Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Nails of the Day - ArtDeco Ceramic Nail Lacquer Shade 083

I adore everything ArtDeco, I just love their sleek packaging and of course the way everything looks like a 1930s style! This gorgeous jade green polish is just lovely.  (If it shows up a little turquoise in my photos, I do apologise. This polish is in fact a true green shade).

For ages I have been searching for a lovely green polish for my collection - shockingly I think that is one colour I did not have! This shade is just beautiful and is perfect to wear in Summer or in Winter. I have never used ArtDeco polishes before, and I really like the formula of this one. It was so easy to apply, it has the perfect consistency. I have my eye on some fabulous Dita Von Teese polishes too!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy perfume - my all time favourite!

I am in no way a fan of Britney Spears, but her perfumes are incredible. My favourite one is Midnight Fantasy, and has been for about 6 years now. Midnight Fantasy was the second perfume to come out in the "Fantasy" range, it was released in 2007.

I love sweet, fruity perfumes, and this is by far the sweetest, most fruitiest perfume you could ever want!

Heart Notes: Night Orchid, Freesia, Iris

Top Notes: Framboise, Black Cherry, Plum

Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Vanilla

The bottle looks quite nice and mysterious, and would look really elegant on your dressing table. 
I am sure at this stage, nearly everyone has tried this perfume. If you haven't I just cannot recommend it enough if you are into sweet scents like me. You can get the 100ml bottle for around £20.00 in most shops. I myself have been addicted to it now for years, I would consider it my signature scent! 

Have you tried any Britney Spears perfumes?

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

ArtDeco Eyeshadow Base

I had been on the lookout for a good eyeshadow base and several fellow bloggers recommended I check out this ArtDeco one. I got it on for an amazing £8.00 (for a 5ml pot). OK so far it is not all that expensive so I am impressed! BeautyBay dispatched my order quite quickly and I had my eyeshadow base a couple of days after ordering.

I have been wearing this almost every day under my eyeshadows since I got it, and it has not given me any problems. My eyeshadow is definitely staying on all day and not creasing, which is what I wanted. The product itself feels a little sticky initially, it is quite thick and almost creamy. You can see that it is a neutral shade that I think would suit most skin tones. It is a little shimmery, but it is barely noticeable and you cannot see the shimmer at all when you apply your eyeshadow over this. 

The only thing I did not like was the smell! It is awful! It kind of smells like men's aftershave. It is the only off-putting thing about putting this on your eyelids. Couldn't they have made it to have a nice floral scent or something? Or better yet no scent at all? 

Overall though I do really like this product and it is definitely great at prolonging my eyeshadows. 

I hope you liked this review! Let me know if you have tried this Artdeco Eyeshadow Base!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick - Oh Juicy!

 I can't resist orange lipsticks. I saw this lovely one in the chemist and it was so cheap too I had to buy it. I also love the name "Oh Juicy!".

I love the Catrice logo embossed in the lipstick. The tip of this lipstick is quite curved, which is nice but it is quite difficult to get into the corners of your lips.

You can see this is a real, true bright orange! It is actually a lot brighter than I expected. It is super pigmented.

Wow! I absolutely adore this lipstick. I haven't worn as bright of a lipstick in years. This is perfect to give you that pop of colour on your lips. I really am mad about everything orange in my make up collection and this is a winner for me!

Friday, 19 July 2013

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Perfume Sample

This is the last of my Lancome sample reviews! It is a little baby bottle of La Vie est Belle perfume (so cute!). I am quite picky about my perfumes, and I have never even worn an expensive perfume before, but I do like this one.

Heart notes:
Iris, Orange blossoms, Jasmine

Top notes:
Blackcurrant, Pear

Base notes:
Tonka bean, Praline, Patchouli, Vanilla

You can probably tell that it is a sweet smelling perfume, which is what I am partial to anyway. It is sweet and fruity. The scent actually reminds me of walking into Debenhams! It is quite long lasting too, and due to the nature of this little sample bottle I am only able to put a small drop on my wrists at a time, and I can still smell it at the end of each day.

I would love the full sized bottle of this perfume. It is absolutely beautiful and would look gorgeous on your dressing table!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

ArtDeco Dip Eyeliner

 ArtDeco are absolutely fabulous. Everything looks so glam, and so incredibly 1930s. I just love their sleek designs. The lovely Yav from sent me these beautiful eyeliners so a huge thank you for that!!

The applicator is so precise and incredibly easy to use. I have difficulty with applying liquid eyeliners that have the long kind of tip on them, so I am delighted with these!

 I love the turquoise shade! It is such a beautiful colour.

 The black liner is just fabulous, it is one of the best I have ever used! A quick flick of this and you are good to go!
For a pop of colour I applied the turquoise liner over the black. I adore this so much!

Both of these eyeliners stayed on all day, no problems there at all. Also they were quite easy to take off with eye make up remover. I had some issues with an Essence pen eyeliner once where it left a "stain" of eyeliner no matter how much you tried to remove it! These ArtDeco ones tick all the boxes for me. Easy to apply, stay all day and easy to remove! The colour payoff is amazing too. Definitely check these out if you can!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Nails of the Day - Catrice "Bloody Mary To Go"

Everyone talks about Catrice polishes - this is actually my first time ever trying one. They had lots of fabulous shades but I chose "Bloody Mary to Go", a beautiful deep, elegant red shade.

It was quite easy to apply and (so far) seems to be quite well-wearing. I used two coats and it seemed to dry fairly quickly too. There is nothing nicer than a sophisticated red nail!

Fred wanted a piece of the action while I was photographing this polish! 

