Nails Inc. Exciting New Launches

Friday, 30 November 2012
Last week I attended the Nails Inc. event in London, and was given the opportunity to view the new and upcoming nail launches and collections. I didn't really know what to expect - all I really know of Nails Inc. is from freebies I've got with magazines, so I was keen to see what all the fuss was about. All I can say is - I was seriously WOWED by what Nails Inc. had to offer. Seriously. They've taken nail art/effects to a whole new level, and I was so excited looking around at all the new collections. I honestly want everything (hence the ridiculous amount of images above!)

As well as the usual pastel releases for Spring/Summer, which are launching in March 2013, there was also a wealth of exciting new revolutionary polishes that will get nail junkies (like myself) completely in a spin. As I was going around the event I found myself opening gasping and 'oohing' and 'ahhing' over the products... they're just so cool. A key theme for Nails Inc.'s new launches is definitely texture - smooth shiny nails were no where to be seen, and in fact almost all of the new polishes being released are really interesting to touch.

First I laid my beady eyes on the feather polishes - these are so amazing and look like little multi-coloured feathers on your nails. They feel a tad rough to touch but that's all part of the package. I think these will be amazing come summer at festivals or for a really boho vibe. They are being released in March and will be £11 each - which I think is seriously good! Next up - the 'Bling It On' glittery polishes. These look amazing. They've released new gift sets with them in as well as adding exciting new colours and textures - think bright neon pinks and 'feathery' sparkles. The feathery silvers are released in December, whilst the neon pink and blue set will be in shops come March - both retail at £20 each.

For those of us that shy away from attempting any nail art of our own, Nails Inc. are releasing some fab 'Bling It On' Crystaltastic 3D Press-On nails with Swarovski elements - seriously sparkly and fun. Talking of sparkle - another super exciting launch is that of the 'Bling It On' Leather & Skulls giftsets, which come with the uh-maz-ing leather-effect polishes and blingtastic skulls to glue on your nails for a touch of glam. I adore these sets - at the event I had my nails painted in the black leather-effect polish with a gold skull on my ring fingers - it looked FIERCE. Very, very impressed! These are launching in December, and will cost £19, so look out for them hitting the shops soon!

As well as these, some similar sets will be hitting the shelves in March - and I am seriously excited about getting my hands on them! They are the 'Bling It On' Rebel set - which features a gorgeous limited edition mulberry leather effect polish, silver skull embellishments and awesome studs and Swarovski crystals, and the 'Bling It On' Romance set - which comes with glittery polish, Porchester Square polish and blingy bows and Swarovski crystals. Both of these will be £25 each.

Finally, another up-and-coming release by Nails Inc. are the awesome 'Concrete' effect nails. Definitely not the first thing I think of when it comes to prettying up my talons, but a really cool and edgy way of getting into nail art and effects. I grabbed myself the lime green (came out a bit yellow in these pics, apologies!) to try out, and I'll be reviewing it for you all soon. I have a feeling it will look gorgeous come summer with a tan! These are also launching in December and will cost £12 each. Not bad!

Overall I am SO excited about all of Nails Inc's amazing new launches. I'm actually in awe of how many captivating new polishes and kits they're releasing - it's just so impressive. I don't think I've ever been this excited about a nail polish brand before, and I never expected it from Nails Inc., a brand which I've previously overlooked (and now hang my head in shame for!) I'm hoping to be featuring lots of Nails Inc. reviews on the blog soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Essie Nail Polish

Monday, 26 November 2012
Essie Nail Polishes* - ASOS

I was sent some Essie nail polishes to review a while back, and considering I had never previously tried the brand before I relished the chance to try something new. I'm addicted to painting my nails and had heard great things about Essie so felt the need to add the brand to my ever-expanding collection! 

I apologise in advance for not swatching all of the colours above - if you're interested in seeing them in more details then let me know - this post is just a little review of the polishes in general, and is probably going to end up being a complete gush-athon over how much I adore Essie's nail polishes. Seriously, I do. Yes, I was sent these, but MY GOD, they're good. I actually think I prefer them to my ultimate faves, Models Own and Barry M. Why? Because they're so nice to apply - they come with a big brush which spreads the product evenly and is just a pleasure to use (I know that sounds ridiculously lame, BUT, you know when you get a cheapy nail polish and the brush is god awful?! This is the direct opposite of that. Heaven). They're also so opaque - you could probably get away with just one coat for the majority of these colours, although I do like to apply two. They dry quickly, and amazingly enough - they LAST. They last so well - I'm not entirely sure if they've involved pixie dust or some other magical element to make these polishes so damn  indestructible, but I've gone a good week and a half without getting any chipping using Essie. I'm so impressed with it. 

