Manicure Monday #16 – Throwback – Models Own Blueberry Muffin

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Does anyone else look through old photos and think why didn’t I post that? Well I have that with this colour, which I no longer have. I had a massive clear out and gave about 30 polishes to a guy at work for his little girl. Charity and all that. This shade is gorgeous, even if my application  is a little messy!

Scratch N Sniff Anyone

Scratch N Sniff Anyone

I reviewed Apple Pie from this collection a while ago – if anyone is interested you can find that post here. I love this colour, a gorgeous pastel blue, but I don’t love the formula. It was thick and difficult to work with, requiring 3 or 4 coats on some nails for full opacity. In order to get any scent out of this polish, you can’t topcoat it meaning it chips within a day.

Thin Brush

Thin Brush

I hated the brush on this polish, it was thin and combined with the formula made application horrific. Sorry Models Own, but I just don’t love it. I think these are great for little girls, with the scratch and sniff and the scented polish. For a polish obsessive like me, they just don’t work. Bring out this polish in a different formula and a better brush and I will definitely repurchase it!

Swatched

Swatched

You can buy this from Models Own for £4.99.

Are you tempted to buy this colour? Do you rate Models Own, or like me do you hate it?

What I’ve Bought #11 – Beauty Treats

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Bit late to the party with this one. Better late than never though. At least I have had time to test all these bits out before writing this up.

1. Benefit Sweet Tintations Kit – I love my mini Benetint, but it lasts ages so I gifted the tint to a friend instead. Lollitint isn’t great in my opinion, the formula isn’t the same as the original. I dunno I just don’t rate it. The balms are also a little disappointing and definitely not worth the £15 each they normally cost. So glad I only paid £20 for this set because I really wasn’t impressed. Benefit, your quality these days is not as good as it once was!

2. EOS Mint Lipbalm – I got some EOS balms from my box swap with the beauty deputy and knew I needed some more. I bought a set of 5 on Amazon for £20 and gifted the other 4 as Christmas gifts and kept this one for myself. I don’t like the mint scent as much as I liked the Pomegranate, but it is still nice.

3. MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick –  Ooops I bought another Mac Lippie. This one is super moisturising and shiny. I love it and will definitely have to review it soon.

4. Bare Minerals Illuminating Mineral Veil – So I bought this in December because my MV was almost finished and I’ve literally only just opened it. I don’t like it as much as the original one for everyday, but the shimmer is nice for special occasions.

5. UD Black Market Eyeliner Set – £27 for 8 colours, 4 of which are black seemed like a good deal to me. I can’t fault this set. UD is by far the best eyeliner I have ever tried and I got this kit so I could try the brown, blue and purple. The blue isn’t my colour, but I love the brown and purple. I’ll review this soon. It’s still available on Beauty bay or you can buy the eyeliners individually.

6. Lush Butterbear – Basically a bear shaped version of the butter bomb. I got him in the Xmas sale and forgot about him until easter. Ooops. I did like this, but then I would cos I like the butter bomb.

Lush anyone?

Lush anyone?

Ickle Baby Bot is my favourite Lush bath bomb ever and at £1.95 a bit of a steal.

Think Pink is reasonably priced at £2.65, but I wouldn’t repurchase in a hurry. It turned the water vivid pink and smelled nice but seemed to irritate my skin.

The Amandopondo bubble bar is good value at only £2.75 and smells of roses. I got 3 baths from this with plenty bubbles. A new favourite.

At £4.75 the comforter bubble bar is expensive, however I managed 5 baths from it. I liked the fruity scent but think I preferred Amandopondo.

Haircare

Haircare

The Tigi Oatmeal and Hunny Xmas set I got in the Feelunique sale and whenever I use it, I can’t stop sniffing my hair. It smells Lush.

The damage Repair Xmas set was also a sale buy and makes my hair seriously soft. A must if you colour and heat style your hair.

The two massive bottles of Bedhead were TK Maxx finds at £12 and £9.99 because the nozzles are broken on them both.

The Phillip Kingsley cracker was about £4 in the sale, but the bottles inside are tiny at 20ml each and 30ml for the Elastisiser.

Wow what a massive haul. Link me your haul posts and I will have a nosey. I love a good haul:)

Have you tried anything I bought here?

Beauty Bay Sale Picks

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Is anyone else sick of this heatwave? People are always surprised when I say I don’t deal well in heat because I have dark hair and medium/olive skin that tans well. Seriously, I just look at a lightbulb and I tan. I hate it. Obviously I am Scottish and in Scotland sunshine is a bit of a mythical creature – a bit like Nessie that few people have ever seen. Haha I joke, but it never gets this hot in Scotland normally. I don’t live there anymore – I’m 550 miles away in Northamptonshire, so it’s even hotter. I swear I almost melted this morning on my run. So I’m trying to stay out the midday sun and keep cool, whilst perusing the lovely internet. I found some absolute gems on the Beauty Bay website summer sale and just had to share!

