Thursday, 31 October 2013

My Month in Pictures - October 2013

1) Me, Grant and another couple went to see Micky Flanagan at Wembley arena. He was hilarious and i highly recommend his latest DVD (which will be of the show we saw) which is out on 18th November
2 & 9) We went to our friends beautiful wedding. Everything was absolutely perfect and their day was amazing. We were so happy to be a part of it!
3) I took part in an event called "Tour de Law" at work. Our firm had to cycle from London to Paris and back again (hypothetically on stationary bikes) so i volunteered to cycle a 15minute slot. All proceeds went to Breast Cancer Care, a brilliant cause but the ride was definitely harder than i expected
4) I may have developed a little addiction to Pinkberry Frozen Yoghurt - amazing!
5 & 8) It was my best friends birthday so we had a VIP night out in Brighton, plenty on champagne and very windy cigarette breaks on the sea front
6) Me & Grant had a wander around Mayfair, window shopping only of course, including some lovely cars
7) I have quite literally shopped til i dropped this month, my bank balance is in serious trouble
What have you been up to this month?
I'd love to hear from you

PS Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen

What I've Bought This Month - October 2013

Firstly (and definitely mostly importantly in my opinion!).... 4 tickets to see Justin Timberlake at the O2 next April!!!! I am beyond excited that i managed to get tickets. My boyfriend and i saw him in the summer when he headlined Wireless festival - which you can read all about here - and he was absolutely incredible. By far the best artist i have ever seen so im very excited to go again, this time with my girls :)
isn't he a beaut!
1) After the incident we don't mention with my new black nail varnish and the white load of washing *despairs with head in hands again* i definitely needed a new dressing gown. This one is super soft and cosy, oversize and was from George at Asda for £14
2) My amazing snowman leggings that i am so excited to wear on Xmas day - £6 Primark
3) I paid extra to insure Grant on my car to try and speed along his learning
4) This year i have surpassed myself and have already done a lot of my Xmas shopping....when i say a lot i reckon i maybe have 10 more bits to buy. I'm so pleased i've got a lot of it out the way but i've bought far too much to picture here so i'm going to save it for a Xmas shopping haul post another time
What have you all been buying this month?
Has anyone else gone as early-Xmas-shopping crazy as me?

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Broadway Nails imPress Press-On Manicure

A couple of weeks ago I received a set of imPress Manicure by Broadway Nails in my October GlossyBox. Although i've already mentioned these in my GlossyBox write up i was really impressed (excuse the pun!) so thought i thought they deserved a review of their own.
The imPress manicure system is designed to be exactly that...more of a manicure and easy but perfect polish effect than false nails - which in fact they actually are of course.

I received the set in a lovely french manicure finish which was right up my street. To change it up slightly each nail had a glitter/white tip (not very clear in the picture) which i love.
My absolutely favourite thing about this product has to be the packaging! A cute little bottle of nail varnish to keep your false nails in. Couldn't have designed it better myself! Each pack comes with 24 nails, 12 different sizes and 2 of each and a little prep pack which includes a wipe and file.

imPress Press-On manicure claim to:
- have no drying time - deliver an instant salon perfect manicure without the drying time of polish or glue
- superior lasting shine - an indestructable top coat that rivals the best salon gel polish
- easy removal - gently peel from sides or apply polish remover around the edges, wait 1 minute, then peel off
- lasts up to a week - when applied properly they will last up to a week whilst protecting nails
I have to say i really do agree with all these claims. These nails were so easy to apply, literally fool proof, each one has a little plastic tab on the back that you peel off to reveal the pre-glued section before applying to your finger. Then you simply press down for 30 seconds or so and hey presto your nails are stuck fast. I have never ever been a fan of stick on nails, no matter which brand or style i have tried over the years i have just not been able to get any to stay on my fingers for more than a few hours. I've tried regular glue, pre-glued, sticky tabs and nothing ever works. As soon as i go to sleep my nails seem to fall off in my sleep (if not before) but come morning I was amazed to see these beauties were still going strong. And they still felt very "stuck". No wobbliness at all. The nails then proceeded to stay firmly stuck like this until i chose to remove them after 4 days. I am super impressed!
Speaking of removal it was really really easy and each nail peeled off perfectly with a little encouragement and i didn't have to use nail polish remover like they suggest as an option.
One of my other worries when wearing stick on nails is that they will look too stuck on! If that makes any sense at all? I think up close i could definitely tell they were falsies, but then maybe that's because i knew they were, but my mum asked were they my real nails so that's got to be a good sign. And from a short distance they definitely look amazing. Each nail is really flexible which i think definitely helps with them fitting so snuggly to your natural nail shape.

