One to add to the wish list...



Just a quick one to say how much I'm in love with these MissGuided Lendy Strappy Suede Platform Wedges. Aren't they just fabulous? They look quite high, but with the platform and wedge I think they would be easier to walk in. They come in 5 different colours and at £36.99 don't break the bank. Well done MissGuided!
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New York Beauty Haul!

Last week I went to New York with my sister and cousin on a mini girly get away. It was just what I needed after a stressful beginning to my university term. But now I'm back and I thought I would share some of the beauty purchases that I made during our stay, baring in mind that I saved for half a year for this trip! I feel this could be quite a lengthy blog so here goes...

MAC



The first thing I was looking for was a new everyday foundation. I've been wearing the MAC Mineralize foundation in NC15 (yes, I'm very pale!) but I've found that its very heavy for a day to day look and I was after something that still gives me the coverage I need but not as heavy. The lady at the MAC counter suggested the MAC Matchmaster foundation in 01 and I'm glad she did! I'm very lucky with my skin in that it's rare I break out but I do have red cheeks and nose and this foundation does the perfect job in evening out my skin tone. I can hardly feel I have any foundation on at all!


Next thing from MAC I got was something Ive needed for a long time, a bronzing brush. As mentioned before I am very pale so I don't go over board on the bronze but I was looking for a brush that would give me a nice glow and save me from cleaning my blush brush every two minutes. So low and behold I got my hands on the MAC109 Small Contour brush. I highly recommend all MAC brushes (probably like every person who uses MAC) and think that make up brushes, whilst being very expensive at times, are definitely worth investing your money in.


I'm definitely a lipstick girl as you will be able to tell through this blog. I think a bright lip is the perfect way to jazz up any make up look. I like my lips to look shiny but I'm not keen on stickiness, so whilst having a look round I discovered for the first time the Sheen Supreme Lipstick. Yes I know they have been out a while but I'm a bit behind! Anyway, these lipsticks are the perfect mix of a lipstick anda lipgloss which is perfect for me. The colour is called Behave yourself and is lovely for everyday looks.


I don't always wear eye shadow everyday but when I saw this eye shadow quad I had to try it out. Its from the Shop MAC collection which is out in the USA but I don't think it's out in the UK quite yet. Its called Shop & Drop and contains all the colours you need to create a purple.pink look with your eyes. The colours are Sugar Snack (Matte), Hypnotising (Frost), Power Boosted (Veluxe Pearl) and Shop & Drop (Satin). I'm particularly a fan of hypnotising which is a frost and glides over your eyes like a dream.


And last but by no means least is the brand new Viva Glam Nicki Minaj Lipstick! I was so excited to see this in the shop and colour is to die for. As much as I loved Viva Glam Gaga, and still do I might add, this is definitely going to become my staple lipstick for a night out on the town. The colour is a beautiful coral satin lipstick and I'm looking forward to wearing it as soon as possible!

NARS

I only own one NARS lipgloss and I love it! The texture is perfect, not to sticky and they have beautiful colours. I got my hands on one of the larger than life lip glosses in Born This Way. It reminds me of MACs Morning Glory but without the glitter. I love the packagings for NARS products, this lipgloss looks very smooth, sleek and sophisticated.


The last thing from NARS was my first multiple! I've wanted to try one of these babies for ages but the price has always put me off. This colour is called Copacabana and looks beautiful on pale skin tones. I'm not sure how universal this product is, I think I'll mainly use it for highlighting.

Bobbi Brown


I've never really been all that into Bobbi Brown, I've always looked at the products and thought they were nice but there was never anything that pushed me to buy something until I saw the new Rose Gold collection. The collection contains two shimmer bricks and a bunch of lip products which I'm sad to say I didn't buy any for some reason. Big regret there! When the collection hits the UK I'll definitely be picking a few of those up! But I'm very happy I purchased the Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold. The colour creates soft warm glow which is going to be perfect for the summer I can tell.

