Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year's Eve Nails and THE Nails Inc Diary

It was love at first sight back in October when I locked eyes on this lovely. I bought one for my sister, showed it round the office, then everyone in the office wanted one... before I know it I was dealing Nails Inc and forgot to keep a cut for myself. Thank god Santa brought me one. The Nails Inc Diary contains 12 full size nail polishes featuring bestsellers, new trend shades and never seen before special effects.

January – bestselling Kensington Caviar 45 second top coat 
February – St Martin’s Lane new glossy grape trend polish
March – bestselling Baker Street cobalt blue polish
April – Sloane Avenue new neon coral polish
May – Fulham Palace Gardens new rainbow Sprinkles polish
June – Chester Feather effect polish
July – Notting Hill Gate neon pink polish
August – Fleet Street new Leather effect polish
September – Electric Lane Holographic top coat 
October – Belgravia Place red Fibre Optic polish
November – South Kensington silver Foil effect polish
December – Knightsbridge Road new Galaxy polish

Other than Baker Street, which is probably my all time favourite so having an second is only a bonus, I don’t already own any of these shades. I love the look of Sloane Avenue (Miss April) and Belgravia Place (Miss October) and for NYE I had to dive straight in with Miss December….


Knightsbridge Road is a stunning gold glitter polish with multi coloured flecks and 3D glitter finish. It knocks the socks of any other glitter polish I’ve tried! It’s fully opaque in just two coats and with a slick of the Caviar top coat (Miss Jan) it doesn’t feel chunky or rough! Perfect nails for partying the night away (or falling asleep on the sofa).

If you fancy fabulous nails every month of the year there’s still a few of these kicking around. It’s sold out most places (of course) but I’ve found stock at Nails Inc £30 here and ASOS £31.50 here, which is staggering value considering it contains £132 worth of Nails Inc. 

Which do you have you eye on?
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Friday, 27 December 2013

Inside my Christmas Gifts...


Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you've had a wonderful time eating, drinking and being suitably merry. Whilst you slump on the soft with your stretchy pants on I thought you might like a nosey at my Christmas gifts. I have such generous family and friends who know they can buy me anything for Christmas... as long as it's beauty.




This lot should keep me in blogging material for months! Come back soon for reviews on all these beauts plus the class of 2013 - my top picks of the year. Love and Christmas kisses,

Claire x
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Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Rise and RISE of Bold Lips... and my Top 5


Isn’t it crazy how bold lips are everywhere these days? Look back through your beauty archives, I bet there weren’t many bold lippies kicking around in your makeup bag five years ago? When I think back to my college/uni days it was all about the gloss (Juicy tubes anyone?) and later, the nude lip. I’d never have dared rock a red and noir hues were restricted solely to Halloween. But now bold lips are a daily norm... especially among the young uns' (Kylie Jenner, Miley Cyrus et al).
Myself, I’m a little more conservative. I’m embracing the trend but can’t see me pushing a trolley round Tesco wearing RiRi Woo anytime soon... but you never know! I’m still a nude girl at heart, but there’s no underestimating the power of a bold lip! A slick of berry or some bright-ass fushia can give an instant injection of sass and attitude.
My current top picks are....



MAC Impassioned - Described as an Amped-up fuchsia, Impassioned is special. It’s loud, but without being too in your face. If reds and berry aren't your think, try fushia. Pics and review here.
MAC RiRi Woo - MAC's iconic Ruby Woo with a little RiRi twist. Reds have a tendency to wash me out but not this one. Sexy, cool and very matte. Pics and full review here.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Stain Crush Beguin - a gorgeous deep berry. If bold lipsticks scare you, start with something sheer like this. The colour is buildable and the formula keeps lips soft and sexy. 

Wet n Wild Dark Wine - a darkened reddy plummy colour that doesn't wash me out - yeh! 
MAC Rebel is a gorgeous berry shade. It looks very purple in the bullet, almost mulberry but once applied is more of a pinky/plumy/purple kinda shade. A perfect autumn/winter update if you fancy channeling your dark side. Review here.