imPress Press-On Manicure comes in over 20 different styles including french, leopard, brights, neons, patterns and can be found in both short and medium lengths. You can find them in Boots or Superdrug and at the moment some styles are on offer in Superdrug with prices starting at £3.99!
Will you be trying imPress Press-On Manicure?
Have you tried stick on nails before? Which brands would you recommend?

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Review - Confessions of a Hostie & More Confessions of a Hostie by Danielle Hugh

Last week i was contacted by the lovely PR people at Monsoon Books and offered the chance to read and review two books by Danielle Hugh: Confessions of a Hostie* and most exciting...Confessions of a Hostie: The Second Sector* which isn't out in shops until November 4th.
As those of you that are regular readers of my blog will know i used to work as Cabin Crew for a British Charter airline and absolutely loved the job so i had a pretty good idea that i would like these books but i really did under estimate just how much i would love them! I seriously haven't been able to put both books down since receiving them and finished both within 3 days which is unheard of for me.

To be completely honest i'm not an avid reader. When i was younger i used to read all the time, i absolutely loved it and always had my head in a book but then unavoidably i got older and ran out of time for reading. It definitely wasn't a priority once shopping, makeup & boys came onto the scene! Nowadays the only time i really find myself getting stuck into a good book is on a sun lounger on holiday and even then it takes a pretty decent story to keep me interested so i really was amazed at just how much i enjoyed this series.
Confessions of a Hostie follows international flight attendant Danielle Hugh and documents all the completely true tales and adventures that she comes across as she jet-sets around the world. What a glamourous job i hear you say? Think again! I really can't reiterate enough that there are no glamourous aspects to the job what so ever, where people get that impression from is beyond me! These books are such a hilarious, yet refreshingly honest account of life as a flight attendant and an absolutely must read for anybody with an interest in the industry. Or just anybody who would like a behind-the-scenes look at the world of a flight attendant really!
 I was really laughing out loud at some points and can totally sympathise with the difficult situations Danielle finds herself in time and time again.

I think the general impression of a career as a flight attendant is that you only serve tea & coffee. This drives me completely mad and I think anybody assuming this could definitely learn a thing or two about exactly what it is flight attendants do on a day-to-day basis from reading these books. As Danielle puts it while flight attendants are definitely there primarily and most importantly to ensure the safety of the customers on any given day we can be "a security officer, a fire fighter, a psychologist, a travel agent, a cleaner, a law enforcer, a bar tender, an aged-care worker, an announcer, a cook, a diplomat, a promotional spokesperson, a problem solver, a sales person, a nurse and a childminder all rolled into one." And you thought your job was tough?
What I love most about the books is the honesty Danielle shows and she lets you into her inner thoughts...even if they are too explicit to repeat to the passengers.

More Confessions of a Hostie is just as entertaining, if not more so, than the original. Even if you haven't read the first book in the series, it wouldn't matter. Both books are around 150 pages long and broken down into short chapters of 5 or so page. Perfect for a quick read on commutes or a sunbathing session on holiday. I for one definitely hope Danielle keeps documenting her adventures and writes more books for us all to enjoy.

You can find out more about Danielle Hugh and keep up-to-date on her adventures on facebook and twitter, both linked below
You can already buy Confessions of a Hostie in e-reader format and in hard copy from all good book stores and More Confessions of a Hostie is out next Monday (4th November)

Have you got any books you'd recommend at the moment? Will you be giving Confessions of Hostie a read?

