Monday, 11 December 2017

Advent calendar update!


I love Day 11 - it's called "Alexandrite"!
Yeah, time is flying past at the moment... Even forgotten to do any posts in December so far. BUT I got myself an advent calendar from H&M, and it's so far pretty damn awesome!

Today I opened the little door and was like "*%$# it!! I should have done my nails today, not yesterday!!" because today's colour is an absolute stunner! I've completely forgotten to do my NOTD's from this calendar (ooops) but you can see today's one in the background, it's H&M "Spiced Plum".

So far in this calendar there is only one real dud apart from the nudes, I'm over my nudes phase. Don't get me wrong the nudes are all great if you like a nude colour, they are butter smooth and opaque, but I'm needing a bit more colour in my life than nudes.

Thinking Day 2, 6 and 11 are my favourites so far!
All the colours I've swatched so far are great in two coats (apart from Day 7's glitter one which is crap but maybe it's supposed to be a top coat?..). The formula is all I'd expect from the new range of H&M's nail polishes (search my blog for H&M reviews) i.e. excellent! The only problem I have with this calendar is that I am too lazy to do a new NOTD every day to actually do it justice... I work for a living. Don't judge me!!

It was £35 quid. Considering each bottle is a small 4ml (half the size of the full size bottles) it's slightly pricey, but for me, it's really worth it for the variety and excitement. I am really loving this calendar, can't wait to open the rest of the doors!! 😎


Thursday, 2 November 2017

REVIEW: Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops

L: Liquid Fortune   R: At First Light

L: Liquid Fortune   R: At First Light

After waiting ages for drugstore brands to bring out clones of the hyped CoverFX liquid highlighters, two different brands release their versions almost at the same time! I haven't tried the Makeup Revolution one yet, as I've not seen it in my Superdrug but I might try those as well.

I got this Barry M offering as soon as I saw it in my local Boots! First I bought "At First Light" which is an icy pink champagne. I found this was far too starkly icy on me, so it's going over to my very pale friend. I then bough "Liquid Fortune" which is a bronzey gold. That one is perfect! It gives a really lit-from-within glow on me, and I am in love with it! I guess it's a bit in colour like my favourite highlighter which is the NYX Liquid Illuminator in 'Gleam'.

I did try a few ways of putting this on. First was just put a drop on the cheekbone and rub in. Not ideal, kind of became just a bit glittery? Then I just patted it on with my finger, which was OK. After that I tried dampening one the mini Beautyblenders (I bought these in a moment of madness) and dabbing on. And that is perfect! Of course, you could just use your usual Beautyblender as well. It gives a much more perfected result but you will use more product as some gets stuck in the sponge. And it's kind of a pain in the ass to clean out. But the mini ones I don't use for anything else (as they are useless for anything else) so I don't mind.

This is not as creamy and pigmented as the CoverFX highlighter, but it's a very nice product and about £25 cheaper! It retails for £6.99, which is very affordable. The shades do looks similar in the bottles, but they do go on rather differently as you will see in my swatches vs the bottle shot. So if you're looking for an affordable alternative to the CoverFX highlighters, definitely have a look at these!

Monday, 30 October 2017

REVIEW: The Ordinary Coverage Foundation


So I've moved house, and finally got to a point where I feel I have time to get back to blogging!! I had such a massive clear-out of products, both makeup and skin/body/hair care, that I feel I have almost started anew! :) Of course, my husband doesn't agree... 

So when this foundation was released back in the summer it had a massive waiting list, and I was waaaaaay down on that list! I had to wait a month or so before it actually came, but when it did I was super-excited to try it out.

The reviews for this particular offering varies. Some people seem to love it, others, not so much. I have now tried this when my skin is in various states over the last couple of months, and here is my verdict...

I like that it's;

  • very affordable
  • in a pump bottle
  • has good coverage

What I am not loving is that;

  • you can't go to a shop and try on shades unless you live in London
  • it clings to any tiny dry bits
  • you need to wear a primer or it won't last

I struggled to find a decent shade despite the shades being swatched on the website and other blogs. I have again chosen a shade which is just that bit too light for me (2.0N), as it gives me a rather pale face when I put it on. Choose carefully - I found it's really hard to gauge the actual colour from swatches I've seen!