Do you love the bold lip trend? What are you favourite shades?
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Friday, 20 December 2013

You need to know about... The Wet Brush

“Tangles? What tangles?” she says smugly!
Yes, the Wet Brush looks like an ordinary hairbrush. When I received it I thought, bless, you’ve got no chance against my tattered tresses, but my was I wrong! So much so I’m throwing out the Tangle Teezer. This is the game changer!
The magic of the Wet Brush™ is in the specially formulated IntelliFlex™ bristles. IntelliFlex™ bristles are thin, strong and very flexible. They have intelligent flexibility - flexible on one stroke and firm on the next, eliminating all tugging, tearing, pulling and ripping. No split ends, no hair loss.
The Wet Brush quickly and painlessly detangles wet or dry hair. The bristles are soft (much softer than the likes of Tangle Teezer) yet strong and very flexible with gentle polytips on the ends for comfort and massaging. It’s larger and much more substantial, tackling the whole head in record time... no need to tease out tangles here, it’s more like brush and go! Plus the soft cushion means you can press down without scratching your scalp.

Now for me the handle is priceless! I’ve moaned in the past that I’m tired of dropping the TT. Not only does the Wet Brush have a handle, but it’s a rubberised, non slip handle that stays firmly in place. It’s also much more child friendly too. Oh and did I mention is comes in a rainbow of colours?

I’ve had mine for two weeks now and already have my boyfriend and sister fighting over it. P.S. I found your dark hairs, I know you’ve been sneaking a go!
The US’s number 1 selling detangling brush is available in the UK now £6.95 from sallyexpress here.
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

What’s inside the box? Glossybox UK December 2014

I really look forward to December’s Glossybox. Whilst you can’t guarantee you’ll love what’s in the box, you can guarantee you’ll love the box.  This year’s is no exception – a cute red box with a Christmas tree on the outside and candy canes inside. Inside the festive treasures box we have....
Bee Nature Soap 5.50euros for 100g
Bee Nature soap is all natural with a base of honey and poppy seeds. So, soap? Not something I can get excited about and hardly fits with the festive theme. One to regift to my Mum I think.
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara Full Size £4.99/7.6ml
Now this is more like it. I love this stuff! It works perfectly to sculpt and hold brows in place, whist adding a little colour. I would have been even more thrilled had I not already purchased it, but now I have one for home and one for my handbag.
Seche Nail Lacquer Full Size £9.95/14ml
I received Seche Nail polishes in previous glossyboxes and been impressed by their pigmentation and glossiness. Scorchin’ Hot is a gorgeous spicy orangy red colour which I look forward to using over the festive period.
Beautiful Movements Cosmetics nude lip gloss Full Size £12/8ml
I’ve never heard of this brand? But this colour is right up my street.
Wilkinson Sword Intuition Naturals Razor Full Size £6.49
I certainly wasn’t expecting to see a razor in my Christmas box but I’m sure it will come in handy getting my pins party ready.
When it comes to beauty boxes, variety is important and December’s box certainly delivers. It’s nice to have lots of makeup pieces too instead of perfume vials and skincare samples. I’ll be popping this festive box straight under my tree. Find out more about Glossybox here.
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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Metallic Pomegranate



My love affair with Maybelline’s color tattoo’s continues. It started with Barely Branded (from my US swap with Yessie), deepened with On and On bronze (review here) and continues with Metallic Pomegranate.
In case you haven’t gone there yet Maybelline Color Tattoos are a solid cream/gel eyeshadows. The consistency is creamy and smooth and melts on contact with the skin – think MAC paint pots but heaps cheaper. Quick and versatile they can be used alone as shadow, a base or a gel liner.
Metallic Pomegranate (or Pomegranate Punk if you’re in the US) is a pinky/burgundy with a hint of gold shimmer running through it. It works wonders with my hazel eye colour – really helps the green pop! It has a good colour payoff and a beautiful frosty/metallic finish. Wear time is phenomenal – no budging, creasing, fading or smudging... ten hours and counting.

They give an instant and gorgeous slick of colour. I use my index finger to work it from my lash line up to the crease, smudging out with a clean finger or brush. They dry pretty quickly so you have to work them in sharply and once they’re on, they stay on. I wore Metallic Pomegranate as a base colour at the weekend and build up some golden hues on top, it added a gorgeous multi-tonal dimension with some sexy shimmer. I really do love these little pots. 
Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows £4.99 here Have you succumb yet? What’s your favourite shade?
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Monday, 9 December 2013