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Imperial Leather Foamburst Luxurious Body Wash

My absolute favourite shower product at the moment has to be Imperial Leather Foamburst Luxurious Body Wash in Moisturising Honey & Almond Milk.

I'd heard some hype surrounding the product on a couple of blogs but for some reason never picked one up until recently...but boy I'm glad i did!!
The body wash is in a 200ml pump dispenser can and the best way to describe it is similar to shaving gel (but obviously smelling amazing - unlike shaving foam! haha). You pump a teeny tiny bit of product out, it comes out in gel form and instantly foams up into this huge lathery, luxurious, amzing product that smells sooo good and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft.
If you haven't tried the Foamburst range I would 1000% recommend it. It also comes in Vanilla & Cherry Blossom (i can't wait to try this one!), Lime & Grapefruit, Blackberry & Wild Fig, Bergamot & Sea Minerals and Green Tea & Jasmine so there really is a fragrance that everybody will love!
Imperial Leather Foamburst Luxurious Body wash normally retails for around £3 but they were on offer in Superdrug last week for £1 so get down the shops quickly
Have you tried Foamburst body wash?

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

MUA Lash Boom Mascara

The other lunchtime on one of my wanders i finally discovered a Superdrug near to where i work that has a decent make-up section!! Finally!! A lot easier than it sounds i promise.
I definitely found myself drawn to the MUA stand and they stocked a huge selection of treats for me to browse through.
One of the goodies i picked up was Lash Boom Mascara which seems to be quite a new addition to MUA collection and claims to give "spectacular false lash" with added volume.


Lash Boom has a particularly long brush which helps create length and drama. I found a long wand gives you more control when covering each and every lash individually and definitely more precision.
The brush is silicon so you do get that inevitable "wobble" but a firm hand usually solves this ;)
I love that the brush has two parts to it, a comb like texture lower down that i find helpful to coat the lashes evenly and comb through any product and then the round globe shaped brush at the tip which is perfect for catching those teeny tiny lashes at the edges and making sure every one is captured.

For the price of £3 i am really really impressed with this mascara and think its definitely one to have in the makeup bag. The mascara formula isn't too watery which i sometimes find with bargain buys and it isn't too thick that it clumps either. I can't wait to try some more MUA products!! I know i'll be buying some of their gorgeous eye shadow palettes for my boyfriends sister's for Christmas.
Top: Naked Eyes Bottom: Lash Boom Mascara

Have you tried any MUA products? What would you recommend?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

GlossyBox - October

This month it seems like i'm not the absolute last person in the whole entire world to receive my Glossy Box, which makes a change. This months theme was Dark Romance and i think everybody associated this with deep berry tones, strong lip & nail colours and was yet out box turned out nothing like this. To be honest im struggling to see the Dark Romance theme at all, it seems like a bit of a strange one...

Here's a look at what i got:
Katy Perry Killer Queen Fragrance
Size: Again a small tester vial of perfume. I am always so disappointed to see these in my Glossy Box. I think its unbelievable that these can be included in a box we pay good money for when you can pick them up at any department store fragrance counter. 1.5ml....again
Product: Killer Queen is again a lovely smelly fragrance. By no means am i complaining about the type or scent of fragrance samples i am receiving, just the size. It is a typical Floriental fragrance which i love and think can easily be worn day or night.
Price: 50ml retails at £29.50 meaning my sample is worth a measly £0.88
Would i buy it? Yes i probably would. It's a pleasant perfume and being a celebrity scent the retail price is really reasonable.
Monu Illuminating Primer
Size: This sample is a great size 20ml
Product: I have been needing a new primer for a while but keep forgetting to pick one up so i was excited to see this in my box. Unfortunately it is not entirely to my taste being an illuminating primer, those of you that have been reading my blog for a while will know i definitely prefer a matte look. I would rather use a highlighter like Benefit High Beam to highlight only the areas i want rather than a base illuminator to highlight everything. If im honest the consistency and smell of this product really remind me of Nivea Moisturising Cream. It does however keep my makeup flawlessly in place for hours, just a little shinier than i like.
Price: Full size this primer is 50ml at retails at £24.95. This makes my sample worth £9.98 which im really impressed with
Would i buy it? If Monu released a mattifying version yes!

