Saturday, 31 May 2014

Beauty UK Posh Palette - No. 3 'Festival'

Remember a few posts ago when I said that the summer brought out my love for bright clothes, shoes and and nail polish?
Apparently it also brings out my love for bright eyeshadow too! Who knew?

The Beauty UK Posh Palette's aren't something I've ever seen before, because in all honesty I didn't ever really know much about Beauty UK itself, but on one of my many trips to Superdrug I noticed this and it really caught my attention.

As you might know, I'm quite boring when it comes to eyeshadow; I usually stick to greys or browns and sometimes I'll stretch to a green or a plum but I never really strayed far from the neutrals until I picked up my Revlon Shadowlinks (posts on those here and here) and since then I've been itching to try out some colour and get out of my comfort zone a little bit.

Enter the Festival palette in all its 'out of your comfort zone' glory!

The palette itself is white with clear panels on the front which means you can see the colours without opening it which I love with eyeshadow palettes. It has a nice sized mirror on the inside and one of those spongey things which I don't use but it's always handy for something I'm sure!
The packaging itself feels quite sturdy too, which for someone like me who drops everything all the time is wonderful because it doesn't feel like it could crack at any second.

The palette contains 10 colours, of which 7 are matte and 3 shimmery, although only very slightly which, for a very inexpensive palette is great as I often find that the cheaper shimmery shadows can often be far too shimmery to get away with.
The shades don't have names, but that's not a big deal.
The three shimmery shades are the pink on the top row, the white and the green, which leaves the rest to be matte.

Now, given that the posh palettes retail at £5.99 I really wasn't expecting anything miraculous in terms of pigmentation or longevity - you generally get what you pay for.
But I was really, really surprised to find that the pigmentation of the majority of the shadows is quite incredible!

As I always wear a primer with eyeshadow, the swatches do have a primer underneath.
With the exception of the black and the lilac/purple shadow, each of the swatches was just one swipe of colour with my finger which, I think you'll agree is really impressive! 
As you can see, the shimmery shades are not over the top at all and almost look more metallic than shimmery. I think they're a really nice addition to the palette.

Obviously these aren't colours that you might reach for everyday, (although I have been sweeping the white across my lids for a subtle shimmer almost everyday) but they are definitely quite wearable shades given that they are brights.
I can definitely see myself using the blues and I think the orange would look beautiful blended into the crease of a brown smokey eye!

The only negative to this is that even with a primer they stain ever so slightly so I would definitely recommend using a primer with them unless you want to have coloured eyelids for the rest of your life!

At £5.99, this is a really great palette to buy if you're looking to try something a little different - I'm not going to any festivals but I'll definitely be rocking some festival-worthy looks!
If brights aren't your thing, Beauty UK do some more neutral 'Posh Palettes' which also look really lovely!

Have you tried the Beauty UK Posh Palettes?
Which is your favourite?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Monday, 26 May 2014

Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves

Hello. My name is Kirsten and I'm a mascara whore.

Phew, glad that's out of the way!
If you've been here a while you'll know that my favourite mascara of late was the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast and you know the drill; it took over from my previous one and I loved it and I was never going to be with another... but it ran out and I couldn't get to Boots to buy another one so I picked up the Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves instead.

I'm a huge fan of the original Scandaleyes mascara which I used for a long time when it was first released, so when I saw this I immediately remembered my love for the other one and jumped at it.

Firstly, let's talk packaging.
I'm not massively impressed with the packaging, I'll be honest.
I do think it's kind of cool but at the same time, it does look a little bit tacky. But, it's not a high end mascara which I'm paying £30 for so I can't complain too much about it looking a little cheaper.

What I AM hugely impressed with though, is quite literally everything else about this.

