Monday, 17 October 2011

Matte nails

Recently I have been going crazy over matte nails, so I picked up the Gosh matte effect top coat a few weeks ago & have been trying it out on top of pretty much every nail polish I own! It's safe to say I have found a favourite combination, and the winner is another newbie and it's O.P.I's 'William tell me about O.P.I'. The dark plum colour is a lighter version of O.P.I's notorious 'Lincoln park after dark' so it still retains its plummy tint even after a few coats. 

As you can see, it doesn't give a completely matte look, because there is a slight bit of shine there, but it's still such a gorgeous effect. The application is really smooth, making it easy to use & it dries surprisingly quickly. I've got to admit, the Matte top coat does seem to make the polishes chip more easily than usual, but you still get a few days of flawless, edgy nails! I love this look for winter & feel like it's such a easy and fun trend to follow. What trends will you be playing around with this winter?


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

New make-up storage

I got a little bit too excited the other day when I was strolling through Asda and I came across this acrylic storage system. I'd been looking for acrylic storage for my lipsticks but on the internet they can be quite pricey so when I saw this I had to get it. This bad boy only cost £8 and it's the perfect size for holding a few favourite products on your dressing table.


Just thought I'd show you guys my amazing find, I really love it! My morning routine is so much easier now that I don't have to rummage through my drawers for my every day make-up. Let me know if you guys have anything similar, I'm tempted to go all out on acrylic storage!

Monday, 3 October 2011

My Coral Love

Over the past few months I have found myself drawn to all things coral, and so I have managed to accumulate quite a few new new coral favourites. These beauties have been a perfect bright for summer and will definitely be making an appearance this winter too. A coral cheek or lip is supposed to be big this A/W, so I thought why not show you my coral loves.

Now you all know how much I love my lipstick, but I've got to admit it's not often I'll brave a bright lip during the day. These three beauties have helped me to step out of my box, and I've grown to absolutely love them! The Barry M one is a little drying for me, but if you put a lip balm on first it's good to go. It's quite a unique, bright colour and looks absolutely stunning when worn right. The YSL one is by far my favourite, and the Rouge Voluptes are probably my favourite lipsticks ever simply because the formulation is perfect for me! They're so moisturising and this shade is not too 'out there' so it can easily be worn during the day while still looking effortless. Mac Costa Chic is the brightest of the three, and is probably more of a pink with a touch of coral to it. The colour pigmentation is amazing, and even though it's a frost, it really doesn't have much shimmer. It's a stunning bright that I'll definitely be wearing this winter with just a flick of eyeliner & a cosy knit.

Barry M Lip Paint 147          YSL Rouge Volupte #30 Faubourg Peach      Mac Costa Chic

Before my little love affair with make-up, I always stuck to pink blush simply because it's the stereotypical blush colour. Though I do love a pink blush, without a doubt coral suits me better and gives a far more natural glow to my face. When I realised what they could do to my complexion, these three quickly became my favourites! The Topshop cream blush actually comes out a very pinky coral colour when swatched, making it far more wearable than the daunting orange it appears in the pan! The formulation is gorgeous and it finishes as a powder so it's a good one for those who are a little scared to dive right in to the world of cream blush. Mac Melba has basically not left my side this entire month. It looks phenomenal with a tan, and though it isn't a typical blush shade that I'd pick out, it has quickly become a favourite because of the glow it gives and how natural it looks. Benefit Coralista has been a favourite of mine for a while, and is perhaps the reason I have become so obsessed with all things coral! In pan it looks like a pinky coral but when swatched it is a light shimmery pink with coral undertones, giving an amazing healthy glow.

Topshop Head over Heels             Mac Melba               Benefit Coralista

Nail varnishes are a little self-explanatory, but I thought I'd show you the three that I absolutely love. I know they look very similar, but Topshop Art School is by far the most orange of the three, whereas Essie Carousel Coral is more on the pink side. Estee Lauder's Tempting Melon seems to be the perfect balance, and though it's actually my mums that I'm 'borrowing', it'll be a favourite all winter when I feel like I need a little splash of colour.

Topshop Art School           Estee Lauder Tempting Melon        Essie Carousel Coral

What have you guys been obsessing about lately?