Metallic Nails Under A Fiver!

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Metallic manicures that glide on like liquid foil on the nails are a must this season.

With Barry M’s new Liquid Chrome collection, that full metal mani can be yours for under £5! With 4 glimmering shades, Liquid Chrome Nail Paints, £3.99, will instantly glamourise any AW17 look and beyond.

Bright Lights is the ultimate big shot gold shade.

Rain On Me is a mirror shine silver.

Razzle Dazzle is the ultimate Rose Gold, the trend hue that’s going nowhere fast!

Glow Crazy is a metallized blue purple that is like gift wrap for nails.

Liquid Chrome Nail Paints are available at Superdrug and some Boots stores. For more info & to buy, click here:

https://www.superdrug.com/Barry-M-Liquid-Chrome-Nail-Paint/c/barry-m-liquid-chrome-nail-paint

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Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 


Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.



Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…



This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!


An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!


An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!



Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.


The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

Make-up Monday…

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Nothing beats the feeling of getting your hands on a product you’ve being eyeing up for ages. I had a few hallelujah moments on a recent shopping trip.

First of all I re-stocked on my favourite foundation of all time, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation. This is extremely easy to apply with my trusty Real Techniques stippling brush and it delivers a lit from within healthy glow without streaking or showing tell-tale orange lines. Being pale skinned, the best shade for me is 20 Watts. Yes, being a radiance enhancing foundation, it’s shades are named after light bulb wattages, very appropriate. The darker the shade, the higher the wattage number.  

I’m also a fan of Make-up Revolution, that offer cutting edge innovations in make-up without the professional price tag, and their products are available at Superdrug! My most recent addition to my Revolution palette haul is the Hard Day Eyeshadow palette. There’s 18 neutral and smoky shades, 12 of which are shimmer and the other 6 matte. The colours look super versatile and wearable for any occasion, with this line up, I’m already dreaming up my next evening smoky eye look! 


Recently, I’ve been drawn to metallic “lip toppers” that can be worn alone or over your favourite lipstick to create a velvet matte, shimmery finish to your pout. Having fallen in love with the Lime Crime Diamond Crushers, I have also invested in Kiko’s Lip Top Coat. It’s exclusive application wand rolls the product onto your lips to deliver smooth, satin-y shine in seconds.


Unlike Lime Crime’s Diamond Crushers, the Kiko Lip Top Coat is quite fluid and watery in consistency and has to be shaken up before you apply it to mix the shimmer. 


Essie are one of the best brands for an unlimited variety of bright, on trend colours. I must own tons of Essie’s bestselling shades. My two recent additions for spring are Lots of Lux, which is a shimmering lapiz blue with a superfine matte glitter finish and Jewel In The Crown, which is a very bright, modern and edgy plum with shimmer that looks fuchsia in some lights.

Mani Monday…

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It’s time to embark on some colourful adventures this summer with the 12-strong Wanderlust collection from vegan friendly nail polish maestros Zoya.

I was mega excited to hear news of Zoya’s latest collection, which will be available on May 15 on http://www.zoya.com. Wanderlust boasts a bountiful array of colours that look as if they have taken inspiration from sunsets when there are lighter nights. Read on for a reveal of Zoya’s SS17 offerings!

WINNIE is a soft watermelon pink cream which isn’t too pale and isn’t too vivid, this could be the perfect pink for all year round.


BIRDIE is a bold, rich bubblegum pink cream. The type of standout fuchsia shade that has subtle blue undertones to it and would flatter cooler skin tones.


SONJA is a summery crimson red cream. A solid colour that resembles a red-toned pink with warm undertones.


MANDY is the ultimate shimmering berry pink. The soft shimmer turns Mandy into the ultimate glamorous pink with a mysterious depth.


ETSY is a playful looking yet muted fuchsia pink cream that shouldn’t just be reserved for a summer collection but all year round!


SAWYER is a soft taffy orange cream shade, a quieter neutral peach for those looking for a quiet summer mani/pedi.


CORA is the perfect coral cream for SS17, slightly bolder than Sawyer.


JOURNEY is a glimmering strawberry red that could span several seasons.  Very classic with a twist!


RIVER is a cool shimmering cobalt blue. River by name, river by nature!


LOIS is a magenta violet cream.  Zoya know more than a thing or two about creating the perfect tempting purple polish!


ARBOR is a rich olive green cream that may look an odd colour choice for summer.  Even though it resembles Army green, it’s a khaki shade that has been brightened up for the summer.


SCOUT is a fresh moss green that’s been awoken by added shimmer, similar to Arbor, this looks like a gold-toned olive.


There you have it, the Summer 2017 colour collection from Zoya.  If I was to pick a favourite that would be hard because there are several shades I have took a shine to already – River, Mandy and Journey, they’re definitely going right in my cart!

Mani Monday…

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Essie’s Spring collection this year is beyond stunning.  The colours have that tropical California vibe to them and you’ll want to get them all!


America’s number 1 salon nail brand have called their latest colourful collection Baha Monent, after one of the collection’s namesake shades, which is an enlightening pomegranate toned pink shade perfect for SS17.


Other shades in the collection are On The Roadie, which is a vibrant Kelly green, All The Wave, a sapphire toned indigo blue, Designated DJ, a plum sangria cream, Backseat Besties, a delicate pink plumeria and Excuse Me, Sur, a pale sun-kissed coral mango.

