Saturday, 28 December 2013

New fragrance: Rise EDP by Beyonce...


Beyonce launches her new perfume Rise in February of 2014. The concept that lies behind the creation of this fragrance was inspired by Beyonce’s on-stage persona, as well as by “female empowerment and finding the inner strength that makes women so beautiful".

The fragrance is more intimate and more natural than the previous ones, inspired by the works of singer's favourite poet Maya Angelou.




The composition is announced as an intoxicating, addictive and luminous floral.  The opening notes of the fragrance include apricot, Italian bergamot and iced basil sorbet. The main note of the perfume is Golden Symphony orchid, mixed with freesia and Sambac jasmine flowers. The base of the composition includes autumn woods, cashmere, musk and vetiver.

The fragrance is available as 15, 30 and 50 ml Eau de Parfum with an accompanying collection for body care.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Chistmas xx



Hoping that everyone has a very merry Christmas and a fantastic 2014 xx

Review; Ciate Mini Mani Month 2013...



Ciaté: Mini Mani Month


Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. 

[Please note: I bought my MMC in America, so the set contents vary from those you'd find in the UK edition. But, to be honest, the UK edition does sound better. I didn't realise the editions would be different, otherwise I just would have just bought the calendar in Selfridges, rather then try to save a bit of money]...


This is a fabulously cute product; it is an advent calendar that, instead of chocolate, is filled with eighteen of Ciate's bestselling mini Paint Pots [one clear glitter for layering, and seventeen creme, shimmer, and chrome finished polishes], and six textured manicure toppers [Caviar pearls, glitter, and Sequins].

As a whole I think that this a great buy, that is very reasonably priced for the range and quality of the products that you are getting. Obviously I like some shades here more then others, but none of the shades in this collection were 'eww' for me and all of them are very wearable. The polish formulas I've tried are smooth to apply and dry pretty quickly. True; they aren't as hard wearing as my preferred OPI, but as I become bored quickly and am likely to change my polish a few times a week it isn't a major issue. Plus it is nice to get to try the Sequins and Caviar Pearls - I wouldn't buy any of the full-sized sets as I wouldn't use them often, so the bottles of these toppers make a fun addition to this collection.


However I do have two niggles, but one of them is probably more down to personal taste. My main issue is that a few of the Paint Pots are close in colour - particularly the nude, the orange, and the grey shades. The grey polishes are actually two of my personal favourite shades in this collection, but there is no real need to use similar shades at the end of the day - Ciate have hundreds of pretty polish shades, so I'd rather have something different instead. My second gripe is that this collection has four bottles of the Caviar Pearls in it; I'll try them out once or twice, but they aren't an everyday product. Give me the choice between a pretty polish or messing around applying the pearls & clearing them back up, and I'd pick polish without a doubt. Plus in my opinion four bottles is too excessive for a product that most people will only use once or twice.
 
 
So overall I would recommend buying this set in the sales, as you can always use the bottles you don't want for yourself as stoking stuffers next xmas :)



Mini Mani Month contents:

18 x 0.17 oz Paint Pots Nail Polish in Snow Globe, Boudoir, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Sugar Plum, Fit For A Queen, Candy Floss, Amazing Gracie, Pepperminty, Encore!, Starlet, Chinchilla, Members Only, Play Date, Ivory Queen, Main Stage, Pillow Fight, Tweed and Tails
2 x 0.17 oz Caviar Luxe in Metallic Pearls Smoulder (silver), Metallic Pearls Lustre (gold)
2 x 0.17 oz Caviar Pearls in Cupids Arrow, Midnight in Manhattan
1 x 0.17 oz Glitter in Twinkle Toes
1 x 0.17 oz Sequins in Dallas Dolly
Funnel

The Christmas Countdown Has Begun: Part III [days 18 - 24]...

It's the Final Countdown...


 



Our one-of-a-kind advent calendar comes in a show-stopping Pop Art box and is filled with 24 fun and flattering beauty treasures! It contains a bevy of Benefit bestsellers and three glitzy little look goods…a charm necklace & bracelet and an adorable barrette. It’s the gift that gets more gorgeous every day!


Ciaté: Mini Mani Month


Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. 

[Please note: I bought my MMC in America, so the set contents vary from those you'd find in the UK edition. But, to be honest, the UK edition does sound better. I didn't realise the editions would be different, otherwise I just would have just bought the calendar in Selfridges, rather then try to save a bit of money]


Sunbeam liquid highlighter & Tweed And Tails nail polish
 
Girl Meets Pearl pearlescent primer & Sequins in Dallas Dolly [manicure topper]
 
Ooh La Lift undereye brightener & Starlet nail polish
 
Coralista Ultra Plush lipgloss & Fit For A Queen nail polish
 
Star Charm necklace & Hopscotch nail polish
 
Cha Cha Tint lip/cheek stain & Caviar Pearls in Cupid's Arrow [manicure topper]
 
Dandelion blusher & Play Date nail polish
 
 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Christmas countdown has begun: Part II [days 11 - 17]...


I'm a big kid at heart so have not one but two advent calendars, and as they're both beauty related releases I'd thought that it would be nice to keep a little record of what the contents are...

