Friday, 28 November 2014

Hollywood Collection Ultra Colour Lipstick by Avon in Hollywood Siren



Avon cosmetics have released three new Ultra Colour lipstick shades for Christmas, and they have currently knocked £3.50 of the price I decided to give the burgundy one, a shade that I rarely wear, a try.


 However, in classic Avon style, the shade that they show as being burgundy online and in their catalogue [and in the swatch on the back of my hand] applies more as a muted red on my lips.


Despite being mislead by the online swatches, what did I think about this lipstick after wearing it a bunch of times?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Bargain Hunter: Cookie & cream-comb...

I want to do I quick review for this cute mirror & comb compact because I think that this item could make a nice stocking filler for someone this Christmas...


Okay; this is kinda cheap and tacky, plus [as you can tell from the photo] the little comb is cute, but really rather useless, but the compact mirror is something that I use every day.

One side of the compact has the mirror whilst the other side is left hollow (so that the comb fits in neatly), so the compact doesn't look like something that you've spent a lot of money on. However I've had mine for around three months and have dropped it a few times, but it still looks and operates as it did new out of the packaging.


I also felt that it was worth pointing out that, unlike the other items I've reviewed, this doesn't come in a totally plain baggie, and so would make a cute little stocking stuffer for someone.


My order took two weeks to arrive (from China), so you can still order it in time for Christmas.



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Order the compact mirror here for £1.12.

NOTD: Snow Fall, over Pillow Fight, by Ciate...


"Fill your festive season with glittering treats from Ciaté London, infused with festive scents from gingerbread to candy cane, deck your nails with colourful merriment and spread holiday cheer with Ciaté London.
This joyful scented colour collection is housed in a good-enough-to-eat super cute box, guaranteed to spice up your holiday season"


Yep; today I'll be opening my new Ciatè set of mini polishes as I get my festive sparkle on. As the post title suggests I'm going to start with the shade Snow Fall, which I've decided to pair with a soft grey polish to represent storm clouds...

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Trying out the Beauty Insider birthday gift from Sephora.com...

AAs you all probably know, the Sephora website now ships products (no fragrances or nail polishes, as well as other random restrictions) to the UK. I don't like ordering cosmetics online, but I love Tarte's Amazonian Clay blushes and QVC UK's selection doesn't do it for me, so I bit the bullet and went for it...


The reason for this post is because when you sign up to Sephora you become a 'Beauty Insider.' (They have two higher customer settings depending on how much you spend in a year), and then when you place an order on Sephora in your birthday month you are given the option to tick on a free gift during the check out process, and I happened to place my order last month...

I had the choice between the mini duo set I'm about to show you, or a Jack Black cleanser. I have had a sample of the cleanser in the past and liked it, but how could I ignore the chance to try out a fancy mascara?

"Plus, you can have another sneak peek at what I can do..."

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones...

QTwelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. 

21894260But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that combined barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments—and a few distressing prophesies—have forced her to become a responsible adult. Exactly the kind of adult she’s never aspired to be. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

First impressions; Premiere Luxe edp by Avon...


"Decadent blackcurrant and luxurious white florals mingle with amber for a dramatic, long lasting finish"


If La Vie Est Belle and Nicole Richie's self named perfume had a baby, then that bundle of joy would be named Premiere Luxe... 

It isn't a very unique fragrance, but it is nicely structured, and has very good longevity for the low price. plus the bottle has a classic vintage feel to it.



Monday, 10 November 2014

New fragrance: Moschino Toy edt by Moschino...

Designer Jeremy Scott became the creative director of Moschino in 2013. Fun fashion collections that he has done for this house were inspired by fast food, pop culture , Sponge Bob cartoon and Barbie doll. In this style, the new fragrance from Moschino launched by Jeremy Scott is named Moschino Toy.

Moschino Toy comes in an unusual bottle that looks like a teddy bear who is wearing a T-shirt saying "THIS IS NOT A MOSCHINO TOY". The bottle is inside the teddy bear and diffuser is revealed when you take of the bear’s head.


The scent is unisex, light, floral and woody. It is composed of accords of fresh bergamot, powdery violet, aromatic tones of lavender and juniper, as well as precious woods. It is available as 50 ml Eau de Toilette.


[Fragrantica]


Sunday, 9 November 2014

The beat goes on - a closer look at the Alexa Heart set by Nails INC...

I've fallen behind with Nails INC as a brand; you can buy China Glaze polishes year-round two or three pounds cheaper than the bigger drugstore brands, and my local TK Maxx nearly always has bottles by OPI, Ciatè, and Orly in stock for £4 or £5, so I can get two or three polishes by them for the price of a single Nails INC polish. But then came the Boots Christmas catalogue to reignite my love of Nails INC by showing me a photo of the limited edition Alexa Hearts polish set.


I went to the Nails INC site for a closer look at the set, as my local Boots is small so doesn't stock Nails INC, and once there captions like "free shipping with this item" and "free gift with orders over £35" suckered me into opening my wallet within two minutes...

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

First Impressions: StormFlower edp by Cheryl [Tweedy, Cole, Fernandez-Versini]...


I wanted to try Storm Flower as Cheryl has mentioned in many interviews over the past several years her love of perfume, and how important her scent memory is to her. 

I assumed these things would mean that she would put a bit of effort into creating something adult and a bit more original then what is considered the norm in the world of 'celeb scents'...





Saturday, 1 November 2014

New fragrance: Rocker Femme Fantasy edp by Britney Spears...

Rocker Femme Fantasy is the 8th* (it follows Fantasy, Midnight Fantasy, Hidden  Fantasy, Circus Fantasy, Island Fantasy, Fantasy: The Naughty Remix, and Fantasy: The Nice Remix) new fragrance in the Britney Spears/Elizabeth Arden  Fantasy series.

The fragrance is officially grouped as a oriental-gourmand fragrance, so it's perfect for this time of year. The perfume opens with sweet aromas of blackberry liqueur and coconut cream. Flowers of violet, gardenia and jasmine are in the heart of the perfume. Amber, musk, cashmere and vanilla provide a warm, cozy base.