Friday, 31 May 2013

Sprinkles Nail Inc of The Day

Happy Friday Chicas and Chicos, how we all doing? Deliriously happy that we managed to snatch a few hours of sunshine today? It does brighten everyones mood mind and I dare say it loosens every ones inhibitions... judging by some of the wedged up the ass shorts (ouch) I've seen strutting around the town today. (Probably the same 'type' who don the see through leggings and the bashed down uggs) EEEE anyway back to the BLURG...

Jesus I have digressing down to an art form, and procrastination but more about that laters :)

So its a Nails Of The Day and my chosen weapon of choice was Nail Inc and I have to say I've been super impressed at its staying power and its refusal to chip for 3 days despite me rolling my sleeves up and clearing out my house, my wardrobes and anywhere (everywhere) that has accumulated clutter... Them nails have been put through the mill in all honesty. 

 I went for Royal Botanical Gardens and Pudding Lane which is from the Sprinkles Collection. Now Royal Botanical Gardens has been catapulted up there with Baker Street in terms of polishes I love and go back to go. It's such a fresh clean shade and it attracted a shed loads of compliments to boot! Two coats give a completely opaque and glossy finish and it is so much brighter than the photos show.

Just to n-jazzle it up I slapped on a quick coat of Pudding Lane Sprinkles over three of the nails, the sprinkles are designed to look like something you'd see on top of cupcake, they are ultra teeny sequins and ever so easy to apply... paint on... add caviar top coat and we are good to go guys and dolls :)

Royal Botanical Gardens would be simply sexy gorgeousness with darker or tanned skin, I mean the colour would POP!!!! That said this colour does not discriminate, as you guys know I'm uber (like UBER) pale and  it really complimented that too. 

 This look certainly injects a bit of summer into any day, it would look UH-MEZZING on toes too. 

So that's all folks :) Has anyone else tried the sprinkles?  

Oh and its polish remover and foil over the nail jobby to remove as the sprinkles are from the glitter family which doesn't leave the nail without a fight :)

Would love to hear what you think, I read and reply to every single comment so be bold and leave one 


k xxxxx

Monday, 27 May 2013

Porcelain Face Of The Day

Happy Holiday Weekend Folks :) Hands up who got burnt yesterday? Don't even think about telling me if you went a golden shade of bronze as you'll turn my blue eyes a monstrous green! I didn't even get so much as a tan line to prove I'd been outside all day, I swear the sun actually bleaches me!!! I was definitely dealt the short straw when Melanin was being dished out like!

And as I'm the lilliest of whites I was in no way prepared for the tropical weather we stripped off to yesterday, so rather than getting messy and applying wash off tan frantically and basically having a 'right faff on' I decided to tap into my natural skin tone and WERK the porcelain! THINK VINTAGE... That was my creative inspiration anyway (that and having no inclination to waste time fakey tanning!)

So for my face of the day or FOTD (as it is affectionately known in blogland) I totally ditched the bronzer and the corals and thought I'd Gwen Stefani it instead.

And here is my little lot of magic pots...

So my ace of base was as ever pretty simple. Mally's Primer followed by Perricone No Foundation Foundation which leaves skin all light and fresh and glowy... Unfortunate as I am my skin ain't perfecto so a quick dab of Benefit Fake Up over pesky (time of the month!) blemishes and a quick dusting of Bare Minerals Mineral Veil to set it,  helped to create a flawless finish

In no particular order...  Mac Brush, Mally Eye Bright & Poreless Primer, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, Perricone No Foundation Foundation & Benefit Fake Up Concealer

Now I must tell you I'm a HD Brow girl... Always. Its a must for me. My next appointment is Wednesday and its a week longer than I'd like to wait but hey ho... So warning my brows aren't what they could and should be!!! Mally Eyebrow Pencil to the rescue though... the crayon end to draw, fill in and define, then sponge end to intensify colour. Its Holy Grail people... BELIEVE.

The last week this bad boy has allowed me to leave the house with head held high!!

Now that the brows are visible, it's a simple eyelash curl, nude pencil in the waterline and lashings of mascara job...  and done. Romeo done.

Mally Mascara & Brow Pencil, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Pencil in Nude. And lash curlers.

