You can probably guess from my title that I’m not happy with my box this month. The box was late and because I’ve waited in everday for the parcel since the 4th December I wasn’t in the bestest of moods to begin with, their customer services could do with a shake up too. There are still several unanswered posts about missing boxes on their customer forums from several days ago yet complaints through Facebook are answered within the hour. Not everyone is on Facebook, not everyone wants to be either.

SheSaidBeauty costs £9 a month plus £2.95 p+p, you fill out a profile on registration, in which you tell SheSaidBeauty the kind of products you are interested in and ones you are not. You also fill out information about your hair colour, skin tone etc.

I thought this was for the purpose of customising the box, but I’ve since learnt from a SheSaidBeauty employee they don’t use the profiles in that way, products are selected at random and the profiles are for market research to send subscribers offers etc, that explains the influx of emails I’ve had since joining. If I had known this on registration I would not have filled out the bloody survey.  It also explains why people with fair skin get dark fake tan samples.  You are meant to receieve 5 “deluxe” samples each month, Im not sure if “deluxe” refers to the brand or size but either way its a fail.

I have zero interest in skincare, I’m happy with what I use and if I mess about trying other stuff I usually break out. I joined primarily for make-up items ( the only category I checked as very interested in) and whilst I dont expect a box full of of make-up I do expect variety.  I have recieved 15 plus samples from my three boxes and out of these only two have been make-up items and the rest has been mostly skincare.

I caved and had a sneek peek at the products on offer and I was pretty excited as there was a couple of make-items and coloured contacts, I wrongly assumed that I’d get at least one in my box. From reading the reviews it seems that a lot of people who want skincare have gotten the cosmetics and vice versa.

I’ve rambled on enough, I am cancelling my subscription as out of my three boxes costing over £30 I’ve only had one product that I’ve actually used on a regular basis, whilst others may be happy with thier boxes, its just not for me and that £30 could have been well spent on products I actually want.  I may try another subscription service, Im still undecied. Sorry for the rant, here’s what I got in my box.

BaoBab Regenerating and Firming Body Oil. £35 for 100ml.This is a decent sample size of 30ml oil is something I very rarely use

Minvita BaoBab Regenerating and Firming Body Oil. £35 for 100ml.
This is a decent sample size of 30ml oil is something I very rarely use becaue I hate the feeling of it on my skin. For those who like this kind of thing its a decent enough amount of product to give a proper trial.


Dr Duve Skin Boosting Cream – £129 for 50ml
Dr Duve Anti Ageing and Firming Eye Cream – £115 for 30ml
These two tiny sachets make up two of my five items. If had that kind of money to spends on creams, there is no way I would do so based on using these two sachets. Its kind of an insult that these have counted as two products.

YaNa Kiss Savon Noir - £10 for 400gDont be fooled by the paper tied up with string, beyond that is a little clear tub, like the ones you get dips in from takeaways, I get bad reactions from soaps so avoid it, the smell of this is not to great either, my Daughter describes it as "rhubarb erupting from a volcano"

YaNa Kiss Savon Noir – £10 for 400g
Dont be fooled by the paper tied up with string, beyond that is a little clear tub, like the ones you get dips in from takeaways, I get bad reactions from soaps so avoid it, the smell of this is not to great either, my Daughter describes it as “rhubarb erupting from a volcano” There is no product information on the packaging so Im not sure what size this sample is, or what ingredients it has.


Technic Nail Polish – Tawny Port – £1.25 for 12ml
The last of my five items is a nail polish, its the only full sized product in the five items. I have nothing against the brand Technic and I already own several products from this brand including nail polish, but I have seen this particular polish on sale for 50p so I assumed it to be a dud. I gave it a quick swatch and once it was dried it chipped straight away, the colour is like dozens I have already so this will be going into my little sisters stocking.

Technic Nail Polish.  Chipping started a few mins after drying.

Technic Nail Polish.
Chipping started a few mins after drying.


Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Mask. Full Sized 15ml Sachet £1.50
Jing Whole Leaf Teabags £5.40 for 15 bags or £30 for 100
Because these are bonus items I don’t like to moan about them but to be honest, its freezing here in the UK and I wont be putting anything cooling on my face anytime soon. I’ll prob use this in the Spring when its a warmer climate, or pack for my Spanish holidays.
I have had green tea before and almost vomitted my lunch up so these will be passed on, if I can find someone who likes them.


