Sunday, 15 December 2013

Primark Haul - December 2013

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Wow, ok, so to anyone who does/did regularly read my blog, I apologise for the lack of posts in the last 4 months! (has it really been that long??) But I thought I'd return on a high with a primark haul.... 

Primark Haul December 2013

Obviously it's the run-up to Christmas, eek, so there's a few Christmassy based things thrown in here. My favourite things have to be the xmas tree gloves and the knee-high socks. They're really festive, snuggly and definitely are helping keep my christmas spirits high. The other accessory I picked up was  a thin belt with a bow fastener to spice up my xmas outfits. All these things are bargainous at under £3 each and are well worth picking up at your next trip to Primark. 

I'm also loving the knit/winter-wear in Primark at the moment. Especially all things burgundy, as you can probably tell from the photo. I'm enjoying the box shirts on the left and I bought the same shirt in burgundy and white because I liked it so much. They're really flattering and once again a bargain at only £6 each. 

The jumper on the right will also be great for the coming months because it can work for so many different occasions. The built-in collar makes it easy to dress-up, but the fact that it's a jumper makes it easy to wear casually. So I anticipate lots of wear from it this winter!

Finally, I just picked up some bits in the queue (which was insane by the way) but it's Christmas so I needed them anyway. The tartan slipper-sock things (not quite slipper-sock, not quite slipper, something inbetween if that makes sense) are probably my favourites from this haul. They make me feel like I have scottish feet - I know weird, but I like it. And they're also really comfy and stylish. Finally I also picked up some wrapping paper and present tags to help me prepare for the big day on the 25th (eek again!)

Let me know what you've picked up recently in a comment, 
I'm always looking to buy more :)

Happy Holidays, Grace x

Saturday, 3 August 2013

July Favourites 2013

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So I know I've been away for a while but I'm coming back full speed ahead. And in my opinion there's no better comeback post than a favourites post. So, here come my July favourites. 

MaxFactor Liquid Illusion Foundation: So at the beginning of this month it was cooler so I was still wearing full foundations, and I was really enjoying the Liquid Illusion foundation. Basically I was really enjoying the finish. It's a dewey, not shiny finish and your skin just looks flawless. It's a medium-full coverage, but it is way way way too heavy for the weather we're having in the UK at the moment, so I'll probably put this bad boy away until November time. 

Barry M Lash Vegas: I'd been getting a bit bored of my mascara routine and when I was looking through my mascaras I decided to try this again, and just fell in love again. I think I get a bit caught up in my love for products and so the other products just get overlooked. On the plus side, it's great to rediscover a great product! Full review here.

Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner:  I've really been enjoying these eyeliners this month. I've only recently discovered gel eyeliners because I've always been a bit wary of them. I'm rubbish with liquid liner and never like the way it looks on me, so pencil/kajal eyeliner's have been my saviours. But, I've been branching out and these are just fabulous. They are so easy to apply, because they have exactly the same consistency as potted gel eyeliners but in stick form! These are the two colours that I have - Black and Blackberry. Blackberry is the most beautiful deep purple-black and looks amazing on green eyes, and the black is beautifully pigmented. 
Full reviews coming soon :)

Elf Daily Brush Cleaner: I mentioned that I liked this in my ELF haul last month, and I've put it in my July favourites simply because I've been loving it for the whole month, and I'm sure the love will continue for August...

Joursna Blush Brush: This is a brush I bought from ebay a while ago. This seems to be a knock-off version of the Real Techniques brushes. I have since bought the genuine articles and realised that it isn't really a dupe for any brush in particular. It is a very special brush. It is actually amazing. I completely love it. It is a complete multi-tasker - blush, contour, highlight it does it all. If you have a spare £2.50 then you need this in your collection! Available here.

Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzer Powder: I've been on the move a bit this month and I've enjoyed this because not only is it great quality, but also a massive space saver in my makeup case. The bronzer doubles as contour as well as bronzer and the blush doubles as blush and highlighter. I can't pack lightly so I take other blushes and bronzers and whatnot, but in when you're in a rush this is perfect product. 

