Friday, 30 July 2010

Guest Review: Viva La Nails

The lovely Charlie from Lady of the Lane (Which i must admit is a fabulous blog, who i have been following for a long time now!) is guest reviewing some nail bits and pieces from Viva La Nails. Without further ado, take it away Charlie! 


I was busy tweeting one evening and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for Nail Art supplies as I fancied a play with some diamante’s and sequins...I only had one reply and that was Sinead asking if I fancied doing a guest review of some nail art supplies from Viva La Nails that she had needing to be reviewed. Of course I did!

A day or two later this amazing collection of bits and pieces arrived through my door.


I absolutely couldn’t wait to get going and started looking through all the little packets and trying to decide what to do. First thing I noticed was that there are no instructions. This made it impossible to tell what kind of stickers there were, were they water decals, or normal stickers, did they need a top coat over the top or not? So the obvious answer was to look them up on the Viva La Nails site.  Fail number two. There are no names on the packets either. If you’ve never looked at the site then you won’t know there are thousands of products on there, trying to find the exact item you are clutching in your hand on the site is nigh on impossible. In fact I’d go so far as to say I’m pretty certain half the products weren’t on the site at all. So I had to guess how to use things, which as a total nail art novice was no easy feat.

Over the next couple of weeks I created loads of looks and there’s a selection of pics below of things I tried. Some more successful than others. The diamantes are incredibly fiddly to use but were my most successful manicures. The stickers, all of them, were total fails. They don’t stick. None of them. They peel up at the edges, even with a top coat. I can’t in all honesty recommend any of the stickers, without a top coat they last half an hour if you are lucky, and with a top coat the edges still start peeling off so you end up with sharp edges.  This was really disappointing to me as it was the stickers I was most looking forward to trying. I think the water decals might be more successful but to the best of my knowledge there weren’t any in the selection I received, as I say, if there were I couldn’t tell, none of them were labelled!

My imagination totally failed me when it came to using glitter and bits of shell, but I will probably try just putting the glitter into clear polish at some point.

Anyway hit and misses, and perhaps some of it is down to my appalling lack of technique.  The crystals are lovely, the sequins are too and I think they’ll stick really well, not tried them yet but I should think a top coat will stick them down very well. The stickers however, I can honestly say I would avoid. With a lack of instructions, or even names so you can look them up on the site, then they don’t seem to cater for the novice at all.

I will however, use Viva La Nails to purchase more crystals and sequins (dazzlings I think they are called on the site).

Anyway, here’s some pics of the products in action.
This was my fave.
This was also a success.
And this worked out 

And here are some sticker disasters. All my attempts with the stickers had to be removed within half an hour of application.




There are an unbelievable amount of products on the Viva La Nails site and I’m sure there’s something for everyone there. The stickers didn’t work for me, but the gems were a success so I’m sure you’ll find something you like :)

Thank you again to the wonderful Charlie, for testing and reviewing these products for me! If you are interested in reviewing any products for me, please get in touch! As i always have lots of things to get through! 

*All products are available from the Viva La Nails Website with free shipping on all orders over £25* 

xxx

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Nailene *

Nailene are currently holding a giveaway on their blog to win lots of their goodies! All you have to do is follow them & their twitter and blog about your favourite Nailene products!

I was recently sent some Nailene products and have currently been roadtesting them! I have used and loved Nailene for absolutely years and they are hands down my favourite brand of false nails & the ones i will keep going back to! 

My favourite product by Nailene is:

The Nailene So Natural: Short length, square shape nails 

Heres why:

  • They come in a pack of 24 Nails in 12 different sizes so they fit all different hands and finger shapes! It also means that you have any leftovers incase you have any accidents! 
  • The glue that comes with them is the best ive tried! Stronger than super glue! Its amazing!
  • As the name suggests, they do look so natural! & extremely real! 
  • For stick on false nails, they last a long while! I would personally say 1 week minimum!
  • They are cheap, affordable and easy to access!
  • They are also chip proof!
Need any more reasons as to why these are my faves? 

They also look gorgeous either Natural...


Or painted with a gorgeous colour on top! I especially love the purple with the Lorraine-Stanick-Stylie glittery nail! Please do excuse the St Tropez bottle! How natural do these look if i do say so myself?


I am officially in love with Nailene! The brand as a whole and the wonderful products that they offer! Affordable and accessible for all! 

Here in the U.K they are available from Boots and Superdrug. Prices vary but you can snap them up for around £5!