The wand is crazy. I mean, just look at it.
It's curvy in basically every direction and it's huge, which makes it really easy to catch every lash, while the curves fit the shape of the eye which makes using the wand just generally easier, I find.
I myself love really big mascara wands but I can't use them without blobbing mascara onto my eyelids, my nose, sometimes the chin. Yeah, the chin.
But because this fits so nicely along the curve of the lashline, I don't end up with mascara all over my face from angling the wand in every direction every single time. 
It's also a fiber wand rather than a plastic one which I don't get on very well with (They're Real being a huge exception).

The formula isn't too wet which is great because I have really straight lashes and wet mascaras just don't give me any hold at all and I tend to steer clear of the at all costs.
It really holds my lashes up and while I don't expect it to give my lashes an incredible amount of curl because honestly, nothing ever does, it definitely gives them a good amount of curl anyway.
I always try to wing my lashes out a little on the outer corner and the wand and the mascara itself both allow me to do that really nicely and I really like how it separates the lashes rather than clumping them together, making it look like you have 3 lashes. We've all had it happen, haven't we?

I do have some before and after pictures, but as usual my eyes are really dry and ugly and I'm a little nervous about uploading them, but I'm going to anyway. Be nice! 

All in all, I'd say that this is a wonderful addition to the Scandaleyes range. Is it better than the original? I'm not sure... perhaps I'll do a comparison?
I would definitely buy this again though as I really love how it makes my lashes look.

Have you tried the Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Monday, 19 May 2014

My first year at uni; the do-over.

This isn't going to be my normal 'here's a beauty product I've been really liking and I want to tell you about' post.
If you click away I won't blame you but I'd give it a read... but I'm biased.

This is the only photo that perfectly captures how I feel today!
That's me, in the middle, with the face like... well yeah... that face!
Today I handed in my final essay for my first year of university... something I should have been doing a year ago in a completely different university in a completely different city, but things didn't really work out as I'd hoped they would.

In 2012 I got my A-level results and packed all of my things and moved to Portsmouth to go to university.
I won't go into exactly why, but I didn't feel like university was what I'd hoped it would be - I wasn't sure it was for me which was strange because all my life I've known that I wanted to go to university and get a degree.
By December, I had moved back home and had dropped out of uni entirely; a decision that many people (mainly my family) judged me for but I knew it was what was best for me.
I knew this, because I had every intention of going back to university somewhere different. I wasn't sure where yet, but I knew that I was going to go back and make it an experience which I wouldn't look back on with negative feelings.

Roll on September 2013 when I packed all of my things up again and moved to London to try again.
Here I am, almost 9 months later having completed my first year of university and I can honestly say that I've never been happier.
I have experienced some of the most amazing times of my life with THE most amazing people I've ever met. I live with a bunch of incredible people (who sadly I won't be living with next year which saddens me greatly). I've dressed up as more things than I can remember, I've consumed more alcohol than I probably should have (ooops!) and I've generally had the best time of my life so far; all because I decided that this was the right time for ME.

So while I'm reflecting on this first amazing year here and looking forward to the hard work and the memories that will come with the next two, I want to say that no matter what everyone else is doing or what other people think you should do, do what you think is best for you!
Not everything will work out for you the first time round and whether you decide to just stop there or you decide to keep going and try again, if it makes you happy then it's the right thing anyway.

Now I'm going to bombard you with pictures of my year, just because I can.

Two of my flat girls!

I dressed up as an NFL player and I made that helmet!

I also dressed as a geek..

And a mummy for Halloween.
That's my boyfriend next to me - I did his Venom make-up and he terrified everyone.

Cheeky fact for you; we're at a strip show put on by our college football team.
Don't I look happy to be there?!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick - Shade 11 'Fraise Remix'

It's another Bourjois lip product today!

I couldn't resist, I'm sorry!

Today it's a Rouge Edition lipstick in the shade 11 'Fraise Remix' which is a beautiful bright coral pink!

The pigmentation of this is insane - the picture above is just one swipe across my hand!

The colour is really vibrant which the picture doesn't do justice to... I just couldn't get it to show up the way I wanted it to, but it's not far off of what you can see.

