Wednesday, 26 October 2011

26 October 2011

Today has been a massive fail on the nail front!!! I have been so busy at work once again and by the time I'd got bathed and taken my polish of from yesterday then settled in front of last weeks TOWIE, followed by Frozen Planet, followed by tonights TOWIE, I'd tried about five different polishes and designs - all looking crapper than the last! So the final one I decided upon was taken from this tutorial and thought it looked relatively easy for 10.30 at night. And it was - it just hasn't come out looking as nice as I expected. And the pictures I have been trying to take truly make it look horrific - like a childs done it! so just the thumb nail I'm going to show you, which is by no means a good picture, but still. 

Supposed to be cartoon vampires! I hate them but I am too tired to begin once again! But a shining beacon is brought by excitement of the arrival of these...

Mega excited to use these, I ordered them on eBay yesterday and they arrived today! Gonna be using them tomorrow I think.

In contrast to yesterday when it was quite warm today it was absolutely freezing! Glove weather for sure now, I need to pick up a new pair! I think I've managed to stay on track with my food again today, for breakfast I had a bar, I cannot remember the name of them now - Natural bars perhaps? Full of nuts and fruit. I know they were 6 Weight Watchers points. For lunch I made a chicken and tomato sandwich and I drank two litres of water and a can of Red Bull, and for tea, a nice warm jacket potato with some beans and a bit of cheese and a quarter of a cornish pasty!

Has everyones day been OK?

Is anyone going to the Aussie event on Saturday? Let me know if I will be seeing you in the comments!


25 October 2011

Hey dolls!

Hoping everyone had a good Tuesday! I love having the Monday off work and playing catch up all week. Work was pretty busy today but it felt like Monday and realising it was Tuesday at the end of the day and getting to leave a little earlier was brilliant! Trying to take the little things for season resolution! 

I've managed to stay on track food wise today and have also only drunk a bottle of orange lucozade (It's either this or Red Bull...can't start my day without!) and three litres of water...very proud of myself! I've been cutting back on pop lately and this is my fourth week now drinking at least two litres of water a day. It's definitely getting easier! 

So off came the pumpkin themed nails when I get home and, strapped for time, I just wanged this one on... I did this last year originally on the Halloween itself and loved it! Polishes are NYC Little Italy and Nails Inc much love for this polish! 

What do you think?

I bought a new top for work in New Look in Manchester yesterday so put that on for work today. I am in love with this top and paired with my favourite red/corally lipstick (MAC Toxic Tale!) I felt great today! Time for some crap pics I attempted taking today, I'm rubbish at this!!! 

Oh and had major LOL's over my brothers Halloween outfit tonight...OK I lie, it actually scares the hell out of me!!! I think its the face!!!

So...good day peoples?


Monday, 24 October 2011

24 October 2010

Hey dolls!

Every Autumn I seriously get so excited for Winter and Halloween and Christmas, all the exciting things that happen at the end of the year. I've been looking at loads of nail art lately and thought I'd kind of start doing the daily posts that I did in August again now, and also do a different Halloween nail art themed post each day, just to get me more excited! 

So I have started off my week with pumpkin nails. It is kind of a bit messy but at the end of the day...pumpkins aren't every neat and tidy! 

What do you think? I found it quite hard doing the black as the one I used was a polish with a very long thin brush and my hand was wobbling all over the place! The products I used were:

Top coat: Revlon Extra Life. Orange: Nails Inc Atomic by Fabulous. Stalks: NYC Little Italy followed by a lime green, no name product I picked up in another country pharmacy! And pumpkins NYX, just a black nail art one. 

Any ideas what I can do the rest of the week? 

I had today off work to go shopping with Sinead and it was fantastic! Although very stressful as my bus didn't arrive so our hopes of breakfast being relaxed didn't happen, and we didn't find the coat we officially went for anywhere, and Sinead could not find any clothes... it was still brilliant. Pics from today, basically what my day consisted of: 

 Trying this coat on in River Island for my mum! Seriously, this is heavy. Straight pulled my back out bending over to get my bag in this beauty!!

