20 April 2014

Models Own Beth's Blue

Models Own Beth's Blue - £5 

As its Easter Sunday and I'm sat making any excuse not to work on any of my assignments I thought I would write a blog post, however it may have something to do with the fact that I've already ate an Easter egg and I'm a bit hyper off the sugar and gallons of coffee I've been drinking. Anyway back to the point of the post - as today kinda marks (for me) the start of spring and beer garden sessions I would grace my nails with one of my all time favorite nail polishes - Models Own Beth's Blue.

I think this may have been one of the first Models Own polishes I've actually bought and I know its one which when I eventually run out of I would repurchase, just to have in my collection. As far as Models Own polishes go this has to be the polish which has the thickest consistency - one coat and you're done. I have to admit that even though the consistency is so thick, drying time isn't as long as you would expect. Personally I find that this is a brilliant colour for both hands and feet and works with either tanned or untanned skin. Universally appealing colour or what. Again with all Models Own polishes this lasts near enough a good week before having to remove. The only downside is I would advise to wear this without a topcoat, as for some reason I always find topcoats dull the actual colour down. If you can recommend a good topcoat let me know in the comments below.

14 April 2014

Designer Glasses & Sunglasses to Rock This Summer

If you need a little help with your eyesight and prefer to wear glasses instead of contact lenses, you will know all about the importance of choosing stylish frames. Of course, this is something that people with 20/20 vision only need to worry about in the summer when it comes to picking out their sunglasses. Either way, it seems like a good time to think about eyewear in a little more detail - after all, sunnier and warmer days are hopefully just around the corner.

I’ve been looking at a few options online that I think will be popular this summer - this includes frames with both prescription and basic lenses. I’d love to know what frames you would pick if money was no object, but the ideas below will hopefully provide you with the inspiration you need to get your summer style sorted...

Sunglasses: my top picks
Ray-Ban ® 2132 Tortoise - Described online as “gorgeous tortoiseshell style frames”, these sunglasses are bang on trend for 2014 whilst also looking classic enough to last well into the future (assuming you don’t lose them when you are on holiday). They retail for £90 at Tesco Opticians, which is a reasonable amount to spend on something that can be worn in many ways throughout the season. These would look great with a bikini and flip-flops, or an elegant summer dress with a pair of sleek open-toe pumps. Can’t you just picture wearing these with a neck scarf as you are whisked through the Italian countryside in the passenger seat of a convertible?

Lipsy Sun 36 in SilverIf you prefer an aviator style frame, you could look at these sunglasses from Lipsy. They would be very easy to wear and have a more relaxed style association. This makes them perfect for lounging on the beach or doing a bit of shopping in your holiday resort. These are £30 online at Tesco Opticians, and the price means they could also be ideal to bring along to a summer festival if you don’t want to risk losing your more expensive frames.

Prescription glasses: my top picks
Emporio Armani 9672 - Fashionistas will be flocking to these Emporio Armani frames as they are so fun for the summer months. Thick black rimmed glasses have been popular over the past couple of years, but purple makes a welcome change for those of us who have to wear prescription glasses. Bold frames such as this can really make a statement, as well as retaining a sophisticated look for when you are at work or out at a posh restaurant. These glasses cost £115 at Tesco Opticians.

Lipsy 32 in Black and CreamSometimes it is nice to go monochrome, especially if you want your outfit to do the talking. That is why these Lipsy glasses could be the perfect choice - they would look stunning with a wide brimmed hat and a classy one-piece swimsuit. They really would be easy to pair with most things in your wardrobe, whether a floaty dress or some denim shorts and a vest top. And for £85, they aren’t unreachable when it comes to their price tag.

*In collaboration with Tesco Opticians

12 April 2014

A Rant About MAC

Prep and Prime Transcluent Loose Finishing Powder - £20 (link) // Shy Girl Lipstick - £15 (link) // Desert Rose Blusher - £18 (link

Grab a brew and take a seat, while I tell you a story... if you're from Liverpool you will obviously be aware of the free standing MAC store in the Met Quarter. Now for myself and Tor this meant one thing - lets spend money and use our Pro Cards. I went armed with a list to stock up on foundations for friends, and had a small list for myself. Back up of Shy Girl, Prep and Prime Translucent Powder Compact and possibly a blush (or two). After waiting in the shop for a good 15-20 minutes waiting to be served to no avail, we nipped to Illamasqua and came back.

