Monday, December 31, 2012

Boots Beauty Haul

Hey guys! Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and enjoyed your day whatever you got up to. I spent the day at home with my family and our newest addition Max a labrador puppy. I've wanted a dog for as long as I can remember as I'm abit animal daft so I've been spending pretty much all my time with the little fur ball!
I received a few gift cards for Christmas, including one for Boots. I work and go to university near quite a big Boots store and buy just about everything from it including my lunch and even birthday cards. It is also one of the few stores that I actually have a loyalty card or advantage card with. When I buy something with my points it always makes me feel like I'm getting it for free which is of course part of their master plan! This time since I had a gift card the things I bought really were free (sort of) so I thought I would show you what I got and what I thought!

 Impress Nails by Broadway in Rated R
I've wanted to try Impress Nails for a while but was never allowed to wear them in my previous job. After moving to a job in retail I treated myself to a Shellac manicure which I loved. However, I couldn't find the time to get them properly removed and a few came loose leaving me with damaged nails. This was when I was reminded of Impress Nails. Since they stick on they don't damage the nail and can be easily removed. I love the colour but they feel a tad long for my liking although this could be due my nail length. I would definitely recommend laying the 10 nails out first and making sure they are the correct size for your nail before removing the tab. Being able to stick them down means no glue and no drying time making them ideal for nights out and simple to change. The packaging is also pretty smart, giving you some where to store the extra nails (24 nails in 12 different sizes). Although slightly long for my preference, I like the finish and how easy they are to apply.
At £7.99 they are quite pricey so its not something I would buy all the time but would definitely repurchase for a night out.
 Models Own in Freak Out!
This is my first Models Own nail varnish and it certainly won't be my last. The colour and glitter caught my eye straight away and would be perfect to wear at New Year. The polish is clear but the sparkles are packed in and chunky enough to effectively cover the nail. Wearing a darker shade underneath really makes the flakes pop! I am wearing nails inc in Motcomb Street underneath.

Soap and Glory Glow All Out
My skin has been a little dull recently due to the winter months so when I spotted this radiance powder and decided to give it a whirl. It comes in a cardboard compact with a mirror and magnetic edge to hold it closed. The peachy powder is embossed with the Soap and Glory logo and contains a subtle sparkley shimmer which helps reflect the light creating a healthy glow. I've been using it on my cheek bones, a little along the jaw line and down my nose. It's definitely the right side of shimmer and just a light dusting is needed. I'm not usually big on highlighters but this may just change my mind! The retro packaging always really appeals to me with Soap and Glory as well as the price range. So far their hand cream 'Hand Food' is my favourite product of theirs by far but it may now have some competiton!

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel
I am always on the look out for a face wash that will help control my spot prone skin. At the moment I'm using a Clean and Clear cream wash which really tingles and leaves my skin feeling stripped. The Vichy gel on the other hand is very calming on my skin and doesn't leave the stipped, dried out feeling. I reckon this is down to the fact that it doesn't contain any soap, paraben or alcohol. The gel comes in a pump dispenser which is great for using in the shower and it lathers up nicely. It also smells really fresh and not too over powering.
I hope you enjoyed the post. If you've tried any of the products let me know what your thoughts are! Heres a photo of Max. 1, 2, 3 awww :)


Sunday, December 30, 2012

OPI Advert

Hey guys! Hope you all had a very merry Christmas! I have a post scheduled for tomorrow but had to share this advert with you! I've just been to see Pitch Perfect and this little gem of an advert popped up before the film. I've never seen it on tv before, infact I rarely see nail varnish adverts on the television. OPI are widely known and I think the advert looks great in cinematic format! Definitely made me sit up and pay attention! Enjoy!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday

Hey guys!
I am still snowed under with studying and working lots of extra shifts due to the Christmas madness! As a result I have been feeling a little down and uninspired. For years I have kept a livejournal account which I used as a diary whilst at school. Although I no longer use it for this purpose whenever I find quotes that I like I still add them to the 'Quotes' page of my journal. I like to read through them from time to time when I'm looking for some inspiration and motivation!
I'm also just starting to get the hang of Pinterest (behind the times I know) and surprise surprise I am loving the 'Quotes' category!

I'm not one for really cheesy cliche quotes but I like ones that put things into perspective and generally encourage us to be the best we can be. So I thought I would share a few Pinterest pictures and quotes from my list with you guys and hopefully brighten up your week! Let me know if you have any quotes or sayings that you love :).

I first saw this when it was pinned to the wall in my previous job. So easy to forget that our normality is someone elses luxury.
Little things like starting the day with a positive attitude or making the effot to chat to to the sales assistant in Topshop although sometimes difficult can make the world seem a bit brighter!
Love this one at the moment! Its all about finding your strengths and not putting yourself down when what your trying to achieve just isn't happening!
All the hard work will be worth it!

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone
- Audrey Hepburn

Faith is taking the first step when you don't see the whole staircase - Martin Luther King

Your 20's are your 'selfish' years. It's a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little & never touch the ground - Kyoko Escamilla

Happiness is the secret to all beauty.
There is no beauty that is attractive without happiness.
- Christian Dior


Thursday, December 06, 2012

Christmas Wish List

Hey guys!
I haven't blogged in a while due to a busy time with course work at university and settling in to my new job! I haven't been buying much for myself recently as I have been busy getting presents for my lovely friends and family! So I thought I would do a wee wish list post and show you what I hope Santa brings me this year! Hope you enjoy, let me know what you're putting on your christmas list!