Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Nail Polish Collection - Topshop 'Nails'

Good news! I've finished my Spring term and I have no more assignments to hand in so I have some time to relax write more blog posts! YAAAAAAAY.

Today's post is going to be the start of what I hope is going to be a series of posts about my nail polish collection - of course. You've read the title.
I have well over 100 bottles of nail polish and I want to talk about them, but writing about all of them in one post would be insane and you'd be reading it for hours which, let's be honest, nobody wants, do they?

I've decided to split these posts up into brand focus type posts, and that way I can get through them all eventually without boring anyone to death. Are we in agreement about this? I hope so!

So obviously the first set is Topshop. Now, I was really late onto the bandwagon with Topshop nail polishes, purely because up until this year, I'd never been into a Topshop store! EEEEEK!
But earlier this year when my student loan dropped, I ventured in and fell in love with their nail polish range.

I'll very briefly say I love the look of this bottle. I'm all for polka dots so these float my boat just perfectly.

The first one I picked up was Celestial, which is a powdery pastel blue colour, but it's more on the bright side of powdery pastel blue. Am I making any sense? 
I'd seen this on blog posts in every corner of the internet and I knew that I would love it before I even saw it actually on the shelf with my own eyes.
I wear this so much and I loved it so much after wearing it about twice that I decided I had to go back and buy another one just in case it runs out when I want to use it or something happened to it. So I now have 2. Oops.
I only need one coat of this and it's opaque and I find that this lasts a good while on my nails, despite the fact that my nail polish only ever stays on for about 3 days without chipping beyond belief!
It's safe to say that this is one of my all time favourites. 

The next polish that I have is Milkshake and it literally is just a strawberry milkshake pink - they couldn't have named it any better!
Pink is never my first choice for nail polish but I saw this and I had to have it because it's beautiful.
I  haven't worn this one as much as the other two but now it's coming into spring and summer and my aim for this year is to get some colour into my life, I can see mysef wearing it a lot more (I actually have it on as I type this so that's a start!).
This doesn't last quite as long on the nails as the other two, however it lasts long enough for me.

Finally, I have Rainy Day.
I. Love. This. Colour.
It's just a grey and you might think it's super boring and bland but oh my, I absolutely adore this.
As grey goes, this one is actually really pretty - I'd say it was almost taupe.
I wear this all the time and I love wearing it as a base for bright polka dots which I think looks reaaaaaally cool. It also looks beautiful with gold or silver glitter over the top.
I find that this one lasts much longer than the other two and I can have this on for just over a week before it even starts to chip at the tip of the nail which is unheard of for me.
These cost £5 each which I don't think is too bad really, especially since they have such a beautiful range of colours.
I'm definitely going to pick up  more of these when my poor bank balance will let me - 'Prestige' 'Bees Knees' and 'School of thought' are next on my list. I would recommend giving these a go if you haven't already.

Have you tried any Topshop nail polishes? Which ones would you recommend?

Look out for more of my nail polish collection coming soon!

Thanks for reading.

Kirsten x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

50 things about me! - TAG

Hello! Me again.
Today I thought I'd share a bit more about myself with any of you who wish to know more, so I'm jumping straight in and sharing 50 things. Duh!

I LOVE reading these posts on other peoples blogs and watching them on Youtube... I'm a bit nosey so it seems. I just love finding things out that are a little bit different. 

Ready? This could get long!

1. My middle name is Sarah. I originally was going to have two and that would have made my initials 'KISS'. Alas, no kiss here.

2. I LOVE peanut butter. On toast, on rice cakes, peanut butter ice cream. If it's got peanut butter in or in it then it belongs in my belly.

3. I was born in Cornwall but I now live in London for university. 

4. I really miss school. All of my friends say they really don't but if I could do it all over again then I definitely would.

5. I have a huge obsession with cupcakes. 

6. When I was a baby, Paul Weller from The Jam held me and said I he thought I was a boy (which reaaaaaally annoyed my Dad) haha!

7. Some of my favourite childhood memories are of family holidays to Florida. My whole family would all stay in a huge villa and we'd go to Disneyworld and I loved it.

8. Leading on from that, Disney is one of the most important things in my life. I can't explain how much it means to me and I will cherish it and all the memories it holds forever and ever.

