Thursday, 16 August 2012

watermelon nail art

yesterday i was a bit bored and so decided to do something proactive (nail art counts as proactive in my world) and summery as it was wet and grey outside, not how august is meant to be as far as i remember! those of you that read my liebster award post  will know that i've just finished a law degree and so i'm in the slow process of moving everything home and sorting my room out. this meant leaving my beloved bag of nail varnishes behind and so i only have a few here and had to make do with what i've got! i opted for watermelon nails as i've seen a lot recently and pretty much only have pink and green nail varnishes!

firstly i did two coats of NYC - bubblegum pink  as the majority of it shows and i didn't want it to be streaky. i then used models own - jade stone  to paint a large french tip over the pink base.

i then used a dark red nail varnish (i would have used black if i had it with me!) to create the look of the watermelon seeds. i did this by putting a blob of the nail varnish on some paper and then using a sharpened pencil as a dotting tool to make some little polka dots all over the remaining pink area. i finished with a top coat once the dots were dry.

having seen a few pictures recently of watermelon nail art i wish i had my white nail varnish with me to draw a thin line over the join of the pink and green to make it look more realistic and detailed but oh well, you can't have everything! i'm quite pleased with the look as it's so bright and also quite childish in a way too - perfect for cheering up a rainy day! plus, it's really easy to do. let me know if you try it out!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

l'oreal lumi magique foundation

so i'm around four months too late to be reviewing l'oreal's lumi magique foundation but i thought i'd do it anyway! i really do try and cut my spending on certain products and foundation is one of them as not only are even the cheap ones quite expensive, but also if i like the way a foundation makes my skin look then i generally stick to it!

having said that, with all the great reviews i've read about this foundation i decided to give it a try as opposed to repurchasing rimmel's wake me up foundation when it ran out. so far, i'm impressed! it took me a while to work out which shade matched my skin tone - it seems the range only really covers various shades of light skin which isn't great for darker skin tones but also makes it a little trickier when trying to find a match! yellow undertones? pink undertones? arghhhhh!

i ended up picking 'gold linen' (after about 10 minutes...) and i've found it matches my skin well. lumi magique is quite runny in consistency (i didn't find this as much with rimmel's wake me up) although this makes it quite easy to blend. however for some reason i find i use more foundation than i usually would despite this - i can't blame lumi magique though, maybe it's just me wanting more coverage?! 

coverage wise i'd say that lumi magique is medium although is easily buildable. i've used it for nights out when i've wanted a heavier coverage and it's worked really well and stayed put all night.

about the 'as lit from within' claims - o.k it is a bit dramatic and i would really never ever describe someone's skin as being 'lit from within'. in l'oreal's defense though, lumi magique is illuminating and really does brighten your complexion. if you haven't already (i thought i was the only one..?!) then i'd give this a go :) even better, superdrug have a 3 for 2 offer on all l'oreal products at the moment and it's spf 18. yay!

Monday, 13 August 2012

boots essentials lipsalve: strawberry, tinted and spearmint

i ran out of my favourite nivea essential care lip balm the other day and went to boots to repurchase it. for some reason i got sidetracked by a classic boots deal - 3 for 2 - and so ended up with these instead! overall, i wouldn't say i'm disappointed that i bought them (i can never ever have too many lip balms and at 99p each you can't really complain!) but they definitely don't match up to nivea! i thought i'd do a mini review of each of them anyway, just in case anyone's looking for a cheap lipsalve :)

the strawberry lipsalve comes out clear which generally i like as it means i can put as much as i want on without looking in a mirror and don't need to worry about what i look like. the strawberry scent is really sweet but in a good way - think haribo as opposed to over perfumed. i'd say it moisturises my lips for around an hour which isn't so bad and the pink lid is a nice colour too!

i can't really get on with this tinted lipsalve. it's a really light pink and i'm just not sure who it would suit? it's pretty much scent free which can sometimes be a good thing but even one slick of this lipsalve is too much, especially when your lips are a bit chapped and colour builds in certain areas. a bit of a shame but i'll consider this as my 'free' lipsalve and so i'm not too disappointed!

this is probably my favourite lipsalve of the three. the spearment scent is really yummy and quite unusual i think (at least for me - i don't think i own any mint lip balms). like the strawberry it comes out clear so is easy to use and does the job of protecting my lips pretty well.

montagne jeunesse: passion peel off face mask

i don't generally use face masks. i think it's laziness really as i quite like using them but never seem to find the time! i bought this the other day though as i've seen a few reviews recently of the montagne jeunesse face masks and as i had a free sunday and i hadn't planned anything (apart from watching the last day of the olympics - can't believe they're over... boo!) i put it on in the morning before my shower.

i chose the deep cleansing pomegranate and passion flower peel off mask as my skin hasn't looked as clear as i'd like it to recently. it's a bright red gel and there's plenty in the packet - i'd say enough for two uses if you applied it in a thin enough layer. it smells lovely and fruity but i have to say it seemed to irritate my eyes a bit. not enough to make them water and it was probably my fault for applying it too close to my eyes (so don't let this put you off trying it for yourself!) but i do think it's always worth mentioning reactions like that as i know many users would rather avoid them!

anyway, as the packet told me to i relaxed for about 20 minutes as the face mask dried. it didn't make my face feel tight whilst it was drying as many face masks do so it didn't feel too long to wait as originally i thought 20 minutes would be too much. after 20 minutes i went to peel it off - the best bit! as i said before, there is probably enough of this face mask for two applications as you can only peel off the thin layers. i ended up putting the excess on my cheeks and had to wipe this off with cotton pads - not as fun as peeling!

overall i'd say that my face does feel a lot fresher and cleaner than it did before. i'm not sure how much of the deep cleansing is visible but i'd be willing to purchase a few more of these to use weekly to see if it has any long term effects. plus, at 99p it doesn't cost a lot to feel like you're giving yourself a little treat!

