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{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.

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{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.



{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



{September 4, 2012}   Holiday + Purchases = Happy Me

I had a great time on holiday in Spain. My purchases started in the airport on the way out.

I stayed away from the expensive stuff seeing as were on a budget and had a whole week ahead of us but could not resist these in Claire’s. Six mini bottles of glittery polish which cost £6 and the larger bottle on the end is an impulse buy, a UV glow top coat which cost £3. The glitter looks lovely on top of a matching polish and gave me something to do on the two hour flight.

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Right next to our resort (Santa Suzanna) was a large indoor shopping centre which housed a large variety of shops. Inside was a cute little cosmetics shop which stocked L’oreal and other drugstore brands but the prices were crazy high, I did spot this is the window for 4 euros and could not resist the packaging and bright colours. The swatches are just a couple of random colours.

Now that I had these polishes I needed remover, I did pack my twist and shout but it burst during the flight and leaked all over. I bought these in Lidl for one euro each, the packaging is cool, you simply put your cotton pad over the top and push down and just the right amount comes out, Im using less remover and less cotton as a result so win win, it also has a flowery scent mixed in with the remover odour. They probably have these in UK Lidl’s, Im not sure.

My last purchase is the best and I love love love my fella for buying this for me. I saw an item in the Ryanair catalogue on the outbound flight and  not-so-casually mentioned that I would like it, my brilliant man told me to buy it the night before our departure, I hardly slept that night with excitment. Reminded me of waiting for Santa. By the time we boarded the plane I was super tired but there was absolutley no way I was going to sleep in case I missed the duty free trolley. Anyway, the trolley came, after some confusion the assistant found my item and 36 euros lighter Im now the proud owner of ……

I spent the rest of the flight staring and smiling at my gift. I am having so much fun experimenting with the shades and I dont feel to bad about the price as it works out at like 3 euro per shadow, similar to drugstore brands. Only problem is I now want Naked 2. I wonder if Thomsons will have them on my next flight to Spain :)

Do you prefer Naked1 or Naked2 ?



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