9. I've never been happy with my weight. I was never bullied, the odd comment but never anything serious, however I ALWAYS thought that people were judging me or looking at me because of it.. sometimes I still do.

10. Despite that, I've never let it bother me too much. I just got on with it and chosen to be happy.

11. My  favourite person in the world is my 4 year old cousin Ryver. He makes me happier than anyone else and I miss him every day that I'm not back home. He's such a little star.

12. I suffer from dry skin/eczema and it makes life SO HARD sometimes.

13. I love curly hair.

14. Everybody tells me that I sound posh - even my family but I don't think I do.

15. I've always wanted I really wanted mixed-race skin because I just think it's beautiful.

16. I was a really bossy, smart-arse child! Oops.

17. My Gran was from Singapore so have some Asian in me.

18. I am absolutely terrified of moths - they make me want to cry.

19. I love trashy South American TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Myrtle Manor.

20. My favourite Disney films are Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King 2.

21. I love elephants and tortoises and anything with tiny paws.

22. I am really super unorganized. I leave everything until the last minute.

23. I have one tattoo and it's a cupcake - surprise surprise.

24. I love tea.

25. I have a really varied taste in films. My favourites range from Andre the seal, to Superbad, to This is England and Casper the Friendly Ghost.

26. I really love rollercoasters.

27. When I was about 13/14 I had a leopard gecko and I called him Eddie Lizzard which I came up with all on my own and I was so proud of it. He died though :(

28. I don't know what colour my eyes are. Sometimes they're sort of grey or green or blue with yellow in but never just a normal colour.... but I love them.

29. I love baking, so much.

30. I wear a lot of black.

31. I feel more comfortable when I'm wearing red lipstick than at any other time.

32. My Mum and Dad were punks and I LOVE that I grew up with alternative influences and tastes.

33. I always toy with the idea of going blonde but I probably never will.

34. I'm a Marmite lover.

35. I have a huge family and we're all so close and I love that.

36. I have my tongue pierced.

37. I am an Aquarius.

38. I wish I could sing or dance or something like that but I really can't.

39. I love my name and have never met another Kirsten.

40. My Mum had really cool names picked out for me and my brother before we were born.
Me - Aphrodite or Nirvana
My brother - Ziggy or Jaret

41. In the end they settled on names which resulted in us having the same initials.

42. I hate hate hate people popping balloons.

43. I'm studying English language and linguistics at university.

44. I love coconut.

45. My dad used to tell me a story that he and my Mum made up about a fox who loved pineapple ice cream and to this day it's still my favourite story and I always ask him to tell me it now but he never does.

46. People always tell me they love my smile and it makes me happy.

47. When I was young, I used to have white hair that stuck up on end on its own.

48. Laughing or making other people laugh is my favourite thing to do.

49. I really hate my nose and my teeth. I had braces when I was 14/15 but my teeth have gone back to being all wonky, just like my nose.

50. I've been with my boyfriend for over 3 years now and our relationship has overcome so many obstacles which life just kind of threw in the way but we're still going which is kinda crazy because 3 years is a long time I think.
Bonus fact - on our 5 month anniversary (cringe) my mum paid for us to go to dinner because she was amazed that someone had put up with me for that long. I wonder what she thinks now!

Well, there we go! I feel like that's a fair bit of info!

Thank you for reading.. if you've done this tag then link it below so I can go and have a read about some of you and be nosey some more!

Kirsten x

Friday, 21 March 2014

A little haul

I've been shopping!
A few weekends ago I took a trip to Camden to enjoy the sun and while I was there I picked up a few things from Boots and I've picked up a few things from various places since then so I thought I'd share them with you. It's not huge because I'm a baby student with small funds but enjoy!

Firstly, let's talk Boots. Aaaaah, Boots. Now, like many of you I'm sure, I have a huge weakness for this wonderful place. It's the only shop I can walk into with no intention of buying anything, yet while walking around I'll realise that actually,  I need EVERYTHING there. Don't you hate when that happens? This time was no exception - I went in with no desire to spend any money and I left having spent too much for my liking. While I always have a ball in there, my purse definitely doesn't! But anyway, let's move on.