L'Oreal 3-In-1 Micellar Solution: This is a new staple in my skincare routine. It's just completely fabulous. There's nothing more I can say except full review soon :)

So, I hope that you've been inspired to try some of these products - they truly are great products, I wouldn't mention them otherwise! 
What are your favourites this month? 
Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Sunday, 14 July 2013

ELF Haul!!!

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So, recently ELF has been calling to me and I had to answer. So this is what happened...

 I've seen bigger hauls out there, but for me this is pretty big all in one go. I usually space orders out. But I really enjoyed this haul because I could get my hands on several 'must-have' products that get raved about a lot. 

I've tried most of these products out now and I thought I'd just go through and give you a first impressions/worth the hype? type description on a few. So here I go...

Elf Essentials Tinted Moisturiser: This is a disappointment for me. I bought spares of this as well because I thought if I like it, it will be cheaper to just buy more now than paying shipping again. How wrong was I. It's fine on its own, as a moisturiser, although you do have to use a lot. But the minute you apply contour/blush/bronzer the moisturiser comes off. And it doesn't matter if I use a brush or a sponge or my fingers, I just can't get it to work :/

Elf Studio Lip Exfoliator: This is really good. Like really good. I've got the Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum, but I actually prefer this. Yes, they both smell insanely delicious, and both exfoliate to give nice soft lips. But the Elf one cuts the mustard just a little bit more because it's in stick form. It's so much more convenient and less messy and even handbag friendly!

Elf Studio Complexion Brush: I know there are great reviews for the Kabuki Brush and Powder Brush and yeah they are good brushes, but they really don't come close to the complexion brush in my opinion, and I don't think it gets enough attention. I really like this for applying bronzer. I prefer to the other brushes that I have, and for me this was the gem of the order!

Elf Studio Daily Brush Cleaner: I haven't used another type of daily brush cleaner before so I have nothing to compare it to. However, I can compare having a daily cleaner to not having a daily cleaner. And it is Amazing. I feel so much better now that I know that germs aren't reproducing on my brushes during the week. I've bought spares of this because I don't want to be without it!

What are your favourite Elf products? Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Top Summer Products | #1 | Lip Tints

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I've decided to start a small series of posts listing my top summer products. These vary from cosmetics to skincare to haircare. Things that are really handy to use in the summer months to make life easier, or to finish a summer look. Because, we just can't be as bothered in the heat. 

So, first on the list is lip tints. I'm not really a lipstick girl. Or lip gloss girl. I have to have my balms. Nothing else works for me. Lipstick is too drying and I look all strange and flaky. Lip glosses are too thick and sticky and my hair just wipes them away. Lovely. So balms and tints are for me. And even then I'm pretty afraid of bright colours. Anyway, rant over. 

So I this is a very affordable option when it comes to lip tints/balms. They are the MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm. 
MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm.
MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm. MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm.

I think it's cute that these are all named after Beyonce songs. I have Broken Hearted and Irreplaceable. But I'll probably buy the rest at some point.. 

Anyway.. The gist of it is that I really really like these. They're moisturising, pigmented and sheer - everything you want in a lip product. Or, what I want anyway. But for £3, I'd recommend you trying them because if you like them you'll love them, and if not, you've not really lost anything. 

The only other thing I have to add about these Power Pouts is that they do have a minty taste/flavour. I'm not that fond of it, but it does fade away leaving you with beautiful lips :)

Hope this makes summer make-up less hassle this summer - these certainly have for me!

