Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Elegant Touch Envy Nail Wraps


I am obsessed with painting my nails at the moment; my nail polish collection has increased quite a bit recently! And I've been dying to try nail wraps, as they seem perfect for achieving effortless quirky and intricate nail designs. 

Bengal 
The first on my list to try were Elegant Touches Envy Wraps, the Bengal tiger design. The design is a gorgeous metallic gold base with a black tiger pattern. I was actually quite surprised when I opened the packet to find more of a sticker type wrap as oppose to the foil wraps I had in mind.


The instructions required a clear dry base coat before applying the design, I just used my Sally Hansen clear nail polish. Once dry I try to select the best fit sized 'sticker' for each nail, some fitted perfectly whereas other were a bit more tricky and required some careful scissor action. Once applied to fit, the overhang of the sticker to customise the length to how long or short your nails are could be easily trimmed using the nail file that came i the pack. The whole application processes was very quick! The only issue I found I has was that sometimes the sticker beveled in some areas but this is quite understandable as every nail shape is unique. 


I was a little concerned that being more of a sticker type wrap that they would easily peel of and wouldn't last long, but to my surprise I've already had them on for about a week and the only wear and tear is at the tips of the nails very slightly. The instructions also required a clear top coat too which also helps to increase the life of the design. 


Overall i am really happy and impressed with the first nail wraps I tried. I've had many complements on them and this design is perfect, its not too OTT or too obvious, I love it! What's more I even have enough stickers left for another whole application! 

You can find Elegant Touch Envy Wraps in Boots or Superdrug for about £5 



Friday, 23 December 2011

Jennifer Aniston Perfume



You simply can't get away from celebrity endorsed perfumes, they're everywhere. Some good and some shockingly awful, however not all celebrity fragrances should be shunted and Jennifer Aniston is one to try. 

Since growing up, watching re-runs of the well known American TV sitcom Friends I've developed a huge soft spot for Jennifer. Embarrassingly, I actually wrote a speech on why she was a role model to me for a speech competition when I was in my first year of secondary school, cringe! Did anyone else dread these as much as me?! 

Jennifer Aniston actually released her perfume back in 2010 but I've only really just got around to sniffing it out. Her vision for her first perfume was intended to be 'sexy, clean and to  create memories of the beach, of vacation and of falling in love' and most of all 'to smell unique on everyones skin'


I really love the design of the perfume bottle, its actually fits really well with her intended vision. The bottles architecture definitely reminds me of the ocean, its very clean and organic looking. 

As for the scent its fresh, balanced, musky white, floral with a touch of citrus. I would be more likely to wear this in the summer but to be honest I quite like wearing it on a casual day to lift my mood, in an attempt to remind me of summer in these cold and wet winter days. I found that I lasted pretty well throughout the day, however I would say that its not as memorable as my other perfumes. Its quite a safe everyday scent, very pleasant and elegant. 

Overall I'm pretty pleased with Miss Aniston's perfume and most importantly it looks lovely on my dressing table! :) 

Have you ever tried Jen's perfume, did you rate it? What's you're favourite signature scent? and do you change your perfumes with the seasons? I'd love to hear from you :) 

Thanks 

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas Cocktail


If you're anything like me and love anything chocolately then you have to try this Christmas cocktail! I made this last friday with some of my friends to celebrate the end of our winter term at University and they went down a treat! 

To make this yummy treat you'll need:

❄ Vodka
❄ Hot chocolate
❄ Ice
❄ Cocktail glasses
❄ A bar of your favourite chocolate
❄ Milk 
❄ And a cocktail shaker (but this isn't a necessity)

Serves 6-8

First make 3 mugs of hot chocolate using your hot chocolate mix and milk

Then leave to cool 

Next crush some ice and add this to your cocktail shaker along with some vodka we used about a 3/4 of a mug as we didn't want it to be too alcoholic, but you can add as much or as 
little as you want...taste as you go :)

Shake

Add the cold 'hot' chocolate

Shake 

Then pour into glasses with chocolate shavings to decorate...we even went a little bit more 
decadent and melted some chocolate to swirl on top

Delicious! 