So what are you waiting for? Get entering the amazing contest & nab yourself some of these lovely nails! More to come on these gorgeous nails! 

xxx

Monday, 26 July 2010

100th Post: Aussome Volume 60's Night in Manchester :)

Morning Lovelies :)

On Thursday, I was luckily invited by Emma to the Aussie Aussome Volume tribe party in Manchester! The theme was 60's and the setting was the basement of Bluu bar in the Northern Quarter. It was absolutely perfect! Aussie throw the most amazing events and nights out i have ever been to and this one really didnt dissapoint!

There was quite a few of us meeting up beforehand to do a bit of shopping and get ready together before jumping in a taxi to the event!

The evening was filled with 60's hair, flowing cocktails, nibbles and even karaoke with the gorgeous Shola K! She was absolutely amazing!

A lot of the lovely ladies i had met before but it was amazing meeting the ones i hadnt, especially Paula and Jo who i have been speaking to absolutely months, love lots and when meeting feel like i have known them forever! They are two amazing young ladies! :)

Que lots of photos stolen from the gorgeous Paula and Phoebe (As i only managed to forget my memory card!)

Gorgeous Hairstylists Zara and Amber Rose Volumising Jennifers Hair! 
Karaoke 
Lots of lovely ladies up for the last song of karaoke 
Me, Paula & Steph 

The beautiful Paula & Steph 

The beautiful Phoebe and Liloo 
Beautiful Briony with even more beautiful hair! Love this picture! 
Carla & Sinead (The other one!) 

I had the best night imaginable, and i would like to thank absolutely everyone involved! All the lovely ladies at aussie Emma, Lisa and Nicola in particular for putting on an abslutely fabulous night as always! Hairstylists Amber Rose and Zara, the amazing Shola K and last but not least all the amazing girls i had the fortune of meeting! 

I must admit the night didnt end there and a lot of the girls ended up seeing what Manchester had to offer! 

The gorgeous girls that were involved: 


xxx

Sunday, 18 July 2010

* Giveaway Winners *

Good morning girlies! 

My Love, Hearts & Crosses ice cream earrings giveaway ended last night & i have chosen the winners! 

I used Random.org and the winners are...


Congratulations girls! I will email you all now, to get your details and to find out which earrings you would like! 


Didnt win? You can nab yourself a pair of these gorgeous earrings from Love, Hearts & Crosses for £6! I think i might join you! 

Thank you so much to everyone that entered - it means a lot! I *hope* to be holding another giveaway if i get to 1500 followers! 

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend lovelies 

xxx

Monday, 12 July 2010

Illamasqua Make-Up Amnesty

Afternoon poppets :)

As you may or may not know, Illamasqua is slowly becoming one of my favourite make up brands! I love absolutely everything about them & as a company i think they are amazing!

So i was very excited to hear about their upcoming project, for 2 weeks only you can exchange your used, unwanted make up at Illamasqua counters in exchange for 25% off any of their products! I do think i need to hit the Trafford Centre & definitely take them up on this amazing offer!

Illamasqua’s call to arms ‘Ditch the make-up drudgery and embrace the extraordinary.’
 
Some make-up can be ordinary – dull, boring, uninspiring. But not Illamasqua’s distinctive, rule-breaking professional make-up range. For a limited time only, you can exchange your second-rate make-up for a 25% discount on Illamasqua’s highly pigmented and exceptional products that give truly extraordinary results.
 
How will it work?
 
There is no limit to how many pieces you can bring and it can be in any condition – falling apart, smashed, nearly empty, dried up… we want to help you start again!
 
This is your chance to get rid of the old, bland, mediocre make-up sitting at the bottom of your bag without feeling guilty throwing away barely-used make-up.
 
The offer is across all categories and if you bring back a boring lipstick, you can swap it for a fantastic, creamy matt Lipstick. Or how about a Cream Blusher? Or a cult Nail Varnish? Or a Powdered Metal? Or …
 
What will it cost me?

Nothing! You are simply giving us your old make-up in order to claim your 25% discount on any Illamasqua product. Just pop along to your nearest counter to find out more [sorry, this Amnesty does not apply to our online shop.]
 
The Illamasqua Make- up Amnesty will begin from 17th - 31st July and is available at:

Selfridges Oxford Street, Trafford Centre, Birmingham Bullring, Fenwick Newcastle, BT2 Grafton Street Dublin, Debenhams Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff

Sounds fabulous right? So girls tell me, whats on your Illamasqua wishlist? 

xxx 

Thursday, 8 July 2010

The Circus Has Come To Town!

I had a lovely surprise this morning when the new sleek make up circus palette dropped through my letter box.
I personally wouldnt have purchased this palette myself due to the fact i am more of a neutral girl and brights are way out of my comfort zone! Saying that i am happy to have this in my possession and look forward to playing with it!

