17 Starry Eyes - Neptune

Sunday, 31 October 2010
Hello lovelies, I hope everyone is having a fab weekend and more importantly a spoooooky Halloween! I thought I would do a little post on an eye shadow that I'm loving at the minute... 17 Starry Eyes in 'Neptune'.
17 have launched a new collection of eye shadow trios in time for Christmas. The 'Starry Eyes' collection consists of four different trios, entitled 'Starstruck'; a mixture of three beautiful silvers, 'Galactic'; a mix of three delicate greens, 'Moon Dust'; three bright blues, and finally 'Neptune'; a gorgeous gold, dazzling grey/khaki and beautiful burgundy purple.

Neptune was, from looking at the images on the Boots website, by far my favourite. I love the mix of royal purple combined with the dazzling gold and so had to go for this trio. I was not disappointed. I have always been a fan of 17's shadows, they are such good quality for a tiny price tag. The Starry Eyes trios are £4.99 and you get three fab colours which look gorgeous together.
I have only really used two colours from the trio (the gold and purple) but I'm really impressed. Here are a few photos I took of the shadows on...
Overall I'm really pleased with this trio from 17's new collection. Combining the gold with the purple is not something everyone will like, but I think it's a gorgeous combination and perfect for the party season. What do you think to the shadow trio? Have you tried 17's Starry Eyes collection yet?

Love for Gypsy Night

Tuesday, 26 October 2010
I'm sure you all know it was Topshop sale a few days ago, and after scouring the website I decided to pop into my local branch to see what was on offer. The shop was rather chaotic to say the least; a scramble of girls elbowing their way through the sale rails. I tried my best to get a look at the clothes, but gave up after a while and settled for some lovely pieces of jewellery. I then wandered over to the make up 'corner' and spotted this little beauty. Although it wasn't in the sale, I HAD to get it.

Topshop Gypsy Night Polish

Sorry the pics aren't the best - for some reason my camera refused to focus - maybe dazzled by the polish?

I'm in love with this nail polish at the minute. It's not like a polish I've personally ever seen before - it has flecks of different coloured glitter in but also bigger chunks of glitter which give it an amazing effect. It reminds me of fireworks in a night sky or something - I will definitely be wearing it on Bonfire night anyway! It was £5 from Topshop (£4.50 with student discount) and I'm really impressed with it!

Accessorize Cosmetics Range

Saturday, 23 October 2010
I have always been a huge fan of Accessorize. Due to my magpie-like tendencies I've always been drawn to all the beautiful sparkling jewels and the gorgeous embellished bags that Accessorize have to offer. I've therefore been eagerly anticipating the launch of Accessorize's make up range. Ever since I saw it mentioned on .....'s blog, I couldn't wait to get my hands on all the beautiful baked bronzers, blushes and eye shadows, to name a few. So you'll understand my excitement last week when their make up range was launched online (with free delivery all week!) and in stores.

I searched through page upon page of make up on their site, adding more and more to my already overflowing shopping bag. When I got to the checkout my order totalled over a whopping £100, and so I HAD to go back and be realistic about what I could afford (although I could have happily bought pretty much everything on there). I settled for a lipstick, a blush, a bronzer, and three eye shadows. There are also some beautiful nail polishes in the cosmetics range too, but recently I've gone a bit nail polish mad and have bought far too much, so refrained from getting any. Something I think worth a mention is that two of the nail polishes look to me like perfect dupes of MAC's Bad Fairy and Mean and Green (which you can see my review on here) so if you missed out on those I recommend you check out the one's Accessorize has to offer!

Anyway, onto the products I purchased...

Lipstick in Velvet Pink

I love this lipstick. It is a gorgeous, bright rosey pink without being too in-your-face. It goes on beautifully and I find it to be fairly moisturising as well. It smells nice too - not dissimilar to the vanillary smell of MAC lipsticks! It was £5, which I think is a really reasonable price. The packaging is gorgeous too - it even has a diamondy-mirror thing on the lid!

Merged Eyeshadows in Golden Caramel and Pink Planet

I have to say I have a mixed review on these. They look AMAZING in the pan, but I must say I was really quite disappointed with the Golden Caramel shadow. When I got it I wasn't sure if I'd received the wrong colour - it is just SO much paler than the image on the Accessorize website portrays. I'm not sure if this is because it is due to it being baked, and therefore it's pretty much pick of the draw how yours will turn out, but I just think it's a reall significant difference. My sister ordered the same shadow and hers came looking really pale too! Here is the picture from the website...
See what I mean? It looks so golden, compared to the very pale, beige shadow I received.