{December 4, 2012}   November Purchases.

I’ve not divided this month’s purchases into weeks as there isn’t that much stuff, there was plenty I wanted but I have been good with controlling myself, how many shades of Blue polish can I need?  I have finished purchasing my polishes for my polish swap and cant’ wait for her to recieve them, hopefully she will get them before Christmas.

Sally Hansen Supershine Top Coat – £3 in The Factory Shop.

Rimmel Glam Eyes HD in Heart Of Gold – £2 for two – The Factory Shop.

Pink Tease Animal Nail Tips – £1 in The Factory Shop.

Royal Connections Make Up Brushes.
Blending Brush – 99p in Boyes.
Small Shadow Brush – 89p in Boyes.
Large Shadow Brush – 99p in Boyes.

NYC Kohl Brow Pencils in Black and Taupe – £1 for two in Poundland.

Brown Knitted Hair Band – £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colors – Bianca, Show Me The Way, Beautiful Girl and Fly Away – £1 each in Poundland.

Rimmel 60 Seconds in Portobello Pink, Shocker and Desert Beauty – £1 each in Poundland.

Make Up Academy Lipsticks – £2 (three for two) in Superdrug.

Rimmel Threesum Shadows – £1 in Poundland.
La Colours Shadow Palette – Carnival – £1 in Boyes.

Wild and Crazy Volumising Mascara in Black and Clear – £1 each in Poundland.

w7 Powder Blush – Walnut Glow – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Sculpt And Shape Lipstick – £1 in Poundland.

Essie - Nothing Else Metals and Penny Talk.2 for £5 in The Factory Shop.

Essie – Nothing Else Metals and Penny Talk.
2 for £5 in The Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Without a Stitch, Model Behaviour and Thinking about Blue - £1 each in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Without a Stitch, Model Behaviour and Thinking about Blue – £1 each in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dorien Grey, Casting Call and Teracotta, £1 each in Poundland

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dorien Grey, Casting Call and Teracotta, £1 each in Poundland

Sinful Colours - Big Daddy - £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colours – Big Daddy – £1 in Poundland.

Calvin Klien - Opus £2 in The Factory Shop

Calvin Klien – Opus
£2 in The Factory Shop

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipgloss - Juicy Peach.£1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipgloss – Juicy Peach.
£1 in Poundland.





I purchased the following magazines from my local newsagents, they both came with freebies, here’s what I think of them.
Marie Claire – £3.80
There is a choice of two free gifts with Decembers issue of Marie Claire, you can either have a sample sized Jemma Kidd Face Primer or a full sized Jemma Kidd mascara, I spotted one magazine amongst the shelves with both products in so I quickly grabbed it. I’ve not really heard much about the Jemma Kidd brand but a quick mooch online showed that her products are pricey so I had high hopes for these freebies.
The primer is a thickish clear gel formula with a strong floral odour, I put a very thin layer on my mush and instantly felt uncomfortable, although it was dry my face felt sticky and tight. This claims to lift your face so that may explain the tightness all though I didnt see any visible results. I hate sticky hands and now I know I hate a sticky face and removed this straight away. I’ll be passing this along to a friend
The Mascara is black and comes with a big chunky bristles wand, which I found awkward to use. I had difficulty getting the brush to coat my inner and outer corner lashes and ended up with product on my face.
As far as appearence  goes it was just bog standard, nothing special but also nothing bad. It does not say anywhere on the packaging that its waterproof but I had a hell of a time removing and I still had traces on my lover lash line (where I didnt apply it) the next morning. It sort of comes of in smudgy clumps. Not worth the effort for an average performing mascara, this will also be passed on to a mate.
Cosmopolitan – £3.60
This months Cosmo comes free with a full sized 100ml V05 Smoothly Does It hair product. which is designed to prevent frizz when using hair straighteners. I’ve not used this yet as I am cutting back my use of my GHD’s  but the texture feels silky soft and it smells absolutley gorgeous. I’m looking forward to trying this out. I’m not sure of the official retail price but I saw it in Boyes today for £4.50.
Also within the pages is a sachet sample for Nivea Express Hydration Primer and samples of Rimmel’s new match perfect foundation in six shades, I love how Rimmel have done this,  usually samples like this are all supplied in one shade and they are always too dark for me so I don’t never go on to purchase but with this I can match the shade and will be more likely to purchase it.

