Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Outfit post ft. Rings & Tings and SammyDress

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Shirt - c/o SammyDress
Faux disco pants - Primark
Skull / bone / baroque chain earrings - c/o Rings&Tings
Collar tips - c/o Rings&Tings

Wore this out for drinks that turned into a mini night out a few days ago. Realised I was super matchy matchy with lips, shirt and nails all co-ordinated haha. The night was only slightly ruined by a girl in our local kebab shop taking offence to us being students (sitting there quietly eating our chips) and told me I had 'f*cking grey hair'. Charming! Anyways I got my chips and that is all that really matters in life.

I am loving how pigmented the Rimmel Apocalips' are, this red is so gorgeous! Also will be reviewing the Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner soon, it's definitely growing on me. xx

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Red wine scented nail polish?! - Revlon Parfumerie in Bordeaux

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Revlon Parfumerie in Bordeaux
Rings: eBay, Claw ring c/o Rings&Tings

I actually had no idea this nail polish was scented until I started applying it, unobservant or what? I picked this up in a recent Boots splurge in their beauty 3 for 2 event, mainly because of the cute bottle and also the fact the colour is amazing. This has a really intense scent of a fruity red wine (I am totes a wine connoisseur), it's far more scented than any other scented polishes I own, to the point where the smell was bothering me a bit an hour after application. But as I type this the day after doing my nails you can only smell red wine now if you give your nails a good sniff (which makes you look totally normal).

The only thing that lets this product down really is the consistency of the polish is a bit odd, which makes it difficult to apply. It also seems to be one of those tacky finish polishes if that makes sense, it still doesn't feel like it's truly dried and the polish is rolling back off the nail a little rather than chipping. That said, cute colour, nice smell (if a little overpowering), bottle which will look nice on your dresser; I will be trying other colours for sure. xx

Friday, 25 April 2014

Rimmel Apocalips in Across the Universe, Nova and Nude Eclipse | Review

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Pros:

  • high pigmentation
  • high end feel
  • cute packaging
  • reasonable price point
  • moisturising
  • good range of colours
  • non-sticky
Cons:
  • transfer with eating/drinking/kissing

Since I've picked up a couple of Rimmel's Apocalips' (Apocalipi?) I thought I'd give them an overall review. As the majority of beauty bloggers have been agreeing, these are amazing! They are non-sticky, and the texture of the product and the ease of application of the wand makes it feel like using a high end luxe product.

They are liquid lipsticks and have a shine finish, although some of them are shinier than others (see the difference between Nova and Across the Universe). I'm pretty sure they've expanded to even more shades now since they were first released to definitely worth perusing the shades. There's an orange/coral I want too. The doe foot applicator is also excellent, with a little well inside which collects more product so you don't need to make two applications. As for wear, I have found these do come off with eating and drinking (although not badly), so would suggest a lip sealant like lipcote.

Can't wait to wear the red on a night out with a cat eye, its a perfect glossy hollywood/pin up red! Have you guys tried Rimmel's Apocalips, and do you have any shade recommendations? xx

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A birthday meal at Yo! Sushi

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Hey guys! Sorry I haven't blogged in a bit, my internet is terrible at home and it takes me forever to upload photos to flickr etc, so much easier to wait til I am back in Manchester.While I was at home I decided to make use of a birthday voucher I got from Yo! Sushi (sign up to their mailing list/student discount, well worth it). The voucher was for 30% off the bill and a free bottle of prosecco for up to 4 people so I went with my besties to make the most of the offer.

All I can say is that I was sure it was going to be quite cheap, but because I had in my mind 30% is a lot off the end bill I ended up eating a lot more than I would have (you can eat up to 10 plates off the conveyor belt), and it ended up being quite pricey haha (beware the £6 yellow plates). But still was a good meal! Although I discovered mochi is definitely not for me urgh xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation 005 | Review

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I received this foundation for my birthday, after a year of using Clinique's Stay Matte oil free make up, and I have to say I definitely prefer this. First of all, the colour match for me (005) is perfect, I didn't realise quite how pale I am! Also the consistency is nicer, it has a fuller coverage (which I wanted), yet is also quite natural looking.

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As you can see my skin is pretty bad at the moment, I have very oily spot prone skin, and for some reason recently the spot prone side has been horrendous. I've been eating pretty healthily so I've put it down to my skin care products not being great. I seem to wake up with red spots in the morning which disappear throughout the day, and I have quite visible pores around my nose on and on my chin.

