happy halloween!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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topshop lip crayon swatches

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I thought I'd round all my swatches up of the Topshop Lip Crayons for one easy to reference post. I own pretty much all of the Topshop Lip Crayon's and use them very regularly. While they aren't the easiest to work with, due to the fact some of their formulas are very drying and cling to the lips. The shades are second to none. A really wide range of wearable colourd from neutral pinks to deep dark purples. Topshop describe these lip crayons have a "velvet matte" finish, although I'd put them firmly in the matte camp. Some have a powdery, dry texture to them despite also being quite creamy at the same time. The Topshop Lip Crayon range also has a few glossy pencils as well as some sparkly ones. I found they work best when used on freshly exfoliated lips or over a balm. Despite all their flaws, they are among my favourite drugstore lip items and all cost an affordable £7.

It is worth noting that Topshop to chop and change their Lip Crayons depending on the season. So whats in stock does vary from time to time. Click any of the above lip crayon names above to go to their specific reviews or see check below for quickie shade descriptions!

Shade Description:
Topshop Powder Room Lip Crayon: A pretty matte soft pink.
Topshop Clueless Lip Crayon: A punchy bright neon pink.
Topshop Royal Lip Crayon: A glossy burnt plum.
Topshop Secret Party Lip Crayon: A glittery mid tone blue pink.
Topshop Arcade Lip Crayon: A classic retro red.
Topshop Hedonist Lip Crayon: A bright orange red.
Topshop Wave Goodbye Lip Crayon: A glossy milky nude pink.
Topshop Coy Lip Crayon: A perfect peachy pink.
Topshop Suspect Lip Crayon: A gothic berry brown purple.
Have you tried the Topshop Lip Crayons?
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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last minute Halloween nail art

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basic halloween nail art review swatch photo


Pumpkin Nail Art - ORLY Mayhem Mentality* & L'Oreal Confetti Topcoat*
Dripping Blood Nail Art - Revlon Bare Bones & Revlon Red*, Ebay Nail Dotting Tool

Frankenstein Stitches Nail Art - American Apparel Neon Green & Barry M Nail Art Pen


So it's Halloween tomorrow, and you might not be getting dressed up, or you may have already celebrated Halloween the previous weekend (I dressed up as Hulk Hogan), or you just don't like dressing up. Try not being a spoilsport and have a go at adorning your talons with some simple Halloween nail art. So without further ado here are three quick, no fuss Halloween inspired nail art which literally take as long as the polish takes to dry. Perfect for beginners or advanced nail artists these are all foolproof designs anyone can do!

Pumpkin Nails-

Paint on one or two coats of an opaque bright orange polish (ORLY Mayhem Mentality) then layer over a speckled top coat (L'Oreal Confetti Topcoat) to give a speckled Pumpkin like finish. This is one of the easiest most effective nail art ideas for Halloween you could try. You could even use a nail art pen to draw a pumpkin face on top of the glitter topcoat for an accent nail.

Dripping Nails-

Pick a neutral skin tone inspired nail polish and paint on one or two coats as needed and wait for them to dry. Take a small nail dotting tool (Ebay Nail Dotting Tool) and blob of the red nail polish (Revlon Red) onto a piece of scrap paper. Then dot on the red in a drippy pattern going down towards the cuticle, add a few drips and drops to create a splattered effect.

Frankenstein Stitches-

Paint a few coats of a spooky green polish onto the nail (American Apparel Neon Green) wait for the base to be completely dry then use a nail art pen (Barry M Nail Art Pen in Black) to draw a few stitches on randomly. To draw the stitches on all you do is some lines, crossed over with a few other lines. Easy peasy!

Have you tried any Halloween nail art?

L’Oreal Ever Riche Shampoo and Conditioner

L’Oreal Ever Riche Shampoo and Conditioner review swatch photo

L’Oreal Ever Riche Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve been using the L’Oreal Ever Riche range for a while now, to the point where I’ve already repurchased the duo and still not mentioned them the blog. Over the past few months, the L'Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing and Taming Shampoo and Conditioner has quickly become somewhat of a blogger darling. So naturally, the blogger hype machine fires up and I inevitably give in and purchase it as well.

