Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year's resolutions!

Hello everyone, with 2013 nearly over, I thought I would share my New Year's Resolutions with you all!

1) Lose weight. This is a very common resolution, but I really want to lose more weight. I have already lost weight after being put on metformin for PCOS, the weight is slow to come off and I have probably gained weight over Christmas! I would love to eventually be a size 12-14, but most of all be healthier, the more weight I lose the better the chance I have for pregnancy, if I'm ever to have children.

2) Buy more make up. This is an unusual resolution, especially as many BBloggers are going on a 90 day spending ban! But compared to many BBloggers, I have very little make up. I mainly buy the cheapest brands in drugstores. I want to try out new make up and concealers, I have heard a lot of good things about Rimmel wake me up foundation! I want to try out new products and find what ones work best for me. I also need to buy myself a good set of brushes! I have already bought myself one good brush for powder, all the rest are cheap and, well, nasty!

3) Do well at university. I got into university (there will be a more detailed blog coming soon) I obviously want to do as well as I can. I am worried I will lose that motivation when I get there, especially with so many distractions! I am really looking forward to meeting new people and learning. I also hope to do more, including seeing shows and travelling more!

4) Watch more films. Again, a more unusual resolution. I have barely watched any films, my friends cannot believe I haven't seen so many "classic" films. In all honesty, I do not like watching films alone, I'd much rather game, I feel more involved when I'm moving a character and making decisions. It's quite difficult to be around friends who talk about films and TV shows a lot, I'm just standing in silence!

5) Last but not least, get into a more regular blogging pattern! My blogging has been a bit hit and miss recently, and I apologise for that. I want to try out loads of new things, talk about my weight loss and do some more nail art!

Happy new year to you all, thank you for reading! Let me know what your resolutions are if you have any!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas wishlist!

With Christmas coming ever closer, I am getting more and more excited to see what I get! Like many people, I have an ever expanding Christmas wishlist! I thought I'd share some of my beauty related items I'd like for Christmas! It's unlikely that I will get many of these (I'm going to uni in February and told people not to buy me much as I need to save for a deposit and I'm poor) but I may have a look in the sales or use this wishlist for my birthday.
Picture from www.boots.com

Soap & Glory The Yule Monty Gift Set This has now sold out at boots as it was reduced to less than half price!! I really want to try soap & glory products and this would be fantastic for trying many out. I'd probably end up getting a smaller set and trying out 2 or 3 products and see from there, but there's no harm in wishful thinking!

Picture from www.superdrug.com

Barry M Matte Nail Paint Black Expresso  These matte nail varnishes have been out a little while and the longer I've waited, the more I want them! I have seen some of my friends wear them and I love all the colours, but Black Expresso is my favourite with either Burgundy Crush or Brown Mocha a close second.

Picture from www.amazon.co.uk
Jazooli 120 colours eye shadow palette Recently I have bought a MUA eye shadow palette as I'm trying to move away from wearing only grey eye shadow. I am now wearing more browns and learning how to use lighter and darker shades to make my eyes look bigger. I now want to try out many different colours as we go into the spring/summer. I thought a massive eye shadow palette would be a perfect solution. This one has very good reviews and is under £11 including the cost of postage and packaging! This looks like to be a bargain.

Picture from http://evolutionofsmooth.com/
EOS Lemon Smooth Sphere lip balm I have heard a lot about EOS lip balms in recent times, especially on twitter seeing celebrities wear them. With lemon being one of my favourite smells I was delighted to see they do a lemon one. The bad news is that these are not available in the U.K. from their website. The only good news is that I have seen them on amazon for a lot more that are shipped from the U.K. It'd be great to see these made available to Europe from their official website or to see them in the shops!

Picture from http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk

Blue Corn 3 in 1 deep cleansing scrub mask This product is made by the body shop, as you may know, I am a big fan of the body shop products and this is one I want to try! It removes dead skin, impurities and excess oil to gently cleanse the skin and make it feel soft, it's sounds fab to me!

My wishlist is bigger then this, but these are the main beauty products I want at the moment, I'm sure in a month or so I will have more products to add to this list! Let me know below if you have got any of these products I have listed!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Second hand beauty haul!

