Monday, 21 May 2012

NOTD–Essie Splash Of Grenadine



Hello lovely people. Today is just a quick Nail of The Day post. Last week a did a Essie haul post (link) which included some beautiful new Essie polishes I’d picked up. This is the first one I tried and wanted to show you how it looks on.
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This is Splash of Grenadine and is described by Essie as a playful magenta pink. I’d say it is a creamy pinky purple. It’s truly gorgeous.
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This is the first Essie polish I have tried and I was not disappointed. The polish applied beautifully and has great lasting power, I’ve had this on a week and it’s still looking great.
Can’t wait to try the others out x Danielle Smile

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Mac Haul

Hello everyone,

Now if you've been following my blog for a while you will know I'm getting married shortly ( 3 months). So over the past month or so my mind has been focused on buying the perfect wedding make up.
 I've spent ages deciding if I was going to do my own make up or have it done professionally but I have decided on doing my own so I've been buying lots of things to try out to see how they will look and if I should use them on my big day.

I saw a bridal makeup tutorial on YouTube using two eyeshadows from Mac and it looked so beautiful I knew I had to get them. I also picked up a lipstick and lipglass I've been lusting after for a while that may also come in handy on the day too.



So I got :
  •  Eyeshadow in Mulch
  •  Eyeshadow in Patina


  •  Lipstick in Viva Glam V


  • Lipglass in Cultured

So that's everything I picked up at Mac. I'm really looking forward to playing around with the eyeshadows and hoping I can create a really nice look with them.

Anyone got any bridal makeup tips?

Thanks Danielle x




Thursday, 17 May 2012

Essie Haul

I love nail polish, just love it. I can't leave the house without polish on my nails, I would just feel naked! Saying that over the years I have not branched out into many brands like I have with my makeup so one of the things I wanted to do was try some brands I hadn't tried out before. I purchased some Butter London polishes back in March and loved those and next on my list to try was Essie.
Through beauty blogs I read and YouTube videos I watch I've heard loads of great things about Essie nail polishes so was very excited about getting some and seeing what they were like.
I ordered 5 colours and it took me a long time to decide on colours as they have a huge selection and all of them are so beautiful.


L-R. Jam N Jelly, Peach Daiquiri, Splash of Grenadine, Lilacism, Flawless

How amazing are all these colours? I'm so pleased with the shades as I ordered online and some places online swatches look nothing like to product that comes out but this were spot on.
I ordered mine from Superdrugs' website and they were £7.99 each.
Really want to get my hands on loads more shades but need to try all these out first. I'm wearing Splash of Grenadine at the min and I love it. So pretty.
Do you have a favourite nail polish brand? I love OPI and China Glaze and have always stuck to them but I must say after trying out Essie I may have found another favourite brand!

Danielle x


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

NOTD - Disco Biscuit

Hello Strangers, It's been been a week or two since my last post so I do apologise but I'm sure all you girls understand that sometimes little old life gets in the way. Hope everyone is well and been enjoying the past few days of sunshine we have had.

Today's post is a NOTD post. Back in March I picked up a couple of Butter London polishes (see post here.) One of those polishes was Disco Biscuit. Disco Biscuit is a hot pink with blue micro glitter particles. It applies quite sheer but can be build up with more coats if desired.





The polish is amazing and has definetly made it's way into my top 10 polishes after only one wear.
I know the pictures aren't fab but it's the best I could get with trying to show you the glitter particles sparkling through.

Butter London polishes retail at around £12, I get mine from here.

Danielle x

Thursday, 3 May 2012

FOTD Using Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoos

Not done a FOTD for a while so after experimenting with some of my new colour tattoos I took some pictures and decided to use them for a FOTD. Don't mind by eye brows I'm booked in for my HDs this week so they are a mess.

Base
  •  L'Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer
  •  Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in shade 08
  •  Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in 2 light
  •  Mac MSF Natural in Medium +
  •  2 True All Over Bronzer in shade 1
  •  Accessorise Merged Baked Blusher in Scandal



Eyes

  •  A la Carte Brow Ink in Taupe
  •  HD Brown Kit in Foxy using shade Ash Brown
  •  Gosh Defining Brow Gel
  •  Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoos in Eternal Gold and On and On Bronze
  •  L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim in Intense Black
  •  No7 Amazing Eyes Pencil in Black
  •  Rimmel Glay Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara in Black/Brown
  •  Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in black


Lips

  •  Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Tint and Balm in stay very berry
Hope you like. Loving the colour tattoos at the min, got 4 of them and so far my favourite in Permanent Taupe so may do a FOTD with that one the next time I use it.

