Saturday, 31 March 2012

Caviar Manicure Anyone?

NO... I am not talking about the stuff rich people eat (massive eugh). I am always seeking out the latest nail trends, mainly because I love nail design and I love spending money. Anyway, I have recently come across a 3D trend which I KNOW is going to take nail design by storm in the near future. NAIL CAVIAR!

Want a nailvarnish that looks good enough to eat? One that looks just like an iced doughnut covered in hundreds & thousands? too! The textured top coat is a new innovation from Ciaté which is a famous UK brand.

The new 3D pears are available in 3 colours:

Multi Coloured



The product is already sold out... BOOOOO! I will get my hands on some ASAP. I am struggling to choose which colour is my favourite so I think I will have to buy them all.

To Remove: Easily comes off with regular nail polish remover.
Full Directions can be found inside packaging.
Caviar Pearls- £18 by Ciaté 
Images taken from Google
How to Apply- Taken from-

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Kardashian Kolor by O.P.I Nicole Nail Polish

OMG I am a HUUUUUGE fan of the Kardashian’s, so when I saw that they had their own nail polish range with O.P.I I knew I had to have it.

There is something for everyone in this range, and it isn't a small bottle! Didn’t think it was possible to make this range any cuter?......

Each polish incorporates a Kardashian lady with a quirky twist. Take a look:

At £9 a pop, and being a poor student, I  could only afford to buy one polish. I chose my favourite almost immediately as you can see below:

 (Pictures aren't that great, the varnish was so sparkly it caused a glare!)

I chose this polish (Shade: Rainbow in the s-kylie) as the colourful glitter looks almost holographic, resulting in what looks like a minx finish. I have had so many compliments on this polish and cannot get enough of it. It is easy to apply and quick drying. To get this look I used two coats of polish and a clear top coat. 

If you were to name a polish after yourself, what would it be called?

Nail polish- Asos £9
Some images were taken from Google.

Friday, 23 March 2012

River Island- Tropical Shorts

I purchased these shorts a few weeks ago but I have been such a busy bee at Uni lately that I hadn't had time to blog about them. So….here they are!

These shorts were a BARGAIN; they are perfect for summer and have quickly become a wardrobe favourite. The contrast of the bright pink and green upon the black background makes the pattern vibrant and a “stand out” piece. I opted to wear the shorts with a nude coloured top, but the shorts make it easy to mix & match with most things. 

What I love about these shorts is that they can be taken from a daytime- night time look. I plan to wear them on a night out soon so I will do another blog post about how I make it a more evening piece. Watch this space!

Thanks for reading! x

Tropical Shorts- River Island £20

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Marine Glam Nails

Here is my newest nail design! This one I actually did myself, the gems took a while to apply but I am extremely happy with the final result. I am now going to talk you through how i did it.

  • Nail varnish (I used Topshop nail varnish in shade Marine Scene)
  • Tweezers
  • Adhesive (I used one by RIO)
  • Gems (approx 100 for this design)

Step 1:
Paint nails & apply another coat if required. (With the Topshop nail varnish I only had to apply one coat as it is high in pigment and is quite thick).

Step 2: 
When the varnish is completely dry, apply a thin layer of adhesive. This is not as strong as nail glue and gives a sticky texture. I am sure regular nail glue works just the same; however it tends to dry the nail which does not give the same glossy finish.

Step 3:
Using a pair of tweezers apply the gems to the nail wherever you want them. When all of the gems are in place, apply a layer of the adhesive over the top (It dry’s clear).

Step 4:
Ensure that the glue is completely dry and that you can no longer see the white glue colouring. When this is done, apply a clear top coat…wait to dry…AND YOU ARE DONE!  

If you have any further questions feel free to ask!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Bobbi Brown HEAVEN

On Friday 9th of March I went to my local John Lewis (West Quay Southampton) as I wanted a PROPER foundation that did not melt away after a few hours. There seemed to be a huge fuss over the Bobbi Brown counter so I went to see what was going on. A Bobbi Brown event was being held consisting of 10% off all purchases as well as makeovers being given by Bobbi Brown’s top American makeup artists. I JUMPED at the chance to get my makeup done by a real professional.

