Monday 29 October 2012

Halloween Treats

These 'Instant Nail Art' stickers where sent to me by Nailtopia

I registered with Nailtopia a few months ago after my friend had recommended them to me - she buys from Nailtopia all the time and regularly sends me pictures of her nail designs.

With Halloween just around the corner I just had to try these 'Instant Nail Art' stickers out.

I have done mine over 4 different colours (pictured below) to demonstrate the looks you can achieve.

OPI Nail Polishes - 'I'll Take The Cake' - 'Yoga-Ta Get This Blue!' - 'Vodka & Caviar' -  'Number One Nemesis'
Its hard to say which is my favourite, I like them all. It took me ages to decide which nail polishes to use as a base, and then which 'Nail Art' to put on each finger nail.....

......ah decisions, decisions!!!

Happy Halloween

Available online at
from £2.49 per pack.


Sunday 28 October 2012

Elemental Herbology

This little goodie was sent to me by a company called 
'Whats In My Handbag'

Inside this lovely packaging was 
Elemental Herbology 'Cell Plumping'

This is an SPF8 facial moisturiser, designed to plump, nourish, and moisturise dry skin. Containing a cocktail of ingredients such as Royal Jelly, Evening Primrose Oil, Pearl Extract and Omega 3, 6 & 9. Making this perfect for dry or mature skin. It's also ideal for those in dry or cold climates. 

I got on very well with this considering I have combination skin type. 
It was great for applying when we had a cold spell recently. I found my skin didn't feel dry and tight by the end of the day (like it normally would when the weather changes!). It soaks in extremely quickly and leaves no greasy feeling, plus it smells wonderful!
This is definitely one I would use when the snow arrives in Zurich :)


Friday 26 October 2012

Trick or Treat

Here are today's Halloween Nails...
They're quick and simple to do, and are perfect for that understated 'Halloween' look

Above are the polishes I used. 
I applied my OPI Start-to-Finish as the base coat, then the following;
*L'Oreal Color Riche '305 Dating Coral'
*OPI 'Black Shatter'
*Orly Matte Top

Apply your base coat and allow to dry. 

Now apply one coat of your chosen orange nail polish. This doesn't have to be perfectly even, so long as you haven't coated your cuticles! 

Leave to dry before applying one coat of Shatter (or Crackle) Polish. 

I then used Orly "Matte Top" to take off some of the shine, rather then using a glossy top coat.

For me this is a great look for that Halloween feeling.......


Wednesday 24 October 2012

Hi-Top Wedge Trainers

If like me you love your comfortable trainers and flats, then these are for you.

These are Hi-Top wedge trainers (or sneakers) and can be found in just about every store right now.

I've found my 'Hi-Tops' to be super comfy and I have near enough lived in them. They look great with skinny or slim fit jeans. I also feel mine have a slight 'biker chic' feel to them which I really like. They're by a company called Graceland, and are available for around 30CHF in Switzerland.

'New Look' Concealed Wedge Trainer £24.99

I also have my eye on these ones (see above) from New Look in the UK, which I hope to purchase when I'm back next......and smuggle them into my suitcase without Mr KME noticing :-)

Below is a selection of other styles available;

Wedge Hi-Top Trainers

Do you like Hi-Top Wedge trainers?


Monday 22 October 2012

L'Occitane 'Magic Key'

I'm not sure about you, but my big pet hate is not being able to get all of my hand cream out of the tube.

Well have no fear.........L'Occitane has the answer! 
I give you the Magic Key

 The Magic Key is a nifty tube squeezer. All you have to do is pop the bottom of your metal tube L'Occitane product into the slit in the Magic Key and turn. As you turn the key it pushes your product out of the nozzle, thus squeezing every last ounce out of your tube. 

I think it's fabulous and this is the first time I've seen something like this outside of the hair industry (we use something similar for tubes of tint).

You won't find this online so you'll have to go into your local store, see link below

Friday 19 October 2012

Organix - Beauty, Pure & Simple

Here's another of my travel size treats that I picked up on my last visit to the UK.

Let me introduce...... 
Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner

With a combination of coconut milk, coconut oil, and egg white proteins, these are designed to be weightless on the hair. The gentle cleansers also help to hydrate and nourish your hair as they wash away impurities. 
I can also tell you that they are safe to use on colour treated hair, and will not cause fading.

After using both products for the past week, I can safely say I wish I had bought bigger bottles! I always shampoo my hair twice (hairdresser habit) and found the second shampoo lathered up alot more then the first. The conditioner was ever so soft on my hair, and I had very little trouble combing* my hair through after washing it. 

I particularly loved how I still had a hint of coconut on my hair after 24 hours - reminds me of being on holiday.....I love the smell :)

A great buy!!

RRP £1.99 each (89ml bottles)
Sulfate Free / Paraben Free

*using a wide-tooth comb 

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Nude Magique BB Cream

 by L'Oreal Paris 

This is my new 'good skin day' foundation. I have been trying it out for a few weeks and decided it was well worth writing about..