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Swooooon

Urban Decay Electric Palette – £22.80 (was £38)

I can’t think of an event where I would ever get to wear these and definitely couldn’t justify £38 but at £22.80 I am so tempted. I do have a technic palette that is pretty much a dupe for this, but I dearly want this. As a teenager I would have snapped this up for festival season, but as a ‘young professional’ my drink fuelled raving sessions are all behind me. That purple shade is pretty though.

Aromatherapy Associates 3x 7.5ml Bath Oils – £10.40 (was £26)

I have a mini of this in my bath at the moment and have previously had at least two of these and I love them. I am sorry, but there is no way I would pay £26 for these though, but for a tenner? Yes please! I’m even debating about getting a couple of sets and giving some as gifts.

Aromatherapy Associates 9 x 3ml Bath Oils – £16.50 (was £33)

Keeping on the oil theme, there is also this larger set too. It would make a great gift, but personally I like the larger bottles in the previous set better. You do get 9 different types here to cater for all kinds of stressy situations though, so still a good deal. There is loads of other aromatherapy associates bargains, so well worth a look.

Billion Dollar Brows Brush – £8.50 (was £17)

My eyebrows are a mess. A few months ago I finally let them grow enough for a re-shape. I called up Benefit, made an appointment and went in for a wax. She. Destroyed. My. Brows. RIP Brows. The left and the right were so squint and she tried to cover it up with Gimmie Brow. Now they are almost bushy enough for another reshape – thank the lord, I am sick of having slugs on my face. I think a new brush is on the cards for applying some powder to the bare patches and this one seems a good deal with the spoolie on one end.

Urban Decay Good Karma Blending Brush- £10.80 (was £18)

I want a new fluffy brush and since this one it in the sale it seems like a good buy to me. I like the brushes from my UD palettes, so this should be fluffy and not shed too much. Yes there is lots of UD in the sale for some reason!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm- £11.75 (was £23.50)

I’ve wanted to try this since it was released, but I would never use it enough to justify the cost. At this price I would like to see if it does live up to the claims of minimizing pores and lines. It also has SPF 20, which is kinda the main reason I want it. To wear under my foundation as a light highlighter.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm- £14.10 (was £23.50)

Pretty much the same as above for this one, not quite as cheap but still a nice price.

Yes Nurse Hand Cream- £2.20 (was £5.49)

I like the story behind this hand cream. I did get a tube of this in a Glossybox about 3 years ago, but gave it to my Aunt since she is a nurse. She seemed to like it, so I would quite like to try it myself.

Bare Minerals Ultra Firming Neck Cream- £16 (was £40)

I love BM makeup, but have never tried any skin care and I don’t use a neck cream – just my face cream. Should I have a neck cream? I don’t know? Should I try BM skincare? Well at £16 this seems the perfect opportunity to try it out.

Find these bargains and more over at the Beauty Bay.

Will you be purchasing anything from the Beauty Bay sale? What are your picks?

P.S This is NOT sponsored in anyway. I just liked the sale they have on.

Makeup Revolution Fluid Blusher in Malibu Ocean | Review

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I think I’ve found my blogging mojo again! Yay. I recieved this blusher from Makeup Revolution in the BBB Dream Box by the British Beauty Blogger a while ago and when I saw they were being discontinued, I had to share. These are supposed great dupes for the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush, which I have been lusting after for agess! These were originally priced at £3, however are reduced to £1.50 and come in 5 shades. Much more purse friendly – you could buy the entire range for less than 1 DS blusher.

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Time to shake it up, shake it up!

The shade I have is more of a Bronzer than blusher and ideal for summer. It’s Malibu Ocean and even that name makes me think of summertime. I think come shorts weather I will be using this on my legs as I have a nasty scar on my left leg which I am concious about and as such tend to hide. The coverage of this is enough to sort of draw the attention away from the scar. The formula is really thin and does have the tendency to separate, requiring a good shake before use. The bottle is cute, but does feel a little cheap (not complaining, just observing!).

The dispenser

The dispenser

I find the best technique is to dispense a drop onto the back of my hand, allow it to spread slightly and quickly grab my brush. This stuff is very pigmented and does dry quite quickly, so I don’t find I have much time before a stain appears on my hand. In terms of blending, I’ve had no issues – if you do go a bit heavy handed it should be easy enough to blend out. The thing I didn’t really like about this is the siliconey feel of it, you know what I mean like slippery. It is really odd.