First up, I adore the scent, its sort of peachy, coconutty, vanilla-y and fresh. I like that it doesn’t smell too synthetic either. I can’t usually use scented hair products as I have a sensitive scalp, but I’ve experienced no problems while using Ever Riche. The shampoo and conditioner are also Sulphate and Paraben free which is suitable if you're conscious of things like that. I'm not really, but I know it's something a lot of people look for in haircare. The Ever Riche range has been formulated to combat dry to very dry unruly hair. I found that the Shampoo and Conditioner work wonders on my dry over processed hair. They remind me a little of the Redken All Soft Range as they leave my hair feeling, light fluffy and nourished without without it down or feeling coated. My only compliant is that it leaves my hair a little TOO soft which in turn makes it hard to style. I’m never happy am I? I also like the squeezy packaging, and I don't have to spent ages slamming the bottom to get all the dregs out. Plus I found with this little went a long way and I didn't have to use a huge amount to give good results. Sometimes with low end haircare I pile of the product in the hopes of it working better, but it's best to stick to a small amount for this one! I might actually looking into the amounts of hair products you're supposed to use for a future post..

Overall, a great highstreet buy for dry or damaged hair. This definitely tops my drugstore haircare list as the quality is just as good as high end haircare. It really packs a punch when it comes to smoothing, taming and nourishing damaged hair. I’ve also heard good things about the L’Oreal Ever Riche Mask as well which I'm yet to try but definitely one to add to my “to-buy” list. They are currently on 3 for £12 at Boots as well which makes it the perfect time to indulge...
Have you tried this range? What do you think?


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Clarins Combo

CLARINS INSTANT EYE MAKEUP REMOVER & CLARINS PURE MELT CLEANSING GEL review swatch photo

Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover & Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel

Two of my all time favourite skincare items are from Clarins. A brand I think can often be overlooked, But it actually has an excellent variety of skincare, makeup and body items. I use quite a few skincare items from the range, but I've discovered a staple Clarins combo that I can't recommend enough. I enjoy the combination of products so much that it shapes the basis for my skincare routine.

As I like to remove my eye makeup before my face, I always used the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup remover first. This is so I'm not eye spreading makeup all over my face before using a cleanser. The eye makeup remover will eliminate even the most heavy duty waterproof eye makeup in one swift motion. The product is a two part liquid solution that when shaken creates a gentle eye makeup remover that takes everything off with minimal effort. Then I follow up with the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. This is hands down my favourite cleanser of all time, I've repurchased it at least 5 times since I found it last year. This is a light gel that once applied to the skin melts into an oil, then as water is added it emulsifies. Then I'll take a clean, hot cloth I remove all the product from the face. My skin is left so fresh and clean without feeling stripped, dry or coated. It leaves no residue so I can use this alone as a single cleanse. I usually find balm cleansers are too rich for my spot prone skin. So I often I feel I have to double cleanse to get the residue off in case it triggers a breakout. However find I can use the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel alone without having any adverse effects of my currently troublesome skin.

As I said these products are reliable and fail safe when used alone. I've never experienced any bad effect suisn geither of them and my skin seems to love them both. Individually they are two of the best makeup removing products I've tried. Though when used as a duo they really come together to make a dream team combo I can't live without. I don't toss Holy Grail tags around too much, but these are really something else.
Have you tried either of these products? 

homeless vibes

Monday, October 28, 2013

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wildcard: illamasqua pristine lipstick

wildcard: illamasqua pristine lipstick review swatch photo
wildcard: illamasqua pristine lipstick review swatch photo


illamasqua pristine lipstick*

Wildcard was a feature I started a few months ago… But for no reason didn't actually follow up with more posts! It's a shame because I do love the idea of doing things outside of my usual neutral and peachy pink box. I've decided to bring it back to pay homage to another Illamasqua lipstick, This time: Illamasqua Pristine. Pristine is a pure, matte black. It was opaque in one swipe, I didn't find it hard to apply plus I wasn't disappointed with colour pay off. The finish is matte, but still creamy with a slight glossy sheen. It's not dry, chalky or retro matte style (like Illamasqua Obey) which was my worry when I first applied it.

Now black lipstick is an odd one. Would I be brave enough to wear it out... Hmm, Probably not. It's just a little too wild for me. Even in my teenage days I never was brave enough to go full goth and do black lips. However, Halloween is in a few days it's the perfect time to give it a go. It's a shame it'll sit in my makeup collection until Halloween next year because the lipstick quality is out of this world, Exactly as I've come to expect from Illamasqua. As they are such innovative, unusual and out of the box type brand and they excel at all things a little weird and different.

Illamasqua Pristine is a fun one, while black lipstick definitely isn't for everyone, I cant find a fault in the actual product. A+
Black Lips: Y/N?

5 for £5: nails

5 fot £5: nails review swatch photo
NYC POLISH IN LIGHTS, CAMERA, GLITTER (£2.49),Models Own Utopia (£5), 
Maybelline Forever STRONG IN CERAMIC BLUE (£4.09), BArry M Gelly Hi SHINE in GUAVA (£3.99)*,
 BOURJOIS MAGIC NAIL POLISH REMOVER (£4.99),

Now this was a hard one to narrow down. I'm a nail junkie and I don't personally think that spending over a fiver on a nail product is worth it. Especially when there are so many amazing drugstore or low end nail products out. But I have to pick just 5… Trust me, It's hard. Without further ado, here is my edit of my top 5 for under £5 for nails...

