Wednesday, 31 December 2014


I have been looking for a pair of shoes with some fluffy goodness for a little while but a lot of them seem to scream tacky. I think there is a very fine line when comes to this type of shoe. When I saw these little fluffy bundles of joy I knew I had to have them and within minutes I was getting a confirmation email.

These shoes glam up the most boring of outfits and especially look good with all black. I have found myself wanting to just put them on to walk around the flat in.

They're really easy to walk in but not the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn for a night out. 
So think dinner rather than dancing.

These are available at Public Desire

Hope you all have an amazing NYE.
Sam xxx

NOTD // Barry M Cardamom

Barry M Cardamom

I'm sure most of you already know about the Barry M Gelly polishes but I just wanted to quickly show you this colour I picked up a while back. 

Not to everyone's taste I'm guessing but I love it. 

What's your Favourite Barry Nails colour at the moment?

Sam xxx

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Sparkly Nails

This time of year is all about having as much glitter on your claws as poss and I have found the perfect polish for just that - Models Own Pink Fizz. 

Models Own - Pink Fizz

This is definitely a loud nail polish and I have had a lot of comments on it. If that's not what you're into you can include this in some nail art or use it for an accent nail maybe.....
I think this is the only time of the year you can get away with 10 glittery talons so I'm taking full advantage.

As you can see this is a pale pink glitter polish. You could use it as a top coat but the glitter  is very fine and compact if that makes sense so it's nearly opaque after 1 coat - not ideal really as a top coat.
In the picture above I have applied 2 coats and Seche Vite as a top coat and it has stayed put without chipping for the past 4 days.

This polish is very gloppy and takes forever to dry which is why I applied the Seche Vite (if you don't know about Seche Vite, it's a super fast drying top coat. Check it out). So it's not easy to apply and you need at least half an hour to let them dry, if not more. Good if you need an excuse for not doing something. 'Sorry Babes, my nails are wet. Could you.......?'

From past experience with glittery nails polishes I as not looking forward to removing this. I'm probably going to have to file it off. I'll let you know how it goes.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

Sam xxx

Monday, 19 May 2014

NOTD Blueberry Gelly Hi Shine

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Blueberry - Amazon

This is a very flattering blue indeed, I can't think of a skin tone this wouldn't compliment - it's the sort of shade that could go with any outfit as a pop of colour because it's a very muted blue. I'm in awe with this polish and am definitely going to be sporting it a lot this Spring/Summer. 
I can't recommend the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine enough. 

I pick this up from Amazon for £2.87 so over a pound cheaper than the normal £3.99 price tag. 

What's your favourite nail polish for Spring?  

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Sam xxx 

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Gelly Hi Shine Lips

 Barbie pink lip products are becoming my new red - they're taking over my collection and this one in 
particular seems to have my heart at the moment. It's easy to apply as it's thinner that the average lipstick pencil that are so popular at the moment. One coat of this and you have an opaque coverage, it smells amazing and is very long lasting.Another reason I love this is because it doesn't bleed and you don't need to use a lip liner so is easy for them days when you want a bold lip but need to get out the door because you haven't got 15 minutes to spend carefully applying lipstick. I'm not to sure where I'm gonna find a sharpener for this though, so if anybody knows where to get one leave it in the comments.

Have you tried one of the Gelly Hi Shine lip pencils? I want all the colours I think theres 5. What's your favourite lip product?

Sam xxx

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine £4.99 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Top 5 S/S Foundation for Dry/Dehrdrated Skin

Revlon Nearly Naked in Vanilla
Bourjois Healthymix Foundation in 51
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory
Bourjois CC Cream in 51
 Bourjois Healthymix Serum in 51
I didn't relise how much love I have for Bourjois base products until I started thinking about writing this post, it's probably because most of the have quite a dewy finish and work quite well with dry/dehydrated skin. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Serum are very similar to one another, both give a lovely glowy finish without making the skin look greasy. Both smell fruity in a pleasant way, not chemically at all. The only difference I would say is the coverage, the Foundation is medium buildable and the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is light-meduim coverage. Neither of the foundations have SPF so Ii tend to use them with my Clinique City Block SPF40 - My only wish for this foundation would be a lighter shade as it is a tiny bit to dark for me. My other love from this brand is the Bourjois 123 Correct CC Cream - it's such a beautiful product again slightly to dark for me but nothing a little blending down the neck won't take care of. The coverage this product gives is quite impressive, you don't need perfect skin to begin with to waer this product like so many other CC/BB creams on the market at the moment. I would say this gives a light to meduim coverage and lasts all day on the skin - I've been reaching for this alot recently, particularly on them days that I am tried as it's fab for brightening up the skin.
Now the Revlon Nearly Naked is definitely my favourite of the 5, it blends seamlessly, looks just like skin and it's light weight so doesn't feel like you're wearing anything on the skin which is what you want when it's hot outside. It has the perfect amount of coverage witht one layer that's buildable for days your skin is looking a little grey and the colour is perfect for me. It lasts on the skin all day and doesn't need to be touched up, basically it's a dream. 
The Rimmel Match Perfection is one of my favourite all year round foundation , it's pretty basic and very cheap but I really like the finish it gives, the colour range is pretty impressive for paler girls, it can sometimes need touching up around the nose if it's to hot as it melts a little. I normally grab this if I can't be bothered to think about what makeup to wear. 