YvesSaintLaurent

The last purchase of the holiday was a Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick from YvesSaintLaurent in the colour 114 Fuchsia Scintillant. This was a last minute impulse buy as I had no intention of spending anymore, damn the god sales guy in Macys! But anyway I immediately feel in love with the packaging and was sold. The lipstick case is gold in colour and features a pink band of colour with the YvesSaintLaurent logo surrounding the tube. The colour may look a little scary to some people but it is very sheer on the first application and can be built on for a more intense colour. At $37 it was very pricey, I don't know if I would have brought this if I was at home but I'm glad I did as it's nice to try new brands all the time.

(from left to right; YvesSaintLaurent 114, MAC Viva Glam Nicki, MAC Behave Yourself and NARS Born This Way)

I can't wait to show you lots of make-up looks with this bundle of joy and maybe a fashion haul will follow.

Until next time!



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Toay's nails are all about Barry M


I went to my local Superdrug at the weekend and picked up two new pastel colours from the Barry M range which I thought went well together and would be perfect for the spring. Your probably thinking I'm crazy because its still winter but yes I am using my nail colour to beat the winter blues!


The colours I used were Strawberry Ice Cream and Mint Green. For a fully qualified nail technician I'm not very good at painting my own nails! My usual trick is to paint pretty much my whole finger and then shower to get rid of the excess ha! If anyone has any tips on painting your own nails when you are totally clumsy with your hands it would be much appreciated! But for now I'm off to take a shower.

AdiĆ³s!

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Topshop Nail Polish!

Whilst window shopping on the Topshop website yesterday, I came across the Topshop make-up section. I'm yet to try anything from the range but I intend to make quite a few purchases on my next visit, especially for their nail polishes. I absolutely love anything sparkly or shimmery for my nails so when I laid eyes on these holographic nail polishes I was sold!
Mercury Miasma

Crystal Clouds


Mermaid

Adrenalin


My favourite has to be Adrenalin although you can already tell that its quite a sheer colour so would need multiple coats or could be layered on top of a baby pink. The basic colours are £5 each but these are £6 each making them cheaper than the likes of OPI and Essie. I can't comment on the quality yet, but I'm sure I'll be pleasantly surprised when I try them out.

Until next time!
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My Best Dressed: Grammys 2012!

I've just finished watching 2 hours worth of E's Live on the Red Carpet for the 2012 Grammys. I'm a sucker for seeing who's wearing what, fashion no-nos and hair and beauty disasters. There were some clear stand outs for best dressed females in my opinion and also some people who got it majorly wrong. Heres my top 5 picks!

1) Rihanna


Rihanna's collaboration with 'Mr Armani' could not have been any more perfect for the singers body and personality. She oozed sexiness and with minimal accessories, she let her dress do all the talking. I have to admit when I first saw Rihanna's new blonde 'do I wasn't keen. But the singer pulled the look off well last night and was definitely one of my favourites of the night!

2) Carrie Underwood


Carrie Underwood just look gorgeous from head to toe. This beautiful sequinned dress by Gomez-Gracia made her shine like the star she is. Covered from top to bottom on the front, it was nice to see and open back to show some skin. Her hair and make-up was immaculate with her dark smoky eyes and pink lips giving her my favourite make-up look of the night.

3) Jessie J


Jessie J wore a mirrored Julien Macdonald dress to the Grammys and called herself 'the Grammy disco ball'. For her first Grammys, Jessie J choose the perfect dress and rocked it as if she had been doing it for years. My only criticism would be the hair. I would have liked to have seen her do something better with her trade mark fringe but I think the dress and purple smokey eyed make-up more than makes up for this minor detail.

There were also some crazy dress options from Nicki Minaj who immediately turned heads in her Versace creation and walking the red carpet with a pope impersonator and Sasha Gradiva who opted for a dress with a gun attached to the arm. Always nice to be different I guess...
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