However, there is a little downside to these polishes. The price. You know me, I think a splurge is getting 2 for a fiver at Barry M. These are a bit more on the pricey side - I'm talking £8/£9 a pop (compare to £2.95 for Barry M or a fiver for Models Own). Okay, they're not extortionate, but when you love buying nail polish as much as I do it can start to add up a fair bit. They are readily available at Superdrug and ASOS though, so that's always a bonus. Would I go out and buy them? Definitely, as they're so worth the money. I just won't be getting one of every colour (unlike my Barry M collection, ahem!)

Have you tried Essie's polishes? What do you think?

We're all mad here

Thursday, 22 November 2012
Shirt: ASOS
Skirt: Topshop
Jumper: New Look
Necklace: Primark
Ring: Primark
Headband: Topshop

Apologies for not being quite so consistent with blog posts over the past few days. I've been in London a lot attending events, and considering it takes me two hours to get down to the big smoke, and I alllllways get the train back every night, it's been pretty hectic! 

I wore this outfit a few days ago when I was having a 'I don't know what to wear' day. I tend to find these days are great for putting together really cool outfits! I love being creative with fashion, it's what it's all about afterall! I dug out my Topshop skirt and had a few ideas about what to pair it with, when I found this ASOS shirt in the back of my wardrobe. I've had it for absolutely ages, and I have NO idea why I haven't worn it sooner. It's the best shirt ever. Cakes, doughnuts, tarts and pancakes adorn the fabric, making this shirt scream cute tea party, and it immediately makes me think of Alice in Wonderland - so I think a skirt with white rabbits on goes pretty damn well with it really! 

I have a ridiculous amount of blog posts lined up for you guys, I'm really excited about blogging at the minute! Also, if you didn't already know - I started a YouTube channel! It's quite daunting but I'm keen to get posting more videos and I'd really appreciate your feedback! My channel is here if you'd like to check it out, you're more than welcome to subscribe! 

Internacionale SS13

Wednesday, 21 November 2012
I've been in London a lot over the past couple of weeks, and last Wednesday I popped over to the Internacionale SS13 Press Day to have a nosey at their offerings for Spring/Summer next year! It's strange looking round at such summery, 'holiday' clothes when it's freezing outside but it definitely made me look forward to the prospect of summer holidays next year.

I noticed a couple of clear themes running throughout Internacionale's S/S pieces. First up; romantic, muted tones and girly ruffles, mixed with some glitzy glamour and of course, the mandatory florals. I fell in love with almost all the pieces in this theme - it's completely my style and I cannot wait for summer so I can get my hands on some of these gorgeous items! I particularly love the floral shirt/pretty jumper combos, as well as the beaded shorts - so pretty!

The second theme is at the other end of the colour spectrum; away from the muted tones and pastel colours, Internacionale have gone crazy for brights, aztec and embellishments, making the clothes scream Mexicana-meets-Ibiza. I don't doubt these pieces will be a sure-fire winner for partying holiday makers and festival-goers alike. There are also some FAB bright accessories (handbags in particular) that I'm eager to get my hands on. Who doesn't love a bright statement bag?

Overall I was really impressed with what Internacionale has to offer for Spring/Summer 2013, and I'm really excited for them to hit the shops! What do you think to Internacionale's SS13 pieces?

ghd Style & Protect Gift Set

Thursday, 15 November 2012

With the Christmas season quickly creeping upon us, gift sets and potential presents for ourselves (ahem Santa - I've been a good girl, I promise!) start to spring to mind. A while ago I was sent this luxury ghd Style and Protect gift set to review, and what better time to review it when present-buying time has finally arrived?

The gift set comes beautifully packaged in a sleek black box, typical ghd-style. It screams expensive and luxury and therefore is definitely a 'wow' gift. It comes with a big paddle brush, some sectioning clips, and a bottle of Straight & Smooth spray and Final Shine spray. 

First of all - I can't stress how much I am in love with the paddle brush. Never before have I had a love affair like it - I'm wondering what I've been doing with my life relying on the likes of Denman and Tangle Teezer (although, I do still love you both, even if you have become somewhat neglected). This brush just works magic. My hair is notorious for being difficult, loves getting knotted up and tends to run for the exit whenever a hair brush is in sight. But not with this baby - I think they must have added pixie dust or something when they made it because what it does to my hair is just magical (yes, just call me cheesy-mc-cheeserson). And that's just brushing! This is also my new saviour when it comes to backcombing. Whereas before I'd always relied on Denman, this brush knocks its socks off. It makes backcombing so quick, easy and painless. I want to marry this brush. Go get it. Now. It'll change your life (or maybe just your hair's life, but it's kind of the same thing).