{November 6, 2012}   October Purchases.

Purchases Made During October.

I’m hoping to not spend as much this month as I did in September, however its my birthday on the 8th and I now have my heart set on the Urban Decay smoked palette.  I’d like to be able to add up the total and not feel guilty but I know it wont be happening.

Week 1 (1st – 7th October)

Nail Art Striping Tape – £1.95 for ten different coloured rolls from Ebay – Free Postage

Nail Art 3d Stickers – £2.43 for 15 assorted sheets from Ebay – Free Postage.

No7 Ultimate Nail Kit – £3.50 + £3 P&P from Ebay

Nail Art 5x double ended dotting pens – £2.65 from Ebay. Free Postage

Urban Decay Naked 2 – £21 from Ebay Auction – Original reciept supplied.

Attitude Professional Grade Matte Top Coat- £4.25 from Ebay.

She Said Beauty Box – £11.95

Rimmel lasting Finish – Misty Jade – £1.99 in local chemists.

Rimmel Matte Finish Top Coat – Reduced to £1.14 in Tesco

Loccitane Rose Petal Hand Cream – Free with Marie Claire – £3.70

Benetint Sample – Free with instyle magazine – Special price £2.50 in Tesco

Revlon – Gold Coin – £1.50 in The Original Factory Shop

Essie – Mod Squad – £2.99 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Purple Pulse – £1.99 in local Chemists

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Double Decker Red – £1.99 in local Chemists.
Been after this for a while so was happy to see it reduced :)

Week 2 8th – 14th oct.

Double Lash – £10 on flight to Palma.

Wynie Blushes – 1 euro each in Majorca

Compact mirror – 4 euros in Majorca.

Liz Earl Cleans and Polish – Free with Red Magazine at Newcastle Airport – approx £4

Easy Paris Blue Glitter Top Coat – 2 Euros
Easy Paris Pink Hearts Top Coat – 2 Euros.
From Majorca

Yes Love Blue Glow In The Dark Polish – 2 Euros in Majorca.

Week 3 15th – 21st

Set Of 12 Stamping Plates and Five Dotting Pens – $12 from BornPretty website.

Missguided Lipsplash Lipgloss – Peace – Free with Cosmopolitan – £3.50

Rimmel Lipstick – Nude Bronze – £1 in The Factory Shop.

Week 4   22nd –  28th

Left To Right
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Silver Bullet – 89p-Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Coral Crush – 89p – Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Star Kissed – 89p – Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Instyle Coral – 89p- Boyes
Sinful Colours – Aqua – £1 in Poundland.
Colortrend Glitters – £1.99 – Avon Brochure.

2True Rose Lip and Cheek Stain – £1.99 – Superdrug.

Make Up Academy Blush With Free Gloss Tube – £1 – Superdrug.

Lord And Berry Soft Shine Lipstick – Black Cherry – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipsticks – Garnet,Plum Rose and Black Cherries – £1 each in Poundland.

Nail Art Brushes set of 12 – £2 – Ebay.

Sally Hansen Invisible Lip Liner – £2 – Ebay.

Colortrend Lipsticks – Glisten and Gleam – £1.99 each in Avon.

{October 28, 2012}   Whats In My Make Up Bag?

I meant to post this before I left for our honeymoon/holiday in Majorca but time was short and I never got round to it, and then I just found it in my list,,,, ooopps.

I learned from my August trip to Spain to pack light with my cosmetics as I didnt use half of what I took with me on my last trip and I can proudly say I used every single item I took with me. For anyone who is interested here is the contents of my Holiday Make Up Bag.

Here is the bag I have to fit my products in.

The bag itself I picked up in a charity shop for a measly 50 pence and I fall a bit more in love with it everytime I look at it. Its both very practical and pretty. I love the gothic pattern and cant quite believe I got it so cheaply. Its these kind of bargains which keep me visiting charity shops. If Mary Poppins had a make up bag it would be this one, its impossible to fill.


Two pairs of eyelash curlers. (In case one broke)
Scarlett and Crimson Brush Set.
A mixture of five other eyeshadow and blush brushes.