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover is the ultimate nail polish remover. No need for cotton wool or the worry of spilling product. This little pink pot of joy is a must have for any nail polish user. It removers nail polish simply with such speed you'll wonder how you lived without it. Next up is Maybelline Forever Strong in Ceramic Blue. A dreamy light blue shade with a slight sheen going through it to give it an extra edge. It's absolutely beautiful and looks lovely all year round. It's also one of the few nail polishes I've repurchased. If you're looking for a brilliant drugstore glitter, then I highly recommend NYC Lights Camera Glitter. It's a clear polish base full of tiny particles of silver glitter with chunks of blue and lilac glitter going through it. Plus at only £2.49, it's a steal for glitter polish.

Now we have a nail colour I can't live without: Models Own Utopia. An excellent neutral white-lilac which is my favourite nail polish of all time. It's a stunning shade that looks great layered with glitter or worn alone. Then we haveBarry M Gelly Hi Shine in Guava, a punchy bright orange shade which looks awesome with a tan. It applies evenly and has a glossy gel nail finish. It dries quickly and is one coat opaque. To be honest I really recommend all of the shades of Models Own and Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polishes ranges. They are astounding quality and come in rainbow of shades to suit any taste. There is definitely at least one shade to suit everyone. They are both innovative and trend led drugstore brands that have really set the bar for nail polishes you can find at the drugstore. Both come in for under a fiver and often provide dupes for the must have shades from higher end brands. I know for a fact Models Own alone has over 140 different nail polish shades in a variety of finishes.
What are your favourite nail item for under £5?

asos haul

Sunday, October 27, 2013

asos haul
asos haul



nail focus: navy

Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish in In The Navy*, Barry M Blue Grape*, Essie Butler Please  review swatch photo
Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish in In The Navy*, Barry M Blue Grape*, Essie Butler Please review swatch photo
Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish in In The Navy*, Barry M Blue Grape*, Essie Butler Please review swatch photo
Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish in In The Navy*, Barry M Blue Grape*, Essie Butler Please

In an attempt to get away from autumn winter nail trends (which I wrote about here) I've been using my noggin' to find out new ways to add colour to my winter nail-drobe without sticking to the usual nail trends. Im not a huge on the usual berry, darks and gothic shades on my nails. Therefore I have to get creative. Suddenly it hit me that I have a bunch of punchy not quite navy nails polishes waiting in the wings to adorn my talons. They are dark blues but still have that bright and statement edge to them. They can pop even the most dull of outfits and really compliment neutral tones like beige, brown and grey.
What do you think of these?

my music taste

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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If you arent aware, I make weekly videos n a variety of other topics over on my "other" youtube channel.Yeap, two blogs and two channels. Im offically insane. They are normally not fashion or beauty related, just blog style videos where I sit and talk to the camera about whatever I fancy. I decided to talk a little about some of the bands I like and the music that I listen to in this week’s edition. I have a really broad music taste, but I decided to pinpoint a few of my most listened to. I might make a spotify playlist with some of my favourite songs on if anyone’s interested? Click above to watch or check out my video on the youtube site!

lazy girls guide to... makeup removal

lazy girl makeup removalreview swatch photo
The Body Shop Chamomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover*, Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover,* Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water, Vichy 3 in 1 Cleansing Micellar Solution*


I'm a lazy girl when it comes to all things beauty. There a some parts of beauty routines I know I should do but I often can't be bothered so I take the most minimal steps towards doing it. I try not to scrimp too much on things, as long as it gets the desired job done I've decided to start a new series called The "Lazy Girl's guide to…". It's some of my sneaky ways to cheat beauty routines and cut corners without compromising on impact.

In an effort to cut down the amount of times I fall asleep with my makeup on I decided to split my cleansing routines into two different categories. Mainly so I didn't feel so guilty, and partly make me feel like there was some sort of structure to my currently very sloppy skincare routine. It's split into two categories: the lazy removal and the "proper" removal routine. While I don't like to do the lazy option too much I have to admit I cant be always bothered with skincare faff. I don't recommend my lazy cleanse every night. I'd always advocate a proper wet cleanse, with a suitable cleanser for your skin type and warm water. In fact when I do my "proper" skincare routine I do both my lazy cleanse and my full cleansing routine. This is good for lazy night or when you come home after a few too many, but not a long term cleansing solution.

Now the obvious option would be to reach for makeup wipes but I really don't recommend them (and neither does Caroline Hirons, and she's as close as a Skincare Goddess we're going to get). In general they make my skin feel worse and I always feel like Im just spreading stuff around my face.