Friday, 12 July 2013

Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Moisturiser

 This little sample pot of Hydra Zen was part of a free gift from Debenhams I got recently. I love all kinds of moisturisers so I have been using away at this (it has lasted me over 6 weeks now!). Lancome describe this as a soothing moisturiser for long-lasting hydration. I seem to be prone to dry skin lately so it seemed perfect for me.

Firstly I will say that this is a scented moisturiser. I am not keen on using scented products on my face. It has quite a heavy, perfume scent. Anyway, this moisturiser is very thick and luxurious. At first I was not using enough of it, so I felt it dragging across my skin. Now I am using a generous dollop and it glides on smoothly and sinks in almost instantly. To be quite honest, since I started using this my skin has never looked better. It is definitely more hydrated, I think it makes me look a lot fresher and my skin is definitely brighter.

For 50ml of this product, it is £39.00 so it is not cheap. I am not sure I could afford that! However, when my little sample runs out, I will definitely miss it! The only bad thing I can say about it is that it is a little too perfumed for my liking. But the results I am seeing outweigh that one minor little point.

If you have tried this let me know what you thought! I will have to put it on my Christmas list... ;)

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Essential Burt's Bees Kit

Recently I bought the original Burt's Bees lip balm and I have been kind of addicted to the scent. I can't even describe it, but I just love it because it is just so natural. I saw a lot of Burt's Bees stuff reduced in Debenhams, and I really wanted to try some more of their products. I thought this essential kit would be a good start!

This Beeswax Lipbalm is quite nice, however it is a peppermint one which I am not keen on. I don't really like balms that leave your lips feeling tingly. It is really good but I much prefer the honey lip balm.

This deep cleansing cream is absolutely fantastic! It smells so fresh and clean, and it leaves your face feeling so deeply cleansed. You know, it leaves that "tingling" feeling which I really appreciate as it makes me feel like this product has definitely done it's job! I wouldn't use it every night though, just maybe once or twice a week.

The milk and honey body lotion is absolutely lovely. This has the most "natural" scent of them all. I have been using this one quite a bit, so I think I will have to get the full size! My skin absolutely feels so nourished and moisturised. The lotion itself is quite thick and creamy. When applied it doesn't really feel sticky, which is what I usually hate about body lotions! So I absolutely adore this!

This foot cream is absolutely phenomenal. I wouldn't really call it a cream though, it is more like a gel/paste kind of texture. It is quite sticky, and the instructions suggest that you apply this at night and wear cotton socks all night. I actually did this and the results were incredible. I am so happy with this!

This hand salve I thought was quite unusual. I was expecting a hand cream, but when I opened the tin I realised that it is more of a Vaseline texture. However, it isn't even quite as soft as Vaseline - it's so difficult to describe! The scent is quite medicinal and I absolutely love it. I would take a little bit of this product and massage across my knuckles which would tend to be the driest. It really is so nice to use and effective too.

I hope you enjoyed this post. This little kit was a nice taster for me and I definitely am left with a good impression of Burt's Bees. I would really like to try out more of their products!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

My Dressing Table!

I am so so proud of my new dressing table. I have wanted one like this since forever, I think they look ultra glam and very elegant. Perfect for a Ziegfeld Girl - haha! Let me give you a tour...
 On this side I have just displayed a couple of mini Yankee Candles, Soap and Glory Hand Food, Lush Lip Scrub and the picture is a vintage postcard - circa 1939 - of Hollywood actress Deanna Durbin. Not many people have heard of her nowadays, as she retired quite young in the 1940s, but she was very famous back then. I thought the framed postcard looked quite fitting on my dressing table.

 Along the front of the mirror I just displayed my perfume bottles, and a little handheld vintage style mirror.
 On top of the second little drawer I just have a sample size of Lancome Bi-Facil eye make up remover, and the "Kitten" box is the very first Benefit product I ever bought - it is a huge powder puff that I just adore. I got it in San Francisco back in 2005. It is so glamorous looking and it is full of tiny shimmers too that you can just pat on yourself.

 In the little drawers I have stored some make up that I don't really use, but inside this big drawer is the bulk of my make up collection that I use pretty much every day. There is no real order in here, and someday I will get a drawer organiser but right now everything is just all laid out any old way!

I absolutely am in love with this, I feel like a Hollywood movie star when I am sat here doing my make up!

I hope you liked this post, I love seeing photos of people's dressing tables!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Clarins Splendours Colour Quartet & Liner Palette

Recently I decided to treat myself to a kind of "high end" eye palette. I was thinking of getting a Lancome Hypnose palette, but this turned my head at the Clarins stand...

This is my first ever Clarins product. Even the outer packaging is so luxurious! The palette comes in a little velvet pouch, and there is a card with a couple of looks you can try with these shadows.

It is difficult to capture this gorgeous palette as I keep getting the reflection of the window in there! But it is a beautiful sun dial design, it looks so sophisticated and beautiful. Now of course to show you what's on the inside!

These shades are absolutely beautiful. As you can see there are four shadows and one liner shade. I love the patterns on the shadows too.

I cannot express how much I adore these shades. The gold shade is a particular favourite of mine. It's so unusual.

These are the cards showing a couple of different looks you can try. I have been using this to follow the smokier look, and it is absolutely fantastic.

My one criticism is that I am not really fussed on the eyeliner as an actual liner. I have been using it to darken my outer corner and contour. That is just my preference as I have to have my gel liner on every day!

I have been wearing this palette every day! In the mornings going to work I just sweep the two lightest shades over my eyelids. My absolute favourite is wearing all the shades together as seen in the above photos. It is perfect for summer and I am absolutely delighted with this palette! Clarins has totally won me over, and I would love to try out more of their products!

Has anyone else tried out this palette?