insta-Dri range and it did just that. I wore this for the 5 days we were in NY and it didnt flake or chip. The only thing I will say, is that when I removed it, my nails were tinged with blue. So I had to follow Snowdrop85's idea when I got home and soon normal nail order was resumed.
On another trip, I spied the HD range (about $6.50 each). I mean, how could I miss them! They have the most amazing multi-dimensional colours, including yellow, green and orange. I went for Laser, which looks very blue on my pic, but it real life it has a purple undertone. While Spectrum is a gorgeous bright blue/aqua. I cant wait to give those a try. I'm sure they will look stunning in daylight.
Vibrant and Shining were my bargains! They were on special at a Walgreens near Central Park for $3 each. Which is currently about £2 ish. Shining is a very rich, red with a hint of shimmer. Although its totaly different, it reminds me of Nails Inc Victoria. Its a very classy statement colour and I loved it when I tried it out. Vibrant I havent played with yet, but that was my wild card purchase. Not a colour I'd usually go for, but it looked pretty and it was on sale, so what the hell! I like the fact that there is a gold shimmer throughout the colour, meaning its not a flat regular pink. I'll see how it goes when I try it out.
I'm really jealous of Nic's Nails Inc collection and I think I will have to make the Sorbet Collection mine! Although that will be a bit of a step awy from the norm for me. What nail colours are you loving at the moment?
Friday, 25 June 2010
So it started with the lovely Sara (SWalkerMakeup), who got this brush in Sephora in Dubai and then mentioned it in one of her videos. Then the fabulous Gemma (gemsmaquillage) picked her's up in Sephora in Spain (where she lives) and gave it a go. Both of them really rated this brush, so when I went to Sephora in NYC, which brush do you think I headed straight for?? The Sephora Professional mineral powder brush (#45) of course!!
I followed the ladies tip and used it for liquid foundation, ignoring the designation on the handle. They said that it made applying a liquid base flawless and airbrushed, and they were not wrong!
I don't know what it is about this brush, but my Max Factor Second Skin foundation just seems to glide on in an effortless sweep. It literally takes no time at all to apply, which is great for the morning rush. It doesn't seem to cake the foundation on, it just provides the right level of natural coverage to even out any post-bedtime blotchy skin. And due to the synthetic bristles, it has washed really nicely. I think its fantastic and I've used it every day since I bought it! Thanks again Sara and Gemma for the head's up and for all your informative videos. Keep'em coming ladies ;o)
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Nope, I'm not changing teams. I'm just in love (or should that be lust?) with the Bare Escentuals Buxom Babes lip gloss. I have long been a fan of these lip glosses, having received a few different colours in various BE sets purchased on QVC. Until I went to NY, my favourite colour was Zena, although I was quite partial to Amber. Now I've been lured away by these little lovelies in the Sailor Girls collection, called Marina (shimmery pink) Skipper (shimmery coral) Misty (a very pale pink/clear with lots of iridescence) and Sunny ( you guessed it, shimmery bronze).
They are just lovely and the perfect size for throwing in a pocket. I usually carry about 8 different lip glosses with me, so size is not usually a factor for me, but these are too cute. I get the feeling that these maybe limited edition for Summer, however I cannot corroborate that thought. Its just usually the way. You find something that you love and they discontinue it!! Apologies for the pics, but they were really difficult to photograph in such a way that you get an idea of the colours.
Best of Press Collection £20.00 + £3.45 p&p from QVC The colours are devonshire row, birdcage walk, chalk farm, spring mews.
Special Effects Collection £20.00 + £3.45 p&p from QVC The colours are barnsbury road, hays mews, chester terrace, countess road, augustus street.
and from nailsinc.com I chose 5 polishes for £30 from the pick and mix collection, I ordered when a free pair of Fabris Lane sunglasses were being given away so you can see those beauties, love them, AND I also joined the reward scheme and got a free polish (South Molton Street)so I was very happy indeed! Colours are basil street, seven dials, south molton street, neal street, the hurlingham and bruton street.
While I was snapping away at my goodies I decided to grab the rest of my Nails Inc stash to show you too, please don't judge me! I can't name them all right now but if you want me to get back to you on any of them just leave a comment and I'll let you know!
Phew! So thats my Nails Inc stash of shame (OPI, China Glaze and HighStreet brands are yet to follow)...I really don't need anymore nail polish but just look at this Sorbet Collection! I heart it!
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
I got both the Anti-Ageing and the Aqua-Complete variants and I've started my regime already in preparation for the BIG birthday. Maybe I should take before and after photos. Hmmm what a scary thought....
Whilst mooching around town on Sunday, Nic noticed these new DeoDry deodorant's from The Body Shop.
They are currently priced at £2.50 (usual rrp £4.00) and they contain no aluminium salts, so its kind to your skin.
The other great thing is that these deodorant's are kind to the environment too. Refills are available for £2.00 and are recyclable. What a total bargain!
