Monday, April 25, 2016

Spring Floral Mani (+ Tutorial)

Hi guys! I hope you are doing well. Today I want to share with you some really pretty nail art inspired by a tissue box I bought recently. I love when you can find inspiration even in the daftest home items! I decided to do a mini pictorial in case you'd like to recreate this design. I used 2 coats of Kester Black - Acid for the base colour, China Glaze - White on White for the rose base and Liquid Leather for the black fern design. I then used Kester Black - Forget Me Not and Prenup for the rose outlines. I hope you like this design and find some inspiration from it! Have a great week ahead.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

MAC - Please Me Lipstick + Extended Play Lash Mascara Review

Hi lovely people! I have two new MAC products to share with you that I recently picked up! The first being the Extended Play Lash Mascara in the shade Endlessly Black (RRP £15.00) and a Limited Edition packaged lipstick called Please Me which is a stunning muted-rosy-tinted pink matte shade (RRP £15.50). There is nothing negative I can say about these two products. MAC is always reliable and their quality never falters. The lipstick is super creamy and pigmented and the mascara is my new favourite everyday mascara for subtle, groomed lashes. It is definitely buildable for a more dramatic look too! Here's a look at some photos.

Without/With Extended Play Lash Mascara

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Jo Malone - Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

Hi guys! I hope you are all well. I can't wait for the weather to start warming up! This week has been absolutely beautiful here in London - blue skies 4 days in a row is rare! Today I want to share with you my current favourite (and potentially new all time favourite) fragrance by Jo Malone in the scent Wood Sage & Sea Salt (RRP £42 for 30ml, available online here). Thankfully I'm lucky enough to be able to get a few freebies at work every month and this was what I chose. This scent has top notes of Ambrette Seeds, Sea Salt and Sage. It doesn't sound like it would be fresh or floral-y, but it is honestly such a beautiful scent. Very mesmerising and romantic. I adore this brand, even down to the smallest details of the packaging, and the customer service you receive in their stores. I highly recommend you check them out if you haven't already!

Monday, February 29, 2016

China Glaze - House of Colour Spring Collection 2016

Hi guys! I hope you are having a great weekend. Today I have 2 colours from the new China Glaze House of Colour Spring Collection for 2016 to show you. I wasn't attracted to many colours from the collection so I just bought the two I really liked the look of. They are Come Rain or Shine; an azure blue with a beautiful pink shimmer in it and Moonlight the Night; a clear base glitter full of blue and purple translucent hexagonal glitters that are reflective and give off a gorgeous rainbow hue. Two seriously stunning colours with perfect formulas. I applied 2 coats of each followed by a fast drying top coat. Will you be picking up any colours from this new collection?

Image Courtesy of China Glaze

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine - Chai

Hi guys! I hope you have all been well! Are you looking forward to the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring? Someone told me that when Daffodils start blooming in London it's a sign that Spring is almost upon us - and I can't wait (and a pleasant surprise to see so many daffodils blooming all over London as they're my favourite flowers!). Today I have a simple swatch of a colour that caught my eye in Superdrug by Barry M called Chai; a beautiful mid toned grey with blue undertones. I applied 2 easy coats with a fast drying topcoat (HK Girl Glisten & Glow). A perfect match for today's dreary grey sky. What are you all up to this weekend?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Current Skincare Routine

Hello everyone! Today I have my current skincare routine to share with you. Since moving to London and experiencing the colder climate I've had to trial a few new products to find what works best for me. I'm happy to say I rarely get any blemishes (even around my period) and I do honestly think these products play an important role in that factor! I'll show you which products I use, and when I use them for maximum results. Let's jump right in.

Got a bit carried away on Photoshop. :)
Daily (AM): Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel (RRP £3.39 for 150ml)
This facial wash gel is very simple (as the brand name suggests). It's not outstanding, it doesn't do anything dramatically different for me to be obsessed with it, but it does the job.. and it also helps to wake me up in the morning. It's a cooling gel and makes my skin very soft afterwards, but I will be on the hunt for a new morning cleanser so this section may change soon. It's seriously affordable though and works perfectly after a sweaty gym session.

Daily (PM): Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (RRP £22 for 125ml)
This balm is incredible. I knew I would love it from the moment I saw it because I love anything to do with balms, oils, or in this case, a balm that turns into an oil! It is lightweight, fragrance-free and removes make-up and dirt very effectively. I use about a 50p size amount and warm it up in my fingers and massage it all over. It has become a holy grail, can't live without product for me and I love it!

Daily (AM & PM): Darphin Revitalizing Oil (RRP £25.00 for 50ml)
I have only recently been introduced to Darphin (since I started working for ELC) and I'm so glad I've had the opportunity to try it. I was lucky enough to receive a 2 hour Darphin facial the other week and it was blissful! Back on track though, this Revitalizing oil is so amazing. It is a multi-usage, dry oil that can be used on your face, hair, body and nails (suitable for all skin types). I use this product on my clients' nails daily, and I use it on my face morning and night as my moisturiser. I have been using facial oils for years and believe it is the key to dewy, soft, youthful skin and this revitalising oil is no exception. It smells wonderfully of Rosewood, Jasmine and Lavender.

Weekly: Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask (RRP £23 for 100ml) + Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask (RRP £23 for 100ml
I use these two masks together, using the two on different areas of my face that have different issues. I use the active charcoal mask on my chin and jawline (where I seem to break out occasionally and have congestion) and I use the Original Skin everywhere else (particularly focusing on my nose and cheeks). I ride to work everyday, and the pollution in the air is a lot more noticeable here in London, wreaking havoc on my skin! These two masks have helped a lot with decongestion and I particularly love the Original Skin Retexturising Mask with Rose Clay because it contains Jojoba beads which gives your skin a gentle exfoliation when you remove it! Overall, my skin appears brighter, cleaner and smoother than ever!

Let me know if you've tried any of these products in the comments below! Thanks so much for reading and have a great evening!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tom Ford - Neroli Portofino EDP

Hi guys! I hope you are having a great weekend so far! Following on from my previous Tom Ford post (I just acquired a few sneaky Tom Ford bits . . thanks work!) I have an Eau De Parfum fragrance by Tom Ford to share with you called Neroli Portofino (50ml, RRP£145.00). It's a beautiful fragrance, not too powerful, but strong enough to get lots of compliments. Plus, the bottle is absolutely incredible. Here are the notes, as found on the John Lewis website:

Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Winter Yellow Mandarin, Sicilian Lemo
Heart Notes: Tunisian Neroli, Orange Flower, Lavender 
Base Notes: Amber, Rosemary