Have fun hope you enjoy :) 

Merry Christmas 


Monday, 19 December 2011


Spa in a box gift....
A perfect gift or a sister, mother, nan or best friend; the ultimate luxury inside a gorgeous box. More personalised than a ready made gift box, you can customise the items to fit the receiver more. Don't forget the presentation, often the most inexpensive gifts can be made extra special with a bit more effort into the wrapping :) 

Here are just a few ideas of what you can include within your spa gift box :) 

Champneys Spa Treatment Citrus Blush Dry Body Oil 

£8.00 from Boots

Sanctuary Warming Massage Stones

£10.25 from Boots 
These Warming Massage Stones are shaped to easily work over the contours of the body and the heated sensation helps the stone to glide over skin and provide extra tension relief.




Liz Earle Cotton Rich Socks


£4.75
To help get the best out of your treatment :) 

Burts Bees Coconut Foot Creme


£12.25 available from Boots 

Relaxing Yuan Zhi Body Cream From Molton Brown 

  • Price: £17.50 


Yankee Candles 


£14.99
50% off Yankee Candles at the moment

To add the finishing touches simply fill the box of goodies with fragrance beads for a gorgeous relaxing aroma

Available for under £3 from Amazon

Enjoy :) 

x X x 



Saturday, 17 December 2011

Shoe Decorations - Bring The 'Bling' Back


Perfect for the christmas season...BlingBacks add a touch of glitz and glamour to any outfit. An inexpensive way to jazz up an outfit to help you feel in the festive mood. 

Blingbacks are jewellery for your shoes, they can be pinned onto any pair of shoes without leaving a mark! Ideal for reinventing those shoes you have gathering dust at the back of your closet, now you can give them a shiny makeover and breathe life back into your unloved shoes! 

They come in a variety of designs and colours perfect for any party you have in mind. 
Stars, clusters, bows whatever takes your fancy :) my favourite has to be the bejewelled stars!

What do you think of these? Are they something you'd think of wearing this party season? Will you be recycling any neglected heels? :) 

They're available for £12-14 from Debenhams, Asos and Amazon 

x X x

Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Glossy Christmas!


9 Days to go! Woop Woop and I cant wait! Hope you all are feeling the christmas spirit...All gifts sorted and houses all festive :) Yesterday I felt even more excited for christmas when the December 1st EVER limited Edition Glossy box arrived at my door! Seems the Glossy Box team are feeling the christmas cheer too as this months box is a gorgeous christmas RED! And full to the brim with christmas goodies


Im loving the christmas themed box, with the cute black bow and gold Glossy Box logo. I can't stop singing 'jingle bells' to myself whilst I'm sat here with my cup of tea blogging away...bliss! 

Now lets get down to business...
The christmas content, boy oh boy is this box a good-en! 
Once my eyes saw what was waiting inside I could contain my excitement! This is by far my favourite box so far, each box just seems to out do the last, pretty impressive :) 


5 products you need to Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine !
So a quick run down of what's inside 

❄ Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle mini nail varnish and a Stripped to go sachet (Full size £16)
❄ Nouveau Lashes Noir Mascara (Full size £14.99)
❄ Cargo Cosmetics Classic Lip Gloss in Tokyo (Full size £10)
❄ FAB Face Cleanser (Full size £13.00)
❄ Rituals Foaming Shower Gel (Full size £6.50)

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel 


This full size product looks ultra luxurious! A whopping 200ml! It smells like a dream; Indian Rose and Sweet Almond a pampering treat to get you smelling gorgeous in time for christmas :) I'm super excited to try this out!

Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle Nail Varnish and Stripped To Go Sachet


What doesnt shout christmas more than red glittery nails, I have wanted to try a Deborah Lippmann nail varnish for yonks but the price tag has always been a bit difficult to justify, maybe this might start a little sneaky purchase if it lives up to my expectations :) The shade is amazing! Black undertone jam packed with slight purply red glitter, ahh I cant wait any longer...must put this on NOW! As for the nail varnish remover sachet this will be great to use on the go, perfect for your handbag. 


