1.27.2014

Care Package Love from Chelle!

Hi there sweetpeas! Hope you've all had a bearable Monday, I tell you its one of the hardest things, whacking on that alarm clock on a Sunday eve. Work is steadily getting busier now that I'm getting to grips with things but its still a wee bit overwhelming at times! But looking on the bright side, I've got this Friday off so this week will hopefully be short & sweet!

I've been so fortunate to have gotten to know some truly ace ladies through blogging, some which have become amazing friends, its really been the best thing about blogging! One such lady is the lovely Chelle from Cosmetic Cupcake whom I've known for a few years now & not only is she just a complete angel but she's also been there for me when at times I've needed a friend, & all this despite the fact that she's all the way over in Oz! Fingers crossed this year we'll finally get to meet & she'll found out what an oddball I am! Bwaha! Every year we love to exchange care packages & for Xmas I was truly spoilt with some delightful goodies which I've got to share with you today :)





Squeeeee! So many pretties! Chelle you really spoiled me too much I can't get over the awesomeness! She even sent me one of her & D's wedding favours from their big day, how sweet!




I've slowly fallen in love with Face Of Australia polishes, they really are amazing so I near passed out when I saw Chelle had sent me their pastel range *drooools* The colours are just scrummy & I've already got a mani in mind for these babies. I also get to try my first Fuji Sakura Asian style sheet face masks, can't wait to try these out! :)




Some beautiful Layla polishes including a beautiful bright turquoise cream & holo, a funky Mode glitter, Essence polish & a unique cream & glitter combo from Face of Australia was also kindly thrown in.



And as if THAT was not enough Chelle also sent me my first Nu Foh polishes ever! *dies....revives self* Aren't the bottles just fab? I have been dreaming about trying these polishes for yonks & now I finally can! *sniffs*



My friend knows me well & we both share a love for sweet things as well as polish so helloooooo Tim Tams & Berry Skittles! These are my addiction, I literally do not go anywhere without a bag of these babies & these ones disappeared in record time ;)



I'm always excited to try a new miracle hand cream & the Essence Caramel Hot Chocolate hand protection balm looks just diviiiiiiine.

Thank you so so much for your amazing package my darlin Chelle! These beauties will keep moi busy for a long happy while! Thanks for reading dolls!



Lotsa love to ya!


1.26.2014

NOTD - Eye See You!

Greetings to ya lovely readers! How are you all doing? Hope everyone's having a top weekend! :)

Yesterday was a beaut of a day & twas spent doing one of my most favourite things...afternoon tea! I whisked my bestie off to The Royal Berkshire Hotel in Ascot as a little birthday treat for her & enjoyed a delightful afternoon of tea drinking, cake eating, wildlife watching in the beautiful grounds of the hotel & all round relaxing by the glorious fireplace. Bliss.
Later on whilst browsing in town we sought refuge in Miss Selfridge from that insane rainstorm that occurred & I ended up leaving with yet another cheeky dress purchase...darn you weather! *shakes fist at sky* Though the dress WAS on sale & mighty puuurdy ;)

Today's nail art I have to share with you lovelies is a quirky one & inspired by a design I'd seen from the awesome WAH nails. I follow WAH on Instagram & just love their amaze designs & its my wish to one day get my nails done from one of the fab WAH gals in London! Whilst browsing through Instagram the other day I saw this ace Eye design & just had to give it a try!


Haha what do you think? 'Eye' catching with a bit of sparkle & slight Egyptian vibe going on? ;) I altered the design a wee bit & did the eye design on opposite ends of the nails to mix it up a tad & gave my eyes super thick mascara coated lashes fit for batting ;)


For my base I used the polish that holds position as my number 1 favourite polish & one of the few polishes I own that's EVER been repurchased...Models Own Pink Fizz. Its one of the prettiest glitters ever, I adore the pale pink shade & the formula is great & fabulously opaque! Just two coats & the entire nail is covered with beautiful pink sparkle. Love!