I must say my opinion on this gift set is completely overshadowed by my adoration for the paddle brush, but nevertheless, I'll persevere and let you know about the rest of the products. The Smooth & Straight spray is good - it's not amazing, it doesn't work miracles, but it does help straighten my hair and it also protects it from heat, which is always a bonus. The shine spray is great - I always use this if my hair is looking a tad frazzled after too much back-combing - and it DEFINITELY makes a difference. The sectioning clips are... well, they're sectioning grips... but they're a nice little extra and really complete the gift set. 

So, what do I think to the gift set? I think it's great. I think it would make a perfect gift for the hair-straightening obsessed woman, or if you know someone getting some ghds (or other branded hair straighteners) for Christmas, it'd be a perfect present to go along side that. However. I should really reiterate that ghd is a luxury brand. This gift set ain't cheap. It'll set you back £39, but if you have the cash or want to really splash out it's definitely worth the money. It's definitely a gift that'll impress, that's for sure!

Shine ya light

Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Top: Topshop 
Jacket: Missguided
Jeans: Topshop
Necklace: Primark
Earrings: Primark

Really simple outfit post today. I usually like to be quite 'out there' and somewhat quirky with my fashion choices but I really like this effortless look. The top from Topshop was a must-buy - it's baggy, cool, comfy and perfect for chucking over leggings or jeans, and they do it in a fair few colours. It's been really popular online so I'm guessing you've probably all seen it before, but nonetheless, I really like it. I paired it with my trusty Topshop Leigh jeans (seriously the best pair of jeans I've ever bought) and my camo/pleather sleeves studded jacket from Missguided. I'm a bit obsessed with Missguided at the minute and when I saw this online I just had to have it. I originally bought a similar style jacket from Primark (but instead of camo it was khaki, and without studs) for £25, but when I saw this beauty on Missguided for a mere £5 extra I swiftly returned the Primark one and got my mitts on this baby. It's so much nicer - great quality and the studs give it that extra edge. I wore it with the spike necklace that I can't seem to take off at the minute. 

So glad it's Wednesday tomorrow - it's my day off and I'm heading to London for a few events - I feel like I haven't been to a blogging event in ages so I'm really looking forward to it! I'll be taking my camera so I'll be sure to blog about it after. Hope you're all okay and having a good week! 

The Bubbles & Butters Company

Monday, 12 November 2012
Chocolate Bubble Bath, Strawberry Body Butter & Chocolate Shower Bubbles - Bubbles & Butters*

A while ago I was sent a little selection of products from The Bubbles & Butters Company - a new and exciting company to have launched in the UK. I love a good pamper session so I was really looking forward to trying them out! 

The products I got to try were the Chocolate Bubble Bath, Strawberry Body Butter and Chocolate Shower Bubbles, although they do Mango products too which I wish I'd asked to try! The products I got smell absolutely amazing. Seriously. My particular favourite scent is the Strawberry Body Butter - it smells SO sweet and delicious - it's the nicest smelling body butter I've ever used. As for the Chocolate Bubble Bath and Shower Bubbles - they smell pretty damn amazing too. I LOVE the smell of chocolate (I once had a cuddly chocolate moose that smelt like chocolate - mhmm memories) so I adore both of these, although I think if chocolate isn't your cup of tea these will overpower you a bit. 

The products themselves are great - the body butter is super moisturising as well as making your skin smell irresistible, the shower bubbles are a really fab idea for anyone who's not so keen on bubble baths (they're basically a shower gel that bubbles up as you wash) and the bubble bath did the job as well as making my bathroom smell absolutely divine - although there weren't quite as many bubbles as I'd hoped. What I really love about this range is that they all contain Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Jojoba Seed Oil and Vitamin E - all fabulous components that make these products extremely moisturising and nourishing. 

I'm really impressed with these products, and they're available at Tesco Beauty stores and online at www.bathandbodyshop.co.uk. The range is really good value too - with products starting at £2 and going up to £6.

