Showing posts from October, 2011

Week In Photos 058

001 I did intend to have today's post Halloween themed but I was too tired when I got in last night to write and post my Week In Photos post. I've been on so many trains this week I don't want to see one for a long time! I bought cheap tickets to London which meant I could only get on London Midland trains and they were just a nightmare. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Definitely learnt this, this weekend!

002 Wednesday to Friday I was working the BuyArtFair in Manchester which was really interesting. We got to see and help with the set up of the exhibition as well as the private view. This meant long days with traveling from Liverpool to Manchester each day.

003 Saturday I went off to London for the Aussie event and I took my lovely cousin with me. It was a really great night and the venue was perfect! It was on an open roof top which you can kinda see from the photos. Definitely didn't help that we were both so tired! It was great to see eve…

Models Own Blue Lagoon & E.L.F Twinkle Layered - NOTD

I'm surprised I haven't posted about E.L.F's twinkle polish before as I've used nearly half the bottle. This isn't the best polish to show it off but you sort of get the idea of how it can look. I'm going to be posting it layered over black which works the best.

 The great thing about this polish is that is only costs £1.50! I usually have to apply two coats as the glitter isn't always distributed evenly.

Christmas Wishlist For 2011

This is my little Christmas wishlist to try and get in the spirit. With the warm weather recently it feels like the end of August and not the middle of October!! Can't believe it'll be Christmas in two months. This also means it's only a couple of weeks until the little family gathering we have each year around bonfire night. 
As you can probably see the products are mostly nail related. Nail polish and nail art have definitely taken a front seat of what I'm loving at the moment. A lot of these have also been on my wishlist for a long time and have heard a lot about.

Argos Four Drawer Set - I already have one set of drawers but I'm a bit ashamed to say it's already full of nail polish. I was going to buy the Alex drawer set from Ikea but I actually prefer the Argos one. This also means I'll be able to store all my nail art stuff in a drawer instead of a seperate box.
Rococo Gold Leaf Nail Polish - A polish that I would probably never buy myself but am defini…

Week In Photos 057

Chai Lattes & ginger syrup cakes // sleepy cat // making iced cupcakes with jam in the middle // picking apples from the tree in my garden // & filling the kitchen up with them.
001 The week just gone has been nice and relaxing! Monday I helped my mum put up an exhibition in the Victoria Gallery & Museum then just been catching up with everything the rest of the week. Having to put up with my hey fever driving me crazy towards the end & today!

002 This week's pretty jam packed! I'm working wed-fri at the BuyArtFair in Manchester then I'm in London Saturday & Sunday for the Aussie event. Excited to see my family down there, haven't seen them since June!

The blog I've discovered this week is Elle Yeah written by Elodie.

October Boudoir Prive Box

Again, I'm really impressed with this months Boudoir Prive box! I definitely think it's the right subscription for me although this will be my last box for a bit. I just can't afford the £10 at the moment while unemployed.

Cetum Illuminating Mask & Creme De Lite - Not liking the smell of the moisturiser and wont be using this. It's too heavily perfumed to use on my face. The Mask smells nice though.

Leonor Greyl Huile De Palme - This is a pre-shampoo conditioner treatment to soften and nourish dry and damaged hair. Sounds like it was made for my hair! Going to have to do a bit of google-ing for this one. It looks like the oil has solidified so wondering if you have to heat the bottle in some water first. Think I'm going to try this tonight when I wash my hair.

Memo Paris Moon Safari perfume - Going to enjoy using up this perfume although it definitely won't be purchased with a £70 price tag for 30ml! It seems like it's one that will last on the skin for a…

Products I've Finished 007

Lush Therapy massage bar - One that I obviously couldn't photograph as it doesn't have any packaging. One of my favourite massage bars from Lush. It smells amazing! Exactly like orange chocolate. It's incredibly moistursing and I use it like a bath melt sometimes when my skin is feeling drier than normal.

Lush Dream Cream - Also my favourite body moisturiser as it works really well to control my eczema. You can read my full review here. Luckily I have another tub so I don't have to worry about buying another one.

Alva Naturkosmetik Salva-derm Cream* -  This is great for when my eczema has flared up and is really itchy as it's really calming. It also actually stops the itching as well. I just wish I wasn't on a spending ban otherwise I'd buy another one. It's not cheap though. You can read my full review here.

Tara Smith C Curls Conditioner - This is one of the 3 conditioners I rotate between using. It's nothing amazing but doesn't irritate my sca…

Matte Nails

I only like to use a matte top coat with certain nail polishes. The formula and application has to be near perfect otherwise the top coat will highlight any imperfections. This happens even if the nails look good beforehand.

The three I have in these photos are Barry M's Navy & OPI Last Friday NightOPI Extravagance, Accessorize Aztec and Models Own Blue Lagoon.

I find glitter or shimmer polishes look best and the topcoat I use is Matte About You from Essie. This is the only one I've used, I love it so haven't felt the need to buy another one. From reading other nail blogs, this sounds like the best one although it is quite expensive. It seems like it gives you the most matte finish and doesn't alter the colour of the polish too much. The glitter polish look almost suede like when a matte topcoat is applied, sort of like the OPI suede polishes.