As well as this, I find this particular merged shadow really hard to work with. It's one of those shadows you really need to apply lots of too get a good colour - it's very sheer in my opinion and so I probably wouldn't buy again. Maybe I need to work with it a little more, but at the minute, not a favourite of mine! Having said that, Pink Planet is a beautiful colour. It is also so much easier to use and the colour pay off is brilliant. And, thankfully, it is the same colour as the website! These are £4.50 each.

Baked Duo Eyeshadow in Rendezvous

I've not used this shadow much as yet; from first impressions it is a very pale pink and peach colour (paler than the second picture appears!) but I think this could make a really beautiful peachy pink eye. Also, the packaging is looooovely! This was £4.

Baked Bronzer in California

From first impressions, I love this bronzer. You can really see the quality of the bronzer just by looking at it. I originally thought the bronzer would be quite shimmery but it isn't at all which I like as it doesn't highlight my imperfections! Very pleased with it so far! This cost £6.

Merged Blusher in Pretty Pink

This is a lovely blush both in the pan and on my face! It's a gorgeous peachy pink with lilac veining through it. I will say it's quite sheer so you have to layer it up a bit to get a nice colour, but other than that I'm loving this! It was £5.

Thought I'd pop in a picture of me wearing some of the cosmetics (as if there aren't enough pics in this post already!)
Wearing Accessorize lipstick, blush, bronzer (to contour), and merged eyeshadow in Golden Caramel all over lid (with MAC's Woodwinked in the outer corner)

Overall I'm really impressed with the majority of Accessorize's cosmetics. The packaging is gorgeous and the products are beautiful to look at. There are a few things I'm a little disappointed about; the sheerness of some of the products and the difference in colour of the Caramel shadow, but other than that I'm really happy with what I got! Has anyone else purchased anything from the new Accessorize cosmetics range?

OOTN and Salon Confidential Extensions

Sunday, 17 October 2010
Last night I went to a party with my boyfriend; I had a lovely time and thought I would do a little outfit of the night post as I've never done one before! I wore my Salon Confidential hair extensions for the first time and I absolutely love them. My hair looked amazing all night, and it was so much quicker than having to style my hair. Salon Confidential extensions are synthetic clip-ins which are already styled for you. I love them as I've never been able to create that big loose curl look before and I've always wanted to! I also love the fact they are synthetic, I would never wear real hair extensions as I can never be sure where they came from, and also because I absolutely hate the thought of having someone else's hair on my head! I was worried they would look fake but they don't at all, and they blend really well with my hair colour. I got them from Dorothy Perkins for £36 when it was 20% off; they are usually £45 which I still think is a bargain!

Anyway, on with the outfit!

Dress - Lipsy (bought from Asos in the sale for £18!)
Shoes - New Look
Clutch - Topshop
Bracelet - Primark

I actually think nearly all the items I wore were bought in the sale! I love a good bargain :)

And on my face....

Revlon Colorstay Foundation
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
Primark Bronzer
ELF Blush (from the blush/bronzer duo)

Urban Decay Half-Baked (taken from the Naked palette) all over lid
MAC Woodwinked in the outer corner
Eyeko Graffiti Liner in black (LOVE this liner)
Girls Aloud Nicola False Lashes
17 Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brown

MAC Innocence, Beware! Lipstick

Hope you like the outfit! What do you think to the hair extensions? If you would like a more in depth review on them let me know :)

My Venomous Villains Purchases!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010
As if you didn't already know, MAC's highly anticipated Venomous Villains collection launched last week. I for one was extreeeemely excited to get my hands on some of the goodies. As you may have read in my previous post on VV (have a read here if you haven't already) I have and always will be a HUGE fan of Disney. Combined with my love of make up this collaboration is a dream come true. I know the majority of people merely get excited about the products themselves, and don't take into account the packaging, but for me it's the whole lot. I would not be nearly as much as excited as I am about this collection if it wasn't for the gorgeous packaging covered in Disney's iconic imagery along with the beautiful names of the products.

Anyway, back to the products themselves. I'll start by saying I was very tempted to purchase a lot more than I actually did, but I am really impressed with the things I did get. I purchased:

Maleficent Mineralize Eye shadow in 'She Who Dares' and 'My Dark Magic'
These mineralize eye shadows are to die for. The photographs I have taken to not do them justice at all; they are seriously glittery and beautiful, just as I imagined they would be. A little part of me wonders if they will look prettier in the pan than on my eyelids, but only time will tell. I've yet to use them but I cannot wait to experiment with these little beauties. Definitely my favourites (for the sparkle factor) from this collection.