The finish is nice and glossy, although for me it definitely accentuates the dry patches on my lips so I have to pop a layer of lip balm on before applying it to avoid looking flakey and a little bit gross.

I feel like this would be the perfect summer shade for so many skin tones. I'm normally really pale and it definitely suits my pale skin and gives a really stand out look, however I've recently jumped into the world of tanning and it looks stunning with tanned skin too! Definitely an all rounder.

I think these are great and at £7.99 each they are the perfect summer shade to just throw in your bag and run with!

Have you tried the Bourjois Rouge Edition range?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Saturday, 17 May 2014

My favourite bright nail polishes!

I'm calling it. It may not technically be summer but I'm calling it out right now and this sun means it's already started for me!
And that means brights - bright clothes, bright shoes, bright nails, bright lips... bright everything!
Today, I'm getting out my bright nail polish.

From left to right:
Barbara Daly in 'Neon Pink'
Sinful Colors in '24/7'
Barbara Daly in 'Salsa'
Models Own Hedkandi Collection in 'Beach Party'
Models Own in 'Purple Passion'
L.A. Colors in 'Splash'

As you can see, I'm feeling a little bit of neon!
'Neon Pink' and 'Salsa' are actually a lot brighter than they're showing - '24/7' and 'Beach Party' are just so acid neon that they sort of mute them a little but I promise they are actually quite bright!
'Beach Party' is always a favourite of mine when it's really sunny because it stands out and is just so in-your-face and I love it!

What are your favourite from my picks?
What's your favourite summer nail polish?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Friday, 16 May 2014

Bourjois Colour Boost - Peach On The Beach

I'm pretty late to the party when it comes to the many 'dupes' for the Clinique Chubby Sticks...
I have no excuse for not trying them other than the fact that I just didn't really want to!
But I caved in Superdrug and decided to try the Bourjois Colour Boost lip crayon in 'Peach On The Beach'.

This isn't a colour I'd usually go for - if I go for a peach or a nude then it's usually a very sheer 'barely there' sort of colour which this definitely isn't.

It's what I'd describe as a vibrant, maybe a bright peachy coral.
It has a really really super glossy finish which is lovely, but it doesn't feel sticky or slippery on the lips which I find really annoying with some products.

Again, unlike a lot of products marketed as 'glossy' this has a lot of pigmentation and while the sheen wears away, the peachy colour remains on the lips for a long time.

Bourjois claim that it lasts for 10 hours with comfort and hydration. Now, I can't say that it lasts 10 hours on my lips but that might just be because my lips seem to repel lipstick and NOTHING lasts 10 hours on them. But, it is hydrating and as I said before, not sticky or slippery so it's quite comfortable to wear.

It has a slight scent, although I'm not entirely sure how to describe it because I'm USELESS at describing scents... but it's almost like a light perfume. It's not unpleasant though, and it doesn't linger when it's applied so if you're not a fan of scented make-up products then don't worry!

I think it's definitely worth the £7.99 price tag and I'll be picking up some more of these next time I need a bit of a treat!

Have you tried the Bourjois Colour Boost crayons?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Let's talk exfoliation...

As I write this, I'm sat on my bed with a Hawaiian flower garland around my neck, sipping water out of one of the three wine glasses I bought today (because every trip to Asda should result in a girl coming home with wine glasses if you ask me) literally stroking my skin... I promise it's not as weird as it might seem.

Let me take you back a few hours...
I woke up this morning and my skin was beyond dry and in need of some general TLC which quite frankly, I had no time to give it.
But this afternoon in the shower (my routine is somewhat obscure when it comes to showering or doing normal things that people do) I was using my normal exfoliators and scrubs and what not and noticed just how incredible they actually are and just thought 'You know what? The world needs to hear what I have to say about this'. 
Obviously, that doesn't explain the flower garland or the water in a wine glass but it's a start!