Without further ado here is part 2 of my 3013 Christmas countdown calendars, from Benefit Cosmetics and Ciate nail wear...

 



Our one-of-a-kind advent calendar comes in a show-stopping Pop Art box and is filled with 24 fun and flattering beauty treasures! It contains a bevy of Benefit bestsellers and three glitzy little look goods…a charm necklace & bracelet and an adorable barrette. It’s the gift that gets more gorgeous every day!


Ciaté: Mini Mani Month


Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. 

[Please note: I bought my MMC in America, so the set contents vary from those you'd find in the UK edition. But, to be honest, the UK edition does sound better. I didn't realise the editions would be different, otherwise I just would have just bought the calendar in Selfridges, rather then try to save a bit of money]


Badgal waterproof eyeliner & Pepperminty nail polish
 
Total Moisture face cream & Caviar Pearls in Gold [manicure topper]
 
Horseshoe charm bracelet & Encore! nail polish
 
 
Badgal mascara & Ivory Queen nail polish
 
Posietint lip/cheek stain & glitter in Twinkle Toes [manicure topper]
 
Hoola bronzer & Chinchilla nail polish
 
Sugarbomb Ultra Plush lipgloss & Members Only nail polish
 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Christmas countdown has begun [days 1 -10]...


I'm a big kid at heart so have not one but two advent calendars, and as they're both beauty related releases I'd thought that it would be nice to keep a little record of what the contents are...

 



Our one-of-a-kind advent calendar comes in a show-stopping Pop Art box and is filled with 24 fun and flattering beauty treasures! It contains a bevy of Benefit bestsellers and three glitzy little look goods…a charm necklace & bracelet and an adorable barrette. It’s the gift that gets more gorgeous every day!
set includes travel sizes of:
• “that gal”
• the POREfessional
• high beam
• sun beam
• benetint
• chachatint
• posietint
• ultra plush lip gloss in dandelion
• ultra plush lip gloss in sugarbomb
• ultra plush lip gloss in CORALista
• hoola
• dandelion
• CORALista
• ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister
• BADgal lash
• stay don’t stray light/medium
• BADgal liner waterproof
• it’s potent eye cream
• girl meets pearl
• total moisture facial cream
• ooh la lift
AND…
• horseshoe charm bracelet
• star charm necklace
• ribbon bow barrette




Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long.

This set contains:
- 18 x 0.17 oz Paint Pots Nail Polish in Snow Globe, Boudoir, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Sugar Plum, Fit For A Queen, Candy Floss, Amazing Gracie, Pepperminty, Encore!, Starlet, Chinchilla, Members Only, Play Date, Ivory Queen, Main Stage, Pillow Fight, Tweed and Tails
- 2 x 0.17 oz Caviar Luxe in Metallic Pearls Smoulder (silver), Metallic Pearls Lustre (gold)
- 2 x 0.17 oz Caviar Pearls in Cupids Arrow, Midnight in Manhattan
- 0.17 oz x Glitter in Twinkle Toes
- 0.17 oz Sequins in Dallas Dolly
- Funnel

[Please note: I bought my MMC in America, so the set contents vary from the UK edition. But, to be honest, the UK edition does sound better. I didn't realise the editions would be different, otherwise I just would have just bought the calendar in Selfridges, rather then try to save a bit of money]


Coralista blush & Snow Globe nail polish
 
Stay Don't Stray eyeshadow primer & Boudoir nail polish
 
It's Potent eye cream & Amazing Gracie nail polish
 
Dandelion plush lipgloss & Caviar Pearls in Silver [manicure topper]
 
 
Benetint lip/cheek stain  & Hoopla nail polish
 
Barrette & Sugar Plum nail polish
 
A-Lister lipgloss & Main Stage nail polish
 
High Beam liquid highlighter & Caviar Pearls in Midnight in Manhattan [manicure topper]
 
That Gal makeup primer & Candy Floss nail polish
 
The Porefessional pore minimising primer & Pillow Fight nail polish
 
 
 

NOTD: Flurry Up topcoat by OPI For Sephora, over All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI) by OPI...

All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI) is part of OPI's Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Christmas collection, and is one of the red shades.

It is a rich maroon colour, with a lovely, shiny creme finish - I'd forgotten how nice and sophisticated uncomplicated creme shades are. I'm normally not fond of red shades but this shade is blue based so it's not RED red, meaning I'm enjoying wearing it immensely, and have already worn it twice within a fortnight even though I have a ton of untrieds to go through...

Saturday, 7 December 2013

So pretty, but stil quite bad: Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom pow...


 

Boom Boom Pow is a mix of gold glitter and actual gold flecks in a clear base. I use it for layering over dark polishes - either all over the nail, over half of the nail, or as a gradient. It looks stunning with any dark coloured polishes, but it's especially gorgeous over blue or plum.

I really do want to tick yes for 'would you buy it again', but I have to be honest and admit that I wouldn't. Simply put; this polish is slow to dry and remains soft for hours after applying it, no matter which quick drying topcoat I use. It is so much slower to dry then any other glitter based polish that I own, that I have found myself using it less and less, in favour of other glitters in my collection.


with OPI Can't Let Go.


with China Glaze Sugar Plums

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

NOTD: Wondrous Star by OPI...




