Saturday, 25 August 2012

More Nudes.

HI guys so I have just found this post that I wrote weeks ago and realised that i hadn't published it. So here is my second installment of Wedding Nudes and I have four more OPI lovelies to show you. 

(You Callin' Me A Lyre?, Stranger Tides, I Vant To Be A-Loan Star, Care To Danse?)

These polishes are from different OPI collections and were bought specifically for my friends wedding which is next week has been already. And these are Care To Danse? and You Callin' Me A Lyre? from the New York City Ballet Collection. I Vant To Be A-Loan Star from the Texas Collection and Stranger Tides from the Pirates Of The Caribbean On Stranger Tides Collection. Now I know that I have called this post 'More Nudes' and I know that two of these polishes cant really be classed as nudes, because – well they arnt nudes are they. But I am a colourful girl and when I paint my nails I paint them to be noticed, so these light, airy colours are practically nude to me!

As always I cannot fault OPI. These polishes are a lovely texture, they are easy to work with, they dry well and even, and look amazing!

Both You Callin' Me A Lyre? and Care To Danse? are the nudest nudes I have ever seen. Because of this I would probably not use them as a straight colour (because the more coats you put on your nail the thicker the nail looks) but they are fantastic for French polish. I have been looking for the perfect pink to be used in a French polish since the beginning of my nail time! And I have now found it in You Callin' Me A Lyre?. Because this pink is so sheer it does not discolour the white tips, which has plagued me with other 'so called' French polishes. Care To Danse? is also great for a French base, and with it's lilac tint instead of pink it works wonderfully for cool toned ladies. 

I Vant To Be A-Loan Star is a beautiful pearlised light blue. It looks so chic on the nails with just a hint of colourful fun. I have tried brands in the past that have tried to create a colour like this but instead it has ended up looking like Tipex toothpaste (which of course was fine when you were 13 and wanted to paint your nails in school, however not so great …..ehem a few years later).

Stranger Tides is what I would like to describe as a matt Pistachio Green. It is a very unusual colour and I love it. It is not garish and bright, its subtle and grown up, and the more I look at it I think 'if that's what grown up is, maybe I could be grown up too one day'.

So here you have them, all laid bare on the table for your viewing pleasure. And when you see them next they will be on blushing bride and bridesmaids hands.

See you soon.

Stacey x x

Monday, 20 August 2012

Neon at a 1st Birthday party.

On Saturday I frequented a child’s first birthday party and as these are the only parties I attend these days I decided to make myself look a little presentable. It was a lovely sunny day (probably the last we will see this year) so I thought I would go for some neon clothing and a flash of bright make-up. 

As you can see I went for bright blue eye liner and pink lips. I kept the rest of the make-up very natural to bring it up to date, instead of it looking 80s.

I also wore my new rainbow head band which was custom made by Janine Basil (you can find her on Etsy here. Check her out!). The head bands that she designs and makes by hand are amazing! I have another of these beauties to show you, but I am saving this for a rainy day when we all need a little cheering up. Also her customer service is amazing! And you know that I love good customer service. 

Products used:

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream, normal/oily in Fair.
MAC Casual Colour. Lip and Cheek Colour in Keep it loose.
Dior SkinFlash in 002.
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.
MAC Eyebrows in Spiked.
Collection 2000 Mascara in Clear (brows).
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Radium.
MAC Prep + Prime Lash.
Maxfactor False Lash Effect Mascara in Black/Brown.
L'Oreal Rouge Caresse lipstick in 07 Cheeky Magenta.

Hope you likey.

Stacey x x

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Glossybox July 2012 - Beauty

Hi guys, so it's been a while...............................I didn't quite understand the work and stress that goes in to buying your own house. Put it this way I wont be doing it again in a hurry! It has taken so long to get everything sorted, especially my internet. It was off for over 3 weeks! That was no Facebook, Twitter, internet shopping, and your good selves for 3 whole weeks! It was like a life time. I can normally just about manage a week on holiday and that's because I have sun shine and new shops to keep me occupied.

So what have I been up to while I have been in the social networking dark ages? I have been to a beautiful wedding (where I did the make-up), I have tried many products from a few Glossyboxes, I have received some amazing headbands, and spent a good amount of time thinking about a make-up station for my spare room (that is still a work in progress).

So what shall I begin with? Well lets stick with the title and go with the July 2012 Glossybox.

I am still absolutely smitten with my Glossyboxes. I still get very excited when one arrives and I still think it's fantastic value for money. July's Glossybox actually has one specific hero product in it and that is the HD Brows Eye and Brow Palette which retails at £19.95. So that means if you had received this box for £12.95, you would have got a 20 quid brow palette and 4 other products to try! Wowsers is all I can say to that.

HD Brows Eye and Brow Palette.

You must have an inkling by now that I am a little bit in love with this product. This is a brow compact that comes with 4 brow shades and a mini brush. The colours in this palette are so diverse that they suit most brow shades (a make-up artists dream!), and they are really smooth to work with. However, the brush I am not so keen on. It works ok but it's not a patch my MAC 266 brush. So is this product worth it's £19.95 price tag? Hell Yes!

Elizabeth Arden: Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion SPF15.

I am already a fan of Elizabeth Arden products having used a few of their moisturisers in the past. So I was very happy to find another of their moisturisers in my Glossybox. I actually received a small tube of this and a sachet, which has lasted me about 5 days so far. I have to admit that the first time I tried this moisturiser I thought it left my skin feeling a little sticky. But I persevered and now it think it is quite lovely. It is really moisturising but not like an oil slick, and leaves my skin feeling plumped. Would I buy it for a whopping £32.00? Erm...No. Not because this product isn't nice, just because it's not £32.00 worth of nice (in my opinion of course).

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics: Lip Frosting.

I'm sorry to say this but I really didn't like this product, not one iota. It smelt so sickly sweet I feel just the scent could make you teeth rot. The texture was a little gloopy and oily. And the colour (a normal shimmery pink) looked horrendous on my lips (and I have a lot of different lip colours in my personal make-up bag, some not too dissimilar to this). This product honestly made me feel like I was using some kind of child's make-up. It did not make me happy at all *sad face*.

Clynol Salon Exclusive: Enrich Colour Shampoo and Monu: Golden Glow.

Ok so there always has to be something that I haven't tried in my box but this time there are two things. The shampoo is something I would normally use (who doesn't use shampoo) and is actually being saved for my holidays. However the Monu fake tan is something that I will never use. I am just not a tan girl. I prefer to be pale and interesting (and I am too lazy to tan up lol).

So this box had 1 product I didn't like at all, 1 product that I am probably never going to use, and 1 product I wont be spending my hard earned cash on. But low and behold, after all that I still think Glossybox is amazing! Must be good ay?

If you fancy giving Glossybox a try click the link below to find out what all the fuss is about. 

See you soon.

Stacey x x