For quick removal I always suggest a micellar water. I'm of the opinion most Micellar Waters are the same and I'm not hugely brand loyal when picking a new one. Bioderma h2O is the most popular but I've also used the Vichy 3 in 1 Cleansing Micellar Solution and countless others. Trust me, most of them are the same thing just packaged differently. So therefore I tend to just go with whatever I have lying around. It's quick and gets the makeup off with ease although I feel like I go through about 100 cotton pads each time I do this. So probably not as eco friendly as it could be.

Another great product is the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. A two part solution, that when combined makes a super powerful eye makeup remover. It gets rid of eye makeup instantly (see what they've done there?). A similar product is The Body Shop Chamomile Waterproof Makeup Remover. I find it removes my makeup just as quickly and is a little bit cheaper. It's kind and soothing on the eye area and a few seconds later Im left with makeup free eyes. Both are great for all types of heavy duty eye makeup including waterproof mascara.

As I said, I don't do this routine often  I never feel like my face is clean enough when I use a Micellar water alone. I think they are good for a pre cleanse or when you are super lazy but I don't really like the idea of cleansing my skin without washing it. But we all have those nights were those extra couple of steps to the bathroom is just too much effort.
What other "Lazy Girl's Guide to..." would you like to see?

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Friday, October 25, 2013

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Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliques

Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués review swatch photo
Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués review swatch photo
Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués review swatch photo

Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués: £8.99*

While they are insanely beautiful, I don't like nail wraps. I find them hard to apply so they always look a bit rubbish. They often look messy and never look like they sit right on the nails. I was rummaging through my nail box, looking for something pretty to play with and remembered about these. I decided to give them a go and was absolutely blown away by the wraps. I'm literally typing this up right after I've applied them, A rarity for me.

The Revlon by Marchesa 3D jewel Nail Appliques are a collection of six different charmingly adorned nail wraps. Designed by fashion house Marchesca, each set is an intricate work of art. The appliques are highly decorated with a have a really luxe feel to them. I've applied Evening Garnet which are 18 different sized pink with 3d red and black gemstone inspired wraps. Initially applied base coat of Models Own Peach Fuzz, as an opaque base just a base, then applying the nail wraps on top. Unlike a lot of nail wraps, they applied so effortlessly. I found they weren't hard to place or struggle to find the correct wrap size for each nail. Due to the sheerer base of the nail wrap, afte I'd filed off the excess I wasnt left with  a rough white edge. The finish was very neat and precise. I don't think these have the typical nail wrap look about them which is a huge plus point for me as I hate that stuck on look. It doesn't look pretty, plus you aren't fooling anyone up close. However, these look perfect up close and from a distance, They look like you've spent ages getting your nails artfully adorned!

These wraps really have the "wow" factor about them and are awesome statement nails. They retail for £8.99 which I think is a fair price for what they are. They are high quality and come in stylish, highly decorated unique designs. I can't yet comment on the wear time as of yet, but I'll update you on them when I can. In my experience nail wraps don't last a huge amount of time because the tips wear easily, None the less they'd make great party nails!

What do you think of nail wraps?

topshop lip crayon in suspect

topshop lip crayon in suspect review swatch photo
topshop lip crayon in suspect review swatch photo

topshop lip CRAYON in suspect: £7*

I've talked about these Topshop Lip Crayon's lots of times in the past, and some of my favourite lip colours include Topshop Coy and Topshop Hedonist. They are pigmented crayons that come in two finishes, matte and gloss. Topshop Suspect Lip Crayon is a brown toned purple matte lip crayon. I found it easy to apply, but you do have to be careful when running it along the lip lines. It's best to line the lips first and work inwards. I had to clean up with a cotton bud and it still looked a tad messy on application. Definitely not one to try attempting reapplying without a mirror. I actually quite like this shade. It definitely isn't my usual shade, and I don't particularly like dark berry shades on me. However with my eyes and my new blonder hair colour I think it works really well. It add's a touch of goth to a very simple eye look (even with my usual liner this felt a touch overdone, however my nude eyes &vamp lips would be perfect!) and perfect for the autumn months. The formula is a touch drying but nowhere near as powdery as some of the other Lip Crayons from Topshop.  It does have what I always refer to as "retro" matte finish, quite one dimensional without a hint of shine. This lasted about a hour or two on me before fading which was disappointing as it left me with very funny looking lips. It has it's pro's and cons, I love the colour and the depth and the finish is nice... but maybe a little TOO matte even for my tastes. None the less, this maybe this is a turning point for lipsticks for me... am I going over to the dark side?
What do you think?
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