Wednesday 31 July 2013

August Nails & Lips (essentials) + Mini Beauty Haul

Can any of you believe that it's August tomorrow? Then September and of course with that school! I'm actually beginning to miss school and all the wonderful stress that comes with it...well actually it's more like i miss my friends and the memories that have been put on hold for 5 weeks while we all sit at home and watch the rain pour. 

I thought that just before a particular month begins i would do a post almost like an 'essentials' for that month, and for August i'm doing Nails & Lips because if you're fortunate enough to be in a place that has Sun then you may need some ideas, inspiration or products to keep you going in that month! So viola. 

Nails! Considering it's August you'd probably want to have your nails bright and colourful too, you know to match the flowers, trees, and animals? 
From left to right: Models Own - Strawberry tart, Barry M Nail Paint - Blueberry, Barry M Gelly hi shine Nail paint - pickled pear, Barry M Gelly hi shine Nail Paint - Green berry, SinfulColors - Soul mate, SinfulColors - Purple diamond . 

All of these nail polish have beautiful pastel like shades (especially the first 4) and they make you nails perfectly summery.
If Barry M didn't do such lovely shades i wouldn't buy any of it because the consistency honestly isn't worth the £2.99/£3.99 pricetag, even though that's not alot there are nail polish out there like Sinful Colors where you get much more product for £1.99 and the consistency is better too!

The Models own nail polish has an awful consistency, it's runny, shear and quite frankly a nightmare! But the colour was what caught my attention, its like a light neon if such thing ever existed. On your nails this polish stands out as a neon would, if you're someone who likes to have tan skin or just would generally like to appear darker (personally i'm not one of those) this nail polish will make your skin seem darker, don't be put off if that's not what you're looking for but this is a very nice shade of pink which will be gorgeous for August/Summer period. 

Lips! Along with Sun and heat comes chapped to help them out our first instinct would be to make sure they're covered in vaseline, or something as moisturising - now although that would be the right thing to do in some sense what you actually want to do is scrub your lips before hand, i like using the lip scrubs that Lush sells as they're edible, smell and taste amazing! Of course they do the job too. 
If you can't afford to buy a lip scrub or you see no reason why you should spend around £5 on something like this then i do have a few DIY lipscrub ideas and if you'd like to see that please comment bellow telling me! 
To follow up the scrubbing (which should last around 10 seconds on each lip and should be done in circular motions) i like using a tinted moisturiser after this is because i'm usually going out after and i'd like a little colour on my lips but think lipstick might be a little too heavy or will sink into my chapped lips and show them even more! 

From left to right: Maybelline Baby lips - Pink Punch, Burts bees replenishing lip balm - pomegranate,  Nivea lip balm - Soft rose. 

All of these lip balms have a slight tint to them and as far as im concerned 2 of them have SPF in (Baby Lips & Nivea) so if you are going to be in the sun finding a lip product that has SPF will help product your lips (which are too often neglected in the sun) 

Now for the Mini Haul (a few products have already been mentioned..

My skin is very dry and in the past the doctors thought i was showing signs of eczema. Fortunately i don't have it but unfortunately my skin is still dry and no lotion or cream works well apart from Johnsons Baby oil so i purchased two as there was an offer going...but i also noticed another offer (im all for a good deal) of Palmers cocoa butter and i wanted to try a lotion this time and having heard so many good things about the product i thought i'd purchase it. 

The Clearasil wash|mask was bought because my Neutrogena wash|mask had ran out and having tried a sample of this product near it's launch and loving it i thought it was about time i went and bought the full size!

I also bought some more school supplies which will have their own post/video in a few weeks. 

Sorry for the rather 'wordy' post

till' next time 

- A

Monday 29 July 2013

Favourite Summer Products

Something i've not done in a while... a favourites! I realise that i haven't done one of these posts in months and so to almost make do for that i thought i'd do a Summer one which is essentially june and july, now these two months i haven't been wearing much makeup because it is summer and i prefer to give my skin a break and my hair a break from heat tools too! But on the days that i do wear makeup i've gone to these products....Ive not included a mascara because its the same i've been using for months (maybelline rocket volum and maybelline mega plush)

In the comparison photo you can see that 'Wild watermelon' by Revlon has a slightly more orange/red tone than the Rimmel london 'Pink tulips', both of these lipsticks are great transitional colours from spring to summer as they're both fun, bright and girly!
Another thing i like about these two is their consistency, both apply incredibly smoothly and leave lips feeling very moisturised but that doesn't mean they're aren't as pigmented. The Revlon one is more sheer but is build able and lasts just as long as the other.

I won't say too much about this product as i have a full review on it (click here) but for those of you have combination skin that happens to be oily at times this is perfect as it leaves the skin completely matte and you'll find that you might not even need to set this with powder because it can actually make it look cakey and as very little effect in how long it remains on your face.

Because summer normally means sunshine and sunshine means sweating and that inevetibaly leads to break outs, this powder is the little gem that works along side my concealer to clear my skin and dry out the spots. The colour of course is something i love because its a mint green!
I believe that the only colour you can get is the 'transparent' but i may be wrong, i just think instead of messing around trying to find the right colour you may as well get the transparent and save your self the time.