FAB Face Cleanser


Ideal for all face types this product is another item ive been dying to try out. A great sized sample that should last me quite a while! Its guilt free, containing no parabens, harsh chemicals or colourants! I adore the packaging it reminds me a little of Soap and Glory but a bit more 'grown up'. I'll let you know what I think once ive tried this out :) 

Cargo Cosmetics Classic Lipgloss 'Tokyo' 


This cute sized little lipgloss is another perfect handbag goodie, I think this will be great for nights out where handbag sizes make life hard :) The shade is so me! I love it, its a gorgeous gold shimmery pink, very wearable but great for adding that extra bit of sparkle! Maybe i'll wear this on christmas day?! Have you planned your christmas day outfits yet? Getting dressed up for christmas is one of my all time favourite things :) 

Nouveau Lashes Noir Mascara


Mascara is one of my many vices so I cant tell you how excited I get when I have a new mascara to try :) This baby promises quick drying, dramatic volume, flake free lashes that last all day! And the tube is huge! my kind of product :) Ive heard of Nouveau before but have never had the pleasure of trying anything so im very intrigued to see how I like this :) 

What do you think of the Glossy Boxes FIRST EVER Limited Edition Red box? Were you as excited as me? Did you get anything different? :) I'd love to hear from you

Christmas Hugs


Monday, 12 December 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas for Girls

Just a few Christmas gift ideas for those of you puzzled for what to buy. I’ve picked a few extravagant gifts and some novelty more affordable ideas. 
Hope you find these helpful J 
Personally if I got any of these gifts id be happy so hopefully the girls in your lives will too J



TOPSHOP 

CLIP AND LEATHER SLOUCH BAG 



  • Price: £90.00
  • SIGMA BRUSHES TRAVEL SET - THE CITIES NEW YORK


    $59.90




     NOTABLE MOUSTACHES

    From Topshop



    • Price: £5.00
    • NAIL ROCK - NAIL WRAPS GIRAFFE BLACK ON GOLD


    £6.65 or by 3 and get a rock box FREE! 


    CHRISTMAS SOCKS - LA SENZA NORDIC SLOUCH BOOT


    £9.00 currently in the sale! 

    MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION 

     COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE



    £15 travel size

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Collection 2000 Metallic Cream Eyeshadows Review && Swatches

These creamy molten metal eye shadows by Collection 2000 are amazingly versatile and easy to manipulate. Perfect for the beginner or those with more experience.

These cream eye shadows are quite unique in that they come in packaged in a lipgloss esque container and with dainty a doe foot applicator. Great for application on the go, popping into your handbag for a day to night transformation. I’ve been addicted to these the last few weeks as they’re so adaptable, I’ve used them together, on their own, as liquid liner or as an all over wash of colour. The packaging is adorable and you can easily see what colour the formula is which is perfect for a quick selection. The best part is how affordable they are, just £2.99.Bargain! A couple of shades wont set you back much, definitely an inexpensive must have.

There are 6 colour choices available Rock Pool an electric blue, Copper Pot a deep copper, Platinum Bling a slightly purple silver, Gold Rush a liquid gold, Rock N Rose a cool toned pink and Emerald City a gorgeous green.

THE FORMULA

The cream forumla is quite wet but easy to apply, blend and work with. I find that to increase the intensity of the colour a few layers are needed but the results are worth it. The even finish is rich and gives a multidimensional metallic appearance. They dry fast and last all day without creasing! Amazing!

THE COLOUR PAY OFF

The pigmentation is variable depending on how you apply the shadow. For an opaque finish apply more product onto your lid and blend less but for a sheerer finish simply add less product and blend more. The product can be applied and blend with a brush or a finger, which ever you feel more confident with.

THE SHADES

Copper Pot - This is a medium copper, with slight bronzy tones.


Emerald City – Rich dark forest green with golden undertones. It looks amazing on brown eyes!


Platinum Bling - a slight 'dirty' silver, not as dark as gunmetal, but not as bright as silver.


Gold Rush – Slightly rose gold toned light gold

Rock n Rose – A gorgeous dusty metallic pink with silver undertones


Platinum Bling, Copper Pot, Rock n Rose, Gold Rush and Emerald Green

Have you tried these? What did you think and whats your favourite? My most used shade has to been Emerald Green, its gorgeous! I tend to shy away from green eye shadows but i'm loving my new found obsession :)

xoxo










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