Sunday, 19 January 2014


Anyone who knows me knows I am a massive nail varnish hoarder. However, on this occasion I'm a bit late on the trend! Nails Inc and BarryM are two of many brands who have promoted this textured polish, and so have Sally Hansen.
I am a big lover of Sally Hansen and anything new to try on my nails, so when I saw these cute named goodies, I couldn't pass them up. All colours are named after sweet themed treats, and this gorgeous bright blue is appropriately named Razzleberry.
These polishes apply really lovely and only need 2 coats and you're ready to go. Something else I was impressed with as well was the quick drying time. There's nothing I hate more than not being able to do things while I'm patiently waiting for a polish to dry! 
These cute bottles of goodness are all grain textured, giving the appearance of sugary nails. The texture on these polishes aren't at all annoying, but did notice that my nails did get dirty, gathering dirt in some of the groves.
Overall, this is a fun look to play around with! If you're into textured nails I would definitely recommend having a look at these gorgeous shades - they're just too cute not too!!

What do you think of textured nails?
Grab these from Boots for £6.99. 

Saturday, 11 January 2014


I love my OCC Lip Tars and not long ago reviewed the bright pink shade, Nylon. I adore Lip Tars, so felt the need to go out and buy a strange colour to mix with colours to see what I could come up with. 
Chlorophyll is more of a blue toned green and looks slightly witchy! Again it has the small nozzle like most of the new OCC Lip Tars and is best applied with a lip brush. As much as I love this colour, and how it makes some gorgeous purples mixed with pinks - This alone is one of the disappointing Lip Tar colours.
As usual it has that sweet peppermint smell and tingle on the lips, but when applied it goes sheer in some places, and has a habbit of sinking into the cracks - Not ideal. Even with a few layers it still seeps into the groves and still shows some pigment of the lips. This was such a shame, but for mixing purposes this is really lovely and makes some pretty shades. The saying power of this one is as good as the others, stays on all day - But this one occasionally has slight wear in the inner lip. This is from one of the earliest collections, so I'll let them off for the blip of this shade!

Do you have any OCC Lip Tars?
I have 2 more colours to show you,
a gorgeous red and pretty coral!

Saturday, 4 January 2014


Urban Decay was the first ever 'high end' make up brand I ever got into. After straying away and loving MAC for a few months I came back to my beloved Urban Decay. If I'm honest, I wasn't that bothered by the Vice 2 Palette after buying the Vice Palette last year. A few days before Christmas I went to pick up some Urban Decay liners and walked passed the Vice 2, but felt I'd have a little swatch while my mum went off to look at tea cups. I instantly fell in love, called my mum over and told her that Santa needed to add this to my life, and so he did.
The palette came with a double ended brush, the same as the Naked 2, Naked 3 and the previous Vice palette. I'm not too bothered by this brush and only reach for it on odd occasions, and it irritates me so much that it wont stand nicely in my brush pot due to the double ends. That aside, it does the job and is a nice addition to the palette. The palette itself is gorgeous, and has a purple and pink marble effect casing, with a pretty jeweled UD on the front. The fact that the palette opens up itself too is a nice touch.
L-R Smokeout, Lovesick, Shellshock, Coax and X-Rated.

SMOKEOUT - Smokeout is a gorgeous reddish deep brown which has gorgeous payoff. Super soft to apply and a dream to blend out. Really lovely pigmentation and looks lovely.
LOVESICK - This one was a disappointment to me and just didn't deliver what I expected. It's a pretty matte black with small silver specs of glitter, but as you can see above, the black wasn't very black and just wasn't that special. I couldn't get great pigmentation from the black and is such a shame as this could have been a winner.
SHELLSHOCK - This bad boy is intense. This is one of my favourites, if not my fave, and has incredible pay off. It's a bright silver like no others I have, and partners really well with UD's eyeliner in Cuff, which is also a bright silver. The pigmentation on this is crazy and applies so beautifully. Absolute no faults for this, and is such a win for me.
COAX - Love this gorgeous metallic pink, and I never go wild for pinks. It's beautifully buttery and has lovely colour pay off.
X-RATED - One of the few matte shades in the palette, and is a pretty light pink with lovely colour pay off with ease of application. I was a bit hesitant as in the last Vice palette I was let down by the bright blue Chaos which never seemed to apply as evenly. But this shade really is lovely. Not one of my favourites as I tend to shy away from pinks, but still a lovely colour.
L-R Prank, Madness, Strike, Stash and Poison.

PRANK - Prank is beautiful, and the reason I was sold to buy this palette. It's a matte navy which gorgeous teal shimmer, but don't be fooled. As pretty as this looks I found it hard to keep all the shimmer on my lids, but, with a bit of a play I can get this to look lovely. Breathtakingly lovely swatched, but needs a bit of care when applying.
MADNESS - Another shade I absolutely adore. It's a gorgeous frosty metallic blue which catches the light lovely. Again, this is another buttery shade with a lovely colour payoff, no faults here!
STRIKE - Love this colour! I am all about golds, and this is a pretty vintage looking gold which has a lovely metallic finish which I just love.
STASH - Stash is a really interesting colour and is almost like a brown/gold with a slight khaki tint. I love this shade, and it applies lovely. I love this shade with Strike, and looks so pretty together with a bit of Smokeout or Radar.
POISON - I am in love. I wasn't sure in the pan, but when I used it I was all giddy like a girl in love. It's a dark black with a pretty aqua hint to it which I just love. I love colours like this that surprise you! It applies lovely and has lovely buttery pigmentation. 
L-R Radar, Damaged, Voodoo, Betrayal and Derailed.