Have you got any amazing summer products? Let me know in a comment :)
Ciao for now, G x

Saturday, 6 July 2013

NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |

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This think I think I've gone a bit creative with my nails - I literally can't believe how adventurous I felt and I just went for it and had a go at striping tape. So here's my tutorial for this nail look :)

NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |

1. So the first thing I did was cut the striping tape into inch-ish pieces and stuck them on an open drawer. 

NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |

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2. I painted 2 coats of MUA's 'All Natural' on my nails. Wait until dry (7 mins ish)

3. Next I laid 5 strips onto my nails. You can put two next to each other to make thicker lines if you want. Do this for all nails except accent nails.

4. Paint your next colour on top. I used two coats of Sally Hansen's 'Black Platinum'. Apply layer 1 wait 30 seconds and then apply second coat. Then remove strips. It's best to do on nail at a time for this bit.

NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |

5. Freehand dots onto accent nail with Dotter tool or cocktail stick. 

6. Finish the look with a top coat. I used Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. This gives a glossy manicure look, evens out the nail surface, and dries really quickly (30seconds). 

Have you been creative recently? Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

My Birthday Make-Up Look | Storm Palette

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Today I'm talking about the look that I created for my birthday. I felt like doing something a little bit different - just to mark the occasion really. So, I looked to my Sleek Storm palette because I really don't give it enough attention. I know that red and green are complementary colours so I decided to use the pinky-purpley colours to make my eyes stand out (top right hand colours). You could add a brown to the outer V to make it smokier, but I liked it simple for an everyday look. 

The big surprise for me was that I used a BROWN mascara. I guess the biggest shock was that I actually liked it. I picked this up in brown by accident but there's not much I can do now that I have it, so I decided to use it. The brush is so-so, nothing special, but the brown mascara is really subtle. I think it has the same effect on my lashes as clear mascara does. Just gives them a little something, but not a massive statement. 

I used the black eyeshadow and a push liner brush to thicken my lash line because I want to keep the focus on my eyeshadow and I thought that eyeliner would be a bit much (I can never get small lines). So for me this was tonnes easier. I guess that a brown eyeliner would also be good, maybe an idea for next time. 

So this is the look. Everything else is natural because I'm not that comfortable with bold looks yet, but I'm going to branch out soon. 

Have you been experimenting with different looks recently? 
Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Monday, 1 July 2013

Mini Primark Haul | Bargain Hunting

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I went to the dentist today and it just happened to be round the corner from a shopping centre. Oops. So I may have accidentally nipped into a few shops and made a few teeny-weeny purchases while I was waiting for my lift. And that's no joke, they were only teeny-weeny. And because most of what a got was a Bargain, I thought that I would share with you the new additions. 

Mini Primark Haul | Bargain Hunting
So, the first things I'll talk about are the shoes and the belts. I literally couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that these shoes were only £3 each. So I got both designs. There was a third which was browns but they didn't look so great. The black and white ones are great because they'll go with anything, and the rose gold ones are just gorgeous! The belts I just picked up because I haven't got a skinny brown belt in my wardrobe and for £2 for 2 they just flew into my basket. 

Mini Primark Haul | Bargain HuntingMini Primark Haul | Bargain Hunting

I also bought both a purse and a make-up bag. I'd seen a blog post about a similar make-up bag a couple of weeks ago and so I had my eye out when I went to primark. It's a Ted Baker dupe, well I think so, but I just liked the design in general. I have to admit that I don't really use make-up bags and they tend to get random uses, but you know, I liked it... 
I also bought this purse. I've used the same purse (seen here) for about 3 years now and I saw this and just thought 'what the hell' 'why not' 'live a little' 'get a new purse'. So that's what I did... 

Mini Primark Haul | Bargain Hunting

The final thing I want to talk about is this really quirky sunglasses case. I just thought that it was a really fun thing for my handbag. I've been using an old make-up bag to store my sunglasses in my bag but I thought this was so cute I just had to have it :)

Have you been bargain hunting lately? Let me know in a comment!
Ciao for now, G x

Sunday, 30 June 2013

June Favourites | 2013 |

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Wow! How have we got to the June favourites already???
I know I've been a bit MIA recently, but I've been travelling a bit and it was my birthday, and life in general just kind of got in the way. But I'm back now with a whole host of new posts to share with you. Anyway, back to the favourites!!!