Face and body scrubs have always scared me a little bit because I have sensitive skin and to me, it was never something I thought could work for me... but I was so wrong - it's all about finding what suits your skin type Kirsten, duh! Now, it's a really important part of my skincare regime if I want skin that looks... alive!

 For my face, I turn to the Sanctuary Brightening Facial Radiance Exfoliator. Seeing the words 'brightening' and 'radiance' is always a winner for those of us with dry skin which can often look dull and lifeless.

This contains 'ultra-fine apricot granules and grapeseed' to exfoliate and 'pumpkin, pineapple and papaya' to increase cell renewal.

What I love about this is that while the granules themselves are quite large, they're not harsh or too abrasive at all and it's not jam-packed full of them either so it's smooth rather than being too rough.
I'm not overly keen on the scent of it - it's not fruity like I'd expected it to be, it's definitely more of a herbal scent.
However, it makes my skin SO DAMN SMOOTH so I can get over the smell.
Because it's so gentle on the skin, Sanctuary advise using it 2-3 times a week, which is great because I can use it whenever I need it and not worry about it damaging my skin. 

For my body, there really isn't any other option than Soap & Glory's The Scrub Of Your Life, is there?!

Again, the actual scrubby bits in this aren't too rough but they're just enough to get at any unwanted dry skin and take them away. 

This scrub foams up, which is unlike any other that I've used before so it's almost like a shower gel too!
It smells like sweet lime - an obvious winner, and it polishes my skin beautifully.
I've just started to experiment with fake tan, so while it was something I'd use on a regular basis anyway it's really important for me now and for someone with dry skin to not have any 'patchy bits' after tanning is quite a big deal I think!
Ugh, will Soap&Glory ever disappoint?!

So, there's the nitty-gritty of my exfoliation!

What's your favourite scrub?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer

I have a bit of a thing for concealers.
I'm never happy with finding one that works and just sticking with it... I have to keep buying them to see if there are any better ones out there!

I picked up the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer a few weeks ago in Boots and I have to say, I'm actually really really loving it.

I have it in the shade 'light' because I'm incredibly pale (but I have just ventured into the world of fake tan and I'm jumping in to the experience tonight, aaaaaah!) and while I was scared it would be a little bit too dark for my skin like most concealers are (all but the Collection Lasting Perfection *angels sing*)because it looks a little dark in the pan, it's actually a perfect match for me! 

There are three components to this concealer - the peachy/salmon toned concealer on the left for under the eyes, the more yellow toned concealer on the right for blemishes and redness and the translucent powder to set it all in place.
The powder is at the top and you simply flip that section up to reveal the concealers underneath, with a mirror which is perfect for on-the-go touch ups!
I really like that it basically covers all grounds and is essentially three products in one handy little pot! I always feel like I'm getting more for my money with products like this! 

The concealers themselves are amazing.
I have quite dark under eye circles which can be difficult to cover up but the peachy concealer works a treat!
I don't get many blemishes because my skin is quite dry and I'm just lucky in that department, but when I do get them they leave scars which can be really red and the second concealer covers those up brilliantly!
They both blend really nicely and are really creamy and beautiful to use.
I actually ran out of foundation not long after buying this and I've not even bothered buying any more because I just don't need it with this... it makes my skin look really, really good.
The powder is great too, it keeps the concealers in place all day and I've even used it to just control any shine I get on my nose etc throughout the day as it's easier than carrying around another powder in my bag.

At £10, I think this is a great product because as I said before, it's almost as if you're getting three things rather than one!

Soap and Glory, you've done it again!

Have you tried the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks - Greens and blues

I recently showed you the Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in pinks and purples here so go and have a look at that if you haven't read it already... but today it's all about greens and blues!

From left to right, the colours are 'Lime' 'Peacock' and 'Cobalt'.

Firstly, I'm going to throw it out there that I would never ever ever have picked these colours out for myself, but having played around with them a few times I think they will be really great for summer looks because they're bright and quite fun!

