Friday, 29 August 2014

Nail Polish Favourites + Storage

Hi Guys,

As most of you probably do, I love nail polish! It's so nice to have a variety of colours to choose from depending on your mood or outfit, and giving myself a manicure is my perfect way of having a bit of 'me' time. 

Rather than just show you my ultimate favourite colours, I thought I'd also give you a peek at how I store them too. 

Favourite Colours
Most of my favourite colours are Essie, as that's the brand I own the most of. Everyone will have a brand that just works on their nails, and Essie is the brand for me. I can go a week without it chipping and I love the formula and application brush as it makes it so easy to apply.

Tomorrow Never Dies, Trophy Wife, Cute as a Button, Bikini so Teeny, I'm Not Lion, Fiji
OPI 'Tomorrow Never Dies'
I picked this up over a year ago at duty free and it's part of the James Bond collection. It's such an amazing deep purple with a subtle glitter running through it.

Essie 'Trophy Wife'
This is, as described on the Essie website, a deep teal pearl polish. As I mentioned before, applying Essie polishes is a breeze with this one being no different. It's definitely more of a autumn/winter polish as it's jewel toned.

Essie 'Cute as a Button'
This was the first Essie polish I owned, and it's one of her most famous ones. It's my favourite pink as it's a perfect middle man for bright and pastel. 

Essie 'Bikini so Teeny'
This was raved about two summers ago (I think), and the summer it came out, it was the only colour I wore on my toes! It's so the most amazing blue with a subtle shimmer that goes with everything! I can just reapply it over and over again.

China Glaze 'I'm not Lion'
What is a nail polish without a cute name, and this is one of the cutest! China Glaze is also another favourite formulation of mine as they are really long lasting. This a glitter from the Safari collection that you can wear (with a few coats), without another colour underneath. Who doesn't love a bit of glitter?!

Essie 'Fiji'
Once again, this is another very famous Essie polish and who came blame them? It's the most amazing milky nude/pink, that's so flattering on the nails. If I don't know what colour to paint my nails, this is the one that I reach for as it's so universal. There's no swatch of this one I'm afraid as it just looked white against the nail wheels - sorry!

I took inspiration for storing my nail polish from Miss Glamorazzi's Nail Polish Collection. After searching around, I found the cheapest acrylic organisation hanger here on Amazon. Just like Ingrid's, each compartment is separated by colour. 

Excuse the Pussycat Dolls poster behind it, I got the poster when I saw them when I was 13. Nostalgic memories means I don't have the heart to take it down, so I covered it instead!

Top Row
Blacks and Silvers
Deep reds and berrys
Shimmery Pinks

Second Row
Darker Pinks
Light Pinks

Third Row
Darker Blues
Lighter Blues

Fourth Row
Yellow and Golds
Coloured Glitters
Top Coat Glitters

Bottom Row
Acetone (to remove gels)
Base and top coats
Nail files, cuticle pushers etc
Nail Polish Remover

I hope you enjoyed seeing my favourite colours and storage!
I think this has been my favourite post I've ever written!
What are your favourite colours?
Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Travel Make Up - California Edition

Hi Guys,

As this goes live, I'll be on the way to the airport with my family for 2 weeks in California! I'm so excited as this is the biggest family holiday we've ever done and it's for my parents 25th wedding anniversary!

Just like when I went to New York back in July, I thought I'd show you the make up I'm taking with me on our adventure.

To cope with the heat a primer is essential so I'm taking the Bourjois Happy Light Matte Primer as it's my current favourite. I've got a daytime option for foundation, the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in 33 Rose Beige and a night time option for foundation, the L'Oreal True Match foundation in N4 Beige. I'm taking my usual concealers which are the Collection Lasting Perfection in 3 Warm Medium for general concealing and the Maybelline Lumi Touch (in who knows what colour as it's all worn off) for highlighting under the eyes. It'll all need to be set with a powder, so I'm taking the Maybelline Matte Maker which will be followed by some bronzer in the form of the MUA Bronzer in Shade 3. I'm taking two blush options depending on what mood I'm in, the first being another current favourite, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blusher in True Love. The second blush is a more natural shade of a NYX blush in Mauve. Incase I want to add a bit of a glow in the evenings, I'm also taking the Topshop Glow in Polished.