So, as you can see I've been enjoying a range of different products this month, and nobody is more surprised than me that there's a lip product included! So, I guess I'll start with that. 

MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm:  So, if you've read a couple of my posts you'll notice that I'm really not a lip product girl. And so when I bought this a few months ago I tried it, saw that it was actually quite bright and have been frightened of it ever since. But then one day this month, just randomly I decided to put it on. And even though it is bright, I realised that the formula is perfect for me. I'll be reviewing in further detail soon!

Calvin Klein Brushes 1 & 2: So I was looking for some more eye brushes, in particular blending/shading brushes because I  only have tapered flat brushes which aren't ideal for crease colour. So I found these. And boy am I glad. I bought one of '2' to start off with, and found it amazing. It isn't the traditional blending brush shape so I was a bit disappointed when I got it. But the shape and size make nothing of its ability to shade and blend. So I bought another '2' and a '1' which is just a flat brush for packing on the colour. Very happy with these :)

Sleek Storm Palette: This is something that I bought in March and kind of started to regret buying. I was going through a phase of neutral colours on my eyes, and wished that I'd bought the neutral palette. And then last week it was my birthday, and I just felt like I wanted to do something different to mark the occasion. So I used the two purple/pink colours at the bottom of the palette. There was born my new favourite look. Purple makes green eyes stand out and my eyes have never looked brighter than when I've got these colours on!

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara:  I'm not very loyal when it comes to mascaras, but they are something that I become very passionate about very quickly. Kind of like one-month-stands :) So this is the mascara that I've been loving this month. It was actually the first product that I bought based on youtube recommendations. Ahhh memories... 

Boss Orange Woman (Fragrance) : I was gifted this perfume for my birthday and I have really been enjoying it of late. It's a subtle scent, not too overpowering, but it does last all day. I'd recommend going for a sniff in Boots!

Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo - Permanent Taupe: I've really been enjoying these cream eyeshadows this month, especially this shade in particular. They're really creamy (obviously) and pigmented and are just the perfect bases for eyeshadows. I've even abandoned my eyeshadow primer because these are so much better. They don't last for 24 hours ( I use the Urban Decay Cream Shadows when I want that) but they do last a full day, so nothing to be sniffed at. I have quite a few of the colours but I've actually been enjoying this one the most even though it's quite dark, it's great for packing lighter colours onto and smoking out. Perfect for neutral eyes. 

What have you been loving for the past month? Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Rimmel London Colour Rush Quad | 002 Smokey Brun

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Today I'm talking about a little find from nowhere but Poundland! Yay! I love Poundland you can get some really great things from there :)

Anyway, I thought I'd share with you what a nifty little product this is...
It's the Rimmel London Colour Rush Quad in 002 Smokey Brun 

Rimmel London Colour Rush QuadRimmel London Colour Rush QuadRimmel London Colour Rush Quad

I really like little palettes (if you can call them that) like this. They're really handy to just chuck in your handbag for eyeshadow emergencies (they do happen!). And then it's really easy to just top up whatever make-up you're wearing because you can never go wrong with a bit of brown... 

They're pigmented shades with a kind of satiny finish - they're not too glittery so you can wear them everyday, but they're also great to dress up with :)

I styled the quad with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe as a base and then used the colours on my lid getting darker as I got to the outer corner. The lightest colour is a really great highlight as well!

I would probably wear this look with liquid eyeliner for a bold look or use a push liner brush with the darkest shade to thicken the lash-line, but this shows you the gist. 
Here's the look I make with the quad:

Rimmel London Colour Rush Quad
Rimmel London Colour Rush Quad
Rimmel London Colour Rush Quad

And for literally only a pound there are zero complaints from me. This is a really practical little quad - great for travelling because it's a versatile - (you could do a natural eye or a smokey eye with it), the colours are pigmented and it's tres compact... I'll be looking out for more of the Rimmel London Colour Rush Quads next time I'm out. They're a welcome  addition to my handbag make-up!