With Christmas approaching, you'll start to notice more Christmas bazaars being advertised on windows and in newspapers. These take place around the end of November to 2nd week of December. These are normally held in Church halls or community halls.  I went to 2 last week in my local town. Unfortunately in the first one I didn't buy a thing, but in the second one I bought a few new things!

Everything I bought!

There are occasionally entry fees, generally 20-50p, but it goes to local good causes! It can be hit and miss which ones have more variety and more tables inside but ask any of your family/friends, see if they have been to any! As well as beauty products, there will often be cake, tea, books, jewellery and more for sale.

I thought I'd talk about what I bought last week, as I got some great bargains! Christmas bazaars aren't a place where many people think about getting products from, but the amount of beauty products you can buy at a bargain price that are new is great! It's a shame more people do not turn up to them! (Though not to the ones in Harlow, they are mine! :p)

The first thing I bought was the body shop peppermint smoothing pumice foot scrub. I already have a gift set of their peppermint range and I love it, they are the best products I have found for feet. The 100ml container cost me 60p! This product new costs £7, saving me £6.30! Bargain!

I also bought some No7 products. I bought 2 extreme length black mascaras and a No7 eye shadow in the shade Island tea. I don't buy No7 products often, I usually only buy them when I have a voucher for £5 off. I have previously tried their lip glosses and nail varnish and not had a problem with them so I thought I'd give these a go. These products are older and are not available to buy in store or online, but for 90p it was worth the risk! The mascaras are pretty good, they aren't the best mascaras I have tried but considering they are older and cost 20p each, they are fantastic for the money. The eye shadow is a powder blue shade, which is different to what I normally wear (grey or brown). I have found this eye shadow to last a few hours and has a fairly strong colour to it, despite being a pale colour. Again, I cannot complain for 50p!

I also bought a NSPA fresh sweet raspberry shower and bath gel for 60p. I have heard good things about the NSPA brand in recent times from fellow beauty bloggers, so I was more then happy to buy it! I have not tried it yet, I'm waiting to finish the shower gel I'm currently using (Boots zingy lemon shower gel) but the smell of this is gorgeous! This is a must for fruit lovers, it has a strong, sweet scent without being overpowering and sickly, I cannot wait to try it!

The last thing I bought was a moisturising body lotion by Mason & Miller for 10p. I have not heard of this brand, I thought for 10p I cannot lose really! This is only a 20ml sample. Being honest I have a cold and I have tried using it, it was a weird smell that I am unable to distinguish, but the body lotion itself is okay, it isn't the best, but I have tried worse that have cost more! I will use it up but I wouldn't recommend it, I hope to use it up before my cold goes away!

Good luck if you go to any Christmas bazaars! I hope you find lots of goodies! Let me know in the comments if you have bought any bargains recently!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Body shop Ginger sparkle lip balm

With Christmas approaching, the Body Shop have brought out their Christmas range. This year the 3 flavours are Ginger sparkle, Cranberry joy and vanilla bliss. Being honest I am not normally a fan of Christmas scents, I don't like spicy scents, especially cinnamon and similar, which my mother loves. Last year my sister bought me the Cranberry hand cream from the body shop. I have only got round to using it as I've had so many to use, but I love it and I don't even drink cranberry juice!

This year I decided to try out the other 2 Christmas flavours, ginger sparkle and vanilla bliss. This time of year my obsession for lip balms have grown so I bought the Ginger sparkle lip balm. The lip balm costs £4, excluding the Body shop's love your body 10% off and can be found here on their website.

I ordered this online with a couple of other goodies and the thing I loved about it straight away was it's unusual shape! I have only seen the dome shape lip balms once before with EoS lip balms which unfortunately are unavailable to buy from their website outside of USA/Canada. The dome shape makes it easy to apply the lip balm to your lips. Unlike many lip balms, it has a sparkle to it. I find myself going out just wearing this lip balm rather than a sparkly lipstick/lip gloss! Of course the most important factor is the smell of it. The great news is, it smells fabulous! It is so Christmasy! But instead of being a really spicy ginger, it's really fresh and zingy!