Another product that i have a review on (click here) this is amazing for covering up blemishes although it has a creamy texture it does actually help dry the spots.

hope you've enjoyed this small post on my summer favourites,

till' next time

- A

Saturday 27 July 2013

Small Clothing Haul - Asos & Zara

Yes yes i've been shopping but no, this time i was good and i didn't go overboard however i wanted to share my purchases with you as this was the first time i had bought anything from Asos (the sale does help in deciding whether to buy or not to buy)  
I Apologize for using retrica and not a good quality filter however i am yet to find an app that has a timer for pictures that keeps the photos high quality.

The first thing i purchased was this floral skirt from Asos, it has a black background with a rain forest like print. For under £10 (this was around £8 i believe) i found this to be a real bargain! Plus the other skirts that i own are all plain, im known to wear my denim topshop skater skirt far too often so i thought it was about time i invested in a printed skirt. 

The second thing from Asos was this navy pinafore style dress with a deep dip arm. Now i remember as a child of around 3 or 4 i had an almost exact replica of this dress so when i found it on the Asos website i fell in love with it and just had to get it! This was around £14 and with a striped red top underneath i think that it would add a real 'sailor' feel to it. 

Next was this thin black top that i got from Zara was another bargain for £5.99! The Zara sales really amazing.. The top is very subtly striped and alternates between being opaque and shear which i think is a very nice touch.  The back features a gold zip and bellow that a slit, however the lit doesn't show any back as it starts on the lower back. 

sorry for the awful quality. - Zara jumper 

Finally i got this rather baggy jumper from Zara which i initially thought would be £9.99 but turned out it was reduced further down to £5.99! So the sales this year have been very kind to me! I know that we're not even in the middle of summer never mind the end however when i see a jumper i like, no matter what season it is i will buy it. I'm obsessed with them therefore i can always justify spending money on it. 

Bye bye beauties, till' next time 



Sunday 21 July 2013

Smoothie: Apple & Banana (quick and easy!)

I have vowed to be more healthy this summer and a part of this is going to be drinking filling smoothies for breakfast (i personally don't like breakfast and i don't enjoy eating it) so having a smoothie to drink is perfect and there is so many different combinations that are out there for you to try!
Over the next 6 weeks my posts will be more directed towards the answers you gave in a previous poll and you'll be seeing alot of food, diy, outfits and of course there still shall be the hauls and reviews that i do all too often.

This smoothie is one of the more easy, simple and some would say the 'classic' combinations, which is Apple & banana.


  • 1 medium/large apple (red ones tend to me more sweet)
  • 1 medium/large banana
  • 2 cups of milk 
  • Handful of ice
Begin by preparing your fruit and chopping it into a size that your blender will be able to handle, roughly 2cm chunks will do. Please excuse the floral plate it was the closest one i could find this morning and i didn't know i was even going to do this post.

Next measure out 2 cups of milk, this will be the first ingredient that will be added to the blender (remember with a blender you always start with liquids and make your way up to the hardest ingredient) so in our case the order will be: milk, banana, apple, ice. 

After all your ingredients have been added...BLEND! You can occasionally pulse to make sure the ice has fully been blended.

This smoothie really is that simple on the left is the picture of it with all the ingredients. Remember that you can always adjust this recipe to meet the amount of mouths you have to feed, in my case this allowed me to pour 3 large cups of the smoothie so roughly 3/4 people depending on how much they drink and how large your cups are.

The consistency of the smoothie is just how i like it, not too thick and not too thin. If you wish for your smoothie to be thick then try adding less milk, and of course if you like it thinner add more milk.
It really is up to you! There is no right or wrong when it comes to making this.

The froth seen at the top when blended is perfectly normally and will settle once you leave it, personally i think the froth adds something extra to it and i actually enjoy drinking it when it's still present.

Better pictures shall be present for the next post i apologise for this one, i hope you still enjoyed the post.

Click here for my last review.

Until next time

- A


Sunday 14 July 2013

Review: Soap & Glory 'Kick Ass Concealer'

I think that the name really sums up the product much better than i ever could. I began by hating this product, honestly i remember thinking that it was such a waste of £10.00 but now...i don't know what changed but I've come to love it! 

As before may i divert your attention to the left side bar where you'll find a poll, i would love it if you could answer! Thank you, much appreciated  

As you can see the concealer is sectioned off to 2 parts, one is a white translucent powder which i find is absolutely perfect for under the eyes because the grains are extremely small and although translucent a hint of white can be seen which brightens up the under eye area perfectly. The second section is the main part which you'll find two half moons of creamy concealer, one is slightly darker than the other, the lighter shade is intended for your under eye and darker shade is meant to cover blemishes. 

I found that the darker shade was just too orange for my skin tone therefore i think that i went with the wrong choice when i chose 'medium' for this product, now having said that i think that people who have extremely fair/pale skin would find it tricky to match their skin with any of the colour ranges (there is only 3), unless they were tanned by the beautiful sun we've finally been seeing in England!  The coverage of the product is brilliant if set with a powder and definitely long lasting!
The product also comes with a sponge (very thin and white) which is for the powder but i find it useless and because of that i've lost it. oops. 

You would think that because this product is infact extremely creamy it would break you out even more but for me and my skin i find that it actually helps clear my skin, which is odd. Now wish i had chosen the 'light' because i find that i only use one of the semicircles and that's the lighter one so that is a shame considering its £10.00, this review is long overdue as i've had this product for many months now and it's still not ran out yet!

Please note that i realise you guys want to see more DIY/Food/Fashion (result of my previous poll) but if i hadn't done this review then you would get NO post for another week, and thats just too cruel. 

As always thank you so much for taking the time to read, until next time 

- A

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