Wednesday, 31 October 2012
This picture shows two coats which creates the look I was aiming for. One coat is quite a nice look also. I’ve never really used Revlon polishes before apart from Facets of Fuchsia, but this was nice to work with. A little runny in consistency but it did dry very fast. I was able to apply two coats in no time at all.
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Like a animal getting ready for a hash cold winter... I am stocking up. Why you ask? Well rumour has it; Maybelline are discontinuing their mascara the One By One Volumn’ Express. It is a rumour which I read a few times now and I hope and pray to anyone that will listen that it isn’t true.
For me the One by One is my most repurchased item, I think I’m on my sixth tube. I honestly love it and will be very very VERY sad to see it go. I’ve used higher end products before and spent £20+ on some mascaras but this hands down is everything I want in a mascara. It gives you full lashes like you’re wearing false ones and the brush separates all the lashes... plus there is no clumping. I have a review and swatches here (not like they’ll be helpful if it is being stopped...duh)
This weekend I stocked up and bought myself three new tubes. And these were the last ones on the shelves, which might be an indication that it may be true. I will be disappointed if the rumours are true and this is being stopped but what can you do??
So I may be looking for a new holy grail mascara... do you have any recommendations?
Sunday, 28 October 2012
These three could be related. Distant cousins perhaps. In the bottles they all have their slight differences but once you apply them to the nails they pretty much look the same.
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
Thursday, 25 October 2012
However I feel this is a little light for my skin tone and also I feel like the polish is missing its 'X-factor'. It's lovely but I just feel like I need something else with it. Perhaps some glitter or some shimmer of some sort.
Have you tried Lilacism?
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Well let me introduce you to my saviour...
I normally steer clear of liner on my lower lash line because I tend to look like a panda after a while, but now after using this a few times I feel much more confident that it will not move.
The pictures above show swatches. The left one is just after application. The right picture has actually been smudged, literally one minute after I have applied to the skin. Hardly no movement at all... impressive yes?
For under £4 this is a must have ladies, they do sell other colours too (you can see pictures here). I'll be honest and tell you guys that I'm using this more than my high end liners, it's that good!
I will post some eye looks soon but as I'm abroad at the moment I cannot up load pictures :-(
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Nails Inc ~ Porchester Square
A classic grey beige taupe which every girl needs in their lives. Beautiful alone or covered with a silver glitter. I adore this colour. It's looks 'boring' but trust me it's not. Swatches
Essie ~ Cute As A Button
Is it a pink or is it a coral? Who knows. This colour brightens up my day. Gorgeous on the nails and toes it's perfect for summer time. However I'm still going to wear it come rain or shine... summer or winter! Swatches
Essie ~ Fiji
A strange but beautiful milky white with a hint of pink shade, this looks adorable on the nails. Probably the most difficult to apply however, needing three coats but still beautiful. Swatches
TopShop ~ Pool Party
My most recent TopShop polish and probably my most worn TopShop polish. It's turquoise aqua 'Tiffany box' blue green which can cover your nails in one coat. Yes it's true! Swatches
Sephora by OPI ~ I Gotta Blush On You
Sadly only available in the good old US of A, I envy you American ladies who have Sephora by OPI polishes. My favourite colour is this one which is a pinky nude. My US followers... you need this colour in your lives!! Swatches
What is your top 5 pick?
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
So when it was announced Maybelline were introducing another to their UK collection... I said a little whoop whoop to myself with joy. Compared to the US collection, the UK Tattoo collection is very limited. We have less than half the colours you ladies were given! Boo hiss!
The beautiful Pink Gold is a soft pearly pink shade with perhaps a soft hint of a gold, although I cannot see it personally. Like the other 24hr Tattoos this is very pigmentated with an excellent staying power. It does not crease and can be used without an eye base. Also if used lightly it could almost be used for a highlight on the cheeks.
It is nice that Maybelline has launched a light colour to their collection as a lot of the colours they have now are dark ones. I hope Maybelline bring more to the UK collection like they have for the US. I think the Tattoo shadows are a hit and I'd rather spend my money buying these compared to Stila, MAC and Make Up For Ever.
Will you be checking this out?
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Some of the items I got are new on the market but I know the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stains have been lurking around for a while. So what did I pick up....?