Overall I cannot fault this at all, it smells lovely, it's compact, it moisturises the lips and is sparkly! Perfect for this time of year! Some people may argue that £4 may be a little expensive for a lip balm, especially when you can get some great brands like Nivea and chap sticks for around £1. The body shop lip balms have more weight to them then the "standard" lip balms you see in drug stores/super markets. The only thing I hope is that they bring out some more lip balms in the dome shape next year! *fingers crossed*

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Liebster award

I was nominated for a Liebster award from the lovely Rae aka 4EvaFashionPrincess. I was surprised as I haven't been blogging as much *sorry*. Her blog is fantastic all about beauty, fashion and everything pink! You can check out her blog here!

The rules of the Liebster award are pretty simple. Firstly you need to state 11 facts about yourself. Secondly answer the 11questions the person who nominated you asked. Lastly you nominate 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer!

11 facts about me!

  1. I am 5 foot tall and that's on a good day! Seriously no heels can make me as tall as everyone else!
  2. My favourite colours are red, turquoise and purple.
  3. I have over 100 nail varnishes, as well as so much nail art stuff! *obsessed*
  4. My favourite food is nandos, I could live off nandos if I had the money too!
  5. I suffer with depression and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome P.C.O.S. It's difficult as many people judge me on the outside but my friends have been supportive :)
  6. I have lost a stone in weight, I gained a lot of weight due to P.C.O.S and struggle to lose it, but medication has helped me a lot, I'd love to lose more weight!
  7. My favourite sport to watch is formula 1, I love cars and would love to go to the British Grand Prix one day!
  8. I am a gamer, I play video games everyday! 
  9. I have been in a relationship for over 4 and a half years! He makes me very happy.
  10. My favourite drink is apple tango.
  11. I love MUA's make up, it's good and cheap!
Rae's 11 questions!

1. What is your favourite high end Make-up brand?

I only use high street make up! Probably the most expensive thing I own make up wise is a Nail Inc nail varnish!!

2. What is your favourite drug store Make-up brand?
I love 2True by superdrug, normally get 3 things for £5 bargain!

3. What Make-up product could you not live without?

4. What is your favourite Nail Polish?
I love Barry M's nail varnishes and all the nail effects!

5. What are your plans for the New Year?
Hopefully to go to Luton with my boyfriend.

6. What is your favourite drink?
Apple tango!

7. What is your favourite snack?
Either grapes or Special K cereal bars!

8. What is your favourite time of year?
I love spring, not to cold, not too hot plus my birthday is in spring!

9. What is your favourite hair accessory?
Does hair dye count? I miss dying my hair! Also love clips, something so simple but can really change your hairstyle and keep it in place!

10. Who is your favourite Shoe/Clothes designer?
I really like "yours" but I tend to shop in there when they have a sale!

11. Where do you shop the most for your clothes? 
Mainly from George at ASDA, Yours, Evans and occasionally Matalan.

My 11 questions for nominees! 

  1. What is your favourite colour?
  2. What is your favourite brand of shampoo/conditioner?
  3. Name 5 things that are in your day-to-day bag.
  4. What is your favourite brand of nail varnish?
  5. Name some things on your Christmas wish list
  6. What 1 piece of make up can you not live without?
  7. Do you prefer baths or showers?
  8. What is your favourite lipstick/lip gloss colour?
  9. What is your favourite lip balm?
  10. Where do you buy most of your clothes from?
  11. What is your favourite time of year?
11 people I nominate

  1.  Sophie
  2.  Laura
  3. Nicole
  4. Hanan 
  5. Sarah
  6. Caroline
  7. Demi
  8. Caroline
  9. Bethamy
  10. Stacey
  11. Hannah  
Let me know when you have done yours so I can read it! Don't forget to link my blog when doing this!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Versatile blogger award!

Hi everyone! Sorry for a lack of content for the past month, as you may, or may not know, I've been having a lot of problems with transferring my pictures from my camera to my PC, plus 2 weeks away at Luton hasn't helped. Last night I've resolved the problem for now and will be blogging 2-3 times a week again!

Thank you to the lovely Sophie for nominating me, I have linked her blog and would recommend reading/following!

