Saturday, 31 May 2014

MAC Dark Angel Nail Lacquer


Just a short post today to show you my current favourite nail polish. My lovely boyfriend bought me MAC Nail Lacquer in Dark Angel and the colour is absolutely beautiful. The purple is dark yet vibrant and I have had so many compliments when I've been wearing it. Although it's not your typical summer shade, it's so eye-catching that it can be pulled off all year round.

I thought I'd also share with you one of my staple nail products - the Barbara Daly Goodbye Yellow polish (which you can buy at Tesco). When I bought this, I originally thought it was a base coat designed to prevent dark nail polish from staining your nails. Turns out it's actually a clear coat with a very faint purple hue that is designed to correct nails that are already yellow. Either way, it's awesome. I use it as a base coat and a top coat with MAC Dark Angel as it gives an extra shiny finish. I've had this bottle for two years and it still applies really smoothly without 'glooping' which, for £6 a bottle, is pretty darn good.

Which nail colours are you loving at the moment? Do let me know!

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Body Shop Blue Corn Face Mask

Last bank holiday weekend I went to a wedding. It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony as well as an incredible weekend with plenty of cheer and late nights. As a result of all this fun, by the time I went back to work on Tuesday, my skin was not particularly glowing. One of my friends, Kayleigh, is squatting at my house until her contract on her new house begins so I demanded that she try out my new face mask with me and pose for lots of pictures. She didn't take much persuading.

The face mask we used is one that I got for my birthday (one of many gifts that you can check out in this blog post). It's the Body Shop Blue Corn 3-In-1 Deep Cleansing Mask which claims to "cleanse, exfoliate and purify with Community Trade Blue Corn powder", and looks like this:

As you can see, it's a fairly thick mud mask that has exfoliating particles in it. You apply it on to damp skin and it goes on super easily and smoothly.

Cue face mask selfie:

It did "tingle" (verging on stinging) for the first five minutes but then settled down and we felt more comfortable. We kept it on for the maximum 15 minutes as recommended.

It was fairly difficult to take off (exfoliating as we washed), but manageable despite some contact lens drama from Kayleigh. When we had removed the last traces, however, our skin felt AMAZING. We both kept stroking our faces and telling each other how smooth it felt!

And here we are post face-mask. If I say so myself, our skin is positively glowing. I would 100% recommend this face mask as a good all-rounder for anyone who is looking to perk up and purify their skin with some quick-fix pampering.

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Birthday Gifts

Hello! I realise I have not blogged for a few weeks (slap on the wrist) but life has been a bit of a whirlwind recently. An exciting part of that whirlwind was my birthday last Sunday. My boyfriend and I share the same birthday so you can always guarantee that our birthday weekend is action-packed. I was also lucky enough to receive some absolutely fabulous presents. I didn't ask for anything in particular this year but my family and friends were so thoughtful and I couldn't have picked better gifts if I'd tried. After plenty of flowers and champagne (what's not to love?), here's what else I received. Hopefully these give you some inspiration if you've got any birthdays coming up and you're stuck for ideas.

Gorillapod Hybrid Tripod - my dad got this for me after saying he'd read my blog and kept seeing my arm in pics of me when I was showing how i'd done my hair or make up. I do despise taking selfies so anything that makes them a little less cringey gets a big thumbs up from me. It's also a good excuse to get more creative with photography and I'm up for the challenge!

Body Shop Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Mask - as I wrote in this review of GlamGlow Tinglexfoliate mud, I'm on a bit of a mission to try out new face masks. I'm looking forward to using this 3 in 1 mask, which claims to cleanse, exfoliate and purify all in one. I'm sure I'll be blogging a review of this very soon!

White company flowers candle - this is quite possibly the greatest scented candle I have ever smelt. And I haven't even lit it yet! As soon as you open the box, you are hit with a delightful mix of jasmine, rose, neroli, lavender & geranium. This is the perfect present for those looking for something a little special.

Body Shop slanted eyeshadow brush - I've never actually had one of these before but have heard they're super handy when filling in your eyebrows/ you need more precision than a normal eyeshadow brush. I can't wait to experiment with it.

The Boy With The Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne - my mum gets me a book without fail for every birthday and Christmas. I can't wait to read this one.

MAC Frost lipstick in Angel - a gorgeous nude shade and the perfect make up bag staple. Once again, keep your eyes on my Instagram.

MAC nail polish in Dark Angel - this shade is beautiful and this picture doesn't do it justice! Keep your eyes on my Instagram as I will be posting a pic of this polish in all it's glory in the coming days.

MAC Frost lipstick in Angel - a gorgeous nude shade and the perfect make up bag staple. Once again, keep your eyes on my Instagram.

Bracelet from Pia - If you've never checked out Pia Jewellery before, do it now. They are really reasonably priced and make pretty, delicate jewellery which make perfect gifts. This bracelet was a present from my dad and he bought me some earrings from there for Christmas too. Both are firm favourites!

Body Shop Moringa body mist - I'm not usually one for using body spray, tending to opt for an eau de parfum. However, this stuff smells fantastic and is super fresh and light so can be reapplied throughout the day. Perfect for the summer months.

You Look Lovely Today make up bag - I have never been a morning person. Despite 9 months now in the working world, I still often struggle to tear myself away from my bed. This complimentary wash bag should make it that little bit easier.

For obvious reasons I've not included prices but I'm sure you can google any of these items pretty easily if they take your fancy. Hope this has given you some present ideas for any birthdays you have coming up. 

Ciao for now!

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