Monday, 5 August 2013

NOTD - Essie & OPI Combo

Hello everyone! Two days off work so I've got the nail varnish out, woohoo. It was a hard decision trying to choose which nail polish to wear (white girl problems), but eventually I decided upon a two brand combo.

Firstly I applied my Essie Off The Shoulder on all of my nails which is a lovely hot pink which I love and have mentioned on the blog before. I applied two coats of this polish as I thought it looked best. Next I applied one of my favourite polishes, OPI's Teenage Dream which is from the Katy Perry collection and again, is a polish I've mentioned before.

Absolutely love this combination and think its perfect for summer. Also, pink is my favourite colour when it comes to beauty products and I love adding glitter to the top of my polishes at any given opportunity.

What are you wearing on your nails today?

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Moisturiser

Before I begin this post I would just like to inform everyone that this is my 200th post, yay!

I mentioned this briefly in my post on my May Birchbox and said that I loved it so much that I might have to purchase the full size. This is the Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Moistuizer. 

The sample size that I received in my box was pretty generous and has actually lasted me so long that I still haven't bad to dip into my new pot. 

I opened my Birchbox the day I arrived home from my trip to America and after all the travelling my skin was horrible and so dry. As it was sitting right on my desk I decided to try it right there and then, and instantly, yes, instantly, my skin soaked it up and it brightened up my appearance. I have quite red skin and it calmed it right down and over time has evened out my skin tone. 

I'm not going to lie, I've been using some new creams and gels on my face to try and sort out my skin (I hate it so much) and so haven't been using any products other than make up on my skin other than what I have been prescribed. However, as soon as I can ill be back to using this again!

It retails at £42 and I purchased mine in the e shop on the Birchbox website. However, during my purchase I was able to get 20% off, free shipping as it was a current product of the month, and I also had £20 worth of points to spend so I ended up having to pay very little! 

If you can get your hands on a tester of this product I highly recommend it as I absolutely love it and my skin has appreciated it. It contains some form or rose water or oil so has that lovely rose/Turkish delight smell which I love!

Another little extra that I loved was that Birchbox put in a free sample of Molton Brown perfume which I also really love and now think it may be my next purchase!

Have you tried this product before? Or any other moisturisers which you would recommend for dry skin? Let me know

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

OOTD - Town Trip

Just another outfit of the day for you all since I was off work and had to go into town to get my sister a birthday present. 

Skirt - H&M
Top - Hooters
Tights - Urban Outfitters 
Shoes - DCs
Jacket - MuuBaa
Bag - Rebecca Minkoff

Hope you're all having a great day!

Monday, 29 July 2013

NOTD - Essie's Miami Nice

Little nails of the day for you all. I love nail polish so much and I never get to wear it. I think I need a job where it's a requirement to have nice nails all the time so I can do whatever I want!

Today I'm wearing Essie's Miami Nice on my nails, and it was actually by accident. I have all my Essie polishes in a box and I meant to lift out Super Bossa instead as I haven't actually got to use it yet. I was painting them while watching YouTube videos and didn't even notice until I'd already done the first coat! 

Anyway, I still love this colour (I didn't actually know I owned it but sure). It's a lovely hot pink with blue undertones as is perfect for summer. A big pro with this polish was also the fact that it dried a lot quicker than I expected it too. 

What colour are you wearing on your nails today?

Sunday, 28 July 2013

OOTD - Ice Hockey

Not a big post, but I'm so sad at my lack of posting that I wanted to put even something small up! The police and fire games are being hosted in Northern Ireland this year and my friend invited me to go last minute to one of the ice hockey games (Las Vegas vs NI Tridents, so good!) and this is what I decided to wear. The weather has been rather temperamental lately and it's always too warm, but with spouts of torrential rain and thunder/lightning, so this is what I choose to wear!

Dress - Henry Holland
Tights - Urban Outfitters
Cardigan - Abercrombie & Fitch
Shoes - Steve Madden
Bag - Rebecca Minkoff

Nothing super exciting on my face. I'm wearing the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation, MAC Pro Longwear concealer, MAC Mineralize SkinfinishUrban Decay Naked palette shadows, Benefit They're Real mascara, Avon Super Shock gel eyeliner and then finally Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial. 