MeMeMe Cherub's Blush Cheek & Lip Tint
Size: I was impressed to see this sample was full size 12ml
Product: This is really very similar to Benefit Bene-tint which i already have, but GlossyBox obviously aren't to know that! To be honest i don't reach for lip tint's very often as i'd rather use a full coverage lipstick but i do like to use products like this as cheek tint. I'm impressed with the longevity and pigment of this blush. It's perfect for a subtle glow on autumn and winter days and is probably the only product this month that deserves the Dark Romance title.  

Price: This cheek & lip tint retails at £5.50
Would i buy it? Yes
Premae Multi-Vit Smoothie Serum
Size: a reasonable 20ml
Product: I haven't had a chance to use this serum yet and honestly it's probably not a product i would normally reach for but im starting to get a couple of dry patches on my face where the weather has been getting colder so ill be interested to see if this can help. This skin serum claims to help soothe redness, hydrate the skin whilst keeping it matte and shine free (always a winner)
Price: Full size this serum is 50ml & £22.50. My sample is worth £9
Would i buy it: Probably not
Broadway Nail imPress Press-On Manicure
Size: Full size :)
Product: I was really excited to see these in my box this month. I never seem to have much luck with stick on nails, no matter how much i try i can never get them to stay on for more than a few hours and without fail they will be scattered round my bedsheets when i wake up in the morning. I have been wanted to try these press-on nails for a while so am looking forward to giving them a trial at the weekend when im going on a night out to Brighton. Plus i have received lovely french manicure style with a glitter tip which are very wearable and perfect for any occasion
Price: These start at £7.50
Would i buy them? be decided
 From reading other people's reviews (again that'll teach me!) i was expecting to be disappointed with my Glossy Box this month....but when it arrived i was pleasantly surprised. I think the false nails made up for the disappointment from last month,  i know some people received sachets of bronzing lotion and hair oil which im not sure i would have been impressed with either so im happy i received the box that i did.
What did you make of this months box? Will you be subscribing anytime soon?

Monday, 14 October 2013

NOTD Wedding Nails

On friday i had the pleasure of going to the wedding of one of my oldest guy friends. It was an absolutely perfect day with the bride looking incredible and groom obviously looking very cute as boys do when they are all suited and booted. It's so lovely to see a friend looking so happy and in love and witnessing their special day - in case you haven't gathered i LOVE a wedding! Especially now my group of friends are getting older and settling down, we don't get the opportunity to all be together and go out drinking anymore so it's a real treat to all get together and have fun just like the old carefree 18yr old days!

But anyway slightly off were my nails for the big day. Barry M Foil Effect in Gold. Then for my accent nail i just applied gold nail glitter that I picked up at Westfield Stratford a while back, normally I would just apply a top coat over the top but this time I got my UV lamp out and applied some clear gel over the top thinking it would give me a smoother finish and last longer. And I was right, i don't know why i didn't think of doing this everytime i used nail glitter.
I was torn between a nude or mint green dress for the wedding so i decided gold would go with either and could be matched with nude or black accessories.
So far I'm very impressed with the application of this nail polish. It goes on very smoothly and only really needed one coat to be totally opaque. It's now been on my nails for 4 days and is only just starting to chip, which is plenty of longevity for me as I like to change my nail polish pretty regularly.
You can get Barry M Foil Effect nail paint at any Barry M counter for £3.99
Have you tried DIY gel nails at home? Have you been to any weddings recently?