RADAR - Radar is a pretty metallic glitter shade. This gorgeous golden brown is in my top 5, and I just love it. It has incredibleeeeeeee - The extra e's were needed - texture and applies and absolute dream. The glitter held well and just applied beautifully. Wow, Urban Decay. Out done yourselves once again!
DAMAGED - Is stunning. This shade reminds me of Christmas and velvet dresses. It applies softly and buttery and has a gorgeous deep green glow which I just can't get enough of. 
VOODOO -  This one looks gorgeous in the pan, but when swatched I'm not overly crazy for, but this may change! It's a really pretty purple with an almost pinky purple shimmer which is really lovely. Applies nicely and has nice pigmentation.
BETRAYAL - This will be my least used shade I reckon. I usually hate pale shifty purples as I find them a bit cheap looking, but this surprised me. It has a pretty violet, bluey and pink pearl shift to it which is what I usually dislike, but it's quality won me over. This is a really pretty shade with nice pigmentation, but still not sure when I'll reach for it.
DERAILED - This is a lovely pretty brown with slight silver sheen to it. It's a really lovely shade and again buttery as most of the shades in the palette. A lovely shade, but not something I've got all fan girl about.
L-R Dope, Toxic, Habit, Ambush and Rewind.

DOPE - One of my favourites. I love delicate shades like this and this one is perfect. I can see this being used everyday! It's beautiful and has a lovely colour payoff. This pretty champagne colour has a slight pink tinge and simply looks divine. 
TOXIC -  A pretty pink with a slight cream colour to it. This is a lovely shade and has nice pay off and pigmentation. Again, it's a colour I'm not wild about, but I think it's a pretty shade nevertheless. 
HABIT - A great shade to have in the palette, but something I'm not too fused about. Owning the Urban Decay Basic palette I'm not in need of anymore everyday mattes! That aside, this is a lovely pale cream nude. Blends gorgeously and looks lovely. It's not showing up as well in the photo due to my pale arms!
AMBUSH - This has amazing pigmentation and application! I love this golden brown shade and works so well with a brown smokey eye. 
REWIND - I love this brown matte. As I said about not being too bothered by nude mattes, I still really like this one. It applies amazingly! If you have the basics palette, this shade reminds me a lot of Faint with a hint of Naked 2.

Overall this is by far my favourite UD palette ever, and they have set a very high bar for the next palette. If you're looking for a palette to carry you from day to night, from natural to bold, this palette is palette will be perfect for you. An absolute win! Grab the last few palettes from your local department store or online - This one is currently at £33 - for £42. What do you think of this palette?


Thursday, 2 January 2014



Can't believe how long I've been blogging for! Unfortunately I had so many shows/work going on, that from June 2013- December 2013 my blogging had been sparse - BUT IT'S NOW A NEW YEAR!
I'm extremely excited to what 2014 brings, and I cannot wait to rebuild my blog back up and start from where I left. To celebrate the new year and a whole year blogging, I am giving away a Mac Lipstick, with a bigger giveaway to follow in April to mark my 21st Birthday! 
Rules are simple, enter using RaffleCopter, and any abuse to the system will be removed from the draw. You can choose any lipstick of your choice from the permanent line. The last person that won my giveaway, Bethany had never had a Mac Lipstick before, so it was a privilege getting her first. 
And may 2014 be YOUR YEAR.
UK only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


After seeing this in TKMaxx for a few months, I kept hoovering around them, tempted by the idea of foil nails. When hitting the sales, I picked this up for a unbeatable £5. Perfect for NYE nails!
The cute little Ciate box came with a list of things, various foils, a nail wheel, Ciate nail varnish and a small pot of Foil Fix.
Ciate Paint Pot in Pepperminty, alone £9.
To achieve foiled nails is simple and easy and there's little waiting. First start by painting your nails with a colour of your choice and let it dry. Then in small strokes wherever you fancy, pop on the Foil Fix and wait until it goes clear. Take the foil of choice, the colour facing upwards, pop on the foil, press, then rip off and you get a pretty flash of foil. You can layer up the foils, or keep with one. Then apply a top coat to keep it all in place.
My NYE nails to match my black and gold dress.

As pretty as this looked, even with a top coat, this lasted 2 days until the foil began to scratch away. I love the look, and it's super sparkly and looked great under the lights - Perfect for nights out. My box came with the wrong foils, but didn't bother me!

Try and grab this from TKMaxx for £5,
Or pick it up from Selfridges for £18.
What do you think of this nail art?