Saturday, 15 September 2012

Boohoo £50 Blogger Challenge

Fashion Vouchers are holding a competition to create an outfit from for £50 or under. You know me I love a good competition. Here is my entry. I decided to go for a glam party look. I adore the cat wedges and think they add a little quirkiness to the outfit. The wet look leggings are so on trend right now along with the studded bracelet. 

  1. Jenni Foil Print High Neck Crop Top £8 
  2. Harper Spiked Bracelet £8
  3. Zoe Deco Triangle Drop Gold Earrings £6
  4. Beth High Waist Wet Look Leggings £12
  5. Suky Cat Face Suedette Wedge £15

TOTAL: £49

Friday, 14 September 2012

Vivo Coral Flair Lipstick

Vivo Coral flair is a, you guessed it, Coral lipstick. It  leans on the red side of things rather than the pink. It is excellent quality and at only £1.99 a complete bargain! It goes on opaque in one coat and is very moisturising. I think I prefer the formula slightly to MUA as it is more moisturising. Definitely worth giving a go if you are on the lookout for a red based coral.

Gem x

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

VIVO Colour Block Palette - Enchanted: Reviewed

The Colour Block is a new release from Vivo Cosmetics and comes in two forms: The Enchanted palette, which has a lovely mix of colours from brights to neutrals and the Unprotected palette which has colours extremely similar to MUA's Undressed.  

I picked Enchanted up while in Tesco the other day. It is normally £3.99, but at the moment it is on sale for just £3. I saw the Unprotected palette there too, it looks gorgeous but I have so many neutrals I couldn't get it. It pained me so much to leave it there, I may go back and get it even though its SO similar to the Undressed by MUA.

The palette has such a lovely mix of colours which are perfect for Autumn/Winter. My favourite is the lovely teal shadow. I had a little play and came up with a  look using this colour which you can see above. I wasn't feeling particularly brave so used it as an accent colour with brown the main. I am currently thinking of ways to use the gorgeous burgundy colour with out looking ill or like I have been punched in the eye!

The shadows are a mix of shimmer and matte. They are quite pigmented and blend nicely, very good quality for £3.99. They last really well with or with out a primer on my non-oily lids.

I definitely recommend getting this palette. Its great if you want to experiment with colour but still has the neutrals in there. 

You can purchase this palette from Tesco stores or directly from Vivos website here

Are you a coloured shadow lover? Or are you more for the neutrals? Do you have any ideas on how I could use the burgundy colour?

Gem x

Monday, 10 September 2012

Sunkissed Bridal Look

Sunkissed Bronzing  recently contacted me on twitter, asking whether I wanted to take part in a competition they are running on their website. The challenge was to create a bridal look using their products. Of course I accepted and here is the look I came up with...

Here are the products I used to create the look:

  • Sunkissed Beyond Bronze Flexi Bronzing Kit - RRP £14.99
    • I really like this kit, and I love the fact that you can create your own little customised palette. The eyeshadows are nicely pigmented, but not amazingly so. You can say the same for the blush. Both blend pretty well and you get a nice range of colours included. The mini mascara is great. It comes with a mini brush perfect to get those hard to reach corner lashes and it hardly clumps at all. The lipglosses were nice, but did have that plasticy taste unfortunately. 

  • Sunkissed Jumbo Bronzing Pearls - RRP £2.50
    • These are great. They are the perfect colour for a bronzer and an amazing price. They give a lovely bronze glow to the skin and can be applied lightly like I did, or built up for a deeper bronze colour. 

  • Sunkissed Cosmetics Bronzing Brush - RRP £3.50
    • This is the only product that I didn't completely like. It is an ok brush, but I think you can get better quality for the same price from e.l.f. 

  • Along with: Benefit That Gal Primer and Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation as my base.

My two look has gone into a gallery on Sunkissed website along with all the other entrants, and users will be able to vote for their favourite bridal look. I would be so so grateful if you could click this link HERE and vote for my look. 

Thanks lovelys

Gem x

NOTD: Minnie Mouse Inspired

On November the 4th I am off to Disneyland Paris! I am so excited, probably more than the kids. I have always loved Disney and Minnie Mouse is my favourite character so todays NOTD is inspired by Minnie herself.

Minnie is usually dressed in red, but I didn't own a red polish at the time, so I went with pink. In Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (which I am subjected to on a daily basis) on Disney Junior, she does actually wear pink so I went with it :)

How cute are they? I think I will definitely be rocking these on my trip, unless I come up with an even better Disney inspired nail art!

Gem x

Sunday, 9 September 2012

The Snake Braid

I was browsing the net for hair ideas when I came across the 'Snake Braid'. It is really easy to create and gives a nice twist to a boring normal braid. All you do is plat the hair as normal, then when you come to the end of the braid take the two outer pieces while holding on to the middle piece and pull the two outer strands until you get a squashed braid. Then pull the braid back down and you will get the 'Snake Braid'

Have you ever tried this type of braid before? What do you think?

Gem x

Saturday, 8 September 2012

How Much is My Face Worth?