"The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given to you from your blogger peers, for writing quality blogs that have somehow touched them, having good quality photographs, and the uniqueness of the subjects covered. The award is to honour the bloggers who bring something special to your life."

How it works: Display the Award Certificate on your blog. Announce your win and link back to the blogger who nominated you. Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award. Link your nominees in this post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.

Post seven interesting things about yourself

1) I am exactly 5 foot tall, you think you're short, stand next to me!!

2) I am a serious gamer, I love gaming and have gamed for as long as I can remember  Some games I like include Elder Scrolls, League Of Legends, Pokemon, GTA, Tony Hawk (well most of them), Mario, Command & Conquer, Animal crossing, Civilization, Guitar Hero, Star Wars Batllefront, this list could go on a lot longer....

3) I have been with my boyfriend Sean for over 4 and a half years, he's been with me through the really tough, he's also helped me to conquer my fear of going out without make up on, it took 4 years but he's literally changed my life! I love him so much ♥

4) I'm addicted to make up and beauty products, especially nail varnish/nail art and hand creams! But I'm also a sucker for lipsticks and palettes! 

5) I have Poly Cystic Ovaries. Knowing that I'm very likely to be infertile in the next few years really scares me, also the fact I'm 3 times more likely to get cancer then the "average" woman, scares me. When I found out I had this, I didn't take the news well at all, but I'm now on medication and hopefully I will lose some if not all the weight gain it caused me. I have accepted it, rather then see it as a curse or my bad luck, if any female has this, it becomes easier to deal with over time, but always keep in contact with your doctor to discuss your future.

6) I also suffer with depression, I have had counselling and I have been on different tablets for it for a few months now. I have had a lot to deal with, with 4 deaths in the family in 3-4 years, stress of A levels, no one understanding I was depressed, being told to "cheer up" (seriously the WORST thing you can say). Only my family and Sean know this, but I did commit suicide during my A levels, I took an overdose, I saw it as an easier option then living. At the time I was so depressed and selfish, I hate to think what I put my family and Sean through, but even that wasn't a big enough signal for me to get help. This happened 2 and a half years ago and it's only been in the past 6 months or so I've been getting help. It's something I'm still dealing/living with, I always will, but I am in a much better place and I'd love to blog about this if it's something that may help others.

7) On a cheerier note (sorry I just want to be honest with everyone ♥) I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year, I have no idea why, I won't be getting many presents, but I love snow (if we get any) and having nice food as well as spending time with family and close friends. :)

Now it's time to post who you think deserves this!

1) Lazy Little Me 
2) Sprinkle of Glitter
3) Hannah's Bubble
4) Kiss & make up
5) Drugstore Dreamer
6) Katie's world of Beauty
7) The Hannah Lucy diaries
8) Blue Eyed beauty
9) A love affair with
10) Pretty Gloss
11) Laura Thinks about
12) Sleek-chic
13) Beautiful solutions
14) How do you wear that
15) Anyone else who is reading this! If you haven't been tagged or may be thinking about starting a blog, why not use this? I'm tagging all of you!

If you decide to do this, then please remember to tag me and let me know so I can read yours! ♥

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

My nail varnish wishlist!

As I write this, I am unable to post photos, as I have been having a lot of problems with my memory card, I have ordered a new one. I asked on twitter what I should write about and this was one of the ideas. With Christmas coming up in a few months, I have already started making an amazon wishlist! I thought I'd show you some of the nail varnishes I want to buy or be bought for me!

Essie Mink muffs - Described on the website as "a smoky plush taupe" I think this shade is beautiful. I have never tried Essie nail varnishes and I really want to, I really hope a get a couple for Christmas!

Wet n Wild  - I haven't decided which shade/s I want yet. I have seen this brand posted from American beauty blogs I follow. Living in the U.K I had never heard of the brand until recently. Online you can buy these for around £2-£3 if you look around!

Ciate Chalkboard manicure - I have had my eye on this for a while. At £25 it's a little bit too much for me, but I would love to own this, I think it's so unusual!

Models own mermaid tears - I have seen a few beauty bloggers blog about this nail varnish. I think it's a lovely shade and one I'd really like to own!