Have you found any Pound shop bargains lately? Let me know in a comment!
Ciao for now, G x

Monday, 17 June 2013

NOTW - Sally Hansen Gilty Pleasure

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It's NOTW time again. I've just bought some striping tape so I could be more adventurous with my nail designs. But, I was feeling lazy and I haven't got a good black nail polish (I know, seriously) so I just left them as they were. It's a gorgeous colour, like a proper glittery shiny gold. I kind of feel like wonder woman because I wear a lot of red and blue :)

The thing that I really like about the Sally Hansen Complete Manicure range is the brushes. They're  super wide so you only need like 2 brushes to get a tidy application on the nail. Whereas with a normal brush it's way easier to mess up so they're perfect for sloppy people like me!

I also topped this with the Seche Vite top coat (review soon, I promise!)

Can you recommend a really good black top coat? 
Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Swatching It Up

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I thought I'd just drop by and share a thought I've been having. Since I started my serious make-up quest in January I've been getting used to swatching make-up, something which I didn't have the patience for in the past. But I'm not sure what's happened to me over this past month. I'm just going to have to say it - I'm Grace and I'm a swatch-a-holic.

This kind of thing it regular for me. I know this doesn't seem thaaaaat bad, but it's everyday.   I always manage to do it, sometimes without noticing! And then I get the awkward conversations - 'Oh that's a big bruise'... 'Actually it's eyeshadow'. And then I get the kind of disgusted look - either I don't know where eyeshadow goes, or I don't wash enough.... 

But I enjoy it. I love spending time at the make-up counters leisurely finding the perfect shade of lipstick that I want, or the right kohl eyeliner. I guess that's the burden I have to bear now that I'm a make-up fanatic. 

Are you hands swimming with swatches? Do you suffer as I do?
Let me know in a comment - share the burden!

Ciao for now, G x

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Collection 2000 | Lasting Perfection Concealer

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Ok, so everyone and their mother's and their cats know about the Collection (2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer. I've seen this about a lot on youtube, and that was what made me purchase it in the first place. And so I know that everyone's probably sick of hearing about it.
If anything, it's just another great review to add to the others.

As you can see what's amazing about this is it's ability to get rid of redness. This picture speaks for itself really. It's easily blendable, something which I look for in make-up - and also versatile (for blemishes/reducing redness). So that means that it works well with contour powders and foundation. 

This is one of the few products that I swatched in the shop. Usually I just buy the lighest colour of everything and because I'm so pale it'll be the right colour or even slightly too dark. 
But for some reason, I decided to swatch it, and I wasn't the palest shade - *Shocker* SO just a word to the wise, swatch before you buy just in case (or just know that its darker than other products usually are).

Obviously it's Collection so it's super-affordable - absolutely bargainous at £4.19.
It's nice and compact and a tube - definitely a plus for me with concealer - you don't have to faff with putting your fingers/brush in a pot. 

It has a doe-foot applicator that you can use to place dots under your eyes for the baggies, and anywhere else for blemishes. It also has insane coverage - there are no signs of what's underneath when you've got this on. 

Have you been feeling the love for this product?  I swear everyone has this in their make-up kit!

Ciao for now, G x

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

MaxFactor Mini Nail Polishes

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So, I've been in a bit of a nail polish frenzy recently and have been trying out all different brands. Today's post is about the MaxFactor mini nail polishes.

MaxFactor Mini Nail Polishes

25 Bright Orange
42. Moon Dust
13. Deep Mauve
29. Mellow Yellow
23. Hot Pink

The cherry colour and the pink I've had for a while (they've even got a different name) but I think that the colours are still available in the shops
They're currently on offer at Superdrug for £2.99

My favourites are the orange and the pink. I literally wore the orange one so much that I had naturally orange nails. I had to give it a break to let my nails get back to normal (I did wear them for like 4 months straight). They're great quality but like most nail polishes take two coats. Except from the moon dust colour - that does take some time to build up so I generally use it as a top coat over a light colour. 