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Barry M Matte Nail Paint

Last week i popped into Superdrug and couldnt resist picking up this little beaut....
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Black Espresso
Image: Superdrug
I had a little black nail polish disaster a couple of weeks ago, a bit of a long story but lets just say my white load of washing is no longer white after i left it in my dressing gown pocket!! Major agg! but anyway, this meant i was definitely in the market for a new black polish and was over the moon when i saw Barry M were bringing out the Matte range.
I absolutely LOVE the matte effect and it was huge on the catwalks A/W13. Alexander Wang and DKNY both featured matte effect in their shows so it must be a winner right? I have no idea why but i just think everything looks so much more glamourous in matte black rather than glossy. I think glossy black just reminds me of PVC which is definitely a look i'd rather avoid!
I mean look how good Kayne West's Lambourghini looks in matte black rather than!
I would never normally opt for a black nail. It's a little too gothy for me, although I have plenty of friends who can really rock it well, it's just not for me. Unfortunately i always have and always will be a pastel, pinks & brights girl.....BUT seeing the matte effect polish strangely black was the first colour that sucked me in so i popped in my basket pretty quickly and pretty chuffed with myself for being more adventurous than normal - sad i know!
I got home and got painting and to be honest this polish hasn't left my nails since. I really do love it! Obviously being black you only really need 1 coat for full opaque-ness (although I have been using 2...just personal preference and i find my polish lasts slightly longer). I love that it dries really really quickly and you don't have to mess around with a top coat aswell which saves a bit of time.
I'm having a few photo problems, I've mostly been using the camera on my phone for swatching photos which i've recently smashed up so please bare with me and hopefully ill have some of my own better quality photos back with you soon
Barry M Matte Nail Paint also comes in 4 other shades: Nude Vanilla, Burgundy Crush, Brown Mocha and Brown Caramel. You can find Matte Nail Paint at any Barry M stand RRP £3.99.
Have you tried any of these? What do you think of matte effect?

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Eyelure Pre-Glued Lashes 190

Everytime i go out...without fail...i will wear false eyelashes. Since discovering them a couple of years ago i fell completely in love with the big, bold, false lash look. I love everything about them, the look they give me, the fullness i can achieve, the way they open up my eyes and change how my entire face looks and most importantly how they completely finish any look and take you from day to night time glam in an instance. So i am definitely experienced in the lash-stakes! I have tried plenty of brands over the years and while lashes are ten a penny the only glue i have ever found to keep my lashes in place all night is Eyelure glue. For this reason i usually buy their lashes in bulk from eBay and find they have a large selection of different looks so you can always find a pair of lashes for any occasion.
So i was thrilled to see a pair of Eyelure lashes included in my Glossybox last month.

Image: Eyelure
These were the beauties i received Eyelure Pre-Glued Lashes in 190. On first glance i did think they looked pretty tame in the volume stakes and not a lash i would usually pick but i was excited to try the pre-glued concept because if i liked it i was hoping i could buy pre-glued lashes more often and save myself some mess.

Now as the lashes were more a "daytime lash" in my opinion i did intend to save them for a wedding im going to next week but i unexpectedly ended up going out last weekend and wasn't very prepared in the lash area so ended up turning to these. On initial application i had mixed feelings. The first lash went on absolutely perfect and fool-proof, there was a good amount of "stick" to it and i didnt feel like it was going to come loose at any point. On to lash number two...this one simple seemed to have hardly any glue on it at all so as you can guess didn't want to stick. Luckily i always have some spare Eyelure glue lying around the house so i could fix it pretty easily but obviously this defeats the point of pre-glued lashes in the first place! I can only imagine that a machine must glue the lashes so there will be times when some lashes get more glue than others but i definitely think Eyelure need to find a way to make this more consistant if these type of lashes are going to be a success.

That said once i had applied a bit of glue on top the lashes did stay put all night and i probably worried about them less than i would normal lashes. And the lash that i applied first stayed in place all night with no problems and no additional glue which i was impressed with. If only they had both been the same. The lashes definitely weren't big enough for me, especially not for a night out but they came in my Glossybox so i obviously didnt get to pick them.

I'm not sure i'd use pre-glued lashes again to be honest after this experience. I wouldnt want to take the risk that one (or both) wouldnt be sticky and perhaps i wouldnt be lucky and have any glue at home next time.

Have you tried Eyelure Pre-Glued Eyelashes? Did i just get unlucky or did you have problems with them sticking as well?

