Thursday, 28 February 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail paint review

It saddens me to have to write this post, as a nail polish lover I hate to write anything negative about my beloved products but I'm afraid it had to be done...

For so long I have been picking up these polishes and putting them down again for reasons I can't quite put my finger on, there was always something at the back of my mind telling me not to buy them. I think I might be a little bit psychic as I now really wish I hadn't bothered.
As a parent you are always told to end on a positive, so I'll jump straight in with what I didn't like about them. When it comes to nail polish I'm all about the application, if I don't like how it applies to my nails it leaves me feeling very let down. These polishes are, I hate to say it, one of the worst polishes I have ever used when it comes to application. They are so gloopy and thick that it makes it impossible to paint your nails without painting your fingers too. I pride myself in the fact that I very rarely have to touch up the sides of my nails with nail polish remover as I have mastered the steady hand and precision stokes. With the BarryM Gelly Hi Shine nail paints, it doesn't matter how steady your hand is the stuff gets everywhere! I found that even when I wiped most of the polish off the brush on the side of the bottle, polish of the brush stick slid down the brush clogging it up again.  They were far too faffy for my liking. They were shiny and didn't need a top coat to achieve the shine like some nail polishes out there but I wouldn't say they were super shiny, I have got others just as good.
I was so disappointed as I had such high hopes for them, I have read many a rave review and the one thing that is fab about these products is the colour. I bought Watermelon, Blueberry and Prickly Pear, I wanted to try out some different colours as a lot of my collection is some shade of pink. I also really like the new colours that have just been released but sadly not enough to put the poor application aside. As I do like the colours and they were on 3 for 2 in Superdrug I don't feel like I have wasted my money but I can't say I'll ever be buying anymore either.

This was after touching up and you can't really see the gloopy blobs but great colour

BlanX White Shock Launch event

I've been banging on for a few days now on here and over on Twitter about something very exciting, it has been the reason for my absence on here for the last week or so too.

I'm about to let you in on a little (not so) secret, by day I work in marketing, which you probably are already aware if you read any of my bios. One of the brands I work on is BlanX the daily natural whitening toothpaste, you will have seen reviews for BlanX on a number of blogs as we work closely with bloggers. It has been a really exciting time to be working on the BlanX brand as we have been getting ready to launch something rather special...

...Introducing BlanX White Shock, the only whitening toothpaste to contain the patented ingredient Actilux®. More excitingly Actilux® is activated by light, it gets to work from the first application and keeps working all day long! I think you'll agree when you see the product it is something very unique.

Just like the orginial BlanX range, the White Shock range whitens naturally without the use of peroxides or optical brighteners and even better whithout damaging your enamel, as it contains non-abrasive silica.

Ok enough with the science I know what you all really want to know is does it work, and the answer is YES! You're probably thinking, well of course I'd say that I work for them. I promise you if it didn't work I wouldn't be saying it did, my blog is completely seperate from my work and I am always 100% honest. I am planning a full review of the product so I wont bore you too much with the detail, as what I really wanted to talk about was the amazing press launch.

It was such an exciting day, I was really nervous at first as I've never done anything like that before and the last time I spoke to a journalist was at uni and it went horribly. I just had to tell myself I knew what I was talking about and to have confidence in myself, it doesn't help that I have an awful Barrow accent so I had to try to enunciate and speak a little 'posher'.

We had a room at Hearst Magazines, the home of the likes of Cosmo, Company, Red and Elle magazine. The room looked great and the product spoke for itself really, it's such a different an innovative new product the journalists couldn't help but be amazed. We had a really great response, lots of ooo's and ahh's, and I got to speak to some lovely ladies from the world of beauty. I was lucky enough to chat to the beauty writers from Cosmo and Grazia, which considering it was LFW just showed how interested they were for them to show up.

I'm so glad I got to be involved in this event and can't wait for the next one, I'm about to cover whilst our Senior Brand Manager is on maternity leave so its going to be a very exciting and challenging year for me.