At a glance;

*SPF 12

*Consistency - Thin 
*Ideal skin type - Normal

*Colour Range - 3 shades

*Size 30ml

*RRP £9.99

Colour of product straight from tube.

This is a rather clever BB Cream! 
Nude Magique is full of pigment capsules, which transform into a light weight foundation as you smooth it over your skin.

I really really liked how this felt on my skin, however I would say if you need more coverage then this isn't nessacerally the one for you. My skin is combination so I had to use my concealer on any blemishes, as this didn't hide them. The coverage was light, which was perfect as I don't like my skin to feel caked in foundation. I also had a few compliments from friends saying my skin looked very fresh (always nice to hear).


Saturday 13 October 2012

Little Miss in 'NEXT '

Every time we go back to the UK it's another opportunity to hit NEXT. Mid-Summer we had a mega-store open up just outside our town centre. It's so big it even has a Costa Coffee, which was totally unexpected!

So, as normal I have my eye on a few items I'd like to get for Little Miss.

Below is a taster of what I'm after...

'NEXT' Collection

 I know alot of people aren't keen on burgundy, but I love it. Furthermore, Little Miss has (half) Mediterranean blood, so she has beautiful brown eyes and olive skin (rather then my english rose skin). So personally I always feel she suits warmer toned colours to cool pastels.

And there you pre-planned shopping spree!

Wednesday 10 October 2012

A/W 2012 - Casual Day Outfit

Its that time of year when the nights are (as they say) 'pulling in' and we're seeing the seasons change.

This Autumn/Winter my mission is to find a well fitting leather jacket. 

Monday 8 October 2012

How much is your face worth??

I've spotted this a couple of times on Twitter. After some investigating I figured it would be a bit of fun to do.

The idea is you do your make-up as normal and then write down the price of each product used. Once you have finished this gives you your total 'worth'. 
I know you wouldn't use a whole tube of mascara or foundation in one application, but I don't make the rules!

So here goes;

L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream £9.99
NEW Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer £5.95
YSL Shocking Mascara £23
Benefit Hervana Blusher £23.50
Dr Lipp Balm £11

TOTAL £73.44

Well that's not bad at all!! 

To be honest this is more of my 'normal day makeup', worn when I'm out in our town running errands. If I go into the city to meet friends I would normally put on eyeshadow and a lip colour of some sort (maybe my Clinique Chubby Stick or Bobbi Brown lipstick) This would add around £40 or so.

Have you ever worked out how much your 'face' is worth? Maybe take a minute to calculate it tomorrow morning......


Friday 5 October 2012

Volume Boost Mousse

By James Brown London

I do have my all time favourites I like fall back on, but I can't resist the 'mini' products that are available now. It makes it so easy to test out a new product without breaking the bank!

I've had quite fine hair since having 'Little Miss', so for me a Volume Mousse is essential for that much needed lift. 

This one by James Brown London is a very light mousse - not thick or sticky. So it leaves your hair feeling super soft yet full of volume. It also has a pleasant fresh citrus type scent, think Calvin Klein CKOne. I have to say that even after sleeping on my hair, the next day I could simply brush it through and it sprung back into place :)

Directions - Shake can well before use. Apply a walnut sized amount to towel dried hair, making sure to spread it from roots to tips. Blow-dry as normal.

RRP £1.99 (mini size)
 £6.29 (200ml)


Wednesday 3 October 2012

Danke-Shiny Red

I've really enjoyed wearing the OPI Germany Collection (LINK). So I though it would be nice to show some of them 'close-up'...

'Danke-Shiny Red'
 This colour is perfect for this time of year. You still want to wear something light, not wanting to loose that 'summer-feeling'. Yet somehow those pastel pinks and purples don't sit right with the change in your wardrobe.

As I said in my original post this colour is a metallic shimmery red. Not glittery, it just has that very soft shimmer to it. The kind of shimmer that catches the light as you move. Very pretty :)

In my opinion this is 'the' RED to wear.


Monday 1 October 2012

Polka Dot Nails - Tutorial

I'd been thinking about producing some more tutorials, and put this one together to demonstrate how easy it is do to 'polka dot' nail art.

All you need is;

** A 'dotting tool' or kirby grip/bobby pin (examples pictured below)

** Two Nail polishes. I've used OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! as my base colour, and OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons as my 'polka dot' colour.

**Base Coat & Top Coat.

To start with you just paint your nails as normal, but don't apply Top Coat until you've done your 'polka dots'. 

Next put a blob of your 'polka dot' nail polish on some paper/card to work from. 

All you have to do now is dip the doting tool into the polish and carefully place it on the nail where you would like your 'polka dot' to be - and repeat. 

Once dry apply Top Coat.

I hope you have found this tutorial helpful.....I'll be back soon with more!
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