glitter gradient!

Friday 30 December 2011

Christmas is always the optimum time to have the most in your face, sparkly, gaudy nails possible and this year was no exception!

I opted for festive red polish from the Fearne Cotton Christmas Set slathered all over my nails with an accent nail covered in glitter on my ring fingers. The glitter in question was GOSH Glitter Nail Dust in Gold, applied with an extremely old and useless eye makeup brush which turned out to be perfect for the gradient effect I was aiming for!

I used the brush to press a heavy amount on the top of two damp coats of red polish and then just dusted more on down the nail until the glitter was thin enough to look like a glitter gradient down the nail! Top it off with a touch of the miracle drying agent Seche Vite and voila- perfect gaudy nails for Christmas!

What did you wear on your nails, and what are your nail related plans for New Year?!

cranberry lips.

Friday 23 December 2011

Stating the obvious there, but I'm finally starting to get a little bit excited for the big day! As I've gotten older it feels like Christmas is gradually losing its magic, however I know on Christmas morning I'll be transported back in time to when I was 5 again, and the magic with be back.

I wore the makeup above to a Christmas Pantomime a few weeks ago, and the 'its behind you!'s and watching Widow Twanky cavort around the stage really started to ignite my Christmas spirit. Its always lovely watching everyone come together at Christmas time, and of course it was a perfect opportunity to wear some festive type makeup!

I felt extremely brave wearing out 'cranberry' coloured lips to the theatre, even though it was dark I still felt a bit exposed with bight red garish lips on, but hey- its Christmas so who cares?! Ironically, I despise Cranberry Sauce, its all about the gravy for Christmas lunch!

I used my Collection 2000 Lip Liner in Watermelon and my Sleek Lipstick in OMG to create a darker lip and of course my beloved Naked Palette on the eyes for a little sparkle!

I hope your all well and looking forward to the big day in just 1 sleep, 2 hours and 31 minutes as of right now!

Merry Christmas & Have A Fantabulous New Year ♥

cream collection.

Sunday 18 December 2011

Cream eyeshadows have become a big favourite of mine over the past few months as I much prefer the look of dewy, smudgy shadow rather than the effects from their powdery counterparts. 

There's just one major downside- the creasing! I don't class myself as having exceptionally oily eyelids, rather just normal ones, however cream eyeshadows seem to seriously disagree with me in terms of longevity. Generally this problem is solved with a slick of Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath, except in exceptional cases, when even in the most perfect conditions some cream shadows cannot last more than 4 hours, not naming any names... *cough* MAC Paint Pot *cough*

These are the few products I own in my collection... 
1)No7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse in Pewter and Fudge 2)Stila Smudge Pot in Kitten 3)MAC Paint Pot in Painterly 4)ELF Cream Eyeshadow in Dawn and Bronzed
Swatches in same order as above.

No7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse in Pewter and Fudge - These are my all time favourite cream shadows, hands down! They wear the best, are the smoothest, most easily applied eyeshadows I have ever used, and are only £4 when those wonderful No 7 vouchers are hanging about!

Stila Smudge Pot in Kitten - This is a gorgeous creamy shadow, although at £16 it is a little on the steep side, but hey that's what Boots Points are for! Although gorgeous, I do find this doesn't wear amazingly and needs an good base to stay perfect.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly - This cult product is raved about all over blogs and YouTube, however I'm not its biggest fan in the world. I feel like a good concealer could easily replace this in my makeup routine and it smudges like crazy!

ELF Cream Eyeshadow in Dawn and Bronzed - I had high hopes for these newcomers to the ELF line, and although they are beautiful shades, the texture could be improved as they do have the tendency to clump up, especially in the shade Dawn, which has chunky glitter in it. 

I'm a massive fan of all makeup products with a creamy consistency, and am also obsessive about my cream blushes and am slowly building up my collection, so any more suggestions are much appreciated!

Have a lovely week beautifuls!

polishes of the moment!

Monday 5 December 2011

Magpie-ism is the term I like to use to describe the chronic disorder of being completely and utterly devoted to anything shiny, metallic or glittery. In winter especially, when the dark nights call for a little bit of sparkle to light up my life, this trait comes out in full force, especially in my nail polish choices.

First up is a recent discovery in Gosh Nail Lacquer in Purple Heart, which is the most beautiful duo-chrome purple, blue, green, black mix that is one of those perfect 'I can't stop staring at my nails' type colours!

In the middle are the beautiful new Magnetism Nail Lacquers by Fashionista in Purple Me Up and Notorious Silver. Not only are these polishes endorsed by none other that the amazing Saturdays (what other reason do you need!?) but also change into the most beautiful wavy interesting pattern when using the magnet. This unique design has acquired me many a compliment on my nails, although the only downside to this range is the chipping- like crazy!

Last but not least and a regular favourite is Accessorize Nail Polish in Bronze which I have already babbled on enough about here, but I just couldn't resist throwing its beautifulness into a post once again!

I am desperately in need to bulk up my 'glitter nail' collection, and am on the hunt for more gorgeous polishes to add, so any recommendation are much appreciated!

Have a lovely week!