Hope you're all having a lovely evening! 

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

June Favourites

I can't actually believe we're in July already, we're flying through the months. I'm very excited for Christmas already, it's over halfway there! Today, I bring you my June favourites. I've decided to write them down as I go through the month as I always find myself having to look around my room trying to figure out what I've been using a lot.

I'll start with my make up favourites of the month, and these are ones I've been really loving. Firstly is my Urban Decay Naked Palette, which has made an appearance quite a few times and is one loved by many. I've used this every single day for all of June, and it's been brought over to July as well. I absolutely love this palette, with the shimmery shadows being my favourites.
Another eye product is my favourite eye liner. It's the Avon Super Shock Gel Eyeliner. I'm a big fan of gel eyeliner pencils and this gives a nice thin line and is great for both the top and bottom lash line. It's also really inexpensive and has great lasting power.
My favourite lip product of the month is one of the Revlon Lip Butters in Sorbet. This was released a few months ago as part of Revlon's new line of lip butters. As someone who was a huge fan of them when they were released in the UK last year, and couldn't actually wait until they were in stock in Boots and had to order them online, I was super excited when I saw them in store around the same time as they arrived in the US. Sorbet is a beautiful hot pink, and I have a post ready to talk about it in more detail.
Next is my two favourites moisturisers. The first is the OPI Avo Juice in Jasmine. This line of moisturisers smells glorious. I hadn't actually heard of any lotions by OPI until I saw one in TK Maxx back in May. It was the coconut one and I really regret not buying it at the time as it smelt delicious and reminded me of Summer time. I went back to get it a few weeks later and it was gone, but instead I found this one. I really love the smell of jasmine, and this is such a nice hand cream, and not a scent I often find in moisturisers.
For my face, Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Moisturiser has been the one. I mentioned this in my May Birchbox post as I received it as a sample, and ended up buying the full size product. Again, another product which I have a post prepared for to discuss in full!
Lush's Rose Jam perfume is one of my all time favourite perfumes as well as my favourite for June, and it greatly depresses me that I have to ration this tiny bottle. If you have ever smelt the Rose Jam bath bombs from Lush then you will know how delicious this smells, good enough to eat! Every time I wear this perfume someone compliments me and asks what I'm wearing, and I really wish I know I could repurchase this so I could wear it more.
My miscellaneous favourites for June have been my Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla candle and my iPad. This candle is one that I would love to have all year around, and it's definitely not one specially for Summer. I'm not a huge fan of vanilla, but with the lavender they compliment each other well. I've been lighting this at night time before I go to bed as I love the smell of lavender before I go to sleep.
My iPad has been a huge favourite with me since I bought it. I have the mini and I love that I can carry it around with me as it fits in my bag so easily, and is very light and takes up no room at all. I'm also a bit addicted to playing around with too many apps...
That's it for my favourites of the month, and I know it won't be at all long before I'm writing my July favourites, crazy!
What have your favourites of the month been?

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Nails Of The Day - Essie's Bikini So Teeny

Here it is, my favourite nail varnish for this Summer! I know, it came out in Essie's Summer collection last year but I have only managed to get it this year, and I absolutely love it.

I managed to pick up a really good deal with this and actually got it for only £1.99 on Fragrance Direct along with a few other polishes by the same brand. 

The colour you are looking at is Essie's Bikini So Teeny. It is a gorgeous sky blue colour and is even nicer in person than in the photos. I'm not a big fan of super bright colours (unless they're pink), but I thought this was really nice and could really brighten up any outfit. 
The consistency of the polish is also really smooth and it can be applied really easy. It's one of those polishes that I never make a mistake with, which is a big plus in my books. It also stayed on very well, and didn't really chip. The main photograph of me holding the polish shows my nails 2 days after applying the polish, and as you can see, there's only a few little chips, but its pretty perfect otherwise.
I highly recommend anyone to try this nail polish if they see it, and also to check out Fragrance Direct for Essie nail polishes as they are super cheap! They also ship worldwide so this isn't just for my UK readers!
What are you wearing on your nails this summer?