Without a primer, the pigmentation of these is better than with the pinks and purples and you could definitely get away with using them without a primer if you don't need one anyway.
But with a primer, the colours are vibrant and strong which is great considering these are only £2.99 each!

As I said, I've played around with them a few times and the three work really well together. I really like 'Peacock' as an all over lid colour, 'Cobalt' in the crease and on the lower lash line and 'Lime' makes a really nice change from a white shimmery inner corner highlight - it's shimmery and light but very different and I think it looks really cool!

They blend really nicely on the lid and they have a really nice texture, although 'Lime' is a little bit chalky in the pan but again, I'd put that down to the shimmer/glitter and on the lid it's not an issue for me!

I'm really impressed with these three colours - hopefully I'll be brave enough to post some looks using them soon!

What do you think of the Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks?
Have you tried any of them?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Friday, 9 May 2014

The Body Shop Raspberry Eau De Toilette

 For many people, it's Lush, but for me, I can't seem to walk past The Body Shop without going in and having a look around!
I'm a huge fan of the raspberry scent having tried the raspberry body butter while it was in stores last year and absolutely falling in love with it.
For some reason it left stores for a while, I'm not sure why but it's back and holy moly, I'm glad because it is definitely my favourite scent of all time!

I thought I'd go for something other than the body butters this time because I've got an abundance of them and I sometimes have to stop myself from just picking them up anyway!
I picked up the 'Early-harvest raspberry eau de toilette' instead.

If you haven't smelled the raspberry scent yet then I honestly urge you to just get up right now and go and find it.
The first thing I likened it to when I opened my body butter last year was Petits Filous or fromage frais or you know, just the creamy yoghurts that you have in a lunch box!
I was so excited at the prospect of smelling like Petits Filous everyday! (it's the little things that excite me obviously) and the eau de toilette is simply an easier way for me to do it!

It's a fresh, fruity almost zingy scent which is perfect for the spring and summer. Obviously it doesn't last as long as an eau de parfum but I don't mind just spritzing a bit on every now and again when I need it.
At £8.50 for 30ml I think it's a lovely product and at the moment, The Body Shop have a 'buy one get one half price' offer on so I got two for around £12 which is an absolute bargain and means I don't have to worry about there being a day where I WON'T smell like Petits Filous.

I also really love the tiny pink bottle that this is in... perfect for throwing in my bag for throughout the day and the pink is a really nice touch.

I honestly urge you to go and give this a sniff if you haven't already - I guarantee you'll love it!

What's your favourite scent from The Body Shop?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Thursday, 8 May 2014

My favourite pastel nail polishes!

If you know me well, you'll know that the one thing I love more than anything is probably nail polish. Pair this with my new found love for pastels and you've got a match made in heaven... I think anyway!
I think there's something really special about a pastel nail polish... they look great with my very pale skin, they're super cute and they're subtle enough that if you make a tiny mistake (a smudge or something) then it's fairly easy to get away with which is always good!

I've picked four of my favourite pastel nail polishes which have made numerous appearances on my fingers lately.

From left to right:
Avon nailwear pro in 'Loving Lavender'
Models Own in 'Jade Stone'
Topshop nails in 'Milkshake'
Avon nailwear pro in 'Vintage Blue'

Which is your favourite of the four?
What's your favourite pastel nail polish of all time?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Products I've used up...

I've used up a lot of products recently which is something I don't do too often, so I'm sharing the occasion with all of you!

1. Tresemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo.
I've always been a fan of Tresemme and I can always rely on     it when my hair isn't in the best condition. My hair is very dry and frizzy due to overstyling and dying it too much and never having it cut blah blah blah (I neglect it sometimes, I admit) and so I always go for a shampoo and conditioner which aims to replenish moisture.
This made my hair really soft and easy to manage and it did make my ends appear more healthy although we all know that the only way to get rid of dry ends completely is to chop them off!
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed using this but I get bored with hair products quite easily so I'm moving on to different things!

2. VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme.
I wasn't impressed with this at all. I bought it because it claimed to control frizz and also had heat defence properties - two birds with one stone!
But it didn't really do much for me at all. I feel like it weighed my hair down and made it feel almost sticky. The consistency is really thick which means I had to use more than I'd have liked to in my hair to cover any of it at all really.
It smells nice though and I think that maybe if you have less hair than I do and can use less of it in one go, it might work for you.

3. Rimmel Day2Night Mascara.
I've mentioned before that this was once my everyday go-to mascara. It was the first one I've found that really did anything to my lashes which I was impressed with. You've all seen it before but it's one of those mascaras with two steps, the first is for length and the second for volume.
While I now use a different mascara day to day, I'd use this if I'm going out in the evening or if I want a really dramatic look because it really does make my lashes big and bold and I'll be repurchasing this very soon. I can't be without it. 

4. Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Reviving Dry Oil.
I absolutely adore this. I picked this up after running out of my L'oreal Extraordinary Oil (I think that's the name) and thought I'd give it a go. I use this when I get out of the shower on damp hair if I'm leaving it to dry naturally and I'll also use it to tame any frizz when my hair is styled and to just give it some moisture. This is definitely an everyday product for me, while the L'oreal oil was more of an intense treatment for my hair every now and again.

5. L'oreal True Match Foundation.
I am so sad that I've run out of this and can't run out and get another one just yet. This was one of the only foundations I've ever found that suited my skin tone perfectly.. I don't know why I didn't buy them all at the time so I'd always have one ready!
It blends beautifully, it gives a lovely medium coverage and the finish is beautiful.
Needless to say I'll be buying another one as soon as I can!

6. The Body Shop Papaya Body Butter and Mango Body Butter.
I love these. So much. As you'll know if you read my posts regularly, my skin has been terribly dry lately and I've been using everything I could find to fix it.
I have quite a large collection of The Body Shop Body Butters and they're great.
The papaya one smells really tropical and fruity and delicious and the smell really lingers on the skin for a while after which is great because it makes you smell like a tropical drink! Who wants more than that? Not me. It's really moisturising and feels lovely on the skin.
The mango one smells really lovely too; very fruity and fresh. This one is aimed at very dry skin and so I would use this on the areas that were especially dry. This is a lot thinner than some of the other ones, for instance, the papaya one you really have to work with it as it's quite hard but this one was much more of a liquid consistency... if that makes any sense. It sinks into the skin beautifully and is really soothing. 

Have you tried any of these products?
What did you think?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Nail Polish Collection - Models Own

Here we are again. Another installment of my nail polish collection.
This time I'm talking Models Own.

I never really knew much about Models Own up until maybe 2 years ago when I visited Westfield London and saw the AMAZING little nail-polish-bottle shaped shop and then I fell in love.
I mean, come on, I actually walked inside a giant bottle of nail polish and bought 7 normal sized bottles of nail polish.
It's the stuff of dreams, I'm telling you.

I have 7 colours from their collection, all of which I love so lets get on with it!

First is 'Snowflakes' which I believe is from their Christmas collection, but I'm not entirely sure.
It's a clear polish full of what I can only describe as tiny shards of holographic plasticy paper. Ooh yeah, look at that description.
It's not a glitter polish by any means but it's in the same vein. It really is stunning though - when the shards catch the light they glow all different colours and it's spectacular.
In my head, it's what unicorn tears look like.

Ooooh those colours!

This is one that I'd definitely recommend wearing a top coat with, as the shards can lift quite easily and get a little bit annoying, but beautiful nonetheless.

Next is 'Jade Stone' which is a lovely mint green verging on duck egg blue. It applies beautifully in two coats and is lovely and shiny.
I wear this a lot.
This looks wonderful with 'Snowflakes' over the top and I believe Models Own released one of their Artistix Duos with the two together, although I have no idea if this is still available.