To do the eyes I used some spare french manicure guides that I had lying around & helped create the curved edge. Placing the mani guides where needed, I simply filled in the space with white polish, removing the guides whilst the polish was still wet.


Using Barry M's Nail Art pen in Black I outlined the edge of the eyes before drawing on the thick lashes, about four to each eye.


Finally for the pupils I just added a large black dot of black polish using my dotting tool, finishing off the design with a smaller white dot inside the black pupil.


Adding a thick coat of topcoat to seal & shine, sei finito! Hope you liked the design lovelies! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday & thanks for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


1.20.2014

Lash Love - Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex Mascara!

Greetings sweetpeas! Monday done folks, that's one down, only four more days to go before the glorious weekend again!

Whilst having a casual browse through my make up stash I noticed that I've somehow managed to accumulate a rather shocking collection of different mascara's...how that happened I have no idea...*cough*
Anyhoos here all these little uns were needing some love & attention & it turns out the first one to get a test drive has actually become a favourite & thus been in pretty much constant use these past few weeks, Rimmels ScandalEyes Lycra Flex....


Deffo an eye catcher of a mascara huh? Its vibrant green tube certainly drew my eye when I decided to pick this up when repurchasing my favourite compact powder. As usual there was some such fab offer going on that I just couldn't resist & so, Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex came home with moi.


The brush that comes with this mascara, as you can see, is one of the big uns! You definitely wouldn't want to poke yourself in the eye with that bad boy. The wand is great at catching & coating the top lashes nicely although doing the bottom lashes requires a wee bit more delicateness when applying but nothing too greatly problematic :) Here's the obligatory before & after pics...*cue creepy eye close ups*

                                                                                    BEFORE...
 
I guess everyone has their own way when it comes to the art of applying mascara, I like to first coat the top of my upper lashes with downward strokes of the wand before going under & sweeping upwards, fanning out the lashes. After doing the bottom lashes as well I usually go in with a second coat on the upper lashes.

                                                                                AFTER...

I love how the Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex has not only coloured the lashes a deep black, but also coated them nicely, giving a lovely volume without a clump in sight! I also found my lashes fanned out really nicely with this & didn't feel stiff & dry at all.

So this mascara gets a definite thumbs up from moi! Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex is available from most Rimmel counters & retails for £6.99.

Have you tried this mascara? Any favourites at the mo? Thanks for reading dolls!

Lotsa love to ya!


1.19.2014

NOTD - Models Own Red Sea with Chevron Tips

Happy Sunday to you my lovely readers! Hope you're all having a fab weekend!

Yesterday I visited the capital for a way overdue catch up with my lovely blogger friends Saf & Ayshe. The day consisted of much eating, tea drinking & macaroon sampling in one of my most favourite places in the world Laduree, before more eating was done in a gorgeous Moroccan Aladdin cave of a restaurant hidden away in Covent Garden & lots of talking! A spot of cheeky shopping may have been done also ;) Then in the evening I met up with the fab Rhamnousia who has been a twitter buddy of mine for yonks & fellow Henry Cavill obsessive, so to finally meet up with the lady herself was brill & filled with much nattering & giggles. So all in all...a pretty ace day :)

Today's mani I have to share with you lovelies features the purdy Red Sea, which is part of Models Own Splash collection that was released around summer time last year & consists of a selection of pretty jewel like flakie polishes. Now I do love me a good flakie, I do :)


When these were released I decided to have a look at a few swatches first on other blogs & noticed that all five shades did seem to actually be rather similar to each other with the exception of Red Sea which is far more pigmented so I ended up only purchasing this & one other from this collection.


Red Sea is a gorgeous deep red jelly with shards/flakes of glitter that flash in tones of purple & red. Where the other four polishes in the collection seem to have very sheer tinted bases, Red Sea has a much stronger depth of colour that allows to it to even be used alone. However these types of polishes often truly come to life when applied over black to I decided to do some quick chevron tips before applying a couple of coats of Red Sea, just to get a feel of both!