Rimmel's Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black. I have taupe, nude, bronze and purple (you can see swatches here)... but I really wanted the black also. And I finally found one.. yay!
Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in Pink Gold. I adore my other Tattoo eyeshadows, so when I saw they were launching this colour I knew I have to run out and pick this up. See my swatches of the other tattoo shadows here.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous. Kind of a lets just try you out purchase. I swatched it on my hand in store and it looked lovely, so I thought what the heck.
L'Oreal Eyeshadow Quad in Nude Lingerie. I didn't need this but it caught my eye and the colours looked beautiful when I swatched them. Another what the heck moment and I'm glad I did.
Reviews and pictures to come!
Monday, 15 October 2012
Before now I owned no rose gold items... but now I've treated myself to not one, not two but THREE rose gold items in just two days. Someone seriously needs to suspend my eBay and Very accounts.
So for my Ebay buys I picked up these two lovely rose gold plated necklace and bracelet with the added swarovski crystal bling. They are pretty inexpensive, the bracelet was £7.49 and the necklace was £5.99 from the same seller. I also got combined shipping which was cool.
I love the bracelet detailing with the hearts. As soon as I saw it, it was mentally added to my wish list. It is really light and is easy to put on with it's little clasp. The necklace is super cute too with it's interlocking circles covered in crystals.
The seller shipped these out really fast and I got them the day after I ordered them. They were also packaged in really cute boxes with bows. It feels like the seller went to a lot of effort.
My second (or third purchase when you think about) is this stunning stainless steel rose gold Fossil watch called the Mini Riley. For reference it's number ES2889. Now it isn't Michael Kors by any means, but it's my cheaper alternative and I love it. It's a little loose so I need one or two of the links removed but it's just so pretty. Again covered in crystal bling, this datey watch had my name written all over it.
At £95 from Very (it's normally £105 but Very have a sale going) it is expensive ...I think. But ...I stress the but ...I have been eyeing up the watch for months. So when saw Very had it reduced and the fact they offered me the 'buy now pay later', I would of been a fool if I didn't take the opportunity to get it. So I did and I don't regret it at all.
So have you recently bought any cute jewellery or a fab new watch? What's your thoughts on rose gold? Do you like it?
Sunday, 14 October 2012
So what are my new buys I hear you ask?
Polar opposites... an autumnal deep red and a lilac! They couldn't be more different but they screamed at me in Superdrug and accidently fell into my basket! Honest!
I thought I'd show you Bahama Mama now as this is the 'it' shade for fall/autumn i think. It's that perfect deep red.
A swatch post for Lilacism will follow, I guarantee you that. It looks so pretty in the bottle. What was your last polish you bought?
Saturday, 13 October 2012
I am under the user name Jollybeachang ...what else would I be? I hope to start putting up random pictures like outfits and nails etc. Also I'll add the odd miscellaneous picture showing my life's journey. So exciting!
As for the phone if you're wondering, it is a Samsung Galaxy 2 in white. I know they have recently launched number 3, but 2 was more for my liking. I did buy the phone especially for Instagram as I couldn't get it on my blackberry... how sad am I?
Are you on Instagram...?
So last weekend I had a video making session and filmed these for you! I uploaded them during the week but never gave them a shout out.
First up September empties:
Secondly the favourites of September:
Hope you like them.
If you have any video requests let me know :-)
Friday, 12 October 2012
When it comes in the form of nail polish glitter then I love bling even more....though I'm not the biggest fan, due to the fact glitter polishes are like the most stubborn kind of polish to remove. A hammer and chisel does come in handy sometimes!
I picked up Royal Arcade when I went to a PR event earlier this year. I wish I got my mitts on more of their glitter polishes are they are such a good quality and very pretty.
The polish itself is clear and it contains a mixture of small fine pieces and small and large hexagonal pieces of bright sapphire blue glitter. Hopefully you'll be able to tell in my pictures - fingers crossed.
This looks great especially as a top coat over another polish. I have it on top of Pool Party. You can also use it alone if you wish, but I think as a top coat it gives a regular polished look something a little extra!
Happy Friday everybody!
