Friday, 31 October 2014

X Appeal; reimagining the Scully look...

1.18 Miracle Man

There's no real reason for this post; I've just finished rewatching my first season boxset of The X Files and am feeling Dana Scully's 90s makeup, and my favourite is the 60s-collides-with-the-90s matte look her character wore regularly in the second half of season one.

I bought the I ❤️ Chocolate palette by I ❤️ Makeup recently and used Scully's 60s/90s mashup look as inspiration for one of the demo EOTD photos that will be featured with my near-future review of the  I ❤️ Chocolate eyeshadow palette. I loved the look I did and have been rewearing it a lot, so I felt like posting it here.

I guess that you can consider this post as a I ❤️ Chocolate palette teaser...


1.24 The Erlenmeyer Flask

Saturday, 25 October 2014

NOTD: Getting To Gnaw You by China Glaze...


Getting To Gnaw You is one of the five new shades in the 2014 Halloween collection Apocalypse, and it is the last one in this collection for me to get around to trying...


Monday, 20 October 2014

The Bargain Hunter: wishing on a star(fish)...

This ring looks great for the small price. It hasn't snapped or stained my skin, so it's all good in my experience.


All but one of my other Sodial rings have been a size N, but this one was a bit bigger - around a O or P. However I just gently squeezed the legs of the starfish together a bit, so now it fits me nicely...

Ideal Flawless CC cream by Avon...



For reference: I mainly use Revlon foundations - Photoready in Vanilla, and Nearly Naked in Ivory. For the Revlon Photoready BB Cream I wear Light. I also enjoy Avon's Ideal Flawless foundation, for which I wear the shade Light Pink.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Fancy a bite? (Trying out Vampire lipstick by Beauty UK)...

Do you ever buy something because you like the shade name? Say hello to exhibit 100.000,001 for me...

I wanted a red lipstick to go with my black as-yet-unworn skull and rose adorned dress that I'm planning to wear to the Lady Gaga concert next week, and as I thought the name of my chosen shade is very fitting for Halloween month, I thought I'd share my thoughts on it here.


I regularly look for a low priced red lipstick, as I don't feel confident in red, but think that if I one day find a shade that flatters both my small mouth shape AND very thin upper lip, I'll rather like the classic look. anyway; I bought this one because I remember Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo mentioning it in a video about her favourite red lipsticks a while ago, and I admire her makeup looks. And, as she has fair skin too, I thought there was a fair chance that Vampire might work for me.

NOTD: I Love Your Guts by China Glaze...

I Love Your Guts is one of the five new shades in the 2014 Halloween collection Apocalypse.

I Love Your Guts is the red version of But Of Corpse; the finish and the performance of the formula is the same for both polishes...


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Worldwide Giveaway at Swatch and Learn: win a OPI Don’t Speak 18K GoldTop Coat...

I read the fantastic Swatch and Learn blog on a weekly basis, so came across Mary's great giveaway, and I wanted to pass the details along.
I bought the Mariah Carey gold topcoat from lasts year's Christmas collection and love it, so this new one is on my wish list xx

"[Yesterday was] Canadian Thanksgiving, and I thought it was very fitting to have a surprise worldwide giveaway to remind my amazing blog readers of how much I appreciate you all.
From now until Friday October 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT, you can enter for a chance to win the brand new OPI Don’t Speak 18K Gold Top Coat, which is a collaboration with Gwen Stefani! (You may remember me posting Instagram photoshere and here.)"

Sunday, 12 October 2014

New fragrance: Fleur Fatale edp by Kim Kardashian...

Fleur Fatale by Kim Kardashian is described as "a seductive and rich composition that evokes the exotic Orient".
The scent starts with accords of black currant, violet and bergamot. The heart reveals seductive floral layers of tea rose, peony and iris. The base ends with amber, creamy sandalwood and white musk.

The white rose shaped bottle is available in 50ml and 100ml.

NOTD: But Of Corpse by China glaze...


