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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

OPI Mod About You - Swatch & Review

Mod About you is a light, milky, pastel pink that reminds me of pink marshmallows and strawberry milkshake. It look great as a pedicure color but I do feel it looks best on skin with a bit of a tan, it's definitely I shade I would wear on holiday.
I do find the texture on this one quite streaky and thick, I did two coats and it was still uneven in places but once I put a top coat on it was okay.
This is similar to Essie Fiji but it's a little darker and more pink.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Essie Turquoise and Caicos- Swatch & Review

I've wanted this shade for so long, ever since I saw it on a couple of youtube gurus earlier last year. I finally got my hands on it last month and I'm so happy I did.

It's a gorgeous turquoise blue shade that very much reminds me of clear blue seas but is a bit of a pain to paint with. 
It's actually quite smooth in texture but it's also quite watery meaning you need a few coats to get decent coverage.
What you see below is 3 coats but I actually could have done with 4 as my tips were still a little transparent on some nails. Despite that I still love this color and plan on wearing it a lot the in next couple of months.
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Top 10 Perfumes!

I own a lot of perfume, I love the stuff more than I love make-up and can't resist buying a new bottle (or 5) every now and then.
I thought it would be fun to share with you my top 10 favourites that I love and will always re-purchase.

1. Britney Spears Fantasy

Top Notes: Kiwi, Red Litchi
Middle Notes: White Chocolate, Jasmine, Orchid
Base Notes: Musk, Orris Root, Woodsy Notes

My all time favourite for the past couple of years! This is an amazing fragrance but if you don't like sweet scents then stay well clear of this one, it's bordering sickly and can be too much if you overspray, however if you apply the right amount it's fantastic and you will get asked all day long what perfume you're wearing.

2. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique

Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Mandarin Orange, Star Anise, Pear, Rose
Middle Notes: Orris, Ginger, Plum, Orchid, Ylang-Ylang
Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Vanilla

My "go to" fragrance for the colder months, it's a warm, spicy floral with an hint of sweetness and one spritz will last you all day as it's quite strong.
The bottle design is amazing and I'm always tempted to get the limited editions that come out every years just so I can collect them.
I've had both the EDT and the EDP and find I prefer the EDT a little better as the dry down is a little softer and more rounded.

3. Chanel Coco Madamoiselle

Top Notes: Orange, Mandarin Orange, Orange Blossom, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Mimosa, Jasmine, Turkish Rose, Ylang-Ylang
Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Opoponax,  Vanilla, Vetiver, White Musk

A good "every day & all occasions" scent, sort of odd to describe as my nose cannot pick up any of the notes listed. It's a sweet floral with an hint of muskiness in the dry down.
This fragrance is very popular and is the perfect gift for pretty much anyone, I cannot see anyone not liking this one.

4. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Top Notes: Bergamot, Green Tea
Middle Notes: Sambac Jasmine, African Orange Flower, Freesia, Rose, Orchid
Base Notes: Musk, Patchouli

A very sweet, heavy on the patchouli scent that's a little bit floral and a little bit foody.
If you're a fan of Thierry Mugler Angel I think you would love this one too as they are quite similar.
The intense version of Flowerbomb is even more amazing but is also a lot more expensive.

5. Escada Ocean Lounge
Top Notes: Litchi, Plum, Strawberry Meringue, Pear Nectar
Middle Notes: Violet, Mimosa, Jasmine
Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Teak Wood

Unfortunately this is no longer sold in the shops so you have to hunt around online if you want to get your hands on a bottle.
It's a sweet, bright, fruity scent that screams sunshine and holidays.
It's smells just like a big bowl of strawberry's sprinkled with vanilla sugar.

6. Tom Ford Black Orchid
Top Notes: Jasmine, Gardenia, Ylang-Ylang, Bergamot, Amalfi Lemon, Mandarin Orange, Black Currant, Black Truffle
Middle Notes: Spice, Fruity Notes, Lotus, Orchid
Base Notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Incense, Vanilla, Chocolate

This is a wonderful scent but not for everyone.  It's a very deep, complex scent that can smell quite strange at first because of the Black Truffle note. Once the scent as been left to develop for 10 minutes it's amazing, very heavy and syrupy. This is a very sexy scent and it's perfect for  nights out.

7. Juicy Couture Couture Couture
Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, African Orange Flower, Grapefruit
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Plum
Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood

I don't typically like very floral fragrances but this one is an exception. It's a light white floral balanced out by the deeper base notes.
On me this smells of Gardenia (which isn't listed in the notes) and honeysuckle warmed up with a sweet amber base.

8. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre
Top Notes: Grapefruit, Quince
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Hyacinth
Base Notes: Musk, Iris, Cedar, Amber

A nice sweet, floral, light spring scent that reminds me a lot of Marc Jacobs Daisy but better.
It's light, inoffensive and perfect for day but I just wish the lasting power was better, I have to re-apply every couple of hours but I still love it.

9. Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily

Top Notes: Black Cardamom, Ginger, Pink Pepper
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Orchid, Water Lily, Rose
Base Notes: Leather, Sandalwood, Kyara Incense, Patchouli, Black Amber

A spicy, woody scent that could be worn on either a man or woman and manage to smell quite different on both. It's quite hard to describe the scent but I can definitely pick up the ginger, pepper, jasmine and black amber but I also get a slight coconut note sitting in the background.
As far as I know this gets re-released every year around summer time so if you want to try it nows the time!