First up, Coconut Body Oil - £2.54

While I didn't want to buy anything in Boots, I was actually on the lookout for some coconut oil that day because my dry skin had been getting too much and I'd been reading about the benefits of coconut oil, but with my tiny budget I just couldn't justify spending around £10-15 for a tub of the stuff - no matter how great it was! I'd seen a couple of reviews of this stuff and I thought I'd try it out. Now, I know it's not pure coconut oil and has some ingredients which I would have preferred to have not been there, at £2.54 I thought it was worth a shot!
This comes as a hard oil in the glass jar but as soon as you scrape some out and it comes into contact with your skin, it immediately melts and you are left with a lovely coconut oil which you then apply wherever you need it.
It smells divine and it really has helped with some patches of my incredibly dry skin so I would definitely recommend giving this a go.

Batiste - fruity and cheeky cherry - £2.99

I love dry shampoo, but let's be honest, who doesn't?
I've recently changed my hair and I now have a full fringe (which I'm still adjusting to because it's a huge pain in the bum sometimes) and it always seems to get oily more quickly than the rest of my hair so I needed a bottle of dry shampoo for those bad-fringe days. Rather than washing all of my hair which tends to dry my ends out terribly, I just spray some of this on my fringe and scrunch it in until it isn't visible )because noone wants grey roots at the age of 20 do they?!) and voila - good as new!
It's also great for giving your hair a little bit of volume on days when it's looking a bit flat.
The scent of this one is my favourite, along with the tropical one and at £2.99 you can't really go wrong.

Barry M Nail Art Pens - £4.99 each

I'm really getting into nail art at the moment and so when I walked past the Barry M stand and saw these, I was immediately sold and they were mine. These are just like felt tip pens and are really good at creating fine lines or you can build them up and it's honestly just like colouring in but on your finger nails!
I got them in black and white because I thought I'd get the most use out of those but they have them in a few other colours too.
The only negative thing I can say about these is that I feel like £4.99 is just a little bit steep!

Barry M Amethyst Glitter - £2.99

I also spotted this at the Barry M stand. I am a sucker for glitter polishes and the colours in this are beautiful!. There are blues, purples, pinks, silvers and I'm sure there's some green in there too.
There was a 3 for 2 on at the time and so I just couldn't leave this behind. I can't wait to wear this!

Tresemme Split Remedy Split Mend Intense Recovery Masque - £3

That's a mouthful isn't it?!
I picked this up in Asda while I was doing my food shopping because I always like to see what they have on offer.
My hair is feeling really dry and sorry for itself at the moment and I was looking for a new conditioner or treatment to make it a little bit happier so this was perfect.
It's almost a whipped consistency and is really easy to apply evenly to the hair as often with conditioners or masks I find that they're too thick to distribute or too runny and they go everywhere! This one is neither.
It also smells lovely, as do all Tresemme products in general and I'm really enjoying using this so far.

Necklace - Primark - £3

I popped into Primark a few weeks ago to find something to wear on one of our uni nights out and while I didn't find anything to wear I did find this!
I love love love this. I usually just wear silver jewellery but I saw this and I thought you know what? You're coming home with me.
I love the gold detailing and the mint green/turquoise bunting like pattern.
I've worn this so much since I bought it because I think it adds a little something to an outfit and for someone that mostly wears black, it's helping me step into spring/summer just a little bit.
I can't remember the exact price of this but I think it was about £3. I love it!

Dotting tools - £1

Finally, I took to Ebay to order these dotting tools.
If you read my last post you'll know that I ordered these a while ago and have been using various other things to decorate my nails with while I waited for them to arrive but they're finally here!
They are all double ended and have a variety of large, medium and small ends, although I'm a little disappointed in the size of the larger ones as the dots are still on the small side and I'm still using brush ends to create larger dots.
But I really bought them for the very small ends so that's fine for now!
They were only £1 and were shipped from China so they took between 1 and 2 weeks to get here, I can't quite remember.

I am so excited to create more nail designs with these... probably a bit TOO excited!

Have you tried any of the things I bought?
I've got plenty of posts lined up for the next few weeks so stick around to see those.
Thank you for reading!

Kirsten x