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water... New Skincare Hero


I’m blaming Beth at Birds Words for my latest obsession... Lush Tea Tree Toner Water. Sounds a bit gimmicky and unnecessary but it’s a real skincare revelation. Let me explain...
We all know that Tea tree is a real wonder oil – antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial. It combats spots, heals skin, minimises pores.... the lot! Sadly in its purest form it can also be a little over powering and drying on the skin (for reference I have dry/combination skin). Lush’s toner waters are like aromatherapy in dilution. I use it after cleansing to gently tone the skin. Spritzing 2-3 pumps on a cotton pad before sweeping across the face, concentrating on the T-zone. Refreshing and delicately scented, you can also spritz it directly onto the face – it’s a fabulous morning pick me up, or whenever you experience a dreaded skin emergency. It also contains grapefruit and juniper water to keep oily skins under control.
I’ve been using this for a month now and can honestly say my skin feels more balanced, my pores are squeaky clean and breakouts have been few and far between.
Lush Tea Tree Toner Water £7.50/250g and £3.95/100g here Oh and whilst you're there I'd recommend stocking up on snow fairy! See my Christmas Gift guide here.
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Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas Party Top to Toe Beauty

Christmas Party season means one thing... it’s time to up the glam. Thankfully ChapStick have sent me this wonderful kit containing everything you need to get glam and gorgeous this festive season!

ChapStick Lipsations Shimmer £1.99 Superdrug
There’s more to wearing lipstick than just rocking a great shade. Lips need to prepped first. ChapStick Lipsations Shimmers are ideal for the party season. Not only do they leave lips soft and smooth but the shimmer adds that extra glam and my do they smell lush! Apply under or over lipstick for a pearlescent shine and pop in your clutch for the all important touch ups. Available in two tempting flavours, Berry – with a subtle pink tint and Tropical – which is clear and smells like Malibu – score! They also make cute and affordable stocking fillers! Find out more here.
Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel £17.50 here 
Sometimes you gotta fake it to make it. I’m currently loving Xen-Tan Morroccon Oil self tan (review here) but if you need an instant, fix Trilogy instant bronzing gel gives an instant, natural, shimmering tan.
Elle Macpherson for HoMedics Instant Nail Wraps £5.99
The ultimate two minute nail makeover. These funky nail wraps come in gold, silver and pink and the best bit... with zero drying time.
Collection Does it all Mascara £4.99 here
I love this mascara with its enhanced multi-bristle brush and five way formula; curling, volumizing, lengthening, long-wearing and conditioning- this mascara really does it all!
Steamcream £12.95 Feel Unique here
You know I love me some Steamcream (full review here) It really is the moisturiser to take you through the night!
Pantene Volume and Body Hairspray £3.69 Superdrug here
My haircare regime is pretty laid back. Wash, blow, spray, go! “Spray” being the important part. I can’t leave the house without lashings of  the  stuff. I used to use this one years ago and I’d forgotton how much I love it. It holds really well but isn’t crispy like Treseme Freeze Hold and isn’t too light an invisible like Elnet (Shock horror I hate Elnet).
LASH False Lashes £4.19 here 
I don’t wear lashes. My natural ones aint bad and I’m rubbish at applying them. But December’s the time of year I’m most likely to give it a go and these ones look pretty flutterful!

See anything you like? What's your beauty must have for the party season?
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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Holy Grail Moisturiser.... SteamCream


I know I’m a sucker for funky packaging, but I’m no fool – the product’s still got to pack a punch, and this one really does! SteamCream is my go-to when my skin’s tired, dull and dry, which winter is all the time!
The technical stuff...
STEAMCREAM is a multipurpose moisturiser made with unrefined steam that can be used on face, body and hands. The use of steam in its production makes Steamcream break down as soon as it touches your skin, providing an intensive moisturising experience. Steamcream’s light, gentle and loosely bound emulsion allows each ingredient to break back down to its purest form and reach where it’s needed fast. Made from the finest organic ingredients including orange flower water, healing lavender oil and soothing oatmeal and, now this is the exciting part, comes in a range of gorgeous little aluminium tins with cute designs including the lady bug, leopard print, stars and stripes and an array of festive prints.


 
I can honestly say this product really does what it says on the tin. The first thing I noticed, other than the cool packaging, is the scent. It has a distinctive aromatherapy oil smell that’s very relaxing. It's light to touch. It sinks into the skin like a lotion but  behaves like an intensive moisturiser. It's not greasy, but it is rich and leaves my skin soft, plumped and glowing. I've found a little on a morning applied to my dry patches works well under make up. I also add a little extra on my high points where I want that extra glow. In the evening I like to message a more generous amount into my face and neck. I've been using Clinique's DDM for years, which still has a place in my routine, but when I need a little more TLC, Steamcream’s where I go!
Steamcream £12.95/75g stockists include ASOS here, Selfridges here and Feel Unique here.
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Friday, 29 November 2013