Sleek MakeUP's new Circus I'Divine eyeshadow palette is set in a limited edition red case (which i love!) and includes 12 gorgeous bright colours, which are mostly matte with a few shimmers thrown in for good measure!

♥ The palette ♥
♥ Swatches ♥
♥ Top Row L-R ♥
♥ Bottom Row L-R ♥

Even for a neutral lover like myself i can work with the white shimmer for a highlight and also the darker colours for a smokey eye.

Will you be picking up a circus palette?
xxx

*Available exclusively from Superdrug or the Sleek MakeUP website for £5.99*

Monday, 5 July 2010

MAC Haul: In The Groove & Swatches +

Afternoon Chickas :)

MAC's In The Groove Collection is like my ultimate collection! I love lipsticks & have quite a extensive MSF collection so i obviously couldnt wait for the release of In The Groove! I placed my order on Thursday not long after it apeared on the website and it arrived today!

Heres what i got:



♥ Stereo Rose MSF (x2) ♥
♥ Petticoat MSF ♥
♥ Hang Loose Mineralize Blush ♥
♥ 'I Like It Like That' Lipstick ♥
♥ 'All Styled Up' Lipstick ♥

I didnt order Jazzed lipstick at first but i gave into the hype & ordered that seperately!



♥ Stereo Rose MSF ♥

♥ Petticoat MSF ♥

♥ Hang Loose Mineralize Blush ♥

♥ Swatches ♥

So far i am extremely happy with all ive purchased and loving anything!
What have you bought or looking to buy from In The Groove?
xxx

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Giveaway: Love, Hearts and Crosses Ice Cream Earrings + *Closed*



Evening Girlies! 

The lovely people over at Love, Hearts and Crosses have offered me the opportunity to give 3 of my gorgeous readers the chance to win a pair of their beautiful ice cream parlour earrings! There are 3 different types up for grabs, the Lolly, the Double Scoop & the Triple Scoop Cherry worth £6 each!
There will be 3 winners in total, the first winner will get to pick their choice of earring, then the 2nd winner their choice..etc! 

All you have to do is comment below stating your favourite type of ice cream, with your email address so i can contact you if you win! 

This giveaway is international so open to everyone, even if you follow my blog or not!

It will be open for 2 weeks & will end on Saturday 17th July (Thank-You Sophie!) at 22.00PM

Good luck girlies, these earrings are gorgeous & i may just have to pick a pair up for myself! 

xxx 

Thursday, 1 July 2010

June Favourites +

Good morning girlies!

Throughout June there is a few goodies that i have been enjoying using, including some drugstore products and of course the obligatory MAC! :)

Here goes..

♥ Illamasqua Powder Blush in 'Katie' ♥
♥ Sleek Kajal in 'Nocturnelle' ♥
♥ Models Own Nail Polish in 'Peach Sherbet' ♥
♥ MAC Lipstick in 'Fleshpot' ♥
♥ MAC Paintpot in 'Painterly' ♥
♥ Sigma F80 (Formerly SS197) Flat Top Kabuki Brush ♥

Illamasqua Blush - Gorgeous matte baby pink, reminds me of MAC Well dressed blush but much more pigmented! Absolutely gorgeous colour, thats easy to put on & go! ♥
Sleek Kajal - This is amazing! Quite pigmented and makes applying eyeliner easy! I use this for applying eyeliner to my lid. ♥
Models Own Nail Polish - Isnt this colour amazing? Such a gorgeous peach that looks beautiful with a tan!Im loving Models Own polishes at the minute & for £5 a bottle they are affordable ♥
MAC Lipstick - This is a PRO Lipstick that the gorgeous Sarah kindly picked up for me! I love this & if you are a nude lippie lover like myself i can guarantee that you will too & definitely need this in you collection I have been reaching for this muchly thoughout June!♥
MAC Paintpot - Recently, this has been taking over my UDPP. It evens out the skintone of my eyelids and acts as a good base for my eyeshadows & even intensifying the colours just a little bit. ♥
Sigma F80 - Lastly, this is not just a June favourite this is now a all time favourite! I purchased this brush at the beginning of May and seriously i have used it every single day since for foundation! It is perfect, i stipple the foundation onto my skin and then buff it in. This brush makes it look flawless & it is the quickest application ever! Best of all this brush only cost £15 including shipping from the US! ♥

♥ Swatches ♥

Honourable mentions go to MAC Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish, MAC Snob Lipstick & also Illamasqua Burnish Bronzer.

Thats all for this month girlies :) What items have you been loving recently? Link me up to your favourites!
xxx
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