Declor Day Face Cream
Avon Renew Night Cream
Avon Renew – Day and Night Eye Cream
l’occitane Floral hand Cream
Herbacin Hand Cream
Vital Radiance Eye Primer.
w7 Magic Eyes Primer.
Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer.
w7 photoready primer
2true Concealer.
NO7 Radience Concealer.
Stila Tinted Moisturiser.
Boots 17 bb Cream
L’oreal True Match Powder

Make Up Academy – ShimmerKisses Blush
W7 Matte Finish Blush – Duchess

LA Colours Eye Palette
NO7 Amazing Eyes Pencil – Brown
Avon Extra Lasting Eyeliner Pen – Black
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner – Black
Avon Brow Styler – Slate
NO7 Fanomenal Mascara Black
Revlon 3d Mascara – Black
Avon Supermagnify Mascara – Black
Scarlette and Crimson Brow Gel and Clear Mascara.

Urban Decay Naked 2 – I am so in love with this palette and pleased it arrived before I left..

Benefit – Benetint.
NO7 Moisturising Liplicious Balm – Sweet Peaches
Sally Hansen Ultra Soothing Lip Tint – Cranberry.
2true Lip Colour Sealer
Avon Colortrend Lipstick – Flirt.
UrbanDecay Lip Junkie Gloss – Naked.
Nivea Beaut Lipstick – Smoothie
Nivea Beaut Lipstick – Satinette
Nivea Beaut Lipstick -Terra

{October 19, 2012}   Lots of Rimmel Freebies.

Today has been a great day which has got me believing in fate. I made a random visit to my local chemist today it was chaos, lots of new deliveries and orders had arrived so there were boxes everywhere, I was about to have a rummage in the bargain box when the lady behind the counter handed me a paper bag and asked if I wanted the contents as they were just about to be thrown into the bin, I quickly peeked inside and my eyes must have lit up, I gushed lots and lots and lots of thank yous and practically skipped out of the shop feeling very happy.

Inside the bag was a large amount of unused Rimmel testers, I’m so glad I made the visit to the chemists at the time I did, a few minutes later and these gems would have been in the bin. Here is what I got.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in shades 100, 103 and 201


Rimmel Blushers in shades Smoked Oyster and Pink Rose.
Also not pictured is a rimmel bronzing powder in shade light matte


Full sized Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in shades
Snog (I got two)
No Regrets ( I already own and love)
Pin Up
Her Majesty.


Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses lipstain and balm in shade Perpetual Plum


Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks in shades
True vintage
Fudge Brownie.
Pink Blush
Nude Pink
Sweetie (I’ve been considering buying this one)
Burning Desire
Starry Eyed ( I got two)


Rimmel is one of my favourite brands and I love every single shade that was in the bag. I still cant believe that I got these for free. The items that I already own or have two of I have given to my mates. Other than the foundations and lipsticks the products are full sized. I’m so so happy. What is the best freebie you have gotten?





{September 28, 2012}   September Haul.

September Purchases.

I thought rather than a do a lot of little posts with the items I have purchased I will do one big post at the end of the month, I will also be doing the same with my empties and favourites. I did intend to add the total value up but Im actually a little scared to, all the little bits here and there add up!! So here is my September Haul. Have you tried any of these products and what did you think?

Make Up Academy – Shimmer Kisses – Pink Shimmer Blush and Highlighter – £3 in Superdrug.
All gorgeous shades – look out for review soon…

Sinful Colors Lipgloss – Caramel Melt – £1 in Poundland.
I have a few of these in other shades and they are all good.

Sinful Colours – Paris – £1 in Poundland.
I have looked at this several times and finally bought it as it was the last one.

Rimmel Single Shadow – Spiced Bronze – reduced to £1.12 in Tesco

Technic Nail Art Polish – £1.49 for three in Boyes.

Technic Glitters – Bonanza – 89 pence in Boyes

Colour Eye Palette – 24 Shades – Reduced to £1 in The Original Factory Shop as Damaged. Only few slight marks and easy to pop out pans to put in my Mangnetic Palette,

Olay in Shower Body Lotion. £1 in Poundland.
You rub this all over your body whilst in shower then wash away. Leaves my skin soft and smelling gorgeous. Since taking the photo I have purchased two more as this one ran out.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Natural Blends Lip Shimmer – £1 each – Original Factory Shop.
I already have two of these which I love, I picked these up in shades cocoa and frosty and both are lovely.Colour not true to the cap shade but I dont mind. Heavily pigmented and long lasting. I’ll definatley be buying more shades if I come across them.