I'm taking the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded as one form of eyeshadow base and the MUA Pro-Base Eye Primer as another. I'm planning on keeping my daytime look very neutral which will be done with the help of the Wet n Wild Trio in Walking on Eggshells. Incase I want to bronze things up for the evening I'm also taking the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze, as well as the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush. One eyeliner will do the trick with my trusty old favourite, the Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner, followed by my favourite mascara Benefit's They're Real. I'm taking two Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals in Nude and Bronze.
For my brows, I'm taking the Natural Collection Eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut (my HD Brows palette did not come back in a great condition after the flights to New York - not taking that risk again!) and the Maybelline BrowDrama in Medium Brown.

The lips is the only area I'm giving myself a few options as who knows what I'll be feeling when I'm there. Firstly is the Maybelline Baby Lips in Hydrate to apply before I start my make up. For actual colour, I'm taking the NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler and Vanilla Cream Pie. I'm also taking the Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple and the Kiko Kiss Balm in Blackberry. Finally I'm taking the Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in 110.

I think I've packed quite well for a two week holiday!
What would you take with you?
Thanks for reading

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Monday Morning Wishlist #6

Hi Guys,

Firstly I'd just like to say that this week I've gained quite a few new followers on Bloglovin', so I'd like to say hello to the newbies and thank you for following my little page on the internet! :)

It's time for another Monday Morning Wishlist as there is lots of clothes I've been wanting to buy recently but I've been restraining myself. I'm going back to uni in September so I need to save my money to rejoin the gym/go crazy with student shopping deals!

I love the fit of cigarette trousers, especially when you dress them up with a nice pair of heels and top. I really like the pattern of these ones, as I'm very much into black and white right now.

Sometimes, a pretty black blouse is all you need so you can accessorise to your hearts content! 

Oh My Love Playsuit, £35 down to £20
I already own an Oh My Love playsuit and I love it so I really want another one for nights out. The Playing Away Dark Floral pattern is beautiful, and again fits in with the black&white thing I've been loving recently.

I keep coming across this dress when I'm browsing through ASOS. I'd love to have an occasion where I can really dress up for it so this dress would be perfect, but with nothing coming up, it'd be a waste of money. I love how the lace down the edges makes your waist look smaller.

What have you been lusting over recently?
Thanks for reading

Scented Body Lotions

Hi Guys,

I've never been one who's too lazy to apply moisturiser when they come out of the shower. In fact, I'm the total opposite it and I love it! It's fun to apply a lotion that smells amazing so you can keep smelling it as the day goes on.
I thought I'd show you the scented lotions that are currently in my collection.

Victoria's Secret Love Spell
Cherry Blossom and Peach make this gorgeous scent! I was at a friends recently applying this and she ran into the room saying 'what is that smell, it's unbelievable'. It's powerful but not enough to be overbearing and it lasts! I also have the matching body spray which helps it last even longer. The lotion itself is also very hydrating and smooth to apply.

Bath and Body Works, Velvet Sugar & Sea Island Cotton
I haven't got as much use out the these lotions yet as they are recent purchases from when I was in New York. However both scents are amazing. The lotions contain Shea and Vitamin E which makes them really moisturising on the skin. The size of them is also perfect for travelling.

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter
Now, I know this isn't a lotion but these body butters need an honourable mention for the scented category. The blueberry is limited edition (sad face, it's amazing) but all the other scents are equally as amazing. I love the coconut range, even though I actually hate the taste of coconut.

What are your favourite scented body lotions?
Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


Hi Guys,

I thought I'd share with you the outfit I wore out on Saturday, as I really liked it and it involved a new purchase I haven't hauled.

Two days before I went out I realised I didn't want to wear anything I owned, so as a recent member of ASOS Premier (sorry bank balance) I made a quick purchase of some outfits to choose from. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of my outfit on an actual camera, so a selfie will have to do!

Top: Topshop
Skirt: Oasis
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bangles: Loft
Watch: Michael Kors

I really loved this outfit!
What do you think?

Thanks for reading