*PR Event Gift
Thursday, 11 October 2012
So what are Red giving us? Drum roll please... a 30ml miniature Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser plus they have also thrown in a muslin cloth to go with it. Love it!
I couldn't of spotted this at a better time, since I go on holiday in just over a week. This is the perfect size to travel with as it could go into hand luggage if you wanted.
Great for cleansing and removing all traces of the most stubborn makeup - including waterproof products. Liz Earle is a miracle worker and part of my everyday skin care routine.
Red magazine is out now. UK only though... Boo hiss for my international followers :-(
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
So about the liners. Waterproof ...check! Long lasting...check! Fabulous colour range ...check! Easy to apply ...check! Great colour pay off ...hell yeah!
Smooth and easy to apply these practically stays put forever, what more do we need girls? I have oily skin and these last on my lids and lower water line. Yes the lower water line application fades slightly, but it's still brilliant. They are creamy to apply and can be easily blended but once they are on the skin and left alone they just stay put.
I think the Taupe colour will work great with the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe as it looks very similar. No doubt I'll be trying them together. I'd also team it with some shades from my Naked palette. I'd also say the Bronze pencil would work excellently too with either MUA Heaven and Earth or both Naked 1 or 2 palettes.
As for Purple I might try and use this on the eye lids are a shadow or a shadow base. I will let you know how that goes.
Rimmel I think have solved the mission to provide us all with a cheap easy-to-get-hold of liner which is of a high quality it could almost be mistaken for high end. At £3.99 I think you cannot go wrong with giving these a go. So ladies grab these why you can, because I think they will be snapped up fast so get a move on to get yours!
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Well I was wrong... I have done well again, not like previous months but I did good. Look at me giving myself praise! So what have I used up?
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish ~ My everyday face wash without fail! Gets rid of every bit of dirt and grime including waterproof mascara. I love it! I have purchased more already. My only annoyance is you cannot buy it on the high street.
Rituals Yogi Flow Shower Gel ~ This is my second can of this and I cannot get enough. I love it. A gel which magically transforms into a soapy lathe which smells divine A small amount goes a long way and the can lasts for ages. I thank Glossy Box for introducing us. See my review here.
Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day ~ I do like this but as I seem to wash my hair 5 days a week (I'm a gym-aholic if you're wondering) this tube only lasted five minutes. It smells great and leaves the hair very shiny and nourished. But I wouldn't buy it again except for a special treat.
Eucerin Intensive Foot Cream ~ As I have dry feet this works wonders. Apply it to clean feet then put on cotton socks and go to bed and you'll wake up with a amazingly soft feet. The tube is a little small for my liking. But it's still something I'd repurchase.
Johnson's and Simple Face Wipes ~ As these are facial wipes I thought I'd collaborate them as there is not much I can say... they are face wipes after all. They remove makeup and are handy if you feeling a little lazy to get up and go to the bathroom sink to use the Liz Earle. Also great for the gym bag! I will say though the Simple ones are oil balancing....I saw no differences to the Johnson's ones....weird?!
Radox Muscle Soak ~ After the gym and I ache like hell I do like a good old Radox bubble bath. Pretty inexpensive this has always been a favourite as Radox has been around forever. I've repurchased numerous times. You could probably pick it up in the 99p shop.
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement ~ I do love Bobbi Brown I think her skin care items are great and I love her hydrating eye cream. You can certainly feel and see a difference when you use this. A little expensive but it's Bobbi...she's a legend. I'd be interesting in trying other serums but just don't know what to pick!
Caudalie Beauty Elixir ~ There are billions of reviews of this stuff and I was reading them and not bating an eye lid until one day I caved. I can see why people love it. It refreshes and makes pores smaller....whats not to love?
Monday, 8 October 2012
I think this has to be one of my most favourite polishes which I have picked up. A hot favourite for summer. Not like it is really summer anymore! I admit I'm still wearing this and It's now October.
It applies beautifully....like a dream actually. One coat applied thickly will do the trick. Lasting power as like all Essie polishes is excellent.
What's your favourite summertime polish???
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Practically every item I mention here does have an individual review on, with the exception of some.
Clarins Ever Matte ~ I had to mention this really, it was a must. Ever since I bought this I have felt the urge to ditch all my other foundations. I think this is the best foundation I have ever come across. It has become my new and only bestest friend. I have a full review here.