Innovative Nail Polish Remover Pads – 49p – Boyes. Purchased in my pursuit of remover pads that actually remove polish. These do the job, although you have to apply quite a bit of pressure and one pad removes one nails polish. They leave a greasy after-feel but smell lovely and citrusy. I’ll be repurchasing to take on holiday.

2true – 3 in 1 Concealer, Lip and Cheek Stain, Lip colour Sealer and Nail Polsih Shade 26 – three items for £4.99 and free nail polish in Superdrug.

Lynx – Limited Edition Attract For Her – two for £5 in Asda.
I usually love the smell of my fella after he has sprayed this and the females is version is lovely too – it just does not last very long so I’ll steal my boyfriends rather than repurchase.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Floral and Flirty Blush.
After finishing my travel sized Tropical version I purchased the travel sized Floral and Flirty version which cost me £1. I dont use it a lot so wasn’t interested in purchasing the larger size until I came across it for £2 in Asda. The smaller bottle will get used on my hols in afew weeks and the larger tin will last me for some time to come.

Avon Eye Lash Curlers – £1.50 in Brochure 14.
I have been after these for a while as the unique style appealed to be but I could not justify paying the usual £5 for a bit of plastic, however when they £1.50 I ordered two pairs.

Avon Revitacool Base Coat – £1.50 in brochure 14.
I didn’t own base coat at the time I ordered this and as it was so cheap I thought why not? It feels cold for teh first few seconds on application, a bit like running an ice cube over your finger tips.

Royal Cosmetic Connections – I’m Laquered – pack of 3 for £3 in The Original factory Shop.
I purchased these mainly for the pink one as its different to any glitter polishes I own and I think its very pretty, I will also use the blue on but Im not too sure about the gold..

Essie – Carry On – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Essie – Case Study – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Scarlett & Crimson Minicure Box – £2.99 in Boyes.

Scarlett Crimson Strokes Of Genius – £2.99 Boyes.
Great quality brushes – ideal for hols

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Deep Blue Sea – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Emerald City – £1 in Poundland

Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Essie Instant Dry Oil Protector and Essie’s Case Study – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Max Factor Nailfinity – Extra Glitter – £2 in the Original Factory Shop

Nivea Extreme Resist Mascara – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails – French Tip White – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansens Gel Cuticle Remover – £1.99 in B&M’s

L’oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara – £1.99 in Boyes

Sinful Colors – Mercury Rising – £2 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro – Midnight Blue – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Strengh Treatment – £1.99 in B&M’s

Essie – Navigate Her – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Nivea Summer Beauty Body Lotion – £1 in Poundland.
Has a bit of a peppery smell which makes me unsure about it.

Nivea Daily Essentials Face Wash – £1.50 in Asda.
Only purchased due to price – smells like hair remover and doesn’t really do anything, will not be repurchasing!!!

Maybelline Forever Strong – Nude Rose – £1 in the Original Factory Shop.

NYC Curling Mascara – £1 in Poundworld

NYC Thickening Mascara – £1 in Poundland.

Essie – Orange, Its Obvious – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Revlon Skin Matching Make Up – Light – £3 In the Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat – £3 in the Original Factory Shop.

Revlon Superlustrous Lipgloss – Pink Kisses – 50 pence in The Original Factory Shop

NYC Eyeshadow Quad – The Best Of Broadway – £1.50 in The Original factory Shop.

Sally hansen Extreme Wear – Time To Shine – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Salon – Too Much Fawn – £2 in The Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Twinkle Twinkle – £1 in Poundland

Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail Conditioning Hand Lotion – £1 in Poundland.

W7 High Moisture Lip Gloss – Mint Choc – £1 in The Factory Shop.
Chosen by my seven year old Daughter for us to share :)

Salon Express Stamping Kit – £11 from Ebay.

{September 27, 2012}   September Favourites/Reviews.