If you want an OLIVE tan, try this! Xen-Tan Moroccan Tan with Argan Oil



Many tans claim to give an olive glow, this one really DOES! I wouldn’t call myself a self tan devotee, but when it gets to this time of year – the summer glow has faded and Christmas party season is upon us -  I do need a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to “fake it to make it”. Until now Famous Dave's (got to love that name) has been my go-to. But Xen-Tan’s earned its stripes in the tanning world and when I saw it was enriched with Argan Oil,  the deal was done.
The products itself is really dark brown – think tar! Fear not, you won’t end up that colour and the dark hue means you can see exactly where you’re putting it. It’s labelled “medium” but that’s based on the American colour scale, which is darker than ours. I’d say it’s more of a medium to dark tan. The silky and lightweight texture glides on smoothly and instantly moisturisers and the Argan gives it an added richness. On this occasion I applied with my bare hands (cheesy wotsit hands). In future I’ll use a mitt. The tropical coconut scent makes a nice change, but as the colour develops, the dreaded fake tan/biscuit smell does set in, but only faintly.
Results....
The colour is dark and instant. It dries quickly, so if you want to slap it on and head out, you can and it doesn't sink into your pores or look patched - added bonus! The colour will gradually develop into a deep golden olive tan. Personally I prefer to give it a few hours to develop before washing off the excess. That way you can check your shade before you go out in public and wash away the smell. I applied one coat to my arms. I already had a bit of colour from my last holiday so I wasn’t expecting anything dramatic. Instead I got a natural, even, all over tan that’s more olive than orange! It definitely lifted my current shade a couple of notches. The tan lasts for around 4-5 days. I’ve got the first of my Christmas parties next week and can’t wait to do a second application.


Xen-Tan Moroccan Tan with Argan Oil Medium £20.95/148ml Feel Unique here also found it on Amazon for £16.00 here. What's your favourite fake tan?
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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

New Arm Candy... Olivia Burton Big Dial Rose Gold Watch


I’ve been look for a watch that’s less chunky and more wearable than my beloved Michael Kors Rose Gold Bracelet watch. After almost daily wear for the last few years it’s looking a bit tarnished and in need of a break. Enter Olivia Burton. When they couldn’t find a watch that fulfilled their need for style, Olivia Burton created their own stunning collection of elegant and affordable watches, inspired by vintage styles and catwalk trends. As soon as I saw the collection online, I knew I'd succumb. The only problem was... which one?
Eventually I chose the Big Dial Rose Gold Plated Watch £72 here with a large white face, rose gold case and soft mink leather strap. It’s a real statement watch!! I love the pairing of the rose gold with a grained mink leather strap - it creates a very understated and very chic look.  Small details like the embossed Olivia Burton logo on the inside of the strap and the little bird motif on the back of the face make it feel reassuringly good quality. The case is 38x38mm, it’s large but not in an “in your face” kinda way. I love the colour of the strap. I’d describe the “mink” as an off white/creamy colour. It’s really flattering against my skin tone (although I still had a holiday tan in these pics). It’s very light weight (so, so much lighter than Michael Kors) and the soft leather strap is very comfortable to wear.
There’s lots of Olivia Burton stockists out there but I choose The Dressing Room, taking advantage of their 10% off for new customers (when you sign up to the newsletter). Kudos to them for their snazzy packaging and promt delivery!


Oliva Burton watches from £55 at The Dressing Room here and ASOS here. What'd you think?
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Friday, 22 November 2013

Let’s Get Naked... Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick


When I did the “Inside my MAC lipstick collection” post, one thing was clear, I had too many nude lipsticks. I said to myself no more nudes! I went looking for an autumnal plum but somehow came back with this!!!
Rimmel recently re-launched their Moisture Renew Lipstick – new formula, new packaging and ten new shades – I had to get in on the action. I must have swatched and tried every shade in the range but this suited me this most! What’s a girl to do!
Let’s Get Naked is a neautral peachy/pinky/nude. It’s not a super  pale nude, which is usually my thing, it’s more of a “my lips but better” kinda nude. The colour pigmentation is really strong and the new formula is super rich and glossy.  Formulated with three superpower moisturisers – polypeptides, hyaluronic acid and natural collagen that deeply hydrate lips and improves their condition instantly and over time, it’s no wonder they glide on soft and stay creamy. Wear time around 2-3 hours.

Swatch in daylight
With flash, it's a little darker in reality
Rimmel Moisture renew Lipstick £6.49 Boots here Currently 3 for 2! Anyone else loving this collection? Would love some recommendations. In Love with Ginger looks good!
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