What's you favourite foundation? I saw todat that Rimmel now have a light porcelain shade in there Wake Me Up foundation, I can't wait to get my hands on it as I love the finish but the previous shades were all way to dark unless I fake tanned.

Sam xxx

Ps I would like to apologise for how skanky the bottles look - it's because of those pain in the arse stickersd they put on everything in Superdrug.

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

The Secret of Longer Lashes

Gosh The Secret to Longer Lashes - Superdrug

Gosh is a make up brand I never really paid much attention to until recently - it's wasn't anything I'd heard about the brand it just never really caught my eye, then about a month ago I pick this mascara up and I've fallen in love.
So this mascara makes the claim that your lashes will be longer within 2 weeks of using it, now I don't really believe in stuff like that so I haven't really been looking out for any extra length. It does make your eyelashes appear super long and thick without clumping together - isn't that the look we're all after?!
As I am quite fair naturally so I tend to look like I have bald eyes when I'm not wearing mascara so one of the issue I face when applying mascara is trying to get it as close to the root as possible without jabbing myself in the eye or getting mascara all over the place - the bristle on the mascara wand are small enough for me to be able to avoid both of those things. It doesn't smurge or crumble and it's easy to remove. As for the packaging I think it looks very sleek and grown up. I would definitely recommend this mascara, If you're someone that likes thick clumpy lashes I would avoid this as I don't think the formula has it in it to achieve that sort of look.

Have you tried any of the Gosh Products? What's your favourite mascara?

Sam xxx

Monday, 5 May 2014

Bargain Buy // Loud Running Shoes

Nike Dual Fusion £29.99

For forever I have been meaning to buy some running shoes (because for forever I have been meaning to start running) but always find something more fun to spend the cash on.
I found these babies yesterday for the Bargain price of £29.99, I couldn't believe my eyes when I picked them up and saw the price tag - they wasn't even on sale. About 10 minutes before I had been eyeing up a similar pair in JD sports for £52. So if you're after some running shoes get yourself down to your local Decatholon. They're very loud and I bought some matching sports vests to co-ordinate so people are not gonna be able to miss me basically - they are super comfortable and lightweight too. I bought myself an app called Get Running that trains you gradually over the course of 9 weeks to be able to run for half an hour, running for a minute at the moment is a struggling so I've really got my work cut out for me. My 9 week journey started to today - the app is trully amazing as it allows you to listen to music while it's telling you when to stop, start, ect. I highly recommend it if you're wanting to get into to running - I think I paid £1.69 for it. If you don't want to pay you can get the Couch to 5K podcasts for free and it's basically the same thing only you can't listen to musis at the same time.

Sam xxx

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Makeup Revolution // Lips

I'm guessing most of you have heard the hype surrounding this brand - I went a little crazy on there website over the easter weekend and managed to buy 28 items this totalled to £56 with free tracked Royal mail postage which is an absolute bargain. So far I have been very impressed. The most expensive item on the website costs £12 and the cheapest just £1. These are soon to be stocked in Superdrug and they are currently being sold on there website so shouold be pretty easy to get your hands on if you're not one for shopping online. Here are some of the lip products that I purchase and what I think of them.

The £1 Lipsticks

 These lipsticks are such a bargain for the quality of them, when you spend a pound on a lipstick you normally expect it to be shit when it comes to the pigment department but this has amazing colour pay off, it's also very creamy and non drying which is a must for me because my lips get a bit on the dry side. These don't cake either, they just give you a rather lovely satin finish You really can't go wrong with these! My only critisism would be that the lid is not very secure so putting it in your bag is a bit of a gamble. Here are some swatches of the colours I bought. Rebel with Cause is supposed to be a dupe for MAC's Rebel and I'm pretty sure Lady Is a Dupe for MAC's Lady Danger 