Hi everyone, just thought I would share with you some of the products I have been loving this month. All of these items are still available to purchase at the outlets I have mentioned.

Essie –  Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 in The original Factory Shop (They also have a two for £5 offer)

Being a polish novice I knew  knew nothing of the Essie brand at the time I purchased this and only did so because the one I had ordered from the Avon was running late. The fact that this one claimed to fill ridges impressed me. The base coat is a neutral beige colour which drys to invisible with one coat or just a hint of colour on the second coat, the brush is a little thin and it takes three stokes to cover my nails evenly. I find the brush picks up to much product which initially made it difficult to work with but once you get the hang of it its great. What has really impressed me about this product is its drying time, it takes seconds. I have been using this everyday and my Avon one is sat on the shelf neglected, I can see it emptying so I will be repurchasing soon in case I cant find it when it runs out.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

I love the Sinful Colors polishes and have collected about half a dozen, so far I have only worn about four but I have been dissappointed with how quickly they chip. Its shouldn’t be a big issue as I usually change my polish everyday but these didn’t even make it to lucnhtime and I’m not partuclary heavy handed with my nails. I absolutley love they shades they put out though so I thought I would try some kind of top coat to see if that helps them last any longer, I popped to The Factory Shop (Its a curse having that bloody thing so close) and saw this Sally Hansen product. Along with the claims of providing shine it also claimed to be chip resistant and I usually like the range and this did not dissappoint. Prior to purchasing this I used to apply a clear varnish and it seemed to take forever to dry. This dries to touchable quality very quickly and I have found myself reaching for it almost every time I do my nails. You can apply this to wet or dry polish and also to an old manicure to freshen it up. the only thing I really do not like is the opaque bottle, I like to see how much product I have left and you cant do that with this. I will repurchase if its still in stock when I run out.

Urban Decay – Naked – 36 Euros at Duty Free.

I never understood the fuss about the Urban Decay Palettes, after all eyeshadow is eyeshadow right? My fiance bought me this on our return flight from Spain in August, there is something about foreign currency that does not feel like real money if that makes sense, anyway this product is amazing, you can create so many different looks from ranging from natural daytime to sexy smokey and when you divide 36 by 12 (the amount of shadows in the palette) it works out at great value, three euros per shadow. I pay more than that for some drugstore products. The shadows apply and feel like silk and Ive not had any trouble with fallout from the darker shades like a lot of reviewers have. the lasting quality is second to none, my eyes look like they have just been made up after twelve hours wear. The primer that comes with is not much cop in my opinion, I wore my shadows without it and it didnt make any difference, I do like the brush that is supplied and Im keen to try more brushes from the Urban Decay range. Its highly unlikely that I will ever use all the shadows up but if I did I would repurchase in heartbeat. Im already considering Naked 2 and I hope I get lucky and see it at the duty free when I return to Spain in a few weeks.

 17 BB Balm – £6.99 – Boots

My initail review on this product didn’t paint it in a good light but I did say I would stick with it as the packaging promised better skin in four weeks.  I am prone to redness on my face and I am now noticing that its not as visible and my skin tone is much much more even. All I need to use now is a light coverage foundation or tinted moisturiser and its enough to hide the tiny bit of redness that is left. Sadly my pores have not reduced in appearence but I am more than happy with the results I have had. I have used this almost daily since I purchased and I still have well over half a tube left. This is something that is a certain repurchase.

Avon Eyelash Curlers – £1.50 Brochure 14 (usually £5)

I have  had my eyes on these since I started getting the Avon brochures a few months ago but I could not justify spending £5 on a peice of plastic. In the last brochure they were on offer at £1.50 per set so I ordered two. I love the shape of these and they are much more easier to use than the metal variety,  the design of these enable you to get right at the root of your lashes without nipping your skin, ( something which always happened to me) they give a good natural curl that lasts, my only bug is that the curlers touch your lids so Id reccomend curling before you apply any other eye make-up. There is a spare pad included in the handle so one set should last a long time, I’m glad I bought two and would be happy to pay £5 in future.

GHD Hair Straighteners.  Available from £99 and from various outlets.

I have had these straighteners for over three years now and my love affair with them is still going strong. The model I have is the IV styler which is the medium sized plate, I have thin hair and these work really well on me, if you have short hair then the smaller model would be best for you and if you have thick hair then the wider model would be best suited to your hair.