If you fancy trying out the BlanX White Shock you can find the non LED version in Asda now and the version with the LED light booster on Feel Unique very soon.

For more product info take a look here.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

New York here I come #2

About a month ago I wrote a post telling you all about my plans to visit New York for my 30th birthday, the idea was to keep you all updated on my progress with regards to planning and of course saving for my trip. 

Sooo, erm I had a slight hick up on the old saving front, I had every good intention of saving £200 this month and I did have it sat in my account for a little while but then a couple of shopping trips got in the way. Seriously I have a problem and need professional help! (My husband would definitely agree with that).

I did get some nice stuff though, I had a bit of a Primark haul, which I am planning to show you all and I went a bit mad in Forever 21 too.

I am doing a little better on the planning front, I bought myself a little Lonely Planet pocket guide to find out where all the hip, hop and happening places to go are.

The book was £7.99 from Waterstones and it comes with a pull out map, which is a bonus! It is great because it breaks the city down into areas and what's going on in those areas including places to eat and drink, museums and most importantly shopping, as well as all the subway routes and trains to take. This little book will become my bible for the next few months.
As you can see, there's not an awful lot to update you on this month, hopefully next month I will have been a little better with the saving and curbed my spending habits. If you have any tips for making sure I don't miss anything whilst I'm there please leave a comment below. I'd love to know if you have been and where you would advise me to go/not to go.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Ten reasons why... #1

Hello again, wow it feels like a long time since I last posted! I suppose when I'm used to posting almost every day even a couple days away feels like a lifetime. There is a very exciting reason why I have not posted and it has to do with an amazing work project, which I will be able to tell you all about in a couple of days time.
As you may be able to tell from the title of this post I have decided to start a little series, posts that I guess are meant for me to reflect on things that I have done or enjoy, to show a little appreciation. So here goes, I thought I would start with an easy one...

Ten reasons why... I love blogging...

1. I get to ramble on about the stuff I love without someone rolling their eyes or trying to change the subject.
2. I have an excuse to buy lots of lovely things, for research purposes obviously :-)
3. I feel like part of a great big fluffy community.
4. I get to write with purpose.
5. It has made me look after my skin a little better and as a result I have fewer spots, or maybe I just have better products to cover them up now?
6. I learn something new everyday.
7. The satisfaction I get when I get a lovely comment or a new follower.
8. That moment when a friend or family member comes to me for advice about a product or beauty problem.
9. It's something just for me. My time, my hobby and my thoughts.
10. It's the cherry on top of the cake, the cake being life at the moment :-)

I hope you all enjoyed my first 'Ten reasons why...' post, I'd love to hear your thoughts and also your own reasons why you love blogging or reading blogs.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Urban Decay Glinda pallet review

I got a nice little surprise the other day when I logged onto O2 Priority Moments and found I was entitled to a £15 voucher for Debenhams. I was particularly excited because this meant I could treat myself to the new Urban Decay Great and Powerful OZ Glinda pallet without feeling too guilty.

I really like the look of the pallet and it has a lovely big mirror, the individual shadows do pop out but as they have no lids I don't really know what you would do with them without them getting damaged. 

The set also includes a 24/7 Purple Glide-On eye pencil, which I really like it glides on so smoothly and has a slight shimmer to it. In addition there's a Super Saturated High Gloss lip colour in 'Glinda', this I wasn't so sure about when I first used it. It was really drying and the colour was too matt for me. However the second time I used it it felt different, a lot more silky and smooth, I think it's one of those products that needs to be warmed slightly so perhaps not great of carrying around in your bag on a cold day. 

As you can see the eye pencil is really pigmented and didn't need much pressure to achieve this colour, it also just glided across my skin really smoothly. I haven't tried it on my eye yet but I am planning an eyeliner special, as I'm totally useless with them and have a few to try.