But Of Corpse is one of the five new shades in the 2014 Halloween collection Apocalypse. It is a matte shimmery green shade, filled with scattered matte black glitter specks. The matte shimmers make the polish look textured, but it's not, its a smooth formula. Whilst the shade is very Halloweeny as it looks like moldy zombie fresh it the current cold & darker weather, I think that it'll also look good in brighter weather too, so it's versatile; in fact I think it promises to be the most versatile shade in this year's Halloween collection.


The pigmentation and the formula are both great; the polish is really smooth and bubble/streak free to apply, and the colour is so rich that it's very nearly a one-coater, and the polish dries extremely quickly; within one minute. 



Friday, 10 October 2014

Getting in with INNI: my indroduction to nail wraps with INNI...

I've never tried nail wraps before because it struck me as something that would be tricky to do, so I didn't want to waste my money. However I have recently been looking at different brands and debating finally trying some as I want something that lasts longer then polish, so I was delighted to get the opportunity to try some sample designs by INNI.

What sets INNI apart from other nail wrap brands is that in addition to selecting one of the many great designs in the site's gallery that other INNI customers have designed, is that you also use the site's 'studio' paint programme to design and paint the exact design you want, and/or upload any photo you want and convert your custom design into nail wraps.

My wraps are samples, but the Grey textured design is very similar...

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

(Send it) With Love by Paris Hilton...


The new Parlux/Paris Hilton edp will focus on top notes of green apple, bergamot and kiwi. The middle notes are composed around wild jasmine, orchid and lily-of-the-valley. The base notes are mixed woodsy notes and musk.

This 2014 release is said to be more adult in comparison to Paris' earlier perfumes, and it is "dedicated to Paris Hilton's fans around the world". 


With Love will be released in 50ml and 100ml bottles.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Could this be love? (A closer look at the 'I Am In Love' palette by I ❤️Makeup)...


I love the look of the rosy toned shadows in Urban Decay's Naked 3 eyeshadow palette, but the nearest branch of the store [Debenhams] to me that stocks Urban Decay cosmetics is small and the tiny cosmetic hall doesn't stock the brand, and I'm not keen on buying makeup online - I like swatching things, to get a good look at the colour and texture of things before parting with my money.

Anyway, when browsing in Superdrug I noticed a stand by I ❤️ Makeup, a brand I'd never heard of - I don't know if the brand is new, or if it's just because I rarely go to Superdrug. What makes the brand stand to me is that their primary product are eyeshadow palettes. 

After spending a while drooling at the selection of over a dozen different palettes (all under £8), I decided to play it sensibly and go for I Am In Love; the rosy toned neutral palette, as it has very wearable shades and reminds me a bit of the Naked 3 shades...

Sunday, 5 October 2014

City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #3) by Stacia Kane

IT’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN ALIVE AND UNDEAD.


Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.


Saturday, 4 October 2014

The Bargain Hunter: leafy stuff...

Another day, another bargain...

I didn't particularly want any new earrings, so I just ordered these out of curiosity (the product image on Amazon is solely of a teal gift pouch).  I didn't have any real expectations for these to live up to, but it's turned out that I love them; I'm likely to order more as Christmas presents...



Thursday, 2 October 2014

Icons Of Happiness: Coca Cola by OPI Christmas giftsets...

I was so focused on OPI's Christmas collection with Gwen Stefani that I failed to notice that OPI have two sets with Coca Cola too, so I was giddy when I saw this when browsing the new releases on a shopping site.

Naturally I bought it...

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Bits and pieces: Rest In Pieces nail polish by China Glaze...

Rest In Pieces is one of the five new shades in the 2014 Halloween collection Apocalypse


It is made up of hex glitter in yellow gold, copper, and teensy holographic pieces. There are also a few black hex shapes in various sizes scattered throughout the mix. We're not done yet; there are also yellow gold, copper, and holographic bar glitter pieces too. All of this glitter is scattered in a clear base, so this shade is made for layering over other polishes.