Baha Moment collection colours have already been on sale at larger Boots stores and you can also find the latest shades on Amazon too.  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these beauties.  Which shades will be your favourites…?

Feel Good Fri-yay…

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It’s been an exciting week style-wise, the highlight being the new H&M store in Wolverhampton.  When asked what stores people wanted to see included in the revamp of the Mander Centre, H&M topped the list.  Wolverhampton H&M is phenomenal, it’s the only H&M store in the Midlands to have a homewares section and it also has a make-up and beauty section to rival that of a high-end counter!  If you live in the Midands, it’s a stack bigger than their Merry Hill store.  Located downstairs in the Mander Centre, it’s the boost that part of the shopping mall needed.  Just when some people complained about all of the empty shells and closed shops in Wolverhampton, the first part of the shopping centre regeneration is coming to life.


I felt at such an advantage to be one of the first shoppers to see the new store on grand opening day (yesterday), it opened at 11am and the people waiting for it to open got a wonderful discount, 25% off your purchases all day.


I knew something exciting was hiding behind these boards!

There were so many things that caught my eye, and I’m looking forward to future trips to this magical store.  I came away with a pair of relaxed slim jeans which tick several fashion boxes with a couple of randomly placed rips and some rather funky patches.  The eyeball and lips patch you can see are made up of sequins.
I also bought some glossy court style shoes which are just the right red hue for the autumn and festive season, they will be perfect for those Christmas do’s and occasions where I fancy wearing heels.  I also came away with a 3 pack of rings and one of the lipsticks from their super affordable beauty range.  I treated myself to a pillar box red shade called Classic Cardinal. There’s an unlimited shade range with all of their make-up products and their  formulas and how they feel are up there with MAC!



If I could sum 2016 up with an unlikely sounding trend, I would say that it has been the year of relaxed jeans and pointy shoes, if you’re yet to try this look for yourself, it’s so easy to pull off and looks incredibly chic, even as everyday casual wearing flats.

This week seems to have been all about red shades, I have done some of my festive preparations early this year and although it’s been a rather tough year, I think I’m getting into the spirit of the season to be jolly and joyful.

This year’s John Lewis advert, just, no words.  Buster the boxer dog, those fox cubs and all the other animals are just beyond cute.  Innocent animals dancing on a trampoline and having fun hasn’t been without criticism though, with some overprotective parents Tweeting: “give your child Tuberculosis for Christmas!” I thought some people’s misconceptions were a little far-fetched, I can’t help but think the hidden message was “give your child hours of fun, fresh air and excercise for Christmas.” It’s so refreshing to see an advert depicting parents setting up a toy that isn’t square, because the world isn’t.


I took another trip to New Look solely to have a peek at their revamped beauty range, and couldn’t resist another 2 of their gorgeous nail polishes.  Ruby, which is the perfect winter wine, and Glitterbug.  I’ve noticed some of them are exact dupes of more expensive nail brands such as Deborah Lippmann.  Great news for beauty addicts who want to save some bucks!


After much Amazon-ing I finally found the ultimate cat eyeliner and smoky-eye cheat… Beth Bender Beauty stencils.  Not only are these meant to help you achieve a precision you only thought you could dream of, they also save loads of time.  Soon the days of winged eyeliner making you late will be gone!

My 5 Fave Products Monday… 

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Fall and Winter setting in means more cosy nights in with comfort food, watching some great TV one-offs (or catch-up TV if you’ve been busy) and trying out some of the most tempting beauty treats…

The star of the show in Bobbi Brown’s Autumnal collection (above) is its 8 shade smokey eyeshadow palette which will remind you of a box of chocolates.  Those natural looking nail shades have the perfect balance of earthy freshness and wrapped up comfy-ness for the winter months, too!

  
Today the thing that got me excited was seeing Charli XCX’s limited edition redesigns of Impulse body spray.  Look out for plenty of hot pink on cans of Rock & Love and her racy kissing lips and autograph on Vanilla Kisses; they’re currently on sale at 97p each at Superdrug, which is better than half price! 

  
Essence The Gel Nail Polish in Wonderfuel, £1.60 in Wilkinson stores

Continuing on the budget beauty trail, I’m a big fan of “oil-slick” or colour switch shimmer nail colours, I have been since trying the ultimate multichrome, Essie For The Twill Of It (Fall 2013).  Little wonder I am currently loving Essence The Gel Nail Polish in Wonderfuel.  It’s indigo purple with a heavy sky-blue shimmer.  There were only two bottles of Wonderfuel left in Wolverhampton the other day, it’s a definite sell-out! 

 Gucci Bamboo EDP, £68 for 50ml at Boots 

If, like me, you look for an air of mystery in a fragrance, and your signature scent is floriental, you’ll love the powdery white florals in Gucci Bamboo.  This is the type of scent that evokes memories of being under the sunset in a favourite vacation spot. 

  

It’s been all change for my hair this weekend… bye-bye beachy, sun kissed golden-brown, hello deep espresso.  I couldn’t think of a better  introduction to the cosy coffee months than L’oreal Mousse Absolue in 415 Iced Chocolate Brunette.  Mousse and foam style hair colours are much easier to achieve an all over coverage than conventional hair colours.  The beauty is the formula which means every bit is massaged in with little or no chance of mess or wastage.