'True Blue' is, as the name would suggest a true blue - there I go again with the descriptions.
I would say this is a bright, deep blue on the nails. It's not navy but it's not a light blue either... it lies somewhere in between.
This stains the nails terribly if you don't use a base coat but the colour is beautiful with two coats again.

'Purple Passion' is an interesting one as the colour differs a lot depending on the lighting.
In daylight it comes off as a very bright pinky purple or a very rich plummy purple, but in the evening or in low light it's a very deep purple almost like it shows in the bottle.
It's really quite unusual but it doesn't look like much in the bottle.
I love it.

This is 'Purple Poppy' and it's basically a muted, creamier version of 'Purple Passion'. I bought this purely because it reminded me of The Cat In The Hat - when they're trying to make cupcakes out of everything and it explodes all over the kitchen? Do you know what I mean?
Let me know in the comments if you do.
It is the exact colour of the goo that goes all over the walls and yeah, I bought it just because of that because it's really, really cool.

Next is from the Hedkandi collection and it's 'Beach Party'.
It's a neon almost acid bright orange and it is so fun.
Whenever I wear this I get compliments which is always good.
It has an almost satin finish to it, it isn't glossy but it isn't matte either.
I personally think this looks best on my nails when they are quite short, but it looks awesome either way!
I definitely recommend trying this one... isn't it great?!
This is great in the summer and I think it's one of my favourite nail polishes of all time which is a BIG statement for me.

Finally we have 'Pink Fizz' which is a muted pink glitter.
What I really love about this is that it isn't a glitter polish where you only get a tiny amount of glitter with each swipe. With just 2 coats of this you can create a completely opaque glitter look which I love because it can be used for more than just a glitter top coat.
It also doesn't feel too grainy when it's dry which is something I don't get on too well with. Scratchy nails... ew.

Have you tried any of the Models Own nail polishes?
What did you think?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Friday, 2 May 2014

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks - Pinks and Purples

 I'll be honest, I didn't really know a lot about the new Revlon Colorstay shadowlinks, but my boyfriend was really excited to buy me some because he's a sweetheart and he knows how much I love eyeshadow.
So when we went into Boots he asked me which ones I wanted and I told him he could choose... he did an amazing job, let me just put that out there.

I never would have chosen the colours that he picked out for me myself, but they are beautiful and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of them.
I've read some bad reviews about them but I myself disagree and I really like them!

This post will be about the three pink/purples and the next one will be about the other 3 which are from the blues and greens (the collection is split into colour categories).

From left to right, the colours that I have are 'Plum', 'Purple' and 'Candy'.
'Plum' is a matte, deep plummy purple (duh) in the pan and on the skin it comes up even darker and I would say it's almost an aubergine purple.
'Purple' is a lovely matte, light to mid purple and the colour doesn't differ too much on the skin. I really love this colour.
'Candy' is a shimmery baby pink, which reminds me somewhat of 'Dust' from the Naked 3 pallette.

As you can see from the pictures, without a primer, the shadows don't have much colour payoff, but this doesn't bother me because I always use a primer underneath my eyeshadow and it isn't too much effort even if you don't usually need one, to just apply a little bit underneath. 
Having said that, on the eyelids, even without a primer the colour is still visible and just working a little bit more onto the lid gives a stronger colour.

However, with a primer the colours are a lot bolder which is to be expected really.

These shadows are really easy to blend and so far I haven't had any fall-down with any of them.
The only negative that I will point out is that 'Candy' is a little bit chalky in the pan but once it's on the skin it's beautiful to work with.

At £2.99 each I think these are great eyeshadows and I 
love that you can link them together to create your own colour combination or palette almost, and I haven't seen anything like this with 'drugstore' products before. I think it's a really good idea.

Keep an eye out for the next post featuring the blues and greens!

Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks?
What did you think of them?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x