Friday, 4 October 2013

Style Crush - Kortney Kardashian

Welcome to my latest style crush (well maybe not latest because i have always loved her but you get the point...)....Kortney Kardashian

Kortney always has and always will be my favourite member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan. For those of you that don't know, or for some crazy reason don't watch, the Kardashian's are a large family that are now most well known for their reality tv show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" which has been running since 2007. There have also been various spin off shows "Kortney & Khloe Take Miami", "Kortney & Kim Take New York" and "Khloe & Lemar". At 34 (although i think she looks amazing and would never guess she was that age!) Kortney is the oldest sister. Followed by Kim (32) who is probably the most well known Kardashian, Khloe (29) and Robert (26). They then have 2 younger half sisters Kendall (17) and Kylie (16) who are the product of their mom's marriage to Olympian Bruce Jenner - yes it gets very confusing!
But basically the shows are amazing, I am totally addicted and constantly find myself wanting to know what is going on in the clan's busy busy lives.
While all the Kardashian sisters always look totally amazing and absolutely flawless, Kortney has to be my favourite. I think she definitely makes fashion choices that are more out than and high fashion, the kind that i would be too scared to make myself but wish i was brave enough to do so!!
Here are some of my favourite Kortney looks
All images: Google images
I am particularly loving Kort's shoes in the last picture. Please please let me know if you've seen any high street versions of these.
All images: Google images
I love that Kortney's fiesty personality shows through in her fashion choices and everything she wears is really unique and individual. Definitely not for everybody but i love it. I really don't think i've ever seen Kortney in an outfit i didn't love. Major major wardrobe envy.
What i love most about Kortney is that even though she is a mom of two she hasn't let this dampen her style at all! It would be easy to become more of a comfort or safe dresser when you have babies and don't have as much time to spend on yourself but she continues to look amazing all the time!!
Kortney's kids Mason & Penelope are simple the cutest little things ever!!...and always look equally as stylish as their mom. Here are a few snaps of little Mason looking adorable....definitely one of my favourite little people:

The Kardashian sisters have their own clothing range available exclusively in Dorothy Perkins. They are currently in between seasons and the new pieces are launching on 24th January 2014 but you can get a sneak peak here. Or if you fancy paying for international postage the Kardashian's original clothing line is stocked in Sears in the States.
You can check out Kortney's blog here
Do you like the Kardashian family? Which sisters style do you like most?

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Garnier BB Cream Eye Roll-On

Last week i picked up an unexpected gem....the Garnier BB Miracle Skin Perfector Eye Roll-On
I went into Boots looking for my friendly familiar (know it does the job) Garnier Caffine Eye Roll-On. In fact i was going to push the boat out and try the slightly tinted anti-dark circles version for a change but bizarrely neither seemed to be in stock - at least nowhere i could see, quite possibly looking in the wrong section of an unfamiliar store though *fail*
Anyway....i came across what seemed to be the BB version of the same product, but a little smaller and a little cheaper. Win right?
Having never tried any BB products at all, in the fear that they won't give me the full coverage look i like, i didn't know what to expect. But i was impressed.
Garnier claim that BB Cream Eye Roll-On will:
- reduce the appearance of dark circles & bags
- conceal signs of fatigue
- blue fine lines
- illuminate
- hydrate
And i think it definitely achieves all the things it claims to do. This eye roll-on 100% improves my under eye area and helps disguise the dreaded under eye black bags really well. I would say it is as, if not more, effective at doing this than concealer as the coverage is really very good. Saying that i don't suffer with bags terribly so perhaps if yours were more striking you wouldn't see such great results. I definitely appear more awake when i've used the BB cream and my whole under eye area appears bright and fresher.
Sometimes i suffer from dry skin on my under eye area and am very sensitive and since using the roll-on i have noticed a big improvement and not had a dry patch once, so it really must be hydrating but doesn't feel like it!  I bought the roll-on in light which is perfect when blended into my skin tone, which makes me think it definitely might be too dark for really pale people. You can also get it in medium. I managed to pick this up half price in Boots which was a total steal but it usually retails at £9.99 which i do think is a little steep for a 7ml tube
Have you tried any of Garnier's eye roll-on products?