Straight out of the bottle

Straight out of the bottle

Starting to run - see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Starting to run – see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Partially Blended (no it isn't streaky fake tan)

Partially Blended (no it isn’t streaky fake tan)

Fully Blended

Fully Blended

I quite like this colour, it isn’t too shimmery but does add another dimension to my skin. Would I wear this product every day? Probably not because I don’t rate the siliconey feel of it and do worry that with prolonged use it could irritate my sensitive skin. It does claim that it doesn’t block pores, I can’t say it did or didn’t but I do shower and wash my face pretty often. For special occasions or weekend wear though, I love this. I had mixed results with wearability – one day it wore for 6 hours including a sweaty and hot 12 mile mountain bike and another day it seemed to disappear within 2-3 hours. I think it probably depends on what foundation and primer you wear, but I can’t pinpoint why such a big difference. It is marketed as water proof and budge proof, but I wouldn’t say that is necessarily true. I doubt I coulo go swimming in this and it would stay in tact, but who swims in makeup anyway? That’s just asking for Panda eyes!

Available from Makeup Revolution for £1.50

Who loves Makeup Rev? Have you tried this or are you tempted?

Holiday Haulin featuring Henry Holland (Pic Heavy)

I’ve had major bloggers block of late, but really felt the need to share some things I’ve bought for going on holiday. It’s just over a month until I jet off on the holiday of a lifetime to NYC for 3 days, Montreal for the Grand Prix and Toronto for a bit of Niagra falls action! Exciting times ahead. If anyone lives in or has visited these cities please comment below with suggestions! I’d never been on a plane until I was 13, then spent most of my teenage years grounded before some package holidays to Greece and Gran Canaria. It’s only since I started my grad job in 2013 that the airlines have gleefully been rubbing their hands together – last year I went abroad 4 times! Anyway the longest flight I’ve been on is around 4 hours, so I’m pretty nervous and excited. As such I decided to splurge on some nice comfy clothes to fly in and wear on my hols! I’ve lost 31lbs in the last 4 months so was in desperate need of getting some new size 12 clothes now I’m back to my normal size.

I like Giraffes. I like Grey. Winner.

I like Giraffes. I like Grey. Winner.

I also like Cats.

I also like Cats.

Both of these jumpers are £25 each, however I got 20% off the cat print one last weekend. I love Giraffes – I’ve already got a giraffes print tee from Henry Holland, so when I saw this I had to have it. Both jumpers are the same baggy and slouchy style, making them perfect for the plane and also teaming with jeans and some high tops. Hopefully I won’t need these on holiday, but you never know. They are definitely spring/summer jumpers as they are quite thin. If you are small shouldered or busted, I’d recommend sizing down in these. Sadly I was blessed with a large rack and broad shoulders so have to stick with baggy around the middle.

Yes. I really do like Giraffes.

Yes. I really do like Giraffes.

Cute, no?

Cute, no?

Beach Tigers are cute.

Beach Tigers are cute.

By now you are probably beggining to see a theme here? Slouchy, baggy, print tees are my thing. I love something like this for casual weekends or evenings and really needed some new ones. Admittedly these aren’t all for holidays, but thought I would include anyway. At £16 a pop, these are totally worth it. My current HH tee has washed and worn sooo well.

I also like penguins.

I also like penguins.

Glitter. Flowers. Bunny. Winner.

Glitter. Flowers. Bunny. Winner.

I fell in LOVE.

I fell in LOVE.

I don’t need any tees for at least a year now! I’ve got all these:) I went into Superdry on a whim before meeting a friend for dinner and cinema and saw this hoody. I fell in love and couldn’t decide on the colour, but went for navy as I wear black to work and have a lot of grey clothes. It was £49, but I haven’t really got any hoodies that are nice except a Hilfiger one which is way too small in the chest unless I wear a sports bra.

Unicorns!

Unicorns!

This was a total bargain – £9 in the sale from Henry Holland. Its really baggy and quite short, but I like it. The back is fairly clingy, so need to loose my back fat haha. Also the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal don’t you know? Don’t believe me? Check your UK passport. See the unicorn on the front? Believe me now?

I love this so much!

I love this so much!

Surprisingly I actually have a few dresses suitable for holidays, so only needed 1 for casual day wear. As soon as I saw this navy mushroom print dress I knew I needed it in my life. Another bargain from HH – £28 but I got 25% off!

More cats!

More cats!

Slouchy trousers + cats + plane = ultimate comfort. I don’t care if these look a little like tailored PJ’s, they are cute and you know it! £26 from HH!

It has ears!

It has ears!

Okay okay. I may have a problem. I actually needed a small bag, small enough for purse and phone only and this fitted the bill. It retails for £18 but I got it for a tenner on offer. It is cute with the ears and seems pretty sturdy for all my sight seeing needs.

To complete my packing!

To complete my packing!

Finally I picked these up on a whim in Tesco during a grocery shop because they were £14 and I wanted new and well fitting PJs for holidays!

If anyone fancies purchasing anything I got, you can find it at the following links:

Henry Holland at Debenhams

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Tesco

I would love to know if you would wear anything I bought? Any suggestions for things to do?