(From L-R) Rebel With Cause, 100% Vamp, Immoral, Crime, Depraved, Lady

 Salvation Intense/Velvet Laquer

So this is a combination of the Salvation Velvet Laquers and the Salvation Intense Laquers, starting with the Velvets the 2 colours I have are Keep Crying For You and What I Believe - I am absolutely in love with What I Believe it's the most perfect nude for pale girls, this version of the Salvation Laquers are also very pigmented and apply opaque after 1 coat they go on like a gloss and then dry after about a minute to a matte finish very similar to the LimeCrime Velour lips. 
I wouldn't say this product dries my lips out but it is very dry as all products of this nature are - my only complaint with this is that you can't really touch up as it will cake so you have to take it off and completely re-apply - although I've only had to do this when I have been drinking hot drinks because other than when drinking hot drinks this has amazing lasting power. 
The Intense laquers are great I'm not really into gloss because I hate how sticky they are but this feels more like a glossy balm - the pigment of them again are brilliant and I can really say anything negative about this version - it lasts as long as most glosses do which is not very long. I can see myself reaching for these quite alot. 
(From L-R) Intense - Gave You All My Love, Didn't I Tell You
Velvets - Keep Crying For You, What I Believe.

I have also bought some other bits from Makeup Revolution but I'm going to do them in sections otherwise this post would have been way to long and you would've got bored, next up is face products. You can visit their website here

Have you tried any products from Makeup Revolution? If so what would you recommend?

Hope you're all having an amazing sunday! 

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Monday, 28 April 2014

SPF's to protect your face

Left to Right - Vichy Idealia BB cream, Clinque City Block, No7 Anti-Dark Spot Facial Sun Protection

So as we are coming into the warmer months it's time to start thinking about a higher SPF then our foundations provide for us. Factor 25 is as low as I personally think we should go when it comes to our faces in the Summer, we want to keep them wrinkles at bay.

These are some of the facial SPF's I have tried and my opinions on them -

Monday, 21 April 2014

Bleach London Rose Hair dye Review

So after being let down for the second time by the most awful hair salon I have ever had to deal with on Friday this happened. I was supposed to be having micro ring hair extensions done  - I have paid for them but they kept cancelling my appointment with only hours notice - I spent an hour searching for the hairdresser only to get a message on facebook when I got home basically saying my stylist has called in sick this is the second time - I'm just gonna have to let the money go because I can't keep booking days off and wasting money. It took up 3 hours of my morning - I was close to tears.  The worst thing is they know I still travelled

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Chico Latino Matte Nails

Topshop Chico Latino Matte Nails

I'm loving the matte nail polishes on the market at the moment and recently picked up this little beauty from Topshop - it's a beautiful deep purple colour that's amazing quality and after one coat you're good to go.
The colour probably leans more towards an Autumn polish but seriously who cares if it's a nice colour I'll wear it all year round cause I'm a rebel like that. What I love about matte polishes is that you can always put a topcoat ovet it to make it shiny so you have the best of both worlds.
This was £6 so slightly more expensive than the normal polishes at topshop but definitely worth it.

Have you tried any of the Topshop Matte Nails range?

Sam xxx

Sunday, 19 January 2014

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer


Another MUA product that has managed to make me fall head over heels for it. Being a sucker for a matte lip product when I started to hear about these I couldn't wait to get my paws on them - after searching 3 different Superdrugs for them and Superdrug's online shop with no luck I decided to buy them directly from the MUA website and hooray they had them all in stock, I was one happy bunny!

All of the shades in this range are intense and definitely not lacking in the pigment department, one thin swipe of these babies and you have an opaque coverage. It takes a couple of minutes for the product to dry once applied so it allows you to take your time getting your lips the perfect shape before they set. Once set you're left with a flawless matte finish. I find these lip lacquers to be perfect for a pin up look, be it a modern day version or the good ol' classic kind, pair it with a winged liner and your laughing - effortless but still glamorous!

They're long lasting, kiss-proof and silky smooth, in the pictures below you'll see a before and after of me eating a sugar coated jam doughnut, I chose this particular food because it's abrasive and oily (and yummy) so basically the velvet lip lacquers worst enemy.

So as you can see MUA Velvet Luxe lips held it's own in this fight - a little wear and tear around the inside but nothing a quick touch up couldn't fix.

These are definitely my favourite lip products at the moment, they don't feel sticky at all which is a massive bonus for me. I tried a sleek matte me lip cream and the formula was awful, it felt so sticky and cakey. The packaging is elegant and makes the product look more expensive than it's £3 price tag - as far as I know these are a permanent line so won't be going anywhere. Thankfully. Hopefully MUA bring out some more shades, I'm wishing for a lighter red, a nude pink and maybe even a slightly lighter purple (think Sleek Mystic lipstick) for the summer months.

Have you tried any of the products? What colour would you like to see added to this line?
Feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have!

Hope you've all had a lovely day.

Sam xxx
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Magnitone Pulsar Cleansing and Toning System

 I've been wanting to try an exfoliating face brush for the longest time but have been two minds whether to buy this or the Clarisonic - in the end decided on this mainly because of the price in all honesty. Forever the bargain hunter!