Topshop suede nails - I personally don't shop in topshop being a larger woman, I was surprised to hear they sell make up and nail varnish! After researching, some of the bottles are really pretty with polka dots on the lid (I love dots and stripes!) They also do a matte range, I'd like to get more matte colours as I only have 1. I also spotted this suede nails, I love nail effects and nail art, at £5 this seems good value!

Elf nail polish set - Elf do a set of 3 nail varnishes for £4, my favourite 2 are colour vacation trio and nice & natural. Elf is another brand I have never used before but these little sets of nail varnish look great! 3 colours that go together, these would be great for scotch nail art!

Barry M Chameleon nail effects - I own a lot of Barry M nail vanish, I tend to buy some every time they are on offer! I have at least one nail varnish of every nail effect they do apart from Chameleon! I would like either the blue or the pink!

Thank you to the beauty blogs I follow for partially making me want these nail varnishes and talking about different brands! As well as nail varnishes, I also have in my wishlist a keyboard, various tetris/pacman items, bed head shampoo and conditioner, spare battery for my camera and a couple of PS2 games. Also if anyone wants to buy me a PS4, let me know!!! ;)

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Review Claire's cosmetics chip resistant

Claire's accessories had a sale on and let's say I bought a few or 7!! This nail varnish has no shade name but the number 2 on the underside of the nail varnish. It cost me 50p, the price for nail varnishes range from £2.50 to about £4.  When I buy a nail varnish that is chip resistant, I tend to be a little dubious as they tend not to be much better then a non chip resistant. Unfortunately I do not have a photo showing the nail varnish straight away as I've been having problems with my memory card deleting pictures as I try and back them up, I have bought a new one and I'm waiting for it to come through!

This shade is a beautiful colour, hence why I bought it. It dries quickly, and is easy to apply. Despite it being shimmery/slightly glittery, it's not difficult to remove at all! Unfortunately after a few days the nails did chip quite badly on my thumb and index fingernails. I cannot really complain for 50p but as it's supposed to be chip resistant, I am a little disappointed. I would not recommend this nail varnish, I give it a 5/10, I haven't lost out as it was 50p, I would have been really annoyed if I paid full price to it. It is a lovely colour, easy to apply and remove but for a chip resistant nail varnish, it doesn't do what it says on the bottle!!

Close up of the chips.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Nail art using feathers

I first saw this effect on the Glamour website. I was amazed by this and wanted to try it myself! My mum bought my a masquerade mask from a charity shop for £1. The feathers were perfect for trying out this nail art effect! You can buy feathers from many craft shops, though my one at my town centre didn't!! You can also buy them online. For this you will need feathers, a clear nail varnish and a nail varnish that is the lightest colour on the feathers, nail scissors and a nail file (emery board).

Masquerade mask

I carefully ripped the feathers off the mask and threw away any feathers that weren't good enough to use and the mask. It doesn't matter what the bottom of the feather looks like or what condition it is in, you'll only use the top part.


To prepare the feathers, all you need to do is cut them slightly longer then your nails, it's better to have too much then not enough!

Cutting the feathers.

Once they are cut, pick off any loose parts of the feathers. Also have them spread out so you can easily pick them up.

Some of the feathers I cut up.

For your nails, you need to prepare them as normal and apply a clear coat. Once dried paint your nails with 2 thin coats of nail varnish you want. As my feathers are orange and black, I tried doing this with black nails, it didn't work very well, so I recommend using the lightest colour on the feathers, for me this is orange. I used 2True shade number 27, this can be found in Superdrug.

My base coat - 2True shade 27.

Once your nails have dried, it's time to apply the feathers. Do your nails one at a time, I started at my thumb. Put on a slightly thicker coat of clear nail varnish. Depending how long it takes to dry, leave it a few seconds to become more tacky. This will sound weird but lick your finger and press on to the feather, it will pick it up without messing up the feather! Now place onto the nail, don't worry about the excess or how uneven the edges are, we will sort them out later! Press down on them and leave to dry! Now repeat for the rest of your nails.

Putting on the feathers.