Lips were lined in Mac Liner in Cherry (not pictured as couldn't find it... was later recovered under the seat in my mam's car, no panic!) before drenching them in Rimmel Apocalips. Colour unknown as sticker has come off the bottom. HASHTAG PROFESSIONAL BLOGGER! (mega lolz!)

Flush of colour with Benefit Posie Tint then a beautiful blusher highlighter combo from The Body Shop. Of course (of course) Benefit High Beam to finish. Would be seriously rude not to.

Aaaand the finished product is.... 


All completed with a bit head scarf, some fred perry and some high waisted skinny jeans.

Should of done an outfit of the day too but as ever I was in a mad rush and didn't even have time to zip up me sandals :)

So what do we think?? For me this was a brave decision... I do love a spray tan and pinky coral shades!!

As ever love love love your comments and I read and reply to each and every single one


k xxxx

Friday, 24 May 2013

Baby Shades Jessica Nails Of The Day

Hello all :) What we like? Getting excited for the bank holiday weekend? I am! Even though I've no plans other than transforming my house into a something worthy of gracing the pages of beautiful homes magazine... I'm seeing clean lines, soft fabrics, a Moroccan vibe, vintage pieces...  That's the vision anyway!

Speaking of visions, when it comes to my nails I've been lacking in inspiration over last few days... even resorted to 'baring all' and just slicking on the nail envy! (SHOCK)  So today I thought enough is enough and thought I'll paint em purple. That didn't happen though, for some reason I was drawn to some pastel shades and I decided to pick a beaut baby pink and baby blue combo... Don't know why maybe I'm broody???

So pretty even if I say so myself

As i've banged on about mentioned before Leighton Denny and Nails Inc are where it's in terms of nail products for me (and i think our Leighton just edges it) but I do have plenty other brands in my stock, OPI, Essie and Barry M to name a few. Today though it was a Jessica Mani that I fancied...

L-R Shake It Strawberry & Barely Blueberry

 How lovely are these colours though? I stumbled upon them by accident really, I had charged into Fenwicks one day like a lady possessed in desperate search for OPI's Mod About You, that wasn't in stock (cue mini melt down) but I when I clapped eyes on Strawberry Shake It I thought it was a close enough match (PHEW)... It worked to pacify me anyway!

BUT of course I couldn't just pop that into my basket, oh dear god no, never buy just one of anything, always at least two (and emphasis on the 'at least' part!) So to prevent it from being lonely I paired it up with Barely Blueberry (and if my memory serves me, also some nail art pens and some benefit make-up... I was in Fenwicks though,  so what's a girl to do?).

Oh and of course I ordered OPI's Mod About You online later that day... And YES they are practically identical, as I already knew but once I set my mind on something I become obsessed and psychotic determined to make it happen... I lose the ability to apply logic to anything! I have insight though so it makes it ok! Doesn't it?

I really love this look, massive fan of opague varnishes and Jessica polish glides on so easily the smooth, glossy finish feels effortless. Also can't complain about the drying the time and only needed two coats for full coverage. And boy oh boy I can whinge so me being unable to complain is almost unheard of!! 

And because I had a spare five minutes and dotting tool to hand i added a few blue spots on my ring finger just to bring it all together :)


And Eeee just noticed my nails match my blog too, how's that for coordination??? Also please try and ignore my smudgy thumb... My 2 year old son Indie saw my nails and was like "oooh can I touch them Mammy?" ... Evidently we are still working on his understanding of the word NO! :)

My poor smudged thumb... Naughty Indie!
Do we like? What colours are you loving at the minute?
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k xxx

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Neon Nails Inc of The Day

Happy Sunday Folks! Everyone ok? I'm feeling a bit under the weather, not poorly enough to demand tea and sympathy all day but not chipper enough to motivate myself to get ready! That may come under LAZY in the dictionary... Not too sure!!!

Anyway had the house to myself this morning so spent it in bed, painting nails, electric blanket on, Gavin and Stacey on Netflix and surrounded by my curious cats (who incidentally got bored quickly and decided to cat nap!).. Bliss yes?

So today I've gone for PINK on my nails. Not that I'll be making any boys wink any time soon... that will take some work believe me!!! (Unless the unbrushed, unwashed look is catching on?)

Todays weapon of choice was Nails Inc in Notting Hill Gate, it's sold as a neon shade so I was psyched thinking I was in for the Baker Street of the pink world... 