TopShop Nail Polish in Pool Party ~ A fun, bright colour I don't think this is a just for summer colour. For a £5 polish the application is amazing. You could easily get away with my coat. And the lasting power is exceptional too! Swatches here!
Stila Eyeshadow in Sun ~ I've had this lurking around for sometime but never tend to reach for it. But I felt like I needed an eye catching shadow and opposed to usually reaching for Kitten I opted for this instead. Very neutral ...it's perfect for an all over the lid look, especially on a lazy makeup day.
MeMeMe Boho Balm in Pink Rouge ~ I took to Jersey with me and used it everyday. As you can see from the below picture it is getting a lot of attention as it's a bit yucky looking. I love the pink for the cheeks. It gives a beautiful flush almost like a natural glow. I have used the red/coral on my lips too which looks stunning. See my review and swatches here.
TopShop Cheek Duo Dessert Sun ~ Soon to become a favourite blush this is a subtle colour. It looks big and bold in the pan but trust me when I say it's much more delicate than it looks. If you want to see swatches see my review here.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir ~ A cult favourite and I can see why. This just makes me feel good when I spritz it on my face. It refreshes and makes pores smaller and it's a small bottle which you can take anywhere!
Real Technique Buffing and Contour Brushes ~ Part of the Core set I don't think I've really put these down lately. The buffing brush is perfect for applying my Clarins, it buffs it in perfectly with no streaking. For flawless foundation application I'd buy the set just for the buffing brush. Now the contour brush is what I've been using to apply my MeMeMe cream blush, it's the perfect size and so soft it makes applying cream blush effortless. I totally recommend the Core Set.
Shu Uemera Eye Lash Curlers ~ I never used to be that fussed about curling my lashes but now I own the cult favourite eye lash curler I just cannot stop myself from curling every morning. My curl does fall out slightly but that's probably my lashes or maybe my mascara not helping.... I'm not sure. I think I need some eye lash curling tips.
I hope you enjoyed my favourites. Also I hope you're having a good October so far!
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Tonight I finally did something I had been thinking about for quite a while. I'd been thinking for quite some time that my other layout looked too girly and well .... just old and cluttered.
When I made my blog button I wanted to update the page then but said no to myself. But now I have been brave an given my baby a new look. Do you like it?? I hope so.
It's nothing fancy...I didn't pay anyone to make me a super duper layout. I just used one of bloggers basic templates are pressed a few buttons here and there and adjusted bits and bob and hey presto!
I also got rid of my twitter feed and my blog sale page as no one was visiting it anyway lol. I may put another page up one day who knows.
Thank you for following and being a part of it all.
There are three miniatures to collect, Benetint, Sunbeam and Cha Cha Tint. When I saw one of the releases was Cha Cha Tint I knew I'd have to be buying myself a copy of the magazine. I am also on the look out for Sunbeam, but have yet to see that on the shelves anywhere.
When they released Cha Cha Tint I ummmmed and ahhhhed whether to pick up a full size for myself. I'm pretty glad I hadn't, as I now got myself a mini version for £2.50 as opposed to the full sized £24.50 bottle. Gasp!
They describe Cha Cha as a mango hue which is different from their usual red and pink tints - better known as Benetint and Posie Tint. It is very pigmented and comes across to me as more of a coral red rather than a mango colour.
When it comes to applying to the skin, do not leave it too long before you start to blend it out. The swatch pictured above was merely on my skin for less than a minute and look at the result. It is a stain after all.
Will you be picking up InStyle?
*UK only folks ...sniff sniff.
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
So why am I in love you ask? Desert Sun is a baked bronzer blush duo which is the most beautiful shade I think I have ever seen. It's nothing like my Summer Fever, that's a different league but this is just mouth watering.
Firstly I must mention the packaging as I love their packaging - it's simple black and white box/case is very modern. I love the detailing too, it looks very US stars and stripes to me. Any beauty-aholic will know at a glance in your makeup bag that you've got Topshop item lurking in there because of this packaging! It breaks the norm.
So what is so beautiful? A combination of a peachy-pink blush and a light barely-there-shimmery bronzer, the duo swirled together or used alone give the most pretty shade. As soon as I swatched this in store I knew I wouldn't leave store without it. I think I may of cried if I'd left it there on the shelf.