Before I bought these, I struggled and struggled with various cheaper brands, which would drag through my hair and were not really enjoyable to use, they would also take forever to heat up. The GHD’s Heat up in 11 seconds, there is no heat adjustment but this has never been a problem for me, the irons glide through my hair with ease leaving it looking straight and silky, the whole process takes less than 15 minutes. My style would hold until I needed to wash ( longest has been 3 days) without needing to redo, even after sleeping.  Its possible to create curls and waves but its not something I have yet managed to do. I use a heat protecting spray and maybe a little hairspray after styling and thats it as I dont like to overload my hair product as it becomes greasy. If you decide to purchase a set of these please please make sure you do so froma licensed seller as there are so many unsafe fake copies flying around out there. Its easy to do you simply visit the GHD website and type in your postcode etc and they will give you a list of official sellers. If you buy from ebay ask the seller for authenication number and check on GHDs website who will tell you if it is a genuine pair.

Before I prattle on about the gloss I just want to show you the pack of lighters I picked up in Poundworld. Pack of 4 refillable for £1. I think they are so cute.


Nivea Gloss wonder Balm – £1 each in Poundworld.

Use within 12 months.

 I have had these for a while now, however I checked in my local store yesterday and they still have a large amount in stock. I saw six shades to choose from – Mango – Cherry – Berry – Bellini – Rose and Clear. I bought a tube of all except the clear one as I already have too many clear glosses. From the details on the front each gloss has a spf of 15 and also contains Argon Oil, Mango Butter and Cacao Butter, to be honest I have no idea what any of these are but they sound good. Each tube has a generous 14ml amount of product contained in a squeezable tube, and are able to stand alone on the lid which I like as, should I ever reach the end of a tube I’ll be able to use the full amount.

 The applicator consists of a hard piece of plastic which is slanted and has a good sized hole to dispense the product from when the tube is squeezed.

Pretty straight forward right? Sadly, no. its actually pretty difficult to squeeze the right amount of gloss out, it may just be me but every time I have used these I have squeezed way too much product out, this may be down to the fact that they are pretty new so pretty full, time will tell.

Left To Right – Mango-Cherry-Berry-Bellini-Rose

The formula is quite heavy and thick, you can definatley feel that you are wearing gloss with these, they also have a greasy/oily feel to them which lasts long after the gloss has gone, I assumed that these would taste and smell of their names and I was slightly saddened to find they are unscented and unflavoured. the little girl in me loves a nice smelling tasted gloss. Each shade , with the exeption of Mango, looks highly pigmented in the tube and also when swatched on my arm, so I was looking forward to trying these out as I really liked every shade, especially the cherry one.

To give you another view of the colours I swatched on my lips, this is not something I feel comfortable doing as I contracted Bells Palsy when I was a teenager and although I got %90 better it shows up really really badly in photographs, you will never see a photo of me smiling, I was badly teased at school about it and am very conscious having photos taken of myself, hence why I crop out my lips or eyes as I really do not photograph well. I really mean it when I tell photographers to get my good side :) If you would like to know anything about the condition dont hesitate to ask.

Anyway here is what all the shades look like on the lips, I was dissappointed that the pay off was not as strong as the arm swatches and as you can see, with the excpetion of cherry, they all look pretty similar in colour.






Out of the five I prefer Cherry and Rose, what do you think? I wouldn’t repurchase these as they are too thick for my liking, but they lasted a good few hours and due to the spf they served me well on holiday, they were ideal to throw in a beach bag and if they got lost it didnt matter as they were so cheap.

{September 14, 2012}   Leibster Thingy – Ma- Jig

I used to love getting chain letters when I was a little girl so when Pixie Dust And Fairytakes put me forward to this I was pretty chuffed. What a great way to ramble on about myself with a valid reason. I can’t do linky things so Im just gonna copy and paste the rules etc from Pixie’s blog. :)

The rules are:

1) Post eleven facts about yourself

2) Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated

3) Choose eleven people to give this award to (with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post

4) Go to their page and tell them

5) Remember, no tag backs

Eleven Random Interesting Facts About Me.