Needed the flash to 'capture' the colour

Not quite the NEON I expected but still a striking colour
You can see the tips of my nails if you concentrate and squint :)
In all honesty it doesn't have the stand alone 'kick' that Baker Street has, I wouldn't describe it as neon pink that's for sure, more barbie bright! Plus I needed four coats to to achieve full coverage which is unusual for Nails Inc... 

With half an hour of 'me time' left and feeling like my nails needed more OOMPH! I decided to have play around and jazz the colour up... So I whipped on Nails Inc Electric Lane holographic top coat and striped on Essie's Matte About You over my remaining two fingers.

EEE the shame, got picture happy before I 'neatened up' my splodges! Damn disgrace!!

I adore the holographic top coat, it's not chunky bits of glitter, its a smooth polish full of itsy bitsy particles that catch and reflect the light. And it smells like glue! Don't know why that's a good thing but i distinctly remember thinking OOOH when I caught a whiff of it!! :)

And there's todays products... I'm liking but not loving this look my so my guess is that this evening will be spent catching up on Corrie (still surrounded by sleeping sleeping kitties!) and repainting my nails to something I'm actually 'feeling' !!

What do you think? Have you tried any of these products? Any ideas for my nails tonight??

Thanks for reading

k xxxxxx

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Haulin Over April

Alright Sugars?? Are we sweet? After a good few weeks of pure stress (major job interview)  which are hopefully behind me (nailed it... got the job!) I'm feeling better than I have done in a while, although I remain completely exhausted... don't think I appreciated how much effort goes into worrying about things beyond my control!

So between bouts of stress and screaming panic it would seem I didn't lose the ability to buy like no ones watching!!! Here a few bits and pieces (that I remembered or aren't still hidden!!) bought throughout the month of April!! Is it bad that I know there must be more... Somewhere...

Me April Babies

Ok so here goes kids...

I'm a nail junkie, I love my polishes and I gravitate towards Nails Inc and Leighton Denny every single time. I defy anyone to resist the charms of Leighton, his Leeds accent, his skill and just general loveliness... I actually set reminders on my phone when he's on QVC so that I don't miss him and his glamorous assistant Nina!!! I want to be his friend, I want to do shots with him!!!  Watch and you'll know exactly what I mean!

This is his Weekend Away Collection and I've been mostly wearing the Orange and the Light Blue.
L-R Breakfast in Bed, Get a Room, Do Not Disturb & Honeymoon Suite

Nails Inc is another weakness... This is the Sugar Rush Collection... How ssschweet? I've swatched all of these shades with the exception of the Emerald Nail Jewelry... Thinking its more Christmasy?? Although I could set off my distressed leather All Saints Gladiator Sandals with it... Now there's a thought!
L-R Piccadilly Arcade, Pudding Lane, Maida Vale, Notting Hill Gate, Haymarket &Wellington Square

The Nails Inc Nude Shimmer Collection... Haven't even tried any of these yet, might have an experiment tonight though. And I made the school boy error of buying same shade twice... spot the duplicate! AGAIN!!!
L-R Maida Vale, Lanesborough Place, Lowndes Square, Electric Lane, Chester Street & Marylebone
Nails Inc Caviar Base and Top Coat... heard great things so felt the need to jump on the band wagon... no complaints but the paint from the cap is peeling... not a good omen!!
Leighton Denny Miracle Drops, I go through so many of these and probably use way more than I'm supposed to but they are fabulous and make your nails touch dry within seconds! Ooh also bought some Leighton Crystal Nail Files but forgot to take their pic... amazing though, the only file I'll use!!
Miracle Drops almost empty... have the reserve drawer to raid though!

Now keeping with the QVC theme I recently bought/splurged on some Mally Products... This is another person who is on my I WANNA HANG OUT WITH YOU list (Hey here's a thought Kate... maybe get a life!!)  You can read my review on Mally's Lip Treatment HERE

I bought most of the stuff as a TSV (todays special value for you non-qvcers!) and have only really used the Mascara (HELLO HOLY GRAIL!) and the under eye brightener. Would have paid the TSV price for these alone. The primer I have already but I love a little reserve stock :)
Mally fan or what!!!

