Saturday, 29 September 2012

nails inc. Couture

For those of you who may not be aware, nails inc. do a COUTURE service which lets you personalise your nail polish with a different lid and customised label . It's the presented in it's own box with your choice of 2 stickers et voila!

This service costs £20, is it worth it? Oh probably not. That's not really the point though and as my friend at work was leaving last week and is mad about nails inc.I thought it would make a fitting goodbye gift!

Picture courtesy of nails

The only thing that doesn't impress me about nails inc. is that they aren't always the quickest for delivery so it didn't arrive in time for my friends last day at work, so I basically felt like a bit of a bad bad friend.

Now, please don't go thinking that I just opened her present to take pictures, I wanted to make sure that it was all OK and the printing on the label wasn't dodgy and thought ' would be a shame not to show this on my blog...'. Hmm, still sounds bad doesn't it?

The obligatory Celebration & Good Luck stickers

 I went for the pink jewelled lid with Holland Park, which by the way is an impossible colour to accurately capture on my camera so below is an edited version which shows the exact shades perfectly!

And this was the reason I opened the box, this sticker wasn't on straight at all, it was all the way to the left almost over the edge which I felt was a little shoddy considering you are paying for this little extra. It wasn't difficult to take it off and straighten it up though so not to worry.

A little Disney joke

My friend was really pleased with it and it looked cute so I was a happy bunny.
What do you guys thinks? Will you be treating someone special or yourself to a couture polish... there are only 86 days until Christmas!


Saturday, 1 September 2012

Hip Hip Henna Hooray

On Monday, one of my best friends came home from South Korea and it's just been so amazing to see her. She's been over there for just over 18 months teaching English and she's flown over for only one week for one of her best friend's wedding.
I haven't been able to talk to her as much as I'd like due to my dodgy laptop and my blackberry is too old to have Skype but it was as if it had only been a week since we'd last seen each other and I think my mum's right when she says 'that's exactly what it should be like with good friends, you can always pick up where you left off'.

She's been ticking off all the foods throughout the week that she wants to fit in before she flies back to SK on Monday and last night was the turn of Fish & Chips. Neither of us were really that hungry so we settled on chips and made the trek to a nearby village that is apparently 'the best'. They were nice but I don't know what to compare them to as I don't ever really get them, they weren't hard though so I was happy.

I'm in love with Mendhi/Henna and have been for years and usually like to keep something on my feet throughout the summer and Suze saw my feet on Tuesday night and asked if I would do some on her, especially as the wedding she's going to is a Sikh ceremony and they're having a Mendhi party today for the Bride to Be. It's not very authentic, more 'in the style of' but she wanted it all up her arms too which was a bit of a challenge as I kept getting confused!

We used a different henna to the one I usually buy as mine had all run out but this is where I get mine from if you're interested. It's freshly made and arrives very quickly and stains a nice dark colour. You can buy it cheaper but in my experience this is one of the best ones.

Be careful not to buy the black henna that's on Ebay if you dye your hair as one of the chemicals can cause allergic reactions.

I'm wearing Models Own-Utopia and Suze is wearing Rimmel Pro-Desire

We also used some nail foils to go along with the theme, I've mentioned them in another post but I'm building up a collection of pictures so that I can do a really good post about them because they're amazing!
These sadly aren't my pictures, I wish they'd bring out the iPhone 5 already so I get get the 4S cheaper..I've read it could be September 12th so fingers crossed!

On a different note, has anyone smelt the new Marc Jacobs Dot EDP?
It smells amazing, the nicest I've got a whiff of in a while so I think I will be buying this with my first months salary .

Picture courtesy of Feel Unique


NOTD Look Beauty Nail Pop- Sequin effect

Happy 1st of September!!
Sorry it's been a while, life has been completely up in the air mental recently and although I've been taking pics for the blog all the time, I just haven't found long enough to sit down and put it all together. I'm planning on replying to all my comments this weekend (sorry it's take me so long, I had been trying to do it on a weekly basis...)
One of the many things flying around at the moment is that I have a new job! I don't know if I mentioned on here that I had an interview well over a month ago? Well, I left feeling that it went pretty badly and when I didn't hear back for a month I assumed I didn't get it, but I did!! I'm so excited because it's my first 'grown up' job, I'm still bottom of the pile, but that's where you have to start isn't it? :) It really couldn't have come at a better time because after that woman I work with had and still has been trying to get me in to trouble I think it was a good idea to jump before I was sadly pushed. I start next Friday, eeek!

This NOTD is one I'd been after for a while now, I had seen a GOSH flakie on another blog quite a long time ago but the polish in question had been discontinued, so when I saw the Look Beauty did 2 versions I was sold!
I really like the Look magazine beauty range, I first saw it before Christmas last year when there was a Superdrug offer 'buy 2 products and get a free polish'. I had wanted the polish and a mascara anyway so I picked up an eye shadow which I actually really like.

The shadow is quite a warm nude metallic, I can't usually wear warm shades without looking bruised but when the light hits this it has a lovely cool shade to it, quite pearly and nice really.
I'm not so fussed about the mascara, it's nice but not 'product heavy' enough for my preference. It says 'Lash extensions in a bottle' and it does separate and lengthen but with a subtle natural look, I think it just depends what you're after.

Eye shadow- CAMI shade 4 , Mascara- STRETCH FACTOR Ultra black shade 1
This was the baby though, I adore this. It looks amazing on, I think it would compliment every skin tone and I received countless compliments whilst wearing it and friends were borrowing it left right and centre. It retails at £5 which isn't a bad price, it's just something in my head wishes it was £4.50, thinking about it, it could be that I don't like round number prices for cosmetics in general. How odd.

Look Beauty Nail Pop in BLING

Right, back on topic now. They do 2 varieties of the flakie glitters; shown below is Sequin effect which leans slightly more to the green and yellow shades in the light and Pearl effect which leans slightly more to the blues and purples. Both were very pretty but I decided I was after the former one.
I layered this over a 17 polish called Mint Choc Chip which I love, it can look quite blue in some lights and I thought they would compliment each other nicely. I have seen them layered on a lot of darker polishes though with quite stunning effects.
I would call this look Baby Mermaid...
1 coat of base, 2 coats of Mint Choc Chip, 2 coats of Sequin effect and 2 coats of top...too thick for me

The effect was really difficult to capture on camera, it looked lovely but next time I would do few coats as I don't like it too thick. Overall I really like this but it isn't going to become my all time go-to favourite. It's definitely fun to play around with different colours it works with though.

Look what's turned up in my local Boots!?! An Essie stand, woohoooo!