My Dark Magic & She Who Dares

Cruella Lipstick in Heartless, Evil Queen Lipstick in Toxic Tale & Cruella Lipstick in Innocence, Beware!
Top to bottom; Innocence, Beware!, Toxic Tale, Heartless

Cruella Lipstick in 'Heartless'
I adore this lipstick. It is such a rich, glossy red; a perfect statement lip for winter. I absolutely love how this looks on my lips. It's gorgeous without looking TOO much, is beautifully beautifully rich and glossy, and lasts really well. I cannot say anything bad about it.

Evil Queen Lipstick in 'Toxic Tale'
This lippy is actually a fair bit brighter than the picture suggests. It is a lovely, corally bright red which probably would be a little too vibrant for some people. On me it doesn't show up as corally as I would like, but I'm still really happy with it. If you follow me on twitter I posted a picture of me wearing it, to give you an idea.

Cruella Lipstick in 'Innocence, Beware!'
Innocence, Beware! is probably my least favourite of the three I bought. I think it's purely because I'm not really a 'nude' person. I think it washes out my lips and doesn't really change the colour of them enough to warrant forking out £13 for it. I know some people love this lippy, and maybe I just need to experiment with it a little more, but right now I am really wishing I had bought the rather dramatic Violetta lipstick from the Malificent range instead!

Maleficent Nail Laquer in 'Bad Fairy' and 'Mean and Green'

Mean and Green

Bad Fairy

I was really excited about these nail polishes, purely because from the swatches I had seen they looked amazing - gorgeous duo-chrome polishes. Don't get me wrong, they are pretty amazing, but Bad Fairy isn't quite as brilliant as I thought it would be. I just can't see the duo-chrome effect with it, and although the colour is still lovely, I think I could have found a very similar polish elsewhere, for a lot cheaper. I am really impressed with Mean and Green as it DOES have the green and purple duo-chrome effect, and I think it encompasses the character of Malificent perfectly. Something that I did find very disappointing, however, is the fact the polishes do not have the beautiful Disney packaging which I love - they just look like normal MAC polishes.

Overall I am really pleased with the majority of the things I bought from MAC's latest collection. As bad as it sounds I am still tempted to buy more, even though I've bought far too much already! What do you think to Venomous Villains? Have you purchased anything from the collection?

Barry M Instant Nail Effects!!

Friday, 8 October 2010
Oh my god. WHY has this stuff not been invented before? It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

What is? I hear you ask. Barry M Instant Nail Effects, that's what. I discovered this little baby the other day when the lovely beautyandtheblog tweeted about it, and am I so incredibly glad I did. I have always craved the gorgeous coveted Minx nail. Seen on celebs such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to name a few, Minx nails are (to put it simply) basically stickers for your nails. There are hundreds of amazing designs, but they don't come cheap! Therefore I am sorry to say I have never been lucky enough to have them.

Image courtesy of Google Images

HOWEVER. Barry M has come to the rescue once again with a frankly fabulous little creation called Nail Effects. I know, when I first heard it I instantly pictured one of those Argos-esque nail kits with a thousand stickers/gems/etc. Thankfully it is not this. It is quite simply a little tub of black gunk/nail polish. All you have to do is apply a pretty colour on your nails (I think nice brights or pretty pastels will look fab with this - nothing too dark as you want a 'wow' effect), wait for it to dry, and then apply ONE coat of this little bottle of magic over the top. It states on the instructions not to overlap, but it's okay to be a little haphazard as it's part of the look. Then sit back, and watch as within seconds (I'm talking literally about 2 seconds after application) the magic begins to happen. The polish literally starts to crack and dissolve in places, leaving you with a really cool (very Minx-esque) crackly nail effect. If you don't believe me, just look at this amazingness....

To create this look I used MUA candy pink (shade 12) with Nail Effects over the top!

I absolutely adore this product. I have never seen anything like it before and definitely recommend it to anyone who loves to experiment with their nails, but perhaps doesn't have the time to put the effort in. These nails are so easy to create and dry as quickly as Barry M's usually polishes. The Barry M Instant Nail Effects retails at £3.49 (or 2 for £5 at Boots!) and there is currently only the crackle effect available, but I really hope they bring some more out soon!

What do you think of Barry M Instant Nail Effects? Have to tried it yet?
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