1. I cant drive and don’t think I ever will as I’m too nervous on the roads.

2. I do not like snow, ice or cold weather.

3. I love being right.

4. I hate being wrong.

5. I try not to take the good thing sin my life for granted.

6. I secretly watch children’s tv when I’m home alone.

7.  I’m not a fan of dogs, especially big scarey ones.

8.  I love to crochet and make lovely warm blankets and amigurumi.

9. I love a tidy house but hate housework.

10. I dont like confrontation and avoid wherever possible.

11. I love Family Guy and watch the box sets over and over.

Now the answers to Pixies eleven questions.

1. How long have you been blogging? And what made you start?

My blog post was made on 14th August 2012 so compared to many other blogs mine is still a baby. I decided to make a blog as I am sure that I drive the people around me potty with my chatter about make-up and nail varnish.

2.What is the main focus of your blog? (e.g. nails, make up, reviews?)

I’m still trying to find a direction for my blog, I am like a magpie and while my current passion is beauty next month it could be trainspotting so for the moment I’m enjoying reading and learning and experimenting with my make-up.

3. How often, on average, do you think “Hmmm…I could blog that!”?

I look at my collection of cosmetics almost everyday and think I must blog about that. Then I think about taking photos etc and before I know it the day has gone and I have done nothing.

4. Have you mentioned your blogging to friends and family or do you prefer to keep it private?

The only person who knows about my blogging is my fiance and I plan to keep it that way., as I may want to rant about my family in the future (I can almost guarentee this) and would feel censoured if I knew they were reading.

5. What do you look for when reading a new blog? Numbers of followers? Quality of photos?

I look for things I can relate to so at the moment I follow a lot of beauty blogs. I dont care about followers or photos, its the content that keeps me interested. I try to leave comments wherever possible as it shows I have actually read the post and not just clicked like for the sake of it.  Photos are great but if the content is good then they dont matter.

6. How do you take the best photos for your blog?

I use my Nokia N8 mobile phone to take my pictures. It has a 12 megapixel camera which does a good  job. I dont even own a camera as I gave it away. I have had this phone for almost two years and my fiance paid £300 + for it, he is so good to me.

7. What’s your best beauty bargain?

Without a doubt it has to be my Stila tinted mousturiser (£1 in poundland) and my Stila It Gloss (25p in Factory Shop) I use both of these a lot.

8. What are some of your holy grail products?

I love love love my GHD hair straightners. I have had mine for over three years now and they are still as good as when I first bought them, if these ever conked I would only ever buy GHD again.

9. How long does it take you to get ready for an average day?

This varies from day to day it can be anywhere from ten mins up to an hour, but typically I get up and put on moisturiser, while that is sinking in I get my Daughter ready for school, before I leave house I’ll apply either BB balm or tinted moisturiser, then when I come home I’ll potter about applying bits more as I go. I paint my nails on an evening while watching tv and I also straighten my hair on a night to save time in the morning. Im lucky that it stays straight during the night and still looks good when I get up. I like to expreiment with colours before I remove my make up.

10. Do you tone down your make-up look for work?

I tend to go for a neutral/natural look anyway and more dramtic looks for a night out so this is not a problem for me.

11. If you could only wear one nail varnish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This is sooo hard to choose, I owuld have to say a french manicure as its suitable for all occasion and always look great and goes with anything.

My eleven questions for you guys are

1. Do you read the blogs that you follow on a regular basis?

2. What is your greatest achievments on any Angry Birds game.

3. Which celebrities style/personality do you most admire?

4. At what age did you start wearing cosmetics and why?

5. Have you or would you consider having plastic surgery ?

6. Which cosmetic items would you never reccomend?

7. Do you like to shop with your friends or solo?

8. If a friend really loved something that made her look awful would you tell her?

9.What is the most expensive item you have bought? (can be anything)

10. Handmade gifts – thoughtful and chic or cheap and taccy?

11. Favourite book and why?

I would like to tag – http://whatthenail.wordpress.com  http://sparklegirlslife.wordpress.com   

http://majormakeupmadness123.wordpress.com   http://alicelouiseswonderland.wordpress.com

http://lifeofbun.wordpress.com  http://kjyummy.wordpress.com/ becausemollysaidso.wordpress.com

http://beautifulkayekie.wordpress.com   http://rookienails.wordpress.com http://themillipedeofhappiness.wordpress.com

et cetera