I really like these mini nail polishes. They're great for me to just throw in my bag if I'm looking to travel with a bright/statement colour with me. A nice little handag purchase.

Have you discovered any new nail polish brands recently? Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

FOTD - Out for Lunch

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I feel like I've been neglecting you lately and only really posting the Motivational Mantras. So I decided to quickly snap and upload my 'Face Of The Day' when I was going out for lunch. 

Here it is:

 It's a pretty standard look for me, brown smokey eye and natural face and lips. I'm not really a lipstick girl and I'm fond of neutral tones, as you can see.

I've been hauling a lot lately but I haven't posted that many product reviews... This is purely because I only want to recommend products that I've really tried - used regularly and actually seen results. It would be so easy for me to post everyday about a product I've bought, but what's the point in that? - I'd have nothing to say. But I've been working through them and have found some truly amazing (and truly awful) products that I'll be telling you all about soon!

Ciao for now, G x

Friday, 7 June 2013

Fekkai Advanced Shampoo and Conditioner

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I've recently discovered the Fekkai range and decided to give the shampoo and conditioner a try. They're full of olive oil and my hair has been in desperate need of nourishment. 

So, first impressions - the smell. Nothing special really. In fact if I'm honest they're kind of lacking. I much prefer a fruity fresh strong smelling shampoo and conditioner and these aren't like that at all. (They're not bad smelling just not that smells-so-good-I-could-eat-it smell). But I was focusing on the benefits to my hair rather than the smell. At first no change. I was kind of regretting buying them because there was nothing that special about them...oops

Fekkai Advanced Shampoo and ConditionerFekkai Advanced Shampoo and Conditioner

One month later, having persevered and deciding to use them up regardless. I was astonished when I washed my hair yesterday. It was like I'd completely changed hair. I had these luscious locks once more. My hair had become lifeless and kind of floppy even though I have it cut regularly and look after it. But it has a new lease of life. I have these bouncing ringlets that are soft and light and VOLUMINOUS.  I have no idea how it works, but this shampoo and conditioner definitely works for me and I would recommend it to anyone, who wants their hair to look brand new (if you get what I mean..?). 

The only thing I think I have to mention is that they're quite pricey. But if you're looking for super-gorgeous hair then I think the Fekkai range is a great place to look. I've bought 2 more of their products which I'm also loving - you just have to persevere and let them work their magic. 

Have you discovered any magical products recently? Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Motivational Mantra of the Month 1 | June 2013

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Motivational Mantra time :)
Sorry its late this week, but its better late than never, eh?

I think this speaks for itself really. I'm a serial worrier, from the trivial to the serious. I can worry about anything, even things that could never happen. I like to keep this quote on my mirror to give myself a bit of perspective. It was only once I'd done my GCSE's that I could really understand that my worries weren't that important and to take life less seriously. I think its great to quickly do for a reality check. Most of my worries I can't remember and i find it helps me to let the stupid things go. 

Let me know if you like these motivational mantras, I hope that they're useful.

Ciao for now, G x

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

NOTW - Sally Hansen French Manicure Kit

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I thought I'd share with you my latest nail adventure. I decided to go for a classic frenchy this week and was excited to try the Sally Hansen french manicure kit. You get three things in this kit - base coat, white tip pen and neutral top coat. 

The base coat dries quickly with a nice shine, so if you're not partial to adding extra coats (making the paint more likely to chip) then it's good enough quality to leave on its own. 
The only thing I can complain about with this kit is the white tip pen - something I don't think I'll be using often. The nail varnish just doesn't have the same thickness and it takes several coats to get a concentrated colour. But I will admit that the 'pen-like' quality of the pen makes the french line so so so much easier than with a brush. 

