Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Vintage Escape Fall Eye Shadow Palette - Cargo Cosmetics

Don't get me wrong. I love Urban Decay makeup, especially their Heavy Metal glitter eyeliners and Naked palettes. However, to change things up a bit let me introduce you to this little beauty.

This stunning eyeshadow palette is by Cargo Cosmetics and it's called the Vintage Escape Fall Eye Shadow Palette. 

This palette contains 12 neutrals and a dual ended brush with a shader and slanted liner.
The colours are gorgeous and highly pigmented. On the top row, from left to right, we have Harvest Moon, Cuddle, Frolic, Cinnamon, Twigs, Black Crow.

On the bottom row we have Crisp, HotCocoa, Autumn, Withered Leaves, Rustic and Chestnut.
The colours apply evenly and smoothly across the lid with little fallout and the colours blended easily. 
I got my palette at duty free but if you bought it from Debenhams it would cost £35.

What do you think of this palette?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Cheers to You Konad

It has been a long time since I did any form of nail art. Partly because I relapsed into my old nail biting habit. Now I have finally grown them back to an acceptable length. They aren't super long, but because my day job involves typing on a computer (I am a newspaper journalist by the way) they can't be too long.

Since having moved house in May my nail polish collection was unloved. I have now reorganised them, ideally I would like to buy some wall racks for them, but that isn't high on my house to do list right now.

For my nail art come back I used China Glaze's Cheers to You and stamped with Konad Special Polish in black. To finish I used Seche Vite fast dry top coat.

Cheers to You is from China Glaze's 2010 winter/Christmas collection which was called Tis the Season to be Naughty and Nice. This polish is a standard silver foil polish, pretty but not unique, there are a lot of other high street brands which carry a shade similar.

I find when stamping with Konad's black SP you need a light base for the print to show up. Seche Vite's fast dry top coat is also perfect for stamping because the polish doesn't smudge the design.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Making light of mental illness?

I have never written a post like this before. For me, blogging is my own little piece on the internet where I can write about all things pretty and girlie. It is a way for me to relax and have some me time.

However, sometimes among the posts of makeup, food and fashion, an article appears which makes me think twice. I hope this post will do the same for some of you. 

I enjoy reading Sunday supplements, I have always liked the YOU magazine in the Mail on Sunday. However, one of their recent issues troubled me.

American star Demi Lovato spoke openly about her battle with depression and mental illness in one of YOU magazine's July issues. There was at least a four-page spread on the starlet documenting her troubles which started at a young age. Sometimes it is hard to believe Demi is still only 21. 

Her father, Patrick Lovato, died of cancer last year. Patrick also struggled with mental health issues. 

Then a few pages along in the magazine this style article was printed.

Now, don't get me wrong, I am not bashing the journalist, or her writing. I know the journalist wouldn't had created her column name or headline. That would have been down to the YOU subbing team.

With that in mind, I find the two articles sitting so close together makes me feel uncomfortable. Here we have a feature about how mental illness can destroy a person then flick forward a few pages and we have a feature called Confessions of a Style Schizophrenic. Seems a little thoughtless, no?

Sorry YOU magazine, this was an ill-thought out edition and I doubt I would be the only person this would have touched a nerve with. 

Did you see this? Even if you didn't, what do you think? Harmless and shouldn't be taken too seriously, or was there a lack of judgement in this issue?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Forever Living goodies

I have to admit I am terrible at using body lotions. People who use it religiously after every bath and shower - how do you manage it?
I enjoy using it, when I remember! 

Anna Terry is a seller of goodies from Forever Living which is a specialist brand containing aloe vera. She kindly sent me a few sample sachets to try out.

I tried the Aloe Moisturizing Lotion, the Aloe Heat Lotion, the Aloe Vera Gelly and the Aloe Proplis Creme. 

This is what the moisturizing lotion and aloe vera gelly products look like full size.

The Aloe Moisturizing Lotion was a pleasure to use, it applied smoothly and sunk into my skin easily. It wasn't sticky which  was a bonus as I find some aloe vera products can leave a bit of a residue on my skin. I also liked the way this lotion smelled. It had a light, fresh smell which reminded me of talcum powder.

The Aloe Vera Gelly lotion was one of my favs from the batch. The clear gel was thicker than the lotion was, however, it left my skin silky smooth without that sticky feeling. 

Since we have had some brilliant sunshine here in the UK I used the aloe vera gel on by shoulders after they got a tad sunburned. The gel absorbed into my skin easily and helped calm the horrible burn.

Not only does the brand have body products, they also do aloe vera drinks, supplements and makeup. 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Sweet Shop Collection - Scented nail polish - new from Models Own

Models Own is hands down one of my best loved high street makeup brands. Their latest nail polish collection is just another reason why. 

The purse-friendly brand has released a new collection of nail polishes inspired by the sweets we loved during our childhoods.

The Sweet Shop collection is a scented nail polish collection which consists of Pear Drops, Fizzy Cola Bottles, Rhubarb and Custard, Liquorice Allsorts and Gumballs.

Pear Drops is a bright coral shade, Fizzy Cola Bottles is a neutral beige-brown, Rhubarb and Custard is a dark red shade, Liquorice Allsorts is a simple opaque black and Gumballs is a hot pink shade.

Once dry each polish smells like their names.

Each polish will cost £5 and the collection launches from the Models Own website on Friday, July 25.

Bottleshops in the UK will stock the new collection on Saturday, July 26 and Superdrug will sell them in stores across the country on July 30.

What do you think of this latest collection?

I love the look of the Gumballs polish!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Hair feeling dry and frazzled?

I am a fiend to my hair.

After years of drying, straightening, curling and dying it there was little wonder my poor locks were feeling unloved and frazzled.

I enjoy coming across new hair care products, especially ones which claim to smooth out dry and damaged hair.

Recently I have been enjoying using this shampoo and conditioner from Biotin & Collagen.

The company have launched their latest products, OGX Biotin and Collagen shampoo and conditioner which aims to make hair feel thicker and fuller.

Biotin & Collagen said: “A high performance blend of powerful ProVitamin B7 biotin infuses nutrients into every strand, while plumping collagen adds volume and dimension, and hydrolyzed wheat proteins strengthen, for thicker, fuller, healthier looking hair.”
After the first wash my hair was instantly softer and smooth and there weren't as many tangles which was an added bonus.
A little bit of the shampoo really goes a long way, the liquid lathers up well and washes clean away without leaving my hair heavy or weighed down.

OGX is paraben free and not tested on animals. This latest offering from the hair care brand can be found in Boots for £6.99.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

French Grey Interiors - Unique Jewellery

I hope everyone is having a good week and enjoying the sunshine when it comes through. I still don't have any internet at the new house, so I am grabbing opportunities to use mum's internet as and when I can to write and upload blog posts.

Hopefully I won't be waiting too much longer to get the internet, it is amazing how much I rely on it. 
Onto today's post though. 
I love stumbling across new and unique designers and businesses. The latest is French Grey Interiors. My sister-in-law gave me this gorgeous bracelet for my birthday last month and I have been wearing it non-stop. 

This pretty piece of wrist candy has turquoise and silver beads and a silver heart charm. The bracelet itself is stretchy, which I love. It is one of those dainty pieces which you can wear with anything.

French Grey Interiors also has a website which I have browsed through many times. Not only do they sell jewellery, but they also stock shabby chic goodies for your home.

The company have stores in Cirencester, Bath, Tetbury and Malmesbury.