Once they are dry, it's time to cut of the excess! I found the easiest way to do this is to use nail scissors. I found that the top of my nails were sharp so I used a nail file, but do this up and down not left to right or right to left as it can move the feather, even when dry and make it lift up!

Time to cut off the excess!

Once you've cut it and filed it, you should get something similar to the pictures below. I personally didn't do a top layer but went around the edges with my clear nail varnish to make sure it doesn't lift up!

Finished results.
Finished results. 

So what do you think of this nail effect? I'm not sure if it's something I will do often. But I really wanted to try it and I thought it's really creative! Let me know if you like this effect and may try it yourself! It isn't difficult, but it is time consuming!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Nail Varnish/Beauty Haul!

Today I went shopping and bought loads of products, nearly all of them cost £1 and under. This made me so happy as I bought a lot of great quality goods but didn't go over the top with spending. This is the second time I have done a £1 an item nail varnish/beauty haul but I thought I would document this one! 

Today I started off in Claire's accessories. They are having a sale on at the moment and items in the sale are buy one get one free! I bought 6 items that would have cost £6 but cost £3, bargain!! I bought bobby pins as I buy some, I always say I'll keep them on the cardboard, never do and they all go missing! Hopefully I won't lose another 24! The nail varnishes I bought based on their colour, I have used the black nail crackle Claire's accessories do (also in the sale) and it worked great so as a result I got the white one. I'm most looking forward to trying the pink one as it's a matte one and I'd like to compare it to the other pink shades I have.

Items I bought in Claire's accessories.

Next I went to poundland, I bought 4 items. I bought a nail varnish spray, it's designed to speed up the drying time of slow drying nail varnishes. To be honest I have never seen it before and I'm looking forward to seeing if this actually works!! I also bought a toner by Simple. I haven't used their products before but I have heard a lot of good things about them! I have only recently started using a toner (I use a body shop seaweed one) it's too early to see if I notice a difference but it's only fair I give a few products a try! I have already tried the Aussie deep conditioner and it's fantastic! I didn't need to use a lot and it smells so nice, but didn't really smell of mint but that's okay! I bought the Sally Hansen nail varnish as I needed a light grey for some nail art I will be trying out in the future!

Items I bought in poundland.

Next the 99p shop! I bought 3 OPI nail varnishes, 2 black and one gold shatter effect! These can cost around £10 but recently the price has dropped online. The nail varnishes are very good quality, even the label is, I'm sure they are real. I did notice the barcodes are crossed out, I assume this is because the products won't be on sale any more or the bottles are changing. Either way I'm so happy I got some, I love crackle effect! I also bought myself 2 sanitizers, they came together in a pack for 99p which is good value! I've used the unscented one which smells awful! Today I got the lemon & lime one, it doesn't really smell of citric but takes the edge off the horrible smell that it has! If you want a nice smelling hand sanitizer, try the body shop ones, they are lovely but more expensive. I bought a scented nail varnish as well, mainly to smell it! I will let you know if it's nice or not!

Items I bought in the 99p shop.

Lastly I also went in Superdrug and ASDA. Superdrug sell MUA nail varnishes that I have reviewed before. I am a fan of these, especially at £1! I also needed a brown colour so got this one! I was looking in ASDA at primers, to see what choice they had. Of course I had a look at the nail varnishes and found a denim effect one! This was £3, but I'm so excited to try it, I really hope it doesn't disappoint! 

Items I bought in Superdrug and ASDA
This all cost £15.96 which I think is great! The day out really cheered me up and I have a lot to look forward to trying out! Let me know if you got any bargains, I love a bargain!! 

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Nail art using a make up sponge and a bath lily

Today I will be showing what else you can do with make up sponges apart from rainbow nails! I first saw this in the nail art book I have been reading Nail Art by Helena Biggs. Though the tutorial says to use something else, I thought that using a bath lily would be a cheaper alternative that many people have in their homes.

What I used for this nail art.

For this I used Maybelline clear nail varnish, Nail Inc london Basil Street, Avon nailwear in fuchsia, 1 make up sponge, a bath lily, it is up to you whether you cut a piece off one or unravel it like I have done. I will only be showing 1 nail as you can only see the detail close up. As usual any colours can be used! Experiment with different colours and see what results you get!