What I usually do is when I'm about to take off a nail polish I'll put the matte top coat on a few nails to see …

Alva Naturkosmetik Handcream

As the weather is getting noticeably colder now this hand cream* from Alva is definitely an essential for me. I get really dry knuckles in the winter which is where my eczema flares up.

The packaging is pretty simple, a white tube with a screw on lid. I think they could have gone for something that looks nicer with a better lid but that's just me being nit picky. It does the job so that's all that really matters.

It's quite thin in consistency but this means it soaks in so well with hardly any rubbing in. No sticky residue or greasy feeling is left behind.

It hasn't got much of a scent but I prefer this to Alva's other hand cream. This is meant to be an anti-aging hand cream. Since I have only used this for the past two weeks I can't comment on the long term effects. I'm always skeptical of anti-aging products though. I just think a simple moisturiser is going to have the same effects as an anti-aging one.

I have the mini version which is 18ml and costs £4…

OPI I Lily Love You - NOTD

OPI's I Lily Love You is definitely one of my new favourites. It's packed full of multi coloured glitter and multi coloured flakies.

 It looks pretty layered over lighter colour but looks amazing over darks. Here I have it on top of OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark.

Week In Photos 056

001 Getting into the Autumn and Winter spirit with wearing darker nail polish with the exception of Revlons Minted. These are what I've been wearing this week.

002 The scent I'm burning at the moment is Spiced Orange which I love. I got this last year so not sure if you can still buy but if you can, get it! I feel like I haven't used my tart burner for ages!

003 Also preparing for the colder weather by getting all my hats, scarves and gloves out from under my bed. Can't wait to wear them and my winter coat.

004 This week was another slow one but the next few weeks look quite busy. Aussie, volunteering in Manchester and having a family get together which we do every year.

Blog I love is Red Brick Lipstick which is written by lily. Currently reading through it with a nice cup of chai latte.
What have you been up to this week?

Alva Naturkosmetik Baked Bronzing Powder In Beige Rose

I'm a big fan of baked products so I'm always excited to try out new ones. Today's product is a baked bronzing powder* from Alva.

This is available in 3 shades - beige rose which I have, beige medium and beige brown. I know a lot of websites have pretty rubbish swatches but this one has to be one of the worst. You just can't tell what the shade is going to be like. I went for the lightest shade since I have really pale skin but was really unsure what to expect from the name beige rose. To me it sounds more like a blusher rather than a bronzer.

As far as the packaging goes, I like it. I think it could be less bulky though. It's made up of two compartments. One for the product and the other to house a sponge. There is also a decent sized mirror in the lid which is always a bonus. The lid stays upright so you can do your makeup without having to hold the mirror. The one downside to the packaging is the middle part which holds the powder doesn't clip down in any w…

Recent Purchases 001

Since being on a spending ban since the start of September I've been pretty good and haven't really bought anything. Thought it was time to treat myself to a few bits and I also had a gift card to spend.

Primark PJ bottoms - I love Primarks pajamas as they're cheap, comfy and they have really great patterns. Especially the Christmas or winter ones! Love these ones as they have reindeer on them. They're quite thin for winter pjs but that's great for me. If I get too hot while I'm sleeping it can set off my eczema so I prefer thinner clothes. Then if I get too cold I can just use a blanket.

H&M Hareem Trousers - I've had a Liverpool One gift card since August and just didn't know what to spend it on. I actually haven't seen much I like in the shops recently. Clothes wise anyway. And I didn't want to spend it on something I didn't love. I intended to get a jumper from Topshop but they didn't have any I liked. I then found these trousers …

Weleda Skin Food

This Skin Food from Weleda* has been a lifesaver recently as my eczema has flared up quite badly so my skin is horrendously dry. I've just been applying it daily whenever my skin is feeling dry and it's worked wonders.

Made with organic sunflower seed oil, and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and revitalising rosemary extract to perk up tired skin, it is a great rescue remedy for lack-lustre or generally undernourished complexions.Skin Food is delicately fragranced with refreshing essential oils including sweet orange and lavandulae and is the natural choice for everyday care of the face and body.
I'm not quite sure how to describe the texture though. It's a really thick cream that doesn't really feel like a balm. Sort of sticky like a thick lipgloss if that even makes any sense! Once blended into the skin it sinks in really well but doesn't leave an oily or greasy residue.

The scent is amazing! It reminds me of a mix of Lush's Dream Cream and t…

ASOS Paint By Ciate Pixie - NOTD

I was really disappointed with this polish when it arrived. I bought about a year ago and haven't used it till now. From the stock image below you see how it looks more like a light green. Quite similar to Tiffany Blue but with a little more green. Instead it's a forest green colour which I don't like and think it doesn't suit my skin tone. I've only used it once and probably wont use it again.
I love the bottle though and the brush and formula is great. I have two others from the range which I love. Pixie only took two coats to become opaque.