Friday, 26 August 2011

Minx Nail Craze

Ok so if you hav'nt heard of Minx before they are basically nail art patterns which are heated and then stuck onto your fingers and toes. This craze is quite expensive in salons, however I got let in to a little secret that it was possible to do it yourself.

So... I went on ebay and bought two sets of 20 minx stickers for £10 each, one in hibiscus red and the other in leopard pink and thought i'd have a go.

First of all the stickers are super long so you dont have to use a whole one on a nail... meaning  you get 4 sets of beautiful nails for £10. 1 set could cost a minimum of £30 in a salon!

Here is How I did it...

1- Warm cleansed nails under a heat source (at home a hairdryer)

2- Select the best minx size for the nail

3- Peel the minx off the backing sheet 

4- Allign the nail up and press gently

                                     5- File till looking HOT!

...Pictures of my finished product coming soon!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Bikinis by La Senza

Holiday Time...
That simply means one thing... the hunt for a few decent bikinis!
Some bikinis are so unflattering, the come undone, they're not supportive and do nothing for my figure. So I decided to try something new.

La Senza is a English Lengerie retailer who have only recently in the last few years introduced their swimwear range. Being a fan of their quality underwear, I decided to try a few on...

...I ended up buying 3 sets!!!

They are a-m-azing! They are supportive and comfortable but most of all they are so pretty and figure flattering because they actually fit like bra
The smaller sizes have padding, and the larger sizes have extra support! perfect! no more twisted, flimsy string bikinis for me this year!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Topshop Love!

Topshop <3

Ok so I have one major obsession and that is Topshop
For a recent night out i wore bright orange/red shorts, a white tie up top with a matching white/orange/black headband and black stilettos. All from Topshop.

Here is me with my beautiful friend... what do ya think?!

Makeup Secrets!

I am absolutly addicted to make up. I have so much, if i wore it on my face all together, i'd look like the most horrendous drag queen!

But saying that, i have found some gems along the way... here is my top make up must haves...

MAC Studio Fix Fluid

This foundation has full coverage, it is not watery or oily and lasts all day. The colour I use is NW20.The bottle lasts a long time and i use every single bit of it! A bonus is that it has SPF 15 which is great for protecting your face against the sun. I would not be without this product.

Hello Flawless Pressed Powder by Benefit

If theres one thing i hate about some cheap powders is the 'caked on' look!
Benefit powder is perfect! The colours are lovely and the powder itself feels so smooth and lightweight but still offering a full coverage... perfect!

MAC Studio Fix Lash

I absolutly LOVE this mascara. Lashes dont clump or look cakey the are seperated and lengthened perfectly!
I have struggled with some MAC mascaras because some are very watery and tend to go all over eyelids etc. But this one is beautiful!

MAC Studio Finish Concealer

I literally do not leave home without this concealer. although it lasts so much longer than most!
It is quite heavy, which means blemishes and uneven skin tone just disapear with the smallest amount! Meaning it lasts sooooo long.

MAC Lipstick

I LOVE big bold eyes with nude lipsticks, and this lipstick absolutly floors the rest!!! its beautiful, creamy and compliments most skin tones.
Stunning <3

My Fake Tan Obsession

OK, so I am no stranger to fake tan. I use it every day, some may call it an obsession.
I am naturally very fair skinned and I dye my hair quite dark, to avoid the ghost look I love to add a bit of colour to my skin. I buy all of my fake tan myself, believe me, it gets expensive! But I have tried A LOT, which means I know quite a lot about many products and brands. I will share with you a few of the ones I think are best!

Rule one
Always use a tanning mitt and gloves underneath.
no one likes orange palms, and a mitt makes your tan even and smooth looking. Some mitts just fall to pieces though, I believe the best one actually comes free with Fake Bake Flawless self tanner!

Rule two
Exfoliate! I know everyone goes on about it, but scrubbing all those dead skin cells off a day before you tan really does make your tan look far better. I recommend Vanilla Biscuit shower gel, with scrubby bits from the pink cow company mentioned in my previous blog. It really does smell amazing!
Also you can buy in shower scrubbing mitts from any good drug store, they are brilliant if you wear a lot of tan and struggle to actually get it all off!

Fake Bake Original
This tan is a cream and is dark brown in colour, the biggest down side to this product is that it does not smell nice at all. The up side, however is that it looks awsome! its quite dark at first but when you wash it off it is a lovely colour (not orange AT ALL) and always even.

Fake Bake Flawless
This is by far my fave! It doesnt smell like the fake bake cream at all, and it comes with an awsome free mitt with every bottle. It is a pump spray, not an aerisol spray, so it doesn't go everywhere!!! and the colour is instant and amazing, even when you wash it off the colour is the most even tan!

Fake Bake Body Butter
The body butter is VERY creamy, which leaves skin feeling very smooth. However it is not as dark as the others. Like all of fake bake's products it is not streaky eather and does smell very nice.

St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
This mousse is fab; it doesnt streak, it smells like you have been on holiday and lasts for ages! I find that this brand has more orange tones than fake bake, and is slightly stickier which is why it is my second fave!

Famous Dave's Liquid Spray
Famous Dave's has a lovely smell and is also very even, it is quite expensive and as it as a liquid it is very runny so you'll need a mitt to stop it from dripping everywhere! It is a lovely colour, very simular to St Tropez.

Xen-Tan Dark Lotion
I find this product is too orange to use on my upper body but so fab on my legs! a little goes a long way with Xen-Tan which means it is good value. It smells lovely as it is almond scented so you will avoid that wet dog smell which some tans have! It is also best applied with a mitt to avoid any patchy areas.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Hair and Beauty Essentials

Now every girl loves to jump in the shower and use a scrub or a shampoo that will linger even after you are all dry. I'll let you in to some of my absolute fave products which i think do just that.

Label M - Honey & Oat conditioner
This conditioner has the most amazing smell, it leaves your hair amazingly soft and lasts ages! I bought this from a Tony & Guy hairdressers.

The pink cow - Vanilla Biscuit shower gel : Ok so i actually have the smaller squeezy bottle than the one in this picture but the product is the same. Honestly it is an incredible smell that will just make you want to use it all the time! It lathers really easily too, making it last longer. I bought this from Boots.
Moroccan Oil: Ok so this product is quite pricey, but after it was recomended to me from a friend i decided to give it a go, and i'm totally hooked! As it is oil you don't need too much as your hair will just go greasy, but a little really does go a long way. I have never found a product that makes my hair feel quite like it... and it smells amazing!

Head Kandy

Hair Extensions

I have tried Sleek (Cheap hair), Foxy Locks (loved at first but matted and became straw-likeafter washes) & Hairtrade (quite thin) extensions and these are by far the best quality.
They are real remi hair and are so soft to touch, but they don't feel too artificial either.

They come in this lovely boxed packaging and the hair is unreturnable if the quality seel has been broken, but they do give you a tester piece to see if the hair is the right colour and length. This ensures that noone has ever worn the hair you recieve (I have not known a company to do this before).

How much hair?
There are 10 wefts of hair! varying in widths, but they are double wefted! which means twice as much hair than most companys!
10 wefts is more than enough to fix a whole head, i cannot actually use them all at the same time! The hair is numbered and the guide shows you exactly how to put them in = great if you are a beginner.

These extensions are not cheap, however the price depends on how long you would like them, and they are well worth it. I have the 16-18 Inch set and they were about £80 when postage was added.

Customer Service

HK's Customer service is FAB they reply right away and if you send them a picture they colour match your hair. My colour match was Organic Brown/Black, and they are certainly BROWN not black! so I probably would have got it wrong if I hadn't of asked them!