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Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Makeup | 8 comments

MAC – Lipstick in Flamingo

MAC – Lipstick in Flamingo

I’m not sure what it is about MAC lipsticks that makes them so appealing… They’re far from the cheapest lipsticks around, and although the simple sleek black tubes look good there are better looking lipsticks out there. Perhaps it is the way they are displayed in the shop with all of the shades clearly on view, tempting you to have a look? Or the fact that there are so many shades and finishes to try? Well whatever it is there is definitely something about a MAC lipstick that just makes you want to buy it, and collect more and more! My most recent purchase was this Lustre Lipstick in Flamingo. There are currently 28 different shades of Lustre finish Lipstick, I chose Flamingo as I was looking for a coral shade but didn’t want to go too orange. Flamingo is a corally pink shade, very bright – almost neon – with a lovely sheen to it. You can see from the swatch image below that it is glossy and...

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 3 comments

Zoya – Nail Polish in Elodie

Zoya – Nail Polish in Elodie

It’s been raining non-stop today so I decided to paint my nails in this bright zingy Zoya Nail Polish in Elodie* to cheer myself up. Zoya offers a huge range of toxin-free nail polishes (there are over 300 shades to choose from) free of the top 5 toxins usually found in nail polishes – formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor – that are thought to cause cancer and birth defects. Elodie is a bright cheerful orangey-red colour, it looks more orange in the bottle but when on the nails it darkens to the orangey-red shade you can see in the image above. My first thought when applying this Zoya nail polish was that the consistency is fairly watery and you need 2-3 good thick coats to get a good colour, however it does apply really easily and I suspect it won’t dry up or go ‘blobby’ like a lot of other nail polishes. The finish is quite shiny and reminds me a bit of an orange jelly...

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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Makeup | 1 comment

W7 – Lipstick in Coral Dream

W7 – Lipstick in Coral Dream

I usually stick to the same pinky and nude colours of lipstick, but I’ve been thinking about trying a coral shade for a while now. So when I saw this Coral Dream Lipstick from budget brand W7 for sale on Amazon I decided to try it. I wasn’t too sure if a coral lip shade would suit me, so I didn’t want to spend too much money on my first one. First thing’s first… while there are some great budget make-up brands out there (I’m thinking MUA, e.l.f., Rimmel, etc) I can’t really say that W7 is one of them. The packaging is of really low quality, the lid of the bullet tube is really stiff and the sticker on the bottom of the tube showing the ‘Coral Dream’ shade name looks really cheap. I don’t think that the orangey plastic tube looks very good quality either and I find that the lid is quite difficult to take off. However, what I do love about this W7 lipstick is...

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Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

Seventeen – Mirror Shine Lipstick in Cheeky Secret

Seventeen – Mirror Shine Lipstick in Cheeky Secret

When I was a teenager I used to love Boots Seventeen products (or 17 as it used to be known) as they were great value and had a wide range of trendy colours. Fast forward several years and Seventeen is a brand I haven’t used for ages, so I thought I would try out one of their lipsticks. I chose this Mirror Shine Lipstick in Cheeky Secret as I had been thinking about buying an orange-toned lipstick for a while. Mirror Shine Lipsticks are really soft and sheer with a nice gloss-like shine – hence the name ‘Mirror Shine’! The square-shaped black bullet tube has a nifty little pull out mirror hidden inside the lid which is a really nice touch, perfect for applying your lippy when you’re out and about. I love products with surprising little ‘added extras’ and this doesn’t disappoint. Cheeky Secret is a lovely sheer lipstick, with just a hint of a tint of orange. It goes on to the lips much sheerer than it...

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Nails & Nail Art | 0 comments

Barry M – Peach Melba Nail Paint

Barry M – Peach Melba Nail Paint

I am currently wearing this Barry M Nail Paint in Peach Melba on both my fingers and toes and I just LOVE it! I bought it in my Superdrug Haul a couple of weeks ago, choosing it because I had already picked 2 Barry M Nail Paints and needed another to get 3 for 2. I’m so glad I picked this one! The nail paint applies fairly thinly – in the image above I have applied three coats – but on the plus side each thin coat dries really quickly. It is also really glossy and doesn’t really need a top coat, although you could apply one if you wanted extra shine. The colour is a really vibrant, bright peach colour – more of a neon than a pastel – and it gives a great pop of colour looking amazing with a tan. I think it has the added effect of making your skin look even more tanned than it is!  I also find that Barry M nail paints are really...

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Nails & Nail Art | 0 comments

Chanel Nail Colour – Orange Fizz

Chanel Nail Colour – Orange Fizz

Well here it is, the one you’ve been waiting for, my first post! As the weather is becoming a bit warmer (and it’s about time too!) I thought I would review one of my favourite Summery nail colours – Chanel’s Orange Fizz. Being a jewellery designer I don’t wear nail varnish as much as I’d like to, working with metalwork tools and fiddly little bits of silver mean that the colour chips pretty quickly, but I do love having colour on my nails when I can. This is a fairly pricey colour at £18, but I do find that Chanel’s nail colours can last quite a long time without chipping, and so I don’t mind paying the extra. Having said that, you do need to paint it on fairly thickly in order to get a good coverage – here I have used 2 thick coats (3 thinner coats works fine too), and I often finish it with a clear top coat to give a nice shine. This is a lovely Summery coral orange colour and...

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