A friendly American woman named Sarah was very welcoming and talked me through how I could achieve the look I wanted…flawless & fresh. My main issue is my oily skin; she recommended using the Bobbi Brown Oil Control lotion before applying makeup, the lotion is oil- free and lightweight. The seaweed extract absorbs excess oil whilst the lavender extract works to reduce skin irritation…and it smells GREAT. You only need to apply a small amount and apply it the same as a regular moisturiser.

I was expecting foundation to come next, but instead she opted for the Bobbi Brown Oil-free Tinted Moisturiser. (Shade: Light tint). The moisturiser was applied all over my face just using light strokes with the fingers. The moisturiser made my skin GLOW!

When it came to foundation, she applied the Bobbi Brown Oil-free Foundation Compact. Instead of applying it to my entire face, she only applied the foundation to the areas where I had blemishes and un-even skin tone. I learned that compact foundations are much better for oily skin than liquid foundation as they tend to still become very oily. (Shade: Warm Natural 4.5).

I like to use a Stippling brush to apply my tinted moisturiser and compact foundation as it uses minimal product, gives an airbrushed look and allows you to contour your face. This brush should be used in a doting/dabbing motion instead of rubbing or brushing. (Cheap brand brush).

I was surprised at how good the colour match was to my own skin and how flawless my face looked using minimal foundation. I purchased all of these products, and after almost a week of wearing them I can say that it is money well spent. You really do get what you pay for and there is a real comparison to the cheaper brands.

Finally  she used an illuminating finish powder, nectar blush and a crystal lip-gloss.Unfortunately, being a student I could not afford these products, so I have had to make do with the cheaper brands until I can afford them.

Bobbi Brown- Oil Control Lotion £32 (Without discount)
Bobbi Brown- Oil-free Tinted Moisturiser £27 (Without discount)
Bobbi Brown- Oil-free Foundation Compact £29 (Without discount)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Shimmer Skirt

I am in LOVE with my shimmer skater skirt which I recently purchased from Topshop. The style and colour are very feminine which when combined with a skater design makes it a statement piece. I don’t feel it is a day skirt as it is slightly too shimmery, it is definitely an evening piece. The way the waistband sits is very flattering and elongates the body, so even if you’re short like me you can pull it off!

I paired the skirt with a side-strap bra top from Miss Selfridge, chunky jewellery and some tanned chunky heels to keep the colours quite neutral. To keep the neutral theme I opted for neutral pink shimmery lips and dark eye-makeup. Topshop are currently selling a number of pleated and skater skirts so there is something for everyone.

Recommendations: Wear shorts underneath your skirt, the tiniest bit of wind will reveal all!

Similar Products I NEED:

London Block Heel Sandals

Printed Skort

Shimmer Skater Skirt- £32
London Block Heel Sandals- £65
Printed Skort- £28

Miss Selfridge
Side Strap Bra Top- £20

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Hair Extensions- Before & After

I have been having a weave done for just over a year now so figured it’s about time I blog about it!

My hair is naturally very thin which makes it difficult to style. Having a weave is possibly the best thing you can do to your hair to have long-lasting volume. Also, it allows me to experiment with different colours without colouring my own hair. I am currently wearing a 20 inch light brown, mixed with a 16 inch dark brown on the top. I love this combination as it gives my hair a warmer colouring.



I wear Remy human hair extensions as they last so much longer than budget ones. Definitely worth the money. The one disadvantage of hair extensions is that they do require maintenance. It is vital that matting is avoided as this makes the hair shed more than usual. As the hair is not receiving the oils and nourishment from the head, a high quality moisture product should be used on a regular basis to keep them looking glossy and healthy. (I will be doing a post about the product I use & swear by very soon). Matting can be avoided by brushing the hair regularly (I like to use an afro comb as well as a brush). When going to sleep the best thing to do is put the hair into a plait to reduce frizz.

I’d love to know about the products you guys like to use on your hair extensions, so leave a comment and let me know!