Thursday, 27 February 2014

NOTD: Models Own Utopia & Pink Fizz

I used:
Models Own Nail Polish in Utopia
Models Own Nail Polish in Pink Fizz
Bourjois One Second Polish in Clear

If you read my last NOTD post you'll know I'm reaching the end of my go to top coat, Bourjois's One Second Polish, and the closer I get to the bottom of the bottle the worse the polish gets, as you can see it dried with loads of little bubbles in it. But anyway despite the crappy finish I still really like this nail look and it's safe to say that Utopia is definitely now among my absolute favourite nail polishes and it looks great with Pink Fizz. I really like Models Own glitter polishes they have really good coverage it only takes two coats to completely cover my nails and they dry really quickly. 
I have now thrown away my Bourjois topcoat and have replaced it with a nice Revlon one so hopefully my next NOTD will be a lot more glossy.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Love Me Beauty Box February 2014


I was quite pleased with this months Love Me Beauty Box although I did have a little problem in that I only had 4 products in my box but after a little e-mail to customer help I was immediately sent my missing product which arrived very quickly. I'm always really pleased with Love Me Beauty's customer service and I think it really makes a difference when a subscription service like this puts effort into keeping their subscribers happy.

Percy & Reed No Fuss Flawlessness Dry Condtioner- Full Size £12.00
I've never been much of a fan of dry shampoo but the idea of of dry conditioner appeals to me much more especially as my hair has been feeling a little frizzy and dry recently so I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of this and it smells amazing.

La Claree Gentle Cleansing Milk- Sample
I've never used anything other than a face wipe before cleansing my face but I'm willing to give this a try as it promises to be gentle and non greasy, it smells lovely and fresh, I'm not too sure how well this will work for me as I wear quite heavy eye make-up but we'll see.

Dr Bragi Age Management Moiusturiser- Sample
This is the only thing in this months box that I won't use, it's quite strongly scented and obviously not suitable for my skin so this will be heading my mothers way.

The Bakewell Soap Company Multi Purpose Pocket Balm - Hard Working Formula- Full Size £3.95
This is the product that was missing from my box, the balm they sent was not actually the one that was supposed to be in my box but as I'm not keen on the scent of Lavender I think I'll prefer this one.

Nip + Fab Dry Leg Fix- Full Size £10.25
With all this months boxes the fifth and final product was a surprise, I received this Nip + Fab leg cream which I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of if we actually get some summer this year.

All in all a really nice selection this month and I'm already excited for next months box, you can sign up for Love Me Beauty here for £10 (+p&p) per month.

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

NOTD: Models Own Cornflower Gleam Hypergel

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Models Own Cornflower Gleam Hypergel

If you read my post earlier this week about my Models Own sale haul you'll know I treated myself to a few shades from their new Hypergel collection and the first shade I decided to use was Cornflower Gleam which is a beautiful dusty pale blue. It only took two coats to cover my nails completely and prior to adding a top coat it had a very glossy finish.
I added a couple of coats of my new Topshop glitter polish Sleepwalker as an accent nail, I bought it a couple of weeks a go in the sale for £3.00 it's a lovely fine blue glitter with bits of silvery pink glitter mixed in which really complimented the pastel blue polish underneath. 
I used my usual topcoat, Bourjois 1 Second Polish which has a one coat gel formula I've repurchased it a few times but have found that whilst it works really well when the bottles full, once you start nearing the bottom it has a tendency to bubble after it's been applied leaving an uneven finish which kind of spoils the beautiful glossy finish of the Models Own Hypergel polish. Despite the crummy topcoat I was still left with beautiful shiny blue nails that got quite a few compliments from friends and customers at work and it may have become one of my all time favourite nail polishes.
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Friday, 21 February 2014

February Birchbox Review

I was very pleased with this months Birchbox, I always love boxes with a little mix of everything so this was perfect and the little bonus bar of chocolate was a perfect finishing touch for their valentines edition.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Black
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner 
I wear eye liner pretty much every single day so I was pleased to see this in my box, I haven't used a pen style liner for a few years but this one was great, easy to use and great for creating cat eye flicks it still won't replace my gel liner though.

Urban Veda Purifying Daily Facial Wash
Urban Veda Purifying Daily Facial Wash
I got a sample of this in last months SoukSouk beauty box and I really liked it so I was happy to receive another sample of it especially as it's targeted at solving my main skin troubles.

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil
My hairs been feeling a little frazzled recently so this has definitely come at a good time, I haven't tried it yet but it smells incredible and I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of it.

