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Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Video Post | Makeup & Beauty Collection and Storage

If you're going to settle down and watch this one, i'm going to suggest you get yourself a cup of tea (or three!) as this ended up being a lot longer than i anticipated. if you make it to the end, kudos to you!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Beauty Post | Models Own Polish For Tans Collection

last week i was lucky enough to win the new Models Own Polish For Tans Collection, and i'm so in love that i couldn't resist sharing them with you!

the collection is designed to enhance to golden colour of a natural (or fake, if you're as pasty as i am!) tan and consists of five complimenting summer shades. Models Own describe them as 'neon-pastels', but they are definitely much more on the neon side in my opinion, and i think they've definitely caught the attention of a few people when i've been testing them all out this week, especially as i normally stick to pastels in the warmer seasons. these definitely look a lot better with a tan than my usual pale complexion and i think that's because the neon hints of colour just make it stand out so much more against lighter skin, so i will be reserving these for the times i can be bothered to tan. i just really love the concept of this collection and the shades are the perfect subtle neon in comparison to other neon shades which are far too in your face. if you want to add a pop of colour to your look without it being too OTT, then these will be fab, especially when they're complimenting that summer tan!

shade-wise, i think Bikini (a stunning fluorescent yellow) and Flip Flop (a really eye-catching limi green) have to be my current favourites, especially as there's also so much of these colours on the high street and making its way into my wardrobe at the moment and i love being able to match my nails to an outfit. Beach Bag is your typical orangey coral shade, and Shades is a much more pink-based coral. Sun Hat is the ultimate girly shade and can only be described as Barbie pink! who else loves the equally summery shade names?

all of the colours are opaque in two coats, and are a lovely thick and even consistency. they last about two to three days before big chips start to show up, but they still work great for topping up those little chips. it's safe to say that these are now my staple summer polishes, and if you want to pick them up then they're currently in the Models Own 6 for £20 offer (basically 6 for the price of 4!!).

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Beauty Post | L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polishes Les Blancs Collection

pastels have to be my favourite shades to wear on the nails, so the recent release of the 'Les Blancs' collection from L'Oreal was right up my street. i obviously already have pastels in my collection, but nothing quite like the gorgeous shades from this collection, and as the Les Blancs name would suggest, these are very like white polishes with just a hint of the colour thrown in, and L'Oreal describe them as macaroon shades, so i'm guessing the name and colour inspiration comes from the yummy treats themselves! 
i picked up 852 Pistachio Dragee, a gorgeous pale, minty green and 851 Nouvelle Vague which is the perfect pastel purple shade, and my nails have barely been without one of these colours since i picked them up. as you can see, the colours are absolutely gorgeous, and the consistency is really nice and thick and is opaque in just two coats (or one if you apply it super thick). they apply like a dream with equally as dreamy colours, but i do have a couple of woes with these polishes...
firstly, they chip like a you-know-what, which is majorly disappointing, and will do so from the smallest things. i applied this one night before bed, and by the time i'd woken up and got ready for the day 50% of my nails were chipped. i have since invested in a decent top coat (Revlon's No Chip top coat, but that's a whole other review) which is helping, but the constant chipping has meant i've been getting through these little bottles at a speedy rate, which leads me onto my second woe - the bottles are teeny tiny for the price. these are £4.99 each for just 5ml, so compared to Models Own where you can get almost three times as much polish for the same price, you get the jist. 
but even taking all of this into consideration, i know i'll end up adding the other two shades to my collection - a lemony shade called Lemon Meringue and a pinky peach called Peach Negligee - in the near future, i just wish the bottles were a bit bigger, or the price a little lower, but what's a girl to do when she wants pretty pastel nails?!

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Competition | Company #Style Blogger Awards

happy friday, girls! 
today's post may be a bit cheeky, and extremely out of my reach, but the Company magazine #Style Blogger Awards have rolled around again, and i would be so, so grateful if you could nominate my blog for Best Personal Style. i know i have zero chance of getting anywhere with this, but i've stuck at my blog and put a lot of effort into it for two years now alongside studying for a degree, and it's been tough to sit and watch newer blogs grow so much quicker than my little old one, so i'm giving this a go to show that hard work and dedication can pay off. so if you like my OOTD's and very frequent hauls, then please click here where you can nominate me. like i said, i don't anticipate to get anywhere with this, but it would mean a lot if even only a couple of you put my blog forward.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The OOTD | White Noise

Cami - H&M | Jeans - Zara | Belt - River Island | Shoes - Primark | Watch - Michael Kors

hello! another thursday, another outfit - i'm going to try and get one of these up every week now. thankfully, this will be the last lot of photos that will be taken in my shoddy uni room as i'm moving home tomorrow at long last! also, i've just got a new phone with a pretty snazzy camera which i'm still trying to get to grips with, so please bare with me photos-wise while i'm still learning!
this week, i've bought something a little different and picked up some white jeans, and these are from Zara. this may be the silliest purchase i've ever made as i know i'll never keep them clean, but they just look so fresh for the summer, and have really helped update my wardrobe. plus, they are probably the best jeans i've ever bought - they're super soft, and the perfect fit (something which usually takes me a good 20-odd pairs to find), so i'm pretty chuffed seeing as i picked these up on a whim! 
for this look i've gone for the perfect transitional spring outfit that will work for days in the office, but still be fab to meet friends for dinner and drinks in the evening. the little cami is H&M, and the pumps are my new favourite Primark bargains for just £4! 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Currently Coveting | #1

a bit of a filler post today as i'm busy with the last week of term at uni and shooting the photos for my final collection, so i thought i'd share the bits i've been lusting over lately.

as a nude shadow lover, this gorgeous Crown Brush Nude Palette needs to be added to my collection soon, it has all the colours you could wish for! i'm also dreaming of owning the stunning Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set which needs no explaining - it's just so beautiful. the final beauty lust of the moment is Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer after i fell in love with a sample i had, and i'm desperately waiting for a friend popping to America in the next few months to pick it up to me as it's so much cheaper in the States. talking of trips, i'm tempted to pick up this River Island Suitcase as i've just booked a weekend away in Paris with my best girls Ellie & Pia, and i'm already in full on holiday shop mode. i fell in love with these Dr Martens Abril Shoes on twitter, but the price tag made me wince a little bit, so i'll have to keep on admiring from afar and probably end up buying these ASOS Ridley JeansV-Neck Tee and River Island Floral Shirt instead to satisfy my spending addiction!