Monday, 21 June 2010
"Greetings from Maui" is (I was told by the SA!) an exclusive to Macy's. It smells like cocktails, tropical holidays and cake all in one. It actually made my mouth water. I'm serious! It was in my basket before you could say "Maui Wowie". Macy's website says "the sweet, tropical fruit scent of aloha colada inspires the ultimate hawaiian pick-me-up and makes every day feel like a day on a white, sandy beach. paradise is just an aloha away". Well, I couldn't have put it better myself and after writing this, I might sneak off for a tropical dip before bed.
The "Ice Cream, You Scream" set came from Sephora on Times Square. The Boy went off on a scouting mission and returned with this sweet treat, whilst I was lost in the aisles. That place is like the Magic Kingdom for those of us with Obsessive Cosmetics Disorder. It is set out like a sweet shop for beauty fanatics. Every counter is pristine, as a team of cleaners work silently to ensure that everyone has the perfect (clean) Sephora experience. No grubby stands here, not sure about messy customers though! I generally like to colour every available section of skin on the back of my hand, with various different eye and lip colours. Usually, I look like I have been struck down by some rare tropical disease, colours merging into each other as I make use of every millimetre of space I have to hand (see what I did there?). Sephora even caters for the aforementioned finger painters (such as myself), as they provide stations that include disposable applicators (for lips/eyes/face), cotton wool, tissues and bottles of make-up remover/rubbing alcohol. I didn't once feel bad about my handy work (surely you got that one??) in there. Any-ways, I digress... The Boy returned with this set and promptly dragged me over to the testers for a sniff. All the scents in this kit were divine and the packaging was super cute. The Caramel Drizzle, smelt as though it had come straight from Starbucks (of which there was one, every half block or so!!). Totally yummy. Bad news is, that The Boy now prefers my lovely Philosophy goodies to his Lynx/Gilette manly shower gels. He does treat me to quite a lot of these kits for Birthday/Christmas, so I suppose I'll have to live with him occasionally scrubbing his arse with my lovely girlie products. Good job I love him, or there would be trouble!!
Thursday, 17 June 2010
What an amazing trip to NYC, all thanks to The Boy. I loved every single second and obviously made Sephora my second home! He positively encouraged me to purchase lots of lovely goodies and even treated me to a few bits himself. Bless his cotton socks!! ;o)
As you can see, there are lots of new products to tell you about. But I wont go into all that now, its late. Will blog more about it over the weekend.
Does anyone else have anything exciting to report??
Monday, 7 June 2010
Roll on September....
Saturday, 5 June 2010
When Nic and I went shopping last week, I picked up the Monoi Miracle Oil at The Body Shop. They had their "Smile, and save 30%" promo on - result! I had a little sniff and instantly I compared it to Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt , except this little beauty is a third of the price. I've been using it all week and I am addicted. I use it every night when I get out of the bath, directly onto damp skin. In just one week I can feel how soft my skin is. The scent is lovely and exotic. Reminds me of holidays, which is always a good thing. It feels somehow decadent, using a scented oil on your body. And I am all for a bit of daily decadence!!
I later discovered that the lovely OxfordJasmine has featured this product in her monthly favourites video. She recommended me to use it on my hair. So I am sat with it on now! I can't imagine anything taking the place of my beloved Ojon, but I suppose we shall see. This is one body product I'll certainly re-purchase.
Friday, 4 June 2010
I adore Charlie and Lola so I'll take any excuse to mention them!
I just needed to pop in to aplogise for not being around much over the last couple of weeks, real life seems to be getting in the way at the moment which is very unfortunate as I have so much I need to tell you about!
I finish my Fashion and Photographic Makeup course next week and my little ladies will be back in nursery so I'll have much more time for chattering about makeup, skincare, fake tan, hair and my shameful Nails Inc obsession while Leanne jets off to New York...some people have all the luck!
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Link to your tagger and list the rules
List 7 random facts about yourself
Tag 7 people (and make sure you check back and see what they say!)
If you're tagged, play along and pass it on!
- I'm going to be 30 in almost a month's time and I will share that very big birthday (all birthday's in fact!) with NicolaOCD!
- I went on a school exchange to Russia (St Petersburg) when I was 15.
- My favourite flavour of Ben and Jerry's is Cookie Dough
- I'm obsessively early for everything, I cant stand being late.
- I love "scrubby" scrubs , especially the No7 Microdermabrasion exfoliator.
- I'm going to New York next Wednesday (an early birthday present from The Boy!!!).
- My favourite nail varnish is Russian Navy by OPI.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
So here is the good bit! Sally is offering free mini testers of her Bonbon balms (in Mint Tingle, Strawberry or Highly Original) for the first 200 people to "like" the Bonbon Balm Facebook group. I've already requested my mini Mint Tingle, so if you fancy giving a natural lip balm a go Bonbon balms are on me! (well they are on Sally actually, but you know what I mean!). Just thought I would share this with you.
Just lying in bed with the laptop watching YouTube tutorials and reading people's blogs. Anyone got any recommendation's for me?
All suggestions gratefully received ;o)