Leighton Denny Nail polish in Leading Lady
Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Leading Lady
I've actually never tried any Leighton Denny nail polishes so I'm looking forward to trying this and as I'm now on a mission to try more neutral colours on my nails I'm really pleased with the colour I got.

Gilchrist & Soames The London Collection Shower Gel
Gilchrist & Soames The London Collection Shower Gel
This came just in time for my little trip to Watford last week so I immediately popped it in my suitcase and when I got to my hotel they actually had Gilchrist & Soames toiletries in the bathroom so I got to try out a few of thier other products too. Back to this shower gel it smells lovely and refreshing and left my skin feeling  really soft but I'm not sure I'd shell out £13.75 for a full size bottle.

Green & Black’s Dark 70% Bar
Green & Black’s Dark 70% Bar
This was a little February box bonus, I love Green & Blacks chocolate so I opened this as soon as I taken a photo of it but unfortunately it was a little too bitter for my taste.

You can join Birchbox here for £10 a month (+p&p).

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Models Own Sale Haul & Swatches

models own hypergels
As I'm sure you're all aware Models Own had a huge half price sale a few weeks ago to celebrate reaching 250k likes on Facebook, of course I couldn't let this pass by without adding  a few new shades to my ever growing collection especially as the beautiful new Hypergel shades were included in the sale. 
I decided to get myself another black nail art pen as my old one is nearly used up, I also ordered their shading brush as I needed a new brush to blend with. I really tried to be restrained when it came to the nail varnish but I did end up with six so I thought I'd share some swatches with you of the colours I chose.

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Turquoise Gloss Hypergel
I decided to get a few shades from  the new Hypergel collection and the first one I chose was this pretty turquoise, I already own too many turquoise nail varnishes but I couldn't resist this super glossy one and it is super bright.

Models Own Lilac Sheen HypergelModels Own Lilac Sheen Hypergel Swatch
Lilac Sheen Hypergel
The lilac shade is so pretty but as with most pastels it is more sheer than the other two Hypergels I bought and takes at least three coats to make it opaque.

Models Own Cornflower Gleam HypergelModels Own Cornflower Gleam Hypergel Swatch
Cornflower Gleam Hypergel
This is definitely my favourite shade from the Hypergel collection, it came out a little darker in my photo than it really is but it's a beautiful pale dusty blue, it was the first one I actually wore on my nails and I got quite a few customers complimenting me on the shade and asking what make it was.

Models Own Utopia
I couldn't resist adding a few basic colours to my order as well, I've never been too interested in neutral colours like Utopia but I felt like trying something new and as this has received so  much hype in the past I thought I'd give it a go whilst it was on offer. I've worn this one recently and liked it a lot more than I thought I would so I can see myself wearing this a lot.

Models Own Raspberry CrushModels Own Raspberry Crush Swatch
Raspberry Crush
I'm not sure why I bought this one as I have quite a few bright reds already but it is very pretty.

Models Own Magenta DivineModels Own Magenta Divine Swatch
Magenta Divine
I really shouldn't have ordered another glitter, especially as I'd bought three in the Topshop sale the week before, but I've been eyeing up this particular glitter for quite a while and as I don't own any other dark pink glitters I added it to my basket and quickly checked out before I changed my mind.

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sunday Summary

Bought just a few nail varnishes in the Topshop sale, New dream boots, A Mountain of Dominos, Little bit of snow, The most amazing banana print sweatshirt from H&M, I used Lush's Love Locket Bath Bomb review here, I made Slutty Brownies and Mint Choc Chip Cookies for Pete as a valentines treat, On the Train to Watford, Our first trip to Wagamama we had Pulled Pork Gyoza followed by Chicken Katsu Curry, We spent Valentines day at The Warner Bros Studio Tour and took way too many photos.

Hello everyone, it has been a really long time since I last posted a Sunday Summary as I haven't been posting on Instagram very often but as I took about a million photos at the Harry Potter studio tour I actually had enough pictures to warrant a post this week. 
Pete bought us gift tickets for the tour as part of my Christmas present and I decided we'd go for Valentines day as it was the first day of their Animal Actors event which is on between the 14th and the 24th, it was amazing, even better than I thought it'd be and I had very very high expectations, I don't want to say too much about it as I have a separate post planned all about the trip. 
We also booked a little trip this week, we're going away to Tenby for a few days at the end of March for our anniversary and it's fair to say I'm pretty excited, it's my absolute favourite place and it's so nice to escape to the seaside for a few days and just live in our own happy little bubble away.

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