Tornado - Aura - Magic - Illusion - OZ - South
The pallet contains six shadows and they're all quite pigmented, Aura seems to be more of a Highlighter shadow for the brow bone and so that doesn't show up too well on the swatch. Both of the duo shades, Aura and OZ, are 'never before seen' shades exclusive to this pallet which is quite nice. OZ is really shimmery and would add sparkle to your 'Glinda' look. All the shadows feel luxurious and velvety smooth so they will feel light when you wear them, some shadows can feel quite heavy on my lids just as foundation can on my face, and it always makes me notice when I blink, it takes effort. I'm hoping that the texture of these will mean that won't happen.

These are my first Urban Decay shadows, shock horror I know a blogger who doesn't own one of the three 'Naked' pallets, but alas tis true.

For my £35 (minus my £15 voucher) so far I am pretty pleased, the pallet is great value for what you get compared to the individual items, the High Gloss lip colours for example are £15 alone. This pallet is definitely not an essential, I myself have no idea when I'll get chance to wear the shadows, but it's certainly a nice to have. If you like eye shadows, limited editions or just Urban Decay in general you won't be disappointed with this product.

Now all I need is a magic wand and some wings, I'm sure I left mine around here somewhere...

Friday, 8 February 2013

You won't believe your eyes

A few posts back, as you may have read, I raved and raved about Benefit POREfessional (if you haven't you can read it here). Well whilst I was taking photos of another product that I have come to really like I noticed that you could really see a difference in the before and after images, when I'd used the POREfessional too.

Lets firstly start with my review of the intended product, the Bourjois Touche Healthy Mix concealer/illuminator pen...

As you can see this product is reminiscent of the YSL Touche Eclat concealer pen, that has now become pretty much a cult beauty buy. I have owned the YSL version and really loved it and for the price tag you would expect it to be good, I can't say that the Bourjois Touche Healthy Mix quite lives up to that but as an everyday cheap alternative it's not bad.
I would definitely say it is more of an under eye illuminator than concealer so if you have really dark under eye circles this product probably isn't for you.

As you can see the circles under my eyes aren't that bad, I can't say that I have ever suffered from really dark circles but I do sometimes need a bit of a lift to brighten up my eyes. I think as an everyday product that's used just to give the eye area a bit of a pick me up it does the job, if you're expecting this product to completely conceal bags the size of your weekly shop then you'll probably be a disappointed. I don't think that I'll be rushing out to replace this product once it's gone but I'll definitely carry on using it and if it's on offer I'll pop it in my basket.

Now as I mentioned whilst I was taking these photos I noticed something that got me quite excited, although I might not have big bags under my eyes my pores are HUGE (that's not the exciting part)! Hence the reason I love the POREfessional so much. Although I knew I liked the product for what it did to my makeup and face in general I had never noticed just how good it was at minimising my pores.

Until that is I was taking these photos for the Bourjois Touche Healthy Mix product. I seriously cannot believe the difference, I had to take the photo about 10 times before I believed that it was the product and not just the blurry camera work that was making my pores pretty much disappear. There has been no light editing or touching up of these photos, this is actually what the POREfessional does to my face! I am so impressed with this product, I can't tell you how much I love it, this will definitely have a place in my makeup bag FOREVER!!!

The End (It felt like a 'the end' moment)

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Date night

This week I dressed up a little as it had been a while! Here's how I created my subtle date night look...
I also love this top I'm wearing, it is my new favourite, it's from Forever 21 and cost £16.99 which I think is a bargain for the quality. I also have my new weekend hair in so keep an eye out for a review coming soon...
What's a typical date night for you and your partner?

Monday, 4 February 2013

A lush evening with Lush

Ok so over the weekend I may have gone a little overboard in Lush, I've never really been interested in baths and bath products before. However after seeing the results a good skin care routine has had on my face I thought maybe I should be a little nicer to the skin on the rest of my body.