I find one pump of this foundation gives me a quite natural coverage, if I'm going out I'll use two pumps so my skin is practically blemish free. Especially with oily skin you don't want your make up to feel too heavy and I find this one okay, I only notice the 'ew I want to take my make up off' feeling after 5 hours + on a hot day if I've been moving around a lot.

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As you can see the coverage is pretty good with one pump, I usually go over with my Bobbi Brown colour corrector under the eyes and on more noticeable spots, but with two coats you can probably skip concealer with this foundation.

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The packaging with Teint idole is quite fancy with the frosted glass and I love the fact it has a pump dispenser. The only problem with glass is that it can smash, and also when you get to the end of the bottle the pump may not get the remaining product out (in contrast to the Clinique stay matte where the tube is plastic and you can cut it open like a toothpaste tube to get the last of it out).

One thing I recommend with foundations is to go to the beauty counters in Boots or whatever and ask for a 7 day sample of foundations they have for your skin type (so I asked about ones which were good for oily skin). They may make you make an appointment, but then you can check the foundation you splash out actually works for your skin and is a good investment. Also if you do this you can make sure the colour is a perfect match.

Pros:

  • Fairly full, build-able coverage
  • Nice packaging
  • Good colour range
  • Long wear
  • Not heavy on oily skin
  • Smells good
  • SPF 15
Cons:
  • Glass packaging can break
  • High price point (£28.50)
In summary, if I have the money I will definitely purchase this again! Have you tried Teint Idole Ultra or do you have a high end foundation favourite? xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Greetings Himeros | Outfit

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Dress - eBay Shoes - H&M
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Face - Lancome Teint idole Ultra 24H, Topshop lipstick in Whimsical, Forever 21 Demi lashes

This outfit is literally budget black tie, I don't think the shoes and dress together cost me more than £20! The wonders of eBay. My parents threw me a black tie dinner party for my 21st last night, hence the very dressy outfit post. I kept my make up pretty minimal, the Forever 21 demi lashes are my favourite thing ever, they really open up the eyes but no one can ever tell you're wearing falsies! I wore this dress to my Uni ball last year (see the post here), it's pretty versatile as it's so simple. I did order a Missguided midi bodycon dress but ended up going for this again instead, might as well make the most out of the dress! Although I did manage to put my heel through the hem and make a tiny hole in the dress at the beginning of the evening, so clumsy. xx

Friday, 11 April 2014

☆ 21st Birthday ☆

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I had such a lovely birthday, with loads of yummy food, hope you guys enjoy the food porn in this post! On the day I was taken as a surprise to an Italian restaurant for dinner. I asked my mum if we could do my cake at home because I hate having it brought out to you in a restaurant in front of everyone (find it uber embarassing), but the waiter found out it was my birthday anyway so I got a slice of cheesecake with a candle in it brought to me (the restaurant was empty anyways so it wasn't that embarrassing after all).

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Got some new foundation! The last time I got new foundation was my 20th...so it lasted me an entire year, I'm pretty impressed with myself :p

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I have a tradition of getting a new piercing each birthday, (although won't be doing this forever, obvs) so got a new helix piercing (the lower cartilage ring)

The day after my birthday I went to town with all my friends from home, got a free Ben & Jerry's cone, had my piercing done, went to Wagamamas to gorge ourselves on Japanese food and then went to the pub. Not a bad extended birthday! I got the yaki soba and shared the duck gyoza with my bestie, literally the yummiest thing ever. Between our table we also ordered every pudding on the menu so we could try a bit of everything, definitely a good idea.

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I also got some hilarious cards and cute pressies, can't wait to try out the lippies, especially as both are recommended a lot on beauty blogs. Also how cute is my paperchase unicorn rubber? I also am having a family dinner party with godparents etc on Saturday so have got new Missguided dress for the occasion. Hopefully it fits! xx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

☾ Liquorice Pearls fake nails + nail art ☾

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Fame Monster/Born this Way themed nails I made for my bestie when we went to see Gaga in 2012
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More Gaga themed nails I made for myself, Paparazzi video/Kermit outfit themed amongst others
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Heya guys. For a while I've thought it would be a good idea to sell handpainted sets of false nails (I know a couple of other bloggers do this too), and dug out my old nail wheels and sets I made a while back now I'm home from uni for Easter. 

Would anyone be potentially interested in buying a set? I'm thinking of keeping them super cheap, like £5 inc postage for solo or mixed designs sets. Anyways even if it's not your cup of tea please enjoy the pretty pictures ^^ xx

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