The Illuminating Body Shine is simply Glow in a handy lil stick... Apply/run over your skin for instant shimmer, it glistens on your skins and reflects the light. And lets be honest here, no matter what your skin tone, if you're planning on getting your pins out then them shins should shine. No question!!!

The Ultimate Performance Liquid Liner wins points for making me feel like a Bond Girl... Looks like a gun and in terms of wearability it is indeed BULLET PROOF! Seriously should be concealing this secret weapon in my hold ups or something!! Also you want cat eyes? Feline this like!
How cool is the liquid liner... seriously though?

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation...   At £44.50 I've bought cheaper foundations...
And I think I actually recoiled in horror at the sheer titchy size of the bottle!!! Practically threw myself on the floor!! Eventually I composed myself though and realised that sometimes it needs to be quality over quanity (was actually gritting teeth muttering this better be good!!) And now... I'm love with this product and you need only the tiniest amount... It honestly makes your skin look fresh, clear and plumped up... No caking or creasing or sitting in pores.
Believe me this photo is ZOOOMED IN! 

And what's a month without MAC??? I was so desperado for Betty Bright from the Archie's Girls Collection I bought it via ebay (brand new and boxed) and so pleased I did. Then our Rihanna gave us RiRiWoo so I obviously just had to get it and then I wanted another to qualify for free delivery. Couldn't decide between Morange or Impassioned so got both... DO YOU SEE HOW IT SPIRALS???
Ooh the excitement!!!
Lined up ready for some lippy action!
L-R Impassioned, Morange, RiriWoo, Betty Bright

I haven't even tried any except Betty bright... whats that about!!!

Benefit Fake Up Concealer...  I won't go into any great detail as every blogger and their beautilicous granny has reviewed these... I bought both light and dark shades as I use for days when I have time to contour and sculpt.
Benefit pull another blinder with the packaging

Benefit Sun Beam... Not used yet as I'm uber pale but going out at end of the month... getting a spray tan,  the works, so thinking it will be debuting then!!!
If you've got high beam and moon beam then surely the next sensible step is... SUN BEAM!

Real Techniques Make Up Brushes...   I'm clueless when it comes to brushes or any sort of technical application so imagine my surprise to find out that you don't use your fingers to apply foundation!! Since finding out i've been committing make-up's cardinal sin for the last 15 years I quickly got my act together and switched up to using brushes  when I have the time  all the time! Currently I use MAC brushes and if you ignore the hairs they kindly shed on your face then they are great... But Real Techniques are where its at (they reckon!) so I got the Core Collection and Stippling Brush... can't review as they are still in the packaging!!
They look the part don't they... tres prfoessional!

Are you still with me??? Thanks if so... I realise there has been mucho products!

Australian Body Care Tea Tree Oil Body Wash as recommended by Catrine who I see as my beauty guru (and she's a fellow QVC-er!) I bought a litre as I don't do things by halves... pleased i did and will most definitely be re-purchasing!! I have a houseful of boyos and they are all mucky pups!
Love this so much can't see it lasting too long!!
 Lush's Mask Of Magnaminty is the Dogs B's for attacking breakouts and you can see by the usage I've 'clearly' (i wish!) been experiencing more than my fair share of them! *SOBS*

Most used product of the month...

Blog sale goodies... Including a Chanel Lippy (worn on interview day) and a MAC Hello Kitty Blusher which reminds me of DollyMix, fabulous!
The Blusher is WAAAAY BRIGHTER in real life!

Soap and Glory goodies... body wash, body butter and foot cream... Summer body S.O.S or what!!!
Soap Glory... prep me up please!

And finally because I'm like a child.... A few little things bought from the Beauty Temple that is Asda... Yes I should of been food shopping  in the fruit and veg aisle but hey what's a little detour??? 
I have no explanation for these... I don't need nor particularly want this set... Blaming pre-interview panic nerves
Been after this Rimmel Eye Pencil for aaaaages... Always sold out in boots! Nude is the new white for the waterline doncha know ladies and gents!
I have no words!! pointless little balls that again will have limited use!!! Couldn't just buy one impulsively... oh no it had to be two!!!

I won't bother posting my Body Shop buys as I blogged about them last month... You can read that HERE

So April was a canny month... I'm about to decorate my house so I'm thinking beauty purchases in May will be more tame! She says....

Anything your loving??? Love reading all your comments and I reply to all :)