As you can see I got quite a selection of bubble bars and bath bombs as well as a moisturising bar, a lip gloss from their Valentines range and also the famous Grease Lightening spot treatment. Oh I also got the Cupcake face mask but I forgot to include it in this picture as it was chilling in my fridge!

So seeing as I went a little nuts I have been looking forward to trying them all out and for once I was actually quite excited about having a bath. I hate running baths, I even make my husband do the kids bath time as it's so stressful, the complete opposite of what I want from a bath. However on Sunday night, after I'd but the girls to bed, I lit some tea lights and decided I was going to have a lovely pampered evening.

So I slapped on my Cupcake face mask, which is made from cocoa butter, linseed and cocoa powder and peppermint, spearmint and sandalwood oils. I won't lie I did have to resist giving my fingers a lick after I put it on my face (warning horrendous picture to follow).

I chose this face mask as it said it was good for oily skin, which I have, and it helps calm breakouts, which I also have. I am always a little apprehensive about using face masks as my past experiences have always led to major breakouts and quite sore skin, I would never apply one the night before a big event as I'm always scared I will end up with horrendous skin.
Now for a face mask that looks a little bit like poop in a pot I was amazingly surprised by how good this was, it went on lovely, it smelt delicious, it didn't burn, it came off really easily and most importantly my skin felt fabulous! No extra breakouts what so ever, it felt moisturised and smooth and dry but not dried out. I will definitely be using this again and again and again!

Next up after applying my poop coloured face mask I had to decide on a bath additive, I went for the Marshmallow luxury bath melt, as it was pink, smelt lovely and had very simple instructions. I simply had to plop this in my bath and watch it fizz away.

This bath melt made my bath water go a lovely shade of pink, and lets face it what girl doesn't want to float around in a pink bath? It also smelt divine, and it made me smell like a bag of sweets. I felt so relaxed whilst I was having this bath I managed to catch up on all my favourite blogs, usually as soon as the water temperature cools slightly (I like piping hot baths) I'm out of there but this time I managed a good 20 minutes.

I enjoyed this Sunday evening so much I have decided to make it a weekly event, and seeing as though I now have quite a stash of Lush products I have no excuse for not enjoying my baths anymore.

I think I have found a new favourite shop :)

Oh and I also let my girls have pink girly bath with one of the bath bombs, 'Think Pink', and here's what Violet had to say...

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Sunday shout out #3

Yay it's Sunday again which means another Sunday Shout Out post, I'm really enjoying writing these posts and they are proving to be very popular.

This week I have discovered two blogs that I have become a little bit obsessed with and I have been venturing into the world of You Tube, not creating obviously just watching.

Now I am aware that these two blogs I am about to tell you about need no introduction really, they hardly need the leg up when it comes to gaining more followers as they have a combined following of 50,000+. However I have really enjoyed these blogs, they both have something quite different about them, so allow me to introduce...

Zoella - I love the look of this blog so it immediately appealed to me, but her posts are just as great as the design. She is obviously moving in the right circles and so brings up to the minute information on all the latest collections, I particularly liked her post on the new Illamasqua collection. 

Sprinkle of Glitter - is another great looking blog, but she offers something a little different to most beauty blogs, it's not just review after review and I love these sorts of blogs. Louise also sets her readers a makeup challenge every month, she suggests a look and then it is down to you to interpret what that means to you and create the look. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for February's challenge as I always want to experiment with my makeup but can never think of what look to go for. 

Now these two blogging lovelies just so happen to be best friends and they both also have You Tube channels that are quite honestly hilarious! I first discovered them on You Tube then went on to find their blogs, they have separate channels but quite often feature in each others videos. Their individual videos are brilliant and so funny but when they get together they are doubly funny. I think the reason I like these two is because they are absolutely bonkers and remind me a little bit of myself, I feel like I could be friends with these two loons. 

I hope you've enjoyed this post and hopefully I've introduced you to two new blogs. Do you already follow these two blogs? What do you think?

Once again please leave your link in the comments below so I can check you all out :)

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