How I Do My Hair & Company Weekly Edit

Saturday, 10 November 2012
I tend to get a lot of compliments/comments about my hair, so I had been debating doing a little 'tutorial' of sorts on how I do it most days. I was then asked by Company magazine to do a step-by-step guide on how I create my beehive for their Company Weekly Edit, and I of course jumped at the chance! The Company Weekly Edit is basically a cute little magazine app jam-packed with beauty, fashion and lifestyle bits and pieces, and seen as Company is one of my absolute favourite magazines I am incredibly proud to have been asked to feature! You can download the app here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id562217418?mt=8

Of course, I chose to take these pictures when my hair was in desperate need of a root touch-up so I apologise profusely for any offence they might course (to reassure you, I have since had them done, phew). The first image is what my hair looks like when I don't do anything with it. Well, I might have brushed it a bit. Anyway, it's flat, it's boring and a little bit wavy. I don't straighten it, through pure laziness (as well as lack of swanky GHDs) so it doesn't take me that long to do my hair. I hate having my hair flat so I pretty much ALWAYS backcomb it - I use my trusty GHD paddle brush, and back-comb at the roots, adding hairspray (Schwarzkopf got2b Collagen Lift stuff is amazing) to each bit of hair I backcomb - it's important to spray from the back so that the hair stays up.

After I've done that, I'm left with the middle image - nice, big hair. It looks nice enough like that, but I prefer to then create a bit of a 'beehive' (although I never really do a 'perfect' beehive, something about my hair is always a bit off-centre and messy, how I like it!) I get some LARGE bobby pins/hair clips (I get mine from Superdrug - they are SO much better than the 'normal' sized bobby pins, you only need a few and your hair will stay perfectly in place)  and start pinning the beehive into place, lifting my hair to add volume as I go. Hairspray is also key here - I tend to keep spraying, pinning and rearranging until I'm happy with how it looks.

Then I gently backcomb the rest of my hair a little bit to make it look fuller, and seal the whole look with my GHD shine spray (all that backcombing and hairspray can leave your hair looking a tad frazzled - this baby sorts that out!) and voila! That's my hair finished in the bottom image.

If you just want a quick and easy guide on how I do this (without my ridiculously long ramblings) - go download the Company app! It's awesome, promise!

Fashion for Home

Thursday, 8 November 2012
Mipuro Shelving Cabinet - Fashion for Home*

I'm a little bit obsessed with interiors. If I'm not spending my money on clothes or makeup, I'm spending it on things to make my room look pretty. A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to make my room 'perfect' - I already had the Cath Kidston wallpaper, some of the knick knacks and the curtains, but I needed new furniture, a rug, and lots and lots more 'pretty things' to make it my own. 

I adore clean, white furniture, floral patterns and blue and pink, so I based my room around those things. I painted some of my furniture white, and bought some new furniture (I was well overdue a new wardrobe), as well as buying countless picture frames and rose garlands to spruce things up. But something wasn't quite right - my room didn't seem 'finished'. Something was missing.

Then, a few months ago, the lovely people at Fashion for Home contacted me about reviewing one of their products. As soon as I spied the Mipuro Shelving Cabinet I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. I'd been wanting something to replace the scruffy pine box that featured my television, picture frames etc., that I hadn't quite got round to painting white, and this seemed perfect.

Delivery was great - they specified the time they would be arriving, rang before they came and when we opened the box everything was as it should be. If there is one thing I've had a nightmare with in the past its furniture deliveries - but this was entirely painless. Putting the shelving cabinet together was easy peasy - well, so my boyfriend says, I didn't really do much to help. It only took him about an hour or so, maybe even less, to put together, and there weren't any of the usual flat-pack disasters - it all went really well. 

So - what do I think to the shelves? Simply put; I absolutely love them. The first thing I noticed when I saw the shelves all put together was just how sturdy, weighty, and solid they were. I've seen similar shelving units before, for a somewhat cheaper price, yes, but none that compare to the quality of this. My sister actually has some similar shelves from Ikea (I know - when I first saw these shelves I immediately thought Ikea too) but when you actually compare them both they are NOTHING like each other. Fashion for Home's shelves are such good quality, so sturdy and solid, whereas Ikea is always a bit flimsy and, let's face it, not very sturdy at all. Also, the finish of Fashion for Home's shelves is amazing - it's high shine and just looks really high quality and pretty.

I am SO pleased with these shelves - they've completely perfected my room and I've loved filling them with lots of pretty pictures, knick knacks etc. I actually sit my television on top of them and it's perfect viewing height - very handy. These shelves are great because they can be positioned vertically or horizontally too. I love them! 
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