Overall I think this is a good kit. I knew that it was a safe bet because you can never go wrong with a bit of Sally Hansen when it comes to nail polish! I'm not a fan of the white tip pen but even just for the top coat and neutral colour I'm getting value for money, so I'm happy all round.  I also topped this look with Seche Vite top coat - I'll be reviewing soon :)

What have you been doing in the gorgeous summer weather? Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Monday, 3 June 2013

May Favourites

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It's that time again - Favourites! I love doing this post because I can spread the joy about products that I've truly been enjoying for the past month. 
Here we go:

My first product is a foundation which I've been loving recently. It's the Maxfactor Second Skin Foundation. I've been loving this foundation simply because it does what it says on the bottle. It is literally like a second skin and you forget that you have any on. It's a really lightweight and creamy formula so it applies evenly. It is a light coverage though so conceal if necessary. I don't think it's the most durable foundation so don't wear it to a water park or anything and it doesn't have an SPF in it, so you should wear suncream under it, but other than that it's the perfect foundation for summer. Especially because skin tends to be better after catching a few rays. 

My second May favourite is the Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper hairspray. I haven't really tested the re-styling qualities that it claims to have, but the reason that this is my favourite this month is the smell. It is a totally un-hairspray smell, which I've really been loving. Long are the days that I am choking myself with the fumes from hairspray and no matter how much I (or my cousin) sprayed, we were never choking from the fumes. And for that reason alone this product has jumped to the top of my list of hair-sprays ! I'll be testing the re-styling qualities and will probably be making a post about them soon, but if you're looking for a un-chokey (I'm guessing that's not a word...) hairspray that does the job then this is a winner. 

My third May Favourite is the Dainty Doll Powder Blusher by Nicola Roberts in shade 004. So, this is a notorious dupe for NARS Orgasm and so for me this was a kind of -'try before you buy'. I know you can go and try this out in some stores, but a one off try in a store just isn't enough for me. I want to be sure that it will fit right in with my make-up collection and won't just be put in a drawer and forgotten, which happens a lot. So I've decided to be more careful with my purchases and make sure that they're right for me. I digress...  Anyway I really like this, it suits my skintone (paper white) perfectly, and I've used this everyday for this month and it still looks as though I haven't used it (I'm guessing it will last me a while...) So it's a YAY product for me!

My final May favourite has got to be the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. So I pretty sure that everyone in the bloggosphere has heard of and probably tried Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish, but I have never indulged my craving for it because I don;t want to splash out on a product that destroys my sensitive skin, which i have in the past. So I was looking for dupes online which I could try out ( I know it'll lbe a different formula but I wanted to try the muslin cloth on my face etc). Anyway, the long and short of it, is that I love it. I am super-impressed with it and use it everyday. You only need a pea-sized amount and it removes all traces of my make-up without making my skin red, or rashy, or blotchy. Lovely jubbly. What's especially lovely is that it's only £3 in the sale at Superdrug! I bought a spare for my cupboard :) I think I will progress onto the Liz Earle cleanse and polish but I think I'll wait until I've finished this first. 

What have you been enjoying for this month? Let me know in a comment, I love trying new products!

Ciao for now, G x

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Motivational Mantra of the Month 5 | May 2013

Hello There!

Today's quote is about accepting that what will be will be, and there's no point worrying about something that you can't change.

These kind of quotes are significant for me because I can't let things go... When I felt that an exam didn't go well for me, I'd be plagued for days about it getting wave after wave of 'I feel so bad about that exam, I don't want to exist, it was awful, I've ruined my life forever...'
Except it never did ruin my life, and the majority of the time it really wasn't that bad. 

So the quote is basically saying that if you spend all your time worrying about how yesterday went badly, then you waste the time that you could be using to make the most of today. 
So if you've been worrying about something - make the decision to let it go, and concentrate on today...

Ciao for now, G x
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