The Perfect Red Lip...

Red lips just ooze glamour and add that little bit of oomph to a simple outfit. Have a read of this post to find out my favourite products and tricks to create the perfect red lip ...

What's on my iPhone?...

I saw this tag video on one of my recent YouTube catch-up sessions and thought it would transpire well into a blog post. I love seeing what apps people use on a day to day basis so here's what my iPhone 5 is loaded up with: ...

Event: #shhealthysmile at Everyman Cinema

At the beginning of the month, I was invited down to the Everyman Cinema in Leeds by the lovely team over at Simplyhealth to enjoy a good ol' giggle with my Sister...

YourTea Tiny Tea Teatox

So here we are 7 days into my Tiny Tea Teatox and I've really enjoyed it! The first thing I noticed is how much my skin has cleared up. I genuinely didn't think that this was a benefit of the tea, considering it is essentially a 'weight loss' system ...

Coral Ombre Nails

Not a perfect ombré, but these colours look so good together that I can forgive the fact that I don't have five perfectly gradiented coral tones in my nail polish collection ...

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Nail Polish Haul and Revlon Scented Nail Polish: A Review...

I went a little mad when my boyfriend offered to take me shopping the other day and picked out some new nail polishes. In all fairness, I only asked for the Scented Revlon Polishes and he picked out the rest, but I'm not complaining.


These first two are from Barry M. They are currently on 2 for £5 at Boots which is a great deal and as there are a number of new colours being released soon, its great to stock up on a few of their more unusual colours before they sell out. The first is Hologram Hexagrams and the second is Racing Green. The Hologram one I picked purely because I thought that it would look amazing on my toes in sandals and then the green because I didn't actually own ANY greens! This one is really beautiful too, it has a sort of blue and gold shimmer to it which is really unusual. Not really a summery colour but a great addition to the collection nonetheless.


The next two are from Max Factor, a brand I have never actually used oddly enough, Ivory and Silver The swatches you can see are two coats and these are still a little too transparent for me. The graphite silver colour would look great over a black base coat and picked this for that reason. I have been looking for a purely black glitter polish for ages, like the Barry M Red Glitter, but in black, but I have yet to find one. If anyone knows of any let me know! The application of these is really nice, except the brush is a little short and stumpy and you really don't get a lot of product for the £5.99 price tag.


Here are the ones I have been dying to try, but I did get really boring colours. Well actually I wanted something that I didn't already have because I didn't just want duplicate polishes except one smelled nice. Anyway, I got Ocean Breeze, a gorgeous green toned, shimmery blue and Coconut Crush a silver shimmered white. I have again, never used Revlon polishes, and I was really impressed with these two colours. Although they applied a little streaky, a third coat helped them a lot. The colours were really long lasting and so was the scent surprisingly (even after a top coat)! The Coconut one is lovely and it reminded me a lot of suncream, which is random I know, but I just couldn't stop smelling my hands after they were all dried (it really smells like plain old polish in the bottle so don't smell that). I was slightly underwhelmed by Ocean Breeze as it didn't really smell of anything other than 'clean' to me. I don't know maybe it was just less scented than Coconut Crush. I really want to try the Bubblegum and the Papaya ones too, they look pretty as well as being nice summery scents.


I also picked up these two other Revlon nail polishes from their regular line, as they were all on 2 for £8. I picked Revlon Red and Minted.



I don't own any true red nail polishes and thought that the classic 'Revlon Red' would be a safe bet, and I was right. The colour applied really well and really only one coat was needed (I did two just to cover up my mistakes though!). It's really chip resistant and dried the fastest of all the polishes I own.



Love this colour, but the application was a bore! I had to do three coats and it's still a little patchy but I can live with it. The colour is just so springy. The consistency of this one was very watery in comparison to the red and the two scented ones, so this would explain the difficult application. On a positive for Revlon, you get a great amount of product for the £6.49 regular price tag, a really nice big and easy to use brush and the bottles look nice too. However, they do NOT fit in my nail polish stand! Annoying ... 