Black polish really does make flakie polishes party! The flashes of purple & red really come out to sparkle prettily over the black tips. Application wasn't bad however due to the size of the flakie shards, I did experience a bit of curling up on the nail so you will definitely need to apply a good few thick coats of topcoat. Despite that though I do love the juicy jewel like effect!


Thanks for stopping by dolls! Have you tried any of the Models Own Splash collection? Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!


1.12.2014

NOTD - Furry Bobbins!

Ello ello sweetpeas, hows tricks? Hope you're all having a fantabulous weekend! Its been a wee while since I've done a spot of nail art since Xmas so rectifying that today with a quick & quirky nail design using one of my favourite colour combinations, purple & gold, as well as showing a fun way of using those little pots of MUA Fur Effects :)


What do you think? I just adore purple & gold, my room is decorated in these two colours & I don't know but they just remind me of Aladdin’s Cave & beautiful Eastern fabrics!


For my base colour I used two coats of Seventeen Wicked, a gorgeously glossy deep purple satin shimmer. Such a lovely shade & a brand worth checking out for cheap & cheerful polishes!


Once dry, using the same polish I applied a little quarter moon on the tips & whilst the polish was still wet, dipped the nail into the MUA Fur Effect pot, the shade I used here being Furry Bobbin...what a fab name. Once the wet polish is coated, just dust off any excess fur, leaving the surface nice & smooth.


Now one can stop there I suppose but I wanted me some polka dots too...you can never go wrong with a polka dot or two...or ten. Here I’ve used my favourite gold polish Models Own 25 Carat Gold & just let loose with the dotting tool, adding different sized dots onto each nail.


Obviously because of the fur effect, its a very good idea to skip the topcoat step unless you want a sticky furry mess ;) Hope you liked the mani dolls & hopefully this has given you another idea on how to use the fur effects from MUA if your not one for full nail fur coverage! Thanks for reading!

Lotsa love to ya! 


1.05.2014

NOTD - Leighton Denny Lilac Lust

Well hello there lovely readers & a happy new year to you all! Hope you all had a wonderful Xmas break eating lots, resting a plenty & having a ball with your loved ones. Here's to a fab year lovelies, I've got a feeling that 2014 will be a good un! :D

So lets start things off with a pretty polish as my first post of 2014, shock horror! ;) Over the past year I think its become obvious with how my blog has been that polish is my ultimate passion! Whilst I still adore all things fashion & make up & which will still be blogged about no doubt, its the nail hobby that truly has my heart!

Today’s polish I have to share with you is a simple yet oh so pretty sophisticated shade, Lilac Lust by Leighton Denny.

I was absolutely over the moon to discover I'd won a twitter competition recently, the prize which was a selection of Leighton Denny polishes, a brand I've not yet had the pleasure of trying. So I was excited to have at those polishes & this little delight got first go.



Lilac Lust is a beautiful pale lilac based crème with a pretty shimmer running through it, I just love these types of shades which look gorgeous all year round & are perfect if you want a sophisticated looking mani. I actually wore this polish to my job interview last month, which I nailed by the way! *fist pump* & I’ve reached for it a few times since. Clearly has magical powers of luck (though I do like to think I got the job on my skills too! ;p)




Here I've applied two coats for an opaque finish, the formula of the polish is really lovely making application nice & smooth. I found that the polish dried to a slight matte finish with the shimmer being extremely subtle on the nail but a slick of topcoat gave a lovely glossy finish.




Overall I'm feeling a lot of good vibes from my first Leighton Denny polish that's for sure! Not only do I love the colour, but the quality of the polishes are great too. Can't wait to have a play with the other pretty shades!

Thanks as always for reading dolls! Are you a fan of lilac tones?

Lotsa love to ya!