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Sunday, 18 December 2011

With Candy Canes & Silver Lanes Aglow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere except where I am. Unfortunately I am still at my University house, my friends went home for Christmas last week and I have stayed an extra couple of days to finish the rota off before I go home for the Christmas Break.

The inner Macaulay Culkin in me is coming out the nearer to Christmas we get. Even though I am in this unfestive house, consisting of no tree, advent calenders or cards. But I am getting very Christmas-y reading and watching everybody's 'Christmas Tag' posts.

I'm not sure if I will be able to do a post over the Christmas period, but I joined the blogging community because I love reading other people's blogs, so I will still browsing through everybody's blogs. If any passers through have any interesting blogs they would like to post below, I will happily check them out..

For now;

 I hope everybody has a lovely Christmas filled with lots of love, happiness and memories.

D E T <3

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A Two Pound Glaze

If any readers didn't catch a few posts ago, I bought two lipsticks for £40; one from Bobby Brown and one from NARS. Don't get me wrong, these are luxury items, I cherish and admire their presence in my make-up bag ! But I know better than anyone what it is like to be in school and college trying to juggle the weekly spenditure allowance off your parents, or having to sit through that gastly General Studies class just for the tick in the register granting that glorious EMA allowance every week!

The thought never even crossed my mind whilst I was in school to spend over £5 on a lipstick, let alone four times that amount ! I still get reluctant to spent over £10 on a lipstick with the horrific thought that I'll get home and find the shade doesn't suit me in the slightest.

I have had my eyes on two colours of lipsticks, both by MAC and both exremely popular! One is a shade close to the (sold out!) Pink Friday shade and the other is a nude shade. I don't fancy spending £30 on two colours which may not compliment my skin or find they are too pigmented so I look like I've smeared a pot of concealer on my lips.

The next two items I have bought many-a-times from the Natural Collection make-up section at Boots. They were to test out whether the pink and nude look would suit me so I could go and buy a MAC lipstick.. But I loved them too much and for £1.99 (YES one pound ninety nine !!) I don't think it's necessary to replace them with a hit or miss £16 lipstick !

L-R, Pink Mallow & Lotus - £1.99 Boots Natural Collection

Both of these are quite sheer, but have a buildable coverage. So if you want a really pink / nude look just apply over a few more times.. Pink Mallow is a moisture shine finish and Lotus is a sheer natural finish. I like to use Lotus over Pink Mallow, I think it gives a really nice finish..

T-B, Lotus - Pink Mallow
T-B, Lotus - Pink Mallow
(With a flash) Just to give you an idea of how pink it can really look

I always use Lotus, it is one which is constantly at the bottom of my bag.. It gives a really natural sheer nude but also gives you the ability to alter how pigmented you want it. Although they don't look the most stylish lipstick to ever be brought out, I don't think you can complain for £1.99 , especially with Christmas a couple of weeks away eeeek !!

D E T <3

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Mattifying Kelly Rowland

To start off, I haven't done anything to my nails in 10 days ! Yes, a very long ten whole days ! I have had to count because I have sent my nails to nail rescue priory ! For ten long days I have been using this;

Rimmel Nail Rescue , £4.99 , Boots

Although I've cut four days out of the treatment I have noticed a difference with my nails. You apply one coat to your nails on day one, then add another coat on day two , then you leave them alone till day seven , take it all off and restart the process. It is a lot of faffing about. I found my nails have stopped splitting and chipping and they have hardened slightly more than usual. The treatment gives a really beautiful shiny coat, so it was nice to have natural looking nails for a change.

BUT, I was expecting big results, I think I would have the same results if I had just left my nails 14 days with out doing anything to them.. The nail varnish chips so I was left with a catch 22 . If I reapplied to all the chipped areas I would have to write a rota to keep check on which day and which nail I have applied coats to. (Even I have limits !)

Anyway, this is what cut my nail treatment process by four days !

Most of you will have seen my other Kelly Rowland nails.. Having an accent finger nail a different colour than the rest has become a really big trend. I have seen many people sporting this using different coloured nail varnishes.

Here is my third, yes third, KR inspired nails.

I've chosen the ring finger to sport a different colour.. I'm using the pink glitter from the second KR nails I did.

Clear Nail Varnish - Gift Set. Claire's glitter powder- Gift, you can pick glitter up from any craft store

I applied clear nail varnish to my nail, and sprinkled the pink glitter over. Whilst that was drying I painted the rest of the nails.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 080 Black Cab - £2.99

I chose to use a black after going through numerous summer corals. Whilst the black was drying, I did a top coat of clear over the glitter.. (Make sure you wipe the brush with a tissue before putting it back into the varnish pot!)

I have been waiting to use this for so long...

Rimmel Matte Finish - £4.99
This is amazing ! You apply it over any dried varnish and it instantly mattifys it. I can't wait to have so much fun with this !
Mattified Kelly Rowland inspired nails

The Matte Finish tones down the black contrast to the pink. I love this mattifying varnish & have some really nice ideas to try out with it!

Now to sort the glitter massacre out !

D E T <3