10. Vera Wang Lovestruck

Top Notes: Angelica, Mandarin Orange, Guava
Middle Notes: Tuberose, Lotus
Base Notes: Woodsy Notes, Musk

My newest favourite! I actually don't own a bottle of this just yet but as soon as I saw the bottle on this one I knew it was gonna be mine, regardless of how it smelled.
Luckily the scent is really nice, floral but quite sweet too, kinda reminds me of Viva La Juicy mixed with  Vera Wang Princess. Actually it's also very similar to Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods but a little softer.

What are your Top 10?

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Glossybox June 2011!

So today I recieved my second Glossybox and I while I still think it's value for money I was a little underwhelmed with the selection of products recieved.
I don't dislike any on the products I recieved but I was a little disappointed with the fact that I didn't recieve a makeup item but I guess some months will alway be better than others.
I think Glossybox set the standard so high with the first box that people are gonna feel a little bit let down with this box but I still think it was worth £10.
From what I can see on other blogs not everyone got the same items this month and the box was customised for you according to the preferences you  selected when you first joined.

This is what I got in my box:

Mama Mio O-Mega Body Buff

Not tried this one yet so I cannot say how nice of a product it is but it's quite a large size and should last a while.

Lalique Perles De Lalique

Love the bottle, not sold on the smell. It's okay but it's quite an heavy, woodsy scent and more suited as a winter fragrance. It as notes of Bulgarian Rose, Orris, Bourbon Pepper, Indonesian Patchouli and Cashmere woods.

Bio Effects EGF Serum

This is my favourite item, it's an anti-ageing repairing serum that help speed up cell turnover. You are actually getting a decent sized sample here as the full size of this product retail at £125 for 15ml.
There was also a voucher in the box for £30 pound of the full size product and I'm very tempted to buy it.
It makes my skin feel amazingly soft and it looks bright and refreshed.

OPI Nail Polish

I love OPI polish so I'm glad this was included, it's a pretty berry shade with loads of little particles of holographic glitter.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

The thing most people are disappointed with, personally I don't mind as I was going to go and buy one of these for my handbag and now I don't have too!
I love Batiste and have gone trough loads of cans, it's amazing if you have greasy roots but also if you just need loads of volume or a matte texture.

So what did you think of this months box? What items would you have preferred and what do you like to see in next months?

Friday, 24 June 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine: Review & Swatch

Rouge Coco Shine is the latest addition to Chanel's lipstick family, it has a lightweight gel texture and most of the shades are quite sheer and juicy looking.  These feel more like a tinted balm than a lipstick as they are quite moisturising and are not sticky or heavy and all of the shades are very wearable, even the oranges, bright pinks and reds are very natural and just give you an effortless polished look.
The lasting power isn't great, I get two hours at most and then I have to re-apply but I love these lipsticks so much that I don't care.
They are a little on the expensive side (£23.00) but I think in this case they are totally worth  it, I have two at the moment but I have my eye on 4-5 more shades that I eventually want to get.
I got shade 48 Evasion, a nice natural peach and 54 Boy, a rosy nude and the shade worn by Vanessa Paradis in the promo.

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Left, Boy - Right, Evasion

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Left, Boy - Right, Evasion

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Top, Boy - Bottom, Evasion

Did you get any Rouge Coco Shines? Which ones did you get?

Saturday, 18 June 2011

OPI Lincoln Park At Midnight - Swatch & Review

This as been on my "to buy" list for so long I'm really glad I finally got it, even though I wont really get a lot of wear out of it until autumn and winter come round.

It the perfect dark color for the colder months, it's a deep shade of purple with a plummy shimmer that looks almost straight up black in day light, the shimmer is really only noticeable in artificial light or direct sunlight.

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Leighton Denny Supermodel - Swatch & Review

This months issue of Harpers Bazaar Magazine is giving away a free Leighton Denny nail polish worth £11, having never tried Leighton Denny I decided to pick up a copy and see what is nail polishes are like.

Wish I hadn't have bothered! This is one of the worst formulas I've ever painted with, thick, gloopy and streaked like no other, the shade is pretty but it paints like a bitch!

Is it worth £11? Honestly it's not even worth the £4.20 the magazine cost as I normally don't read Harpers Bazaar. Could I have gotten a faulty bottle? Maybe, but I won't be in a rush to try any more Leighton Denny products any time soon.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

OPI I Vant To Be A-Lone Star - Swatch & Review

OPI's Texas Collection didn't really impress me all that much, I thought that the shades were pretty safe and almost boring.
I Vant To Be A-Lone Star was the exception as I don't have any color similar in my colection, I'm actually really glad I got it as I almost didn't pick it up.

It's a very delicate powdery baby blue with an hint of gray and plenty of silver shimmer.
The formula was a little off on this one, a bit thicker than normal and it dragged a little near the cuticle but the shade alone is worth the extra effort.

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Monday, 13 June 2011

OPI Strawberry Margarita - Swatch & Review

OPI Strawberry Margarita is a bright, cool toned medium pink cream that's perfect for summer. It's the perfect pink to had a pop of color to a plain outfit and looks amazing on the toes.

As with most OPI colors this goes on smooth and is full coverage after 2 coats.

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