Nail Inc Basil street.

Firstly as usual, prepare your nails as normal and paint on a clear coat. Second is to apply 2 thin coats of your background/base colour, leaving time in between to dry, I'm using Nail Inc Basil street. Once dry, the tricky part is next!

Bath lily over the nail and tucked under
the thumb

Painting the make up sponge.

Cut a part of a bath lily big enough to use on all 5 of your nails. Paint some nail varnish onto the make up sponge, don't apply too much as excess nail varnish will go under the lily ans not create a pattern!! I started with my thumb, you want to place the bath lily over the nail with the excess being tucked under the thumb to keep it in place. Now get the make up sponge with nail varnish on it and dab it 2 or 3 times on the nail and remove the bath lily straight away, leaving the nail to dry. Repeat this for the rest of the nails, you can now use your thumb/fingers to help hold the lily into place.

Dabbing the sponge onto the nail

I tried to do a similar effect to the one in the book, making the top left the most colourful going lighter towards the right and bottom of the nail. This is my first try of this and isn't perfect but I think it's a great idea and doesn't take too long to do!

Results, not perfect but will experiment
with different colours!
 I would recommend for people to try this! Let me know if you try it! Also if you want me to try a particular design or use certain colours, let me know!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Pretty by quest - red nail fluff

Being a fan of nail varnish and nail art, I don't want to limit myself to one particular brand. But is it worth trying out a brand from Poundland you've never heard of? I give every brand a chance, whether they cost £1 or £10! I decided to try Pretty by Quest's velvet effect nail varnish. In the packaging includes 1 red nail varnish, red nail fluff and a little brush. I have used nail fluff before, I wrote about MUA's fur-effect nails here and am a huge fan of it. This comes with a nail varnish, fluff and a brush for £1! This is a third of the cost of MUA's nail fluff, so how do they compare?

Packaging of the nail fluff.

Well the obvious fact is the MUA nail fluff does not come with a nail varnish nor a brush. For me this isn't a problem, I have many nail varnishes, the back of the packaging even says it needs nail varnish to use. MUA's nail fluff comes with more nail fluff but for 3 times the price and no nail varnish, you'd expect this. Where Pretty by Quest's (will say PBQ for short now) nail fluff goes downhill compared to MUA's is durability. I have worn the PBQ nail fluff for under 24 hours and my thumb barely has any fluff on it and all show some loss of fluff where as with MUA, I wore it for 4 days with only a tiny amount of fluff lost at the top of the nail. 

What you need to create
nail fluff nails!

You use the red nail fluff in the same way as any other nail fluff. For this I used the 3 pieces that came in the packet as well as a maybelline clear nail varnish and a piece of paper to collect loose fluff!

To use the nail fluff, prepare your nails as normal, apply a clear coat and leave to dry. Place your paper on the desk (I'd recommend doing this at a table/on a flat surface). Use the red nail varnish provided to paint one nail. While it's still wet, over the paper, pour the nail fluff onto the nail. Press down gently and leave a couple of minutes to dry, when dry, use the brush to clear the excess fluff. Repeat these steps until your nails are finished, there is no need to do a top coat.

This can be messy!
Lots of fluff didn't make it
to my nails!

You'll end up in having lovely fluffy nails but a mess on the paper as seen above right, this can easily be put back into the container to use next time! Pick up the paper at both ends and hold them with one hand, use your other hand to tap the paper to collect it together. pinch the paper in the middle, this will create a spout (if I can call it that?) to make it even easier to pour in. The best way I found to pour it in is to gently tap the bottom of the paper while lining up the spout with the top of the container as seen below.

In conclusion I would happily recommend both brands to my friends, which one would depend on what they want from a nail fluff. If it's only for a night out, the PBQ nail fluff does the job great, even the nail varnish for £1 is great quality and colour. If you want nail fluff that will last a few days and you'd like to use any nail colour with it, I'd recommend MUA's fur effect nails. Below shows the result of using PBQ's nail fluff!