Almost buying these beauties in New Look. £25!!! They are beautiful. Slightly tacky, but who doesn't love a bit of tack during the holiday season! Or all year round... the only reason I passed these by was the height. These are hight. And the platform is mega. If I decide to go back and buy these to wear at the Aussie party on Saturday, someone needs to be willing to spend the night in A+E with me because I know what I'm like.

Way to end the day! Retired to the public house at 4pm for much needed refreshments.

We also managed a quick stop in Lush as we wanted to check out the Halloween stock. I picked up two things:

 Lady Catrina is the seasonal soap and smells amazing. It's very citrusy and is described as 'fruit pastilles and freshly cut limes' - and I loved this little 'history lesson' from the website!

Lady Catrina (or La Calavera Catrina) was an etching by José Guadalupe Posada that he made in the early twentieth century to parody that the rich and fashionable, despite their pretensions to importance, are just as susceptible to death as anyone else. Since then, Lady Catrina has become an iconic image for the Day of the Dead celebrations. 

Skullduggery is the bath bomb released with the Halloween produce and although not very noticable on my photographs the eyes are red love hearts. Very Alexander McQueen!! Again another citrussy/lime smelling product this is very refreshing smelling and I cannot wait to use it! 

Have you picked up any of the Halloween specials from Lush, or got into the spooky spirit lately? 


Thursday, 20 October 2011

York CCO

Last weekend I took a very rare trip to York Designer Outlet, and I have to admit pretty much the only reason I wanted to go was for the CCO! Last time I went (I have actually only been once!) there was nothing really interesting, I did come away with a MAC Mega Metal X Shadow but that was it, and I was very disappointed! 

This time however I was on my own so spent quite a while in there browsing everything, and picked up four things: 

The first thing I picked up was Painterly Paint Pot. I have never had a Paint Pot before and the only reason I picked it up is because it has been preached to me by Sinead who loves them! There was this and another, darker colour which I wanted too but thought I had better see how I liked this one first! 

The majority of MAC stuff was eyeshadows and there were quite a few I wanted but I had to restrain myself and just pick up two, the two I thought I would use most. The first was Tissueweight, which I think came from the Pret-a-Papier collection. I haven't used this one yet this week but it is such a soft, velvety shadow and is going to be great as a highlighter!

The next shadow I picked up was Sand & Sun which was from the To The Beach collection. I have used this everyday this week paired with a dark green/black shade and am in love with this! It is a barely there matte colour and you do have to put a few coats on to show up a decent amount but when you do it is perfect. Definitely my new favourite eye, with a bit of eyeliner and lots of mascara. They had most of the To The Beach eye shadows and I really wanted to pick up Firecracker as well. 

The final thing I picked up was on a bit of a whim. I recently finished my bottle of Studio Fix Fluid and wanted to try a new foundation, so whilst in London for the Illamasqua event I picked up NARS Sheer Glow. And I loved it! For the first day, until the bottle lid cracked off and over half the bottle spilled all over my bag, the office carpet, and NARS wouldn't do anything about it. Feeling so bitter about that had an effect on how I liked the foundation as stupid as that sounds, but the first time I had worn it I actually received three different compliments on how my face looked. But when it got near the end of me finishing what I had managed to rescue I had kinda turned to really hating it. It has made me skin so dry and flaky. And ironically, when I was colour matched for this the SA who took off my make up and then reapplied it told me I was using the wrong products for my face completely as I had 'very dry skin' - I don't. I occasionally get dry skin at the end of the year, but the rest of the time, my skin is normal. But now for some reason after using the Sheer Glow my face needs an absolute ton of moisturiser and is flaky as hell! So I really don't think I'll be going back to this. 0

Since I had spent £30 on a foundation and lost about £20 worth of it I didn't want to spend so much and picked up Revlons Colorstay. I have used this before and loved it but this time around, it was so thick! I could hardly blend it, the colour I had before was so dark, I really don't know how I got through a bottle of it. When I saw Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation at the CCO, with four shades to choose from, for £18, I ummed and aahhed for ages before deciding to bite the bullet and pick up shade 2. I honestly thought I was going to have to sell this on a blog sale or something but when I got it home I have to say - I am utterly in love with this! It is the most perfect shade for my face and looks amazing when paired with MAC MSF in Medium Plus. I'm so glad I decided to pick it up. 