Friday, 10 August 2012

the liebster award

recently i found out that i had been nominated for the liebster award by helen at and kirsty at how lovely! the liebster award isn't something that i'd heard of before but i have subsequently found out that it's an award given by bloggers to other bloggers with less than 200 followers. it's a really sweet idea and just shows the level of support that is generally seen throughout blogging communities.

the rules of the award are:
  • each person nominated must post 11 things about themselves
  • they must answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for you  and then write out 11 new questions for their nominated blogs
  • each person must nominate 11 other blogs
  • finally, the person nominated must follow the tagger

so, 11 things about myself:

  • i've just finished a law degree. i knew it wasn't for me quite early on but wasn't sure what else to do and didn't want to quit. now i'm glad i've finished it and pleased with my results!
  • i start a beauty therapy course in september; i decided to turn my hobby into a career! 
  •  in 2008 i went to south america for 3 months with 2 friends. i visited peru, bolivia, chile, argentina and brazil - amazing fun!
  • artisitic gymnastics is my favourite olympic sport (i thought i'd put a seasonal point in!) and i wish i could do what they do! unfortunately, i can't even cartwheel. having said that...
  • if i had to be 'made' into something it would be a professional ice skater.
  • my boyfriend is from sheffield but i met him in thailand on another travelling expedition!
  • whilst i was in thailand i got a tattoo of a diamond on the instep of my foot.
  • grandma still doesn't know about my tattoo. oops!
  •  i have a really sweet tooth and consider myself to have a separate stomach reserved only for dessert that needs to be filled!
  • i hate brown sauce. yuck!
  •  i love tv series like 24, homeland and of course sex and the city <3
11 questions from helen at

1. who is your beauty inspiration? - i couldn't call a particular person a beauty inspiration but i find make up tutorial videos pretty inspirational as you can see the transformation of the person as opposed to just the final look.

2. who is your fashion inspiration? - ooo i don't have a fashion inspiration either really! i love clothes but wouldn't call myself fashionable... sometimes i'm inspired by the outfits on the plastic models in shop windows - is that wrong?!

3. what are your first beauty/fashion memories? - my first beauty memory is of me and a friend playing around with make up when we were about 8 i think. she put navy eyeshadow in my eyebrows. needless to say it isn't my favourite beauty memory!

4. which subjects did you love/hate studying at school? - i loved art and english and hate hate hated drama!

5. which celebrity do you really want to slap and why? - i can't say i want to slap any celeb in particular but i'm really not a fan of people that haven't actually done anything (e.g reality tv stars) but then bring out an autobiography. baffling!

6. have you got any tattoos/piercings and if you have where and what are they? - ahh i've already answered this but yes, a tattoo on my foot and my ears are pierced.

7. which magazines do you religiously buy every month without fail? - none at all!

8. what would you do if you were a boy for 24 hours? - attempt to work out why match of the day really is so necessary to watch!

9. can you describe your personality in five words? - not really! but if i had to i'd say quite girly, optimistic (i try to be anyway!), calm and friendly (again, i try!)i struggled to think of a fifth one so asked my boyfriend to help. he said i was funny but he mainly laughs at me and not with me so not sure if that counts!

10. do you prefer silver or gold? - i wear silver daily but i love gold for going out.

11. what is your favorite time of year and why? - probably the summer when it's actually sunny..!

11 questions from kirsty at

1. what is your favourite brand of clothing and why? - i like high street brands like h&m and new look because it's usually quite cheap and they have lots of pretty, girly pieces.

2. tell us about your favourite childhood memory? - i couldn't choose! there really are too many but i had a lot of lovely friends that lived on my road when i was younger and i also got the opportunity to travel a lot. all great memories.

3. if you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? - i'd probably be a penguin. the way they walk makes me laugh so much i'd probably enjoy giving it a try myself ha!

4. choose between telepathy or telekinesis and give reasons why? - telekenesis definitely! telepathy could become annoying after realising that a lot of people don't say what they think but being like matilda would always be fun!

5. are you sporty? Have you ever been sporty? - not particularly. i've been a member of a gym before and used to play netball and badminton at school but i don't do any team sports now. i had a go on the wii fit the other day though, does that count?!

6. what's one fashion or beauty faux pas that you can't abide by? - i'm ashamed to say leggings and uggs! hey, i never said i was fashionable....!

7. designer or high street? why? - high street because i can't afford designer clothes!

8. do you have a favourite video game or console? - i used to have a playstation and loved crash bandicoot.

9. what was your best subject at school or college/university? - probably art.

10. would you rather skydive or bungee jump? - skydive preferably but i'd do both! 

11. what got you interested in becoming a blogger? - i started reading lots of beauty blogs and just thought that i may be able contribute something myself so why not?!

11 people i'm tagging:

11 questions i'm asking:

1. what are your top 3 beauty products?
2. what's your current job and how does it compare to your dream job?
3.what's your favourite dinner?
4. which country would you most like to live in?
5. what's the worst date you've ever been on?
6. if you had to walk around with your face painted for the rest of your life what design would you choose?
7. which advert on tv irritates you the most?
8. if you were in a rush in the morning and only had time for one would you choose to do your make up or have breakfast?
9. lipstick or lip gloss?
10. did you have a childhood teddy? if so, what was its name and do you still have it?!
11. how did people react when you told them you had started writing a blog?

woah! that was a long, long post but there was so much to get through! i hope you enjoyed reading anyhow and once again thank you to helen and kirsty for the nominations :) xx

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