Danielle x

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Newest Beauty Box - Lux Box

Hello girlie's, So look what arrived at my house today.... A brand new beauty box! So this is the Lux Box beauty box and it is the first box they have done. Now I did subscribe to both Glossybox and Carmine so when Carmine shut up shop I was on the look out for another beauty box to subscribe too and decided on Lux Box. So I'll get on with it and show you what was inside the newest beauty box on the market.





Now the packaging is very similar to Glossybox, same size and shaped box and when openedd it has the black tissue paper with the ribbon and sticker. I do love the colour of the Lux Box as its a lovely pale lilac colour. I also like the hot pink ribbon and sticker. Love the packaging, really glad they went in Glossy Box's direction with this as I prefer this type of packaging.


Inside the box on top of the tissue paper was a lovely card/pamphlet thingy ma bob with the Lux Box logo on the front and when opened had a list of all the items included in the box with descriptions of the products, uses and directions. I really love that they have gone into detail about the product as many beauty boxes don't and I have had times when I have wondered what I am actually supposed to do with a product so definitely a thumbs up for that. On the down side it doesn't list the prices of the products which I really like to know so unless you research and find out your self you don't know what the contents of your box is worth.
 
So here is what was inside......


  • Steam Cream 75g - This is a handmade cream that's been made using natural ingredients that have been fused together using steam. It helps to provide long-lasting hydration for the face but can also be used on body and hands too. This product won the Beauty Insider's Choice award. Now I was slightly disappointed to see this in the box and that's because I already have it as it was in a beauty box a couple of months back. It is in different packaging but it's still essentially the same product. I do love the steam cream so will eventually get use of it but I'm no where near finishing my other pot. I am sure though that people who didn't get that previous beauty box will love this as it is a lovely cream.

  •  Eldora False Lashes in H146 - Eldora are a company who make handmade false lashes, they are both beautiful and affordable. Again I've received Eldora lashes in a previous beauty box (although they were a different set) and haven't gotten around to using them yet. Again lovely product but something I have already got.


  •  BM Beauty Eyeshadow 1g x 2 - I actually received two of these (not sure if I was supposed to or not) and they were in the shades Aquatic Galaxy + Wolf Howl. These are mineral shadows that are free from parabans, synthetic dyes and fragrances, fillers, bismuth oxychloride, nano particles and animal products. They have a wide range of colours in the collections. Again I've received one of these in a different beauty box in the past in a pink/golden shade. I really loved the shadow so am pleased to have it in two more shades. The shades are a bit out there and not something I'd normally wear but I'll try getting them to work for me somehow.
     

  •  Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream 10ml - A triple action cream that says will sooth, brighten and lift the eye area. It will revitalise weary eyes, smooth away dark shadows and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Big claims so am really excited to try this eye cream out. Love Balance Me as a brand so am feeling positive about this. 
     
  •  MOA The Green Balm 1g - A 100% natural healing balm. Says it has miraculous healing powers to help soothe, nourish and renew dry, itchy skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, bumps, grazes and minor burns. It can even work on cold sores and as a facial cleansing balm or used after shaving. So happy to see this gem in here. I've been suffering with eczema for about 4 months now so will be trying this out and hopefully it will live upto it's claims and heal me!

There is also a 50% off code on a set of eyelash extensions from Boudoir Lashes.

So that was the box. What do you think? Even though I have already received 3 of the 5 items before in other bb I still think this is a good mix of products and features some great brands. I do think they could have made the effort to not put the same items in as other bb especially 3 items and with it been their first box but I am still happy with the box. For someone who has not subscribed to a bb before this would be a great box to have. I'm going to give it another 2 boxes to see what happens and decide whether to carry on my subscription as I think three months is a fair time to test it out and see if it is worth the money.

Lux Box is available for subscription on their website and is £12.95 per month including p+p.

Looking forward to see what they do in the next box and am hoping for no more duplicates.

Danielle x :)