This isn't over powering in the slightest, subtle is the word. The peachy-pink in the pan may look bright but once on the skin it gives a natural flush. The golden bronze is very eye catching with its delicate micro-shimmer. It almost highlights at the same time.
Sadly my photography lighting was a little pants, it just doesn't show this in all it's glory. The blended together swatch it barely noticeable but it is there...promise! I've been little Miss Helpful and indicated where the swatch is with arrows.
Final thoughts or words that come to mind is gorgeous. This is truly the most beautiful piece of makeup I have seen for a long time. So pretty and such a good quality item it could almost be a MAC piece, with the exception of the smaller price tag of £12.50. For a blush/bronze you may think it is a little pricey but seriously, you're getting a lot for your money....6.5gs of blush and bronzer plus pretty packaging and beautiful cheek colour!
Do you have a favourite blush/bronzer duo?
Monday, 1 October 2012
After being in Jersey for a week, the land of the afternoon tea - me and the hubby decided to make my parents a thank you afternoon tea for house sitting and babysitting our little fur baby.
I know that technically I write a 'beauty' blog, however I thought I'd share with you what I made for the top tier of the cake stand yesterday. By the way - I love baking!
What I created is a kind of Bakewell Tart looking fairy cake. I used a recipe from this website which was created by the lovely Mary Berry - a British baking and cooking legend! Her recipe is just for a basic fairy cakes, however I have tweaked it to be something a little different.
Before we get started with preparing the ingredients, you'll need to pre-heat your oven to gas mark 6 / 180◦c / 200◦c fan.
- Self raising flour - 100g / 4 oz
- Caster sugar - 100g / 4 oz
- Butter (room temp soft) - 100g / 4 oz
- Two medium sized eggs
- Jam - you'll need this for the filling, not the cake itself....I took a picture including it when I shouldn't have.
- Vanilla flavouring
If you just want to make simple fairy cakes you can just forget the jam. I have added vanilla flavouring as something extra as I love vanilla but it's not required. This recipe will make 12 cakes easy peasy.
Into a mixing bowl throw in your self raising flour, caster sugar and cubed butter. Then into the centre add your wet ingredients which are your two eggs and a cap full of vanilla flavouring.
Once everything is in the bowl you can either beat the hell out of it with a wood spoon or use and electric whisk. I used the latter and the hubby's biceps! It was easier...
In to the oven they go. Top shelf - be keep careful! It's hot! Now it's set your timer time... cooking time is between 15 to 20 minutes. I put my timer on for 18. All ovens cook differently, some can be hotter and others cooler. I would recommend turning them however half way through cooking.
Just keep cooking, just keep cooking until.... your buzzer sounds! And out come golden brown yummy fairy cakes...but we're not finished yet. Set them to cool for 10 minutes on a cooling tray.
After cooling here comes the fun stuff - making the holes! Using a sharp knife (I'd recommend an adult do this if you're a little young and unsure) what you need to do is cut the peaks off, so they are a little flatter. Then with a apple corer, remove a small piece of the centre of the fairy cakes. Now do not go to the bottom of the cake, go half way only. You don't want jam coming out of the bottom of the cake do you now.
The fairy cakes are covered in an icing sugar mixture, so for that you'll need:
- Icing Sugar - 225g / 8oz
- 2-3 tbsp of warm water
- Glace Cherries (cut in half for decorating)
Mary Berry says to sieve the icing sugar - I didn't do this as icing sugar is a fine powder before hand but any lumps I just knocked out with a spoon first.
Adding your 2-3 tablespoons of warm water start to mix the mixture. If it is a little difficult and hard you can add extra water - but don't over do it you need it it quite thick!
Now your cakes have little holes we can start to add the jam and icing sugar mixture. Pop a teaspoon-ish amount, depending on the hole size. Don't over fill them. Remember your halved cherries will go on top of the icing so you will not see any hole.
So now you are all finished!! The perfect Sunday afternoon tea cake! Now for the eating part....here goes! Look at that jam filling.....
Hope you have enjoyed this. A little different but never the less I hope you liked it! Would you want to see more posts like this?