I found that this is best put on with fingers, no brush or sponge. When applied with a sponge, I couldn't get an even coverage. When applied with a brush it settled in my pores. I think you need the warmth of fingers to work this into the skin.

In terms of finish, it is rather matte, more matte than I usually wear. Therefore it clings to dry spots, so you need to exfoliate and moisturise very well. I think this is one of those foundations which you will need to use a primer with, both to get a good base and to make it last. I used it with my Smashbox primer and it was better. But, I don't like using primer, as most of the make me break out (and I never break out). Wear time without primer was about 3hrs for me before it started to break up around the nose.

So for me, this is not something I will repurchase. I think on young, supple and maybe slightly oily skin this would be better. I don't fit in any of those categories anymore... In hindsight, even though I wanted the higher coverage, I should maybe have gone for the Serum Foundation instead. But for the price, £5.90, I'm glad I gave the Coverage one a try anyway! :)

The Ordinary have just announced their 'Watercolors' range of foundation, so I might have to try those as well, maybe I'll have more luck with those!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

REVIEW: Maybelline The Falsie Push Up Angel mascara


I am a sucker for new mascaras, but in the last couple of years I've not been getting caught out buying much new ones as I just can't seem to steer away from my holy grail mascara, Doll'd Up by Seventeen (from Boots).

But I'd heard promising things for this weird beauty, so when I saw it on offer for £6 a while back I decided maybe just give it a go.

The brush, or wand, is, eh, weird?.. I wasn't sure how I felt about it. It's one of those wands you will need to swap hand to use on each eye, or it doesn't work as it's supposed to do. When I first used this, the formula felt rather 'wet' and I did make some mess, but mostly because I wasn't sure how to handle the brush.

It did wear well and I didn't get any fall-out or smudging. But I didn't feel it did all the things my Doll'd Up mascara does. My lashes are not that thick, and this mascara did nothing for bulking them up. It also didn't really hold the curl all day. But it did lengthen the lashes quite significantly!

So I am not giving up my old mascara just yet but this was by no means a terrible mascara, it just isn't for me. If you already have rather full lashes, this would be great for you!

Monday, 11 September 2017

MANICURE MONDAY: H&M "Pinking Out Loud"



Autumn happened - wear pink jeans!

It's not secret I love the nail polishes from H&M but I am still aggrieved that they don't sell the line in the shops?? In Sweden they all pretty much carry all the bits in the H&M shops, and I bet it would fly off the shelves in the UK?

Today it's Monday, and it's the worst day of the week. And autumn happened when I was busy with other stuff like the house move. So I put this polish on, matched it with a pair of pink jeans from  George at Asda and off I went to work. And it was OK! :)

I did 2 coats here and used my combo of Zoya Anchor and Armor. It goes on super smooth and is fully opaque in 2 coats. I love H&M nail polish!!!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

NEW: Isadora Chrome Nails Powder


This is a very short post - we move house on Friday and there IS NO TIME!! So busy packing up it's unbelievable. But my Mum sent me a parcel which contained this - and I couldn't wait to try it!!

I didn't know what to expect so I checked out some YouTube videos. I used a pink polish from Isadora called 'Glassy Cerise' that I already had as I had seen a rose gold being made from a similar pink in the videos...

I will do a full tutorial and review once I've moved house! This little foray has convinced me all over again how much I love nails, can't wait to get moved already so I can get back into blogging :)

Monday, 14 August 2017

MANICURE MONDAY: Zoya "Cece"


In case you've been wondering where the manicures are, I have to confess I've not painted my nails for a while... I am moving house (it seems like I should say 'again' but it was actually 8 years ago!) so I've not had time to keep my hands lovely enough.

I decided I needed a manicure however for going back to work after my holiday today so here it is. This is an oldie but goody - Zoya does the most amazing textured nail polishes in their PixieDust range :)

This is 2 coats over Zoya Anchor base coat, but no top coat. I just love these polishes, but I think textured polishes are a love or hate thing for most nail polish lovers!

I am still in the midst of moving, but I promise that I will try and keep the blog more up to date like I did during the early part of the year!! The bonus is I have a reason to keep my nail polish with me until moving day as I can't put flammables in the storage unit we've hired.. ;)