After managing to grab a sales advisor, I started asking her for the items which was on my list, to which she replied "Do I want many things as she won't be able to carry them", to be honest I wasn't expecting to be spoken to like that and as she caught me off guard my mouth went before I could think about my answer and she was told that lo and behold I also have hands so I can carry products. Not getting off on the best of starts here. I managed to get all the foundations, and starting going through with what I wanted - now I asked her for the Prep and Prime compact and corrected her each time she was saying loose powder. Now as far as I was aware she'd picked up the correct powder. Oh no, she'd picked up the loose one - now stupid me should have checked in store, however as I was that livid I just paid and went. Tor managed to get her back of items thrown at her after she'd paid. Really not a good experience - what was annoying was the fact that sales advisers were walking about either talking to one another or filling in face charts, instead of serving their customers.

After calling Mac customer services to complain, I managed to speak to a lovely lady called Tracy who I explained the situation to, told her about our experience in the store and asked about swapping the unopened loose powder to a compact. I was told this wouldn't be a problem, and due to the fact that the powder compact is out of stock and not due in for the next few weeks, I've been told to use the loose powder and a replacement will be sent out as soon as it arrives in stock. Talk about excellent customer service. It just shows you that sometimes a bad experience with a brand can leave a sour taste in your mouth, however Tracy just shows how MAC goes above and beyond with their customer care, shame that the staff in the Liverpool store weren't like that. 

Oh and before I forget I'll do separate reviews on the products.

Update - Tracy did live up to her promise, and on Thursday I received the compact in the post - good effort MAC.

9 April 2014

NYX Cosmetics Haul

NYX Cosmetics UK
PB03 Angel - £6 and XLC10 Natural - £7

Good news for those living in the North East - we can finally get our hands on NYX in Next at Team Valley. The stand itself lacks samples and the range is very limited - however I'm happy as I was only after one thing - their blushes. Initially I did want a good swatching session however as some old woman was practically sitting on my back while I was looking through the blushes I ended up picking Angel which on natural skin is the lightest pink, yet on tanned skin I would say is more of a highlighter. Ideally I wanted this for work as both Accessorise beauty and Vivo cosmetics seem to be discontinued in my local Superdrug and Tesco, however £6 for 0.14oz of product is verging on the expensive side. However my excuse was I needed a treat... don't argue with me ok.

I remember reading many reviews about their lip butters and on a whim decided to pick up one of their Xtreme Shine Lip Creams thinking they were lip glosess when in fact they're a liquid lipstick - think Rimmel Apocalips. Out of everything in the stand (apart from their jumbo pencils) this was the range which there was was loads to choose from. I was tempted to pick up some brighter colours, however for my first go into liquid lipsticks I thought I better stick to what I know - nude/pinky lip colours. I haven't had chance to use this yet as I've been suffering from chapped lips (again) however it reminds me of one of my Mac lipsticks - I'm leaning towards either Hue or Shy Girl (maybe more Shy Girl) - I'll report back to you on that though. If you're up at Team Valley - definately check this stand out (its next to the till in the women's section).

6 April 2014

Co-Washing with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo and Conditioner
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo* and Conditioner* - £5.99 each

Now this review was going to take a completely different turn of events however thanks to a random chat about co-washing (conditioner washing) at work, my opinion of this has completely changed. John Frieda's new range aims to maintain volume and texture of freshly coloured hair. However first up, I'm going to talk about the scent of this - I don't know if its just me and my over sensitive range of smell, however this smells slightly of watermelon which I adore. If I use this the right way (ie shampoo then condition) I find that my hair is slightly more voluminous yet this only lasts for a few hours. Doesn't do what it says on the bottle.

However in order for this to work, I've found that if I condition first, then use shampoo - hello massive hair. I know the whole issue of co-washing was causing at least my work colleagues cause for concern however what I have found is that when you're using the conditioner you actually use much less. I found that I was focusing this on the ends of my hair and trying to avoid as much root as possible. After washing I did feel like my hair was slightly dry, however what is strange is the fact that my knotted hair post washing was much more manageable and the more I dried it the softer and shiner it became. Did I see an improvement in my hair - yes!! Much more shiner, manageable (no frizz) and there was quite a bit of volume in my hair. I didn't mention this at work, however someone did notice that my hair was fuller than normal - win win. 

Personally I found that this didn't work for me using it in the conventional way (it did clean my hair so technically it works), however if you're new to co-washing I would definitely recommend these. Also if you want to try the range - they're currently in the 3 for 2 offer at Boots, however you can pick these up at any chemist and supermarket.

* PR Sample