Have you tried any other scented polishes? How have you been spending these gorgeous summery days?

Enjoy your day,
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Friday, 8 April 2011

My Storage Solution: Make Up and Nail Polish...

Make Up collection and storage videos are one of my favourite YouTube videos to watch at the moment, partly because I'm trying to expand my collection and see what i should invest in and partly because I'm pretty nosey!


Anyway, I have a very small collection in comparison to those videos, but I still felt that my humble little collection deserved a nice storage solution, so here it is:

Caspian chest of drawers, Argos £59.99.


My make up storage consists of a set of drawers from the Laura Ashley collection, an acrylic cup to store my brushes, and the lid off a No.7 gift set I received at Christmas, to store perfume and hair products.I keep my make up in my bedroom and use a chest of drawers as a little make shift vanity table. I used to keep it in my bathroom, but I recently found out that the steam is bad for it so promptly moved it. 


Laura Ashley for WHSmith Drawers £13.99 on sale.
The top drawers hold all of my face products, the left hand one has all of my lip products, the right one has all of my eyeliner products and single shadows and the bottom drawer has all of my beauty extras and eyeshadow palettes.

Small magnification mirrow from Wilkinson's, a selection of unmarked brushes
and a few hair accessories.

Storing my nail polish is difficult for me as I literally buy new ones every week so my collection expands fast. At the moment I am using a nail polish stand I purchased from eBay, but am going to have to get a new one soon as I'm running out of space. This is kept in my bathroom as I think they look pretty and I usually paint my nails in there anyway. It has 4 full rows and one smaller but thicker one at the back and also has two little compartments for nail tools. I think it's a pretty good solution and it is good as I can see all the colours I have.

Nail Polish Stand, eBay for £9.49

I currently have nail polish from Barry M, O.P.I, L'Oreal, E.L.F, Rimmel, Nails Inc. and GOSH. Any recommendations?

What are your storage solutions? Do you have any tips and tricks?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx 

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Blonde and Blonder: Results and More...

Sorry about the late update on my Blonde quest. I was a bit blonde and completely forgot to take a picture of my hair before I dyed it ... Doh! ... But nontheless, I am still not the colour I want and so I am making use of some new products. I re-purchased the Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner which I blogged about earlier in the year, and alongside it I purchased the Hot Shots 4 Blondes.


Bleach Blondes Shampoo £6.19, Bleach Blondes Conditioner £6.19,
Hot Shots 4 Blondes Shampoo Treatment £7.19.

I read good reviews about them on the Boots website and so decided to give them a go to neutralise the yellow and orange tones my hair has where the Lightening Spray didn't have much effect and so resulted in a odd colour when I dyed it.(I used the new John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in 10B)


After colouring and before the treatment.

The product is a 'self-warming, ash shampoo' which turns yellow tones more ashy, which is what I hoped for! I used it after shampooing as directed and have seen a slight difference. I have only used one treatment however, and I knew it wasn't going to be an instant fix, so I am still impressed.



The actual product comes in a small tube and is purple, as you'd expect, with a really glittery sparkle to it which surprised me. When using it, the whole product is pretty hard to get out and there seems to be a lot of wasteage which is quite annoying as they are £7.19 for three, saying that I did manage to get two washes out of the one tube. The application was great, it foamed up really nicely making it easy to make sure I had all my hair coated, however in my opinion it didn't self "warm". It had a cooling, tingly, menthol effect which lasted after washing out and drying my hair.

After one tube split over two washes.

Overall, it is a nice product. I am unsure at this point whether I would reccomend it, as the difference at the roots isn't that noticeable. It did however give me some really white-blonde and ashy highlights in the lighter areas of my hair which I really like. I just think that the shampoo does equally a good a job at colour correcting so I sort of feel this treatment is unecessary.

What are your favourite purple colour correcting products?

Hope you've all had a great day,
Much Love
Lauran
xxx