I have seen this type of post floating around for a while and it looked like fun so I decided to do it. I do tend to wear the same products everyday, mixing it up a little, but these are the products I have been wearing a lot recently. 

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know I am mainly a drug-store girl when it comes to make-up, so my total may be much lower than some posts you have seen where the total is over £200! The most expensive product is my M.A.C lipstick in creme cup, which is totally worth the expense.

  • Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara: £10
  • GOSH Click and Conceal: £6.99
  • ChitChat Bronzing Mosaic: £1
  • Garnier BB Cream: £ 8
  • MAC Lipstick Creme Cup: £14
  • Carmex Lip Balm: £3
  • MUA Blush: £1
  • MUA Gel Liner: £2
  • MUA Undressed Palette: £4
  • George Eyeshadow Primer: £3.50
  • ChitChat Highlighter £1
  • 17 Pressed Powder: £ 3.99
Total: £58.48

Here's the look, its just a natural everyday look.

Have you done this post? How much is your face worth :) ?
Gem x

Thursday, 6 September 2012

NOTD: Cute Cupcakes

Today's NOTD is cupcake nails. These were quite easy to create really, it just takes a bit of patience (which I have hardly any of at the moment). I think they turned out pretty good, and look quite cute. Next time I do them they will look better as I am getting quite a lot of practice with nail art recently :) 


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Share the love #2

I wanted to post this on Sunday, but my laptop broke and had to go away for repair so I am now only getting around to writing this.

So here is my second share the love post, a post featuring my favourite blog posts of the week along with new finds and great giveaways on at the moment.

Favourite Posts

Maliberry Makeup - Balmi Lip Balm in Strawberry - How does it compare to EOS?
I really enjoyed this post. It was well thought out and well written. I have wanted to try the EOS lipbalms for ages and had been intrigued when I heard about the Balmi so it was great to see how they compared. On reading the post, I am more inclined to buy the EOS because of the natural ingredients.

LucyyWrites - Products I wouldn't repurchase
I really enjoy these types of posts, and it was interesting to see what products Lucy didn't get on with.

Glitter Tips - Cat Nails!
Check out the post and it is pretty self explanatory why it is one of my favourites. All of the nail art Alexis creates over on her blog is amazing and I can only wish to be as good as her at nail art. These cat nails truly are a work of art.

Favourite Find

Emily Anne Beauty 
Over at Emily Anne Beauty, Emily writes about beauty fashion and lifestyle. She has a lovely writing style and comes across really friendly in her posts, go check her out :)

Great Giveaway

The Beauty Shelf - Autumn Giveaway
This is a great giveaway with a whole host of products from MAC to Liz Earle, go check it out!

Gem x

Monday, 3 September 2012

MUA Lipstick in 'Bare' Review and Swatches

MUA Bare Lipstick Review

MUA bare lipstick swatch

My local Superdrug doesnt sell MUA, boo. So when I went on a little shopping trip to the city, I headed straight to Superdrug where they do stock it, to stock up. 

I bought two lipsticks and their new gel eyeliner, keep an eye out for a review soon. 

I love this lipstick. It is a lovely nude lipstick, with very slight peach tones in it. The formula is great. It isn't drying and looks quite creamy on. It lasts about 3 hours on me if I don't eat/drink, which is about average. 

The only negative thing I have to say about this lipstick is that I don't like the smell. Its a bit too sickly sweet for me, but others may love it. 

For £1 you really cant go wrong. I would definitely recommend this lipstick to everyone, its great and the value for money cant be beat. 

Have you tried MUA lipsticks?

Gem x

Saturday, 1 September 2012

August Favourites

So our summer is now officially over. It was a wash out overall, but living in Wales I have a lot of experience with rain and am used to it.

So here are the products I have been loving in August:

  • N-SPA Body Scrub - I got this scrub in a set for my birthday and I love it. I really like the scent, its so refreshing and floral, it has just the right amount of scrub in it  and it leaves my skin lovely and smooth.

  • Purity Organic Skincare Regenerating Overnight Moisturiser* - I have been using this moisturiser for about a month now and I love it. It leaves my skin so moisturised and doesn't cause it to flare up, unlike a lot of moisturisers I have tried. It is thick, but this is what I look for in a night time moisturiser as it provides more moisture.

  • Avon Glimmer Sticks Diamonds in Black - I love this eye-liner. It is super pigmented, glides on effortlessly and lasts a long time. It has small particles of glitter in it, it isn't too noticeable but it does add a little extra to a smoky eye look. 

  • Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains in Cherish and Honey - I own two of these and want them all. I love everything about them from the scent to the consistency. The glossy part of the stain doesn't last too long but the actual stain part lasts all day. I love each shade equally, Cherish is a really unique lavender pink and Honey is a nice plummy pink colour for everyday wear.

  • Osmo Berber Oil - I received this in a past glossy box but have only started using it this month. I use it on towel dried hair and it leaves it so smooth and smells amazing, like haribo! My hair is usually quite difficult to tame but after using this it is so easy to style. 

What products have you been loving this month?

Gem x


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