Wondrous Star is part of OPI's Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection and is one of the three golden micro-glitters in the collection. This is the glitter one that stands out, and is more unique, from the other two as the festive shade is given a bit of an edge by there being a few scattered flecks of circular black glitter in between all of the golden ones. Gold glitter sounds kinda tacky, but the shade isn't too yellow and the particles are so finely textured in this polish that it looks more like a foil-finish formula.

The formula for OPI is unrivalled; so smooth, streak and bubble free, fast to dry, and long lasting. Being a glitter bomb means that this polish does take a little bit more effort to remove, but it seems easier than a lot of my other glitter polishes.



Thursday, 14 November 2013

Getting lippie; Lip Tar in Queen by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics...

I'd heard loads of great things about Lip Tars, so bought the shade Queen (bright pink) when I visited Sephora in New York. I'm afraid that I just don't get the hype now I've worn it a few times...

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Fit for a snow queen; Live Platinum edp by Jennifer Lopez...


 I think LIVE PLATINUM has the edge over the original Live as - though it is quite similar to it - this is less harsh and is easier to wear. I still really like the spiciness of the original, but the contrasts in this appeals to me more.

It's a shame this is a limited edition, I wish I'd bought more bottles for backups when I saw it in the US a few years ago. I'll have to haunt Ebay for it in the not-too-distant future...



Sunday, 27 October 2013

I think we've reached the grave now: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones...

Welcome to the world of grim reaper extraordinaire, Charley Davidson. Try as she might, there's no avoiding her destiny.

☠/

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, "grim." And since Charley's last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above . . . or at least get dressed. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she's insane. But the more they refute the woman's story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley's life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved...



Friday, 18 October 2013

No need to draw the line: Liner Effect mascara by Bourjois...




Just one coat of this wonder mascara gives you volume, a strong colour & two coats gives you that full on, false eyelash look. Perfect for making a statement.

Monday, 14 October 2013

DVD review; Bait...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the seafood section...

☂/

Bait follows former lifeguard Josh as he arrives to his present-day job at a supermarket, where he soon comes face to face with his ex Tina and her new boyfriend. Also having a less than great day is Josh's co-worker Ryan, who is fired after his girlfriend Jaime is caught shoplifting - oh, and the police officer called to the scene happens to be Jamie's father.

An awkward day gets more dramatic when criminal Doyle and his accomplice hold up the supermarket, wrongly believing that the manager keeps the previous day takings in the office safe. The two gun-wielding robbers are soon locked in a standoff with the pissed-off officer and there is no resolution in sight...

At which point the coastal community is hit by a tsunami, which completely floods the supermarket. The handful of survivors - including Josh, Doyle, Jamie and her father - gather on top of the shelves to take stock [eyeroll] of the situation, and soon notice that the water level is still slowly rising and inching closer to the now exposed electrical cables. So should everyone simply swim to safety? That option quickly loses it's appeal when he unlucky group realise that they are sharing the flooded and crumbling building with a 12 foot great white shark. So the question becomes whether to stay out of the water and be electrocuted or crushed before eventual help comes, or go into the water and risk getting munched on?


Meanwhile... The supermarket has an attached underground carpark, which is where Ryan was when the tsunami hit. Climbing onto a pile of overturned cars to look for a possible exit, he comes across a young couple who also escaped injury or death and spies a unflooded stairwell. However there is no easy ride for these survivors either, as there turns out to be another shark present - right between the second unlucky group and said stairwell, so they are also left with the same choice as the group in the supermarket.



Monday, 7 October 2013

Spooky yum-yum: Spooky fragranced candle by Lily flame...



Lily-Flame SPOOK candle is a new release, and is described as using scent notes of fudge, toffee apples and tray bakes. To me it smells like vanilla cupcake, with a rich caramel overtone. The vanilla cupcake/cookie note is strong enough to carry whilst the candle is unlit. The blend is comforting and sweet, but it's not too sweet or sickly. I love the fragrance, and it is something that I'll use all year round, not just during the Halloween run-up.



The entirety of the candle wax is perfumed, so the fragrance lasts as long as the candle does, and I can also catch occasional wafts of the perfume whilst the candle is unlit.


If I had to give a negative comment to the makers of SPOOK, it would be that SPOOK is not, umm, spooky. I'd expected some seasonal blooms or patchouli in the mix, to give the fragrance a seasonal air. So, yeah, even though I do love this candle and will buy it again, I was a tad disappointed too.

You can buy SPOOK from Amazon for £8.99


Friday, 4 October 2013

Primark: The Christmas jumpers have landed...





I won't mess round and get right to the point; Primark clothing stores have stated to sell a variety of Christmas jumpers and sweaters for both men and women.

The design above is a sweatshirt material, and cost just £8. There were also around half a dozen different styles in wool jumpers, which came in at £10.


Yes; Christmas jumpers are cheesy, but they are also cheerful and fun. And at such low prices, why not get at least one?