Has anyone else picked up any bargains from CCO's lately? Which foundations are you loving right now? 


Saturday, 15 October 2011



NYX The Runway Collection, barely used, £3.50. NYX Green Trio, barely used, £2.00


Sleek i-divine palette in Circus. I've included pictures of the palette itself as it is a bit dirty but the majority of the shadows inside have not been touched. £3.50

MAC Eyeshadows - L - R: Eccentricity, £9 (slight dips in product). Dandizette, Papparz-she and Sexpectations, all £10 each - all only used on the surface, over 95% of product left.

Ruby and Millie quad, £2.50. Barry M Limited Edition lilac dazzle dust, used once, £2.00

Topshop Eye Liner in Ravine, never used, £2.50.
Sleek Glitter Eyeliner in Diablo, only swatched a few times, £1. 
Accessorize Jumbo Eye Crayon, swatched only, £1.50. 
GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Blue Lagoon, only used around three times, £2.00
Urban Decay 24-7 liner in Electric, bought from blog sale so not sure on how much was used previously but I have only worn once, pencil looks around the size of a brand new one, £4.50
Barry M Kohl Pencil in 17 (emerald green colour), used once, £1.
17 Metallic Eye Pencil in Purple, used around three times, £2.00
17 Metallic Eye Pencil in Green, swatched only, £2.00

Illamasqua lipsticks, all used only around twice. L - R Test, Filth  and Welt. £10 each

Revlon Nude Additude Matte Lipstick, usage as shown, £2. MAC Saint Germain usage as shown £7.

 MAC Kissable Lipcolour in 'So Vain', used around 6 times, £9.50

Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation, around 75% left, Shade RF200, £15.
MAC Studio Tech Foundation, usage shown below, shade NW23 £10.
Revlon Color Stay Foundation, bought last week and used for the past 5 days, so at least 80% left, shade 180 Sand Beige, £9

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, bought from a blog sale and never used myself so hard to say how much is in; there does look to be quite an amount of powder, £2.50

Cresty Cosmetics 30g Terracotta Bronzing Powder, swatched only, £1.50

Illamasqua Powder Bluser in Sin, swatched only, £9.50

 Sleek  Blushers, both brand new swatched only, L - R, Flamingo and Flushed. £3.50 each

Maybelline Pure Blush Mineral in Topaz Rose, barely used, £2

L - R

NYX Super Funk, swatched only, £1.50
Nina Ultra Pro, Black, used once, £1.50
Barry M, Blue Moon, worn twice, £1.50
OPI, It's Sheer Luck, worn once, £5.00


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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

totty for Tuesday: True Blood edition!

If you've been reading this blog for a couple of years you may remember back in 2009 when I used to post a looot more than I do now I went through a phase of posting pictures of some pretty hot men every Tuesday. As I've been catching up on True Blood recently, and just finished disc 3 of season 3 I really felt the need to spend the rest of my evening trawling for pictures of the gorgeous men who star in the show!!  

I read the first three books first of all, and then bought series 1, back in 2009 and loved it. But when series 2 aired on tv I just wasn't feeling it and stopped watching it. I put it on my love film list and really think series 2 was just not as good - I just wasn't liking all that Mary Ann stuff! And I have a hard time with the books not matching the shows either! But even though I have only watched around 8 episodes of series 3 I honestly think its the best by far! 

Eric's definitely my favourite vampire but I have to admit to a mega crush on the mad ass Franklin in this season! I had to include this clip as it made me laugh so much. 

What is your favourite season? I'm looking forward to going to the HBO shop in New York next month...I need some TB merchandise in my life!!!