Monday, 19 August 2013

First attempt of tribal nail art

I have been reading a nail art book my mother bought me called Nail Art by Helena Biggs. In this book includes many pictures of different nail art designs from around the world, history of nail art and some great tips! One of the designs shown was tribal nail art. It is very intricate but makes your nails stand out with burts of colours and geometric shapes.  One of the great things about this nail art is that the only rule as such is geometric shapes, lines and spots, colours are completely up to you!

I used, as pictured below, left to right, Barry M grey (293), Barry M yellow (134), Rimmel London salon pro britpop (713), Rio professional nail art pen & brush red, pink tease black nail pen and brush and Rio professional nail art pen & brush in purple and white.

Nail varnishes I used.

To start off, prepare your nails as normal and apply a clear coat to your nails. Secondly apply 2 thin coats of a chosen colour, I used yellow and blue, I did have a photo of this, but the image file corrupted, sorry!
I used my grey to create a V shape on 4 of the nails, on the other nail I painted the left and right of the nail to create a coloured strip in the middle.

Grey V shapes on the nails.

Remember to leave each part to dry, this is why it gets time consuming, you do not want colours to smudge or bleed.  I then used a white nail pen to outline the V. Once dried I used the black nail art pen to draw zigzags in the grey V and draw dots alongside the white outline. I then drew a red outline below the V and drew lines below it until it created a triangle in the middle, this I coloured purple. The feature nail is a lot more simple with 4 dots either side and the zigzag in the middle.

Final result!
Above shows the end result. This did take an hour to do. I would definitely do this again, I really enjoyed trying this out! Have you tried doing tribal nail art? Post a picture/comment below! Would love to see more tribal nail art, it's stunning!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review - MUA Bright pink (23) nail varnish

I do not own this picture, was taken
from MUA's website!
This is my first review. I have written a post about what I look for in a nail varnish and how I am painting the nails (coats and a top coat) this can be found here.

I have used MUA in the past, I have their fur-effect nails, lipsticks and I use their pressed powder, I have found them very good value for money, so I was expecting the same when buying my first nail varnish of theirs.  Bright pink is a newer colour to the range and as I have researched online, has been very popular!

The first thing you notice before you buy it, it is a smaller bottle, you get 6.2ml of nail varnish, many I personally use are 10-12ml. But as I have so many nail varnishes, I have had the odd one dry up! (I will not name brands) So the fact it was a smaller bottle did not bother me, you can see straight away it's smaller and for £1, you expect something small!

Once I began to try it out, one thing I noticed was the smell, or rather the lack of it. All nail varnishes do have a similar smell, some stronger then others. Those that are cheaper generally smell stronger then more expensive ones, but that isn't always the case and isn't in this case!

I was expecting for this to smell very strong, especially as it only cost £1, but it smells similar to those 3 or 4 times the price! I have no complaints about the brush, it's a good size for the bottle it's in. The colour is fantastic, I was worried that putting 2 coats of it may not be enough, it looked quite bright in the bottle but it is as bright after 2 coats, it also went on my nail very well. It didn't take too long to dry either, I have tried nail varnishes that dry quicker and dry slower.
Nail varnish when applied
Nail varnish after 4 days

After 4 days I took a picture of my nails. There is some chipping, the middle 3 nails were worse. In a couple of places it is noticeable from a short distance. But I don't think it's too bad considering it isn't labelled as a long lasting or 10 day chip free nail varnish.

The only problem I had with this nail varnish was with the label on the bottle. Like many beauty products, it has a 2 layered sticker, with a triangle in the corner indicating to peel. I found my label (I don't know if all are like this or if this is a one off) to be very stuck on. It took quite a while to peel and I had to use all my strength to get it to come off!

Overall, I am very impressed with this nail varnish, despite using their products in the past, I wasn't sure what to expect for £1. You do get slightly less and for some reason my label was really glued on! But the colour, coverage, smell, even the chipping is a similar quality to nail varnishes 3 times more! I would personally buy them in the future and may even try out the quake nails or glitter nails. I would rate this an 8/10 which is very high!! Please remember this is my opinion!

Have you tried MUA nail varnish? What is your opinion? I would love to know what you all think!!