Friday 31 January 2014

My Current OPI Collection - Part 1

Last year I wrote about my seasonal ‘favourite’ OPI nail polishes. It was very interesting for me to read about your favourite colour nail polish for each season; how they varied!

This year I thought I’d do a ‘Current OPI Collection’ post. There were a lot to list, so I’ve split this post into two parts. I’ve also grouped them into colour families to make it easier to work through…….. so here goes!

Liquid Sands -
Pussy Galore
Silent Stars Go By
Baby Please Come Home
Make Him Mine

Glitters/Shatters -
Nothin’ Mousie ‘bout it (LE)
Black Shatter

Blues -
Yoga-ta Get This Blue!
OPI...Eurso Euro
Light My Sapphire

Reds/Oranges -
Danke-Shiny Red
Most Honourable Red*
My Chihuahua Bites!
Vodka & Caviar*
Call Me Gwen-ever (LE)
I’m Suzi & I’m a Chocoholic*

If you have any questions about the colours featured in this post, please submit them using the comment box below and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

See you soon for the second part of ‘My Current OPI Collection’.

*Retired Colours
LE = Limited Edition Colours


Wednesday 29 January 2014

The Full 'Batiste' Haircare Range

I'll put my hands up and admit I didn't realise how many products are in the Batiste range. Until this press release came through of course!!! Here's the lowdown on the FULL Batiste range.....

"Batiste Dry Shampoo banishes oily roots, giving dull, lifeless hair the makeover it needs without any water. A quick burst revitalises hair, adds body and texture. Leaving hair feeling clean and fresh too.
No wonder Batiste is the UK’s Number 1 dry shampoo brand, the beauty “must have” loved by millions.  Use in the morning before work, if you oversleep, when heading out for happy hour or after a workout – Batiste is perfect for women on the go!"

Original - A girl’s best friend since the 70s with a cool and classic fragrance!
Blush - The floral and flirty way to turn heads.

Tropical - Think summer sunshine and holidays.
Fresh - Cool and crisp unisex fragrance.

Cherry - Indulge in the beauty of yesteryear.

Oriental - Fill your world with Eastern promise.

Wild - Unleash your inner animal.

Monochrome - See things in black and white with a retro 60’s vibe.

Floral - Inspired by our love of all things vintage.

Smoothing Conditioning Mist - For sleek glossy hair everyday infused with Argan Oil.

Hint of colour - Complements your hair colour. Four shades to suit; ,dark and deep brown; medium and brunette, light and blonde hair.

Strength & Shine - Enriched with L-Arginine, an amino acid known to stimulate the hair’s follicles

XXL Volume - For the ultimate volume boost.

XXL Plumping Powder - Gives instant volume and texture without backcombing.

How to use: 
 Shake vigorously before use. Keeping nozzle about 30cm from hair, spray into roots. Massage through with fingertips. Brush and style.

See the full range of Batiste products at

Stockists: Superdrug, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, ASOS, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Savers, Wilkinsons and Lloyds Pharmacy and Independent Pharmacies. Stockist 01303 858700

*Press Release Information and Images

Tuesday 28 January 2014

OPI Brazil Collection - Spring/Summer 2014

 Are you longing for the Spring and Summer months to arrive? Yes, me too!! These little treasures from OPI's new Brazil Collection will brighten up your day.....

Starting on the top row, working left to right - 

Next Stop...The Bikini Zone -  Duo-toned amethyst/pewter
Don't Bossa Nova Me Around - Luxurious nude
Taupe-less Beach - Creamy taupe
I Sao Paulo Over There - Mocha-coffee tone
OPI Scores a Goal! - Rich chocolate shade
AmazON....AmazOFF - Deep teal green

Bottom row, again working left to right we have - 

Just Can't Cope-acabana - Sunshine Yellow
Toucan Do it if You Try - Peachy-orange creme 
Where Did Suzi'z Man-go? - Delicious Mango Orange
Kiss Me I'm Brazilian -Luscious pink
Live. Love. Carnaval - Vibrant & Festive Coral
Red Hot Rio - Ruby red 

The OPI Brazil Spring Summer 2014 collection launches online and at OPI counters worldwide from February 2014.
RRP £11.50

*PR Information & Images

Monday 27 January 2014

Umberto Giannini 'Glam Hair' Collection

Here is my latest shampoo and conditioner love from the Umberto Giannini ‘Glam Hair’ collection.

I’ve been using ‘Ditch the Dirt Volume Shampoo’ and ‘Plump & Sexy Volume Conditioner

Let's dive straight in and talk packaging. I just adore good packaging on products, and if it looks well thought out, I’m more likely to spend my money on it! The ‘Glam Hair’ collection all come in sleek black bottles with a striking silver image on. It’s very eye-catching and you wouldn’t confuse it with any other product on the shelves out there.  

Now for the fragrance. This is a hard one to describe! I wouldn’t say its fruity, there is no distinct citrus or berry scent coming through. It’s more of a warm exotic spicy smell. Mr KME says it reminds him of an expensive perfume. Whatever it is I really like it, but it may not be to everyones taste.

Did I end up with voluminous hair? I wouldn’t say I had a lot of volume in my hair; however my hair did feel a lot thicker and healthier after using these products. Overall I’m very impressed and would buy these again.

RRP £5.61 each
*Ditch The Dirt Volume Shampoo 250ml
*Plump & Sexy Volume Conditioner 250ml

Friday 24 January 2014

Discovery Club 5th Edition Box

By The Fragrance Shop

A few months back I told you about The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club box. A perfume samples box that not only contained 5 samples to try, but also money off vouchers for the fragrances.

Today I’d like to tell you about the 5th Edition Discovery Box. This box consisted of not 5, but 9 perfumes to sample (6 womens fragrances and 3 mens); a special treat to celebrate the Discovery Club’s First Birthday.

The 5th Edition box contained the following fragrances;
Jean Paul Gaultier - ‘Classique’ EDT
Nina Ricci - Nina EDT
Gucci - Gucci Guilty EDT
Thierry Mugler - Angel EDT
Thierry Mugler - Alien EDT
Givenchy - Very Irresistible EDT
Hugo Boss - Hugo Man EDT*
Hugo Boss - Boss Bottled EDT*
Issey Miyake - L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme EDT*

Although I have a couple of these already, this was a great selection of fragrances and I was certainly not disappointed. Also (as expected) the Discovery Club Box came with a discount booklet of vouchers worth £45.

This was my second Discovery Club box, and so far I’ve been impressed with the selection of fragrances provided. The Discount vouchers are also a nice touch, helping you get stocked up on your favorites!

Have you ordered a Discovery Club Box? If so what did you think of it?

*Mens fragrances


Thursday 23 January 2014

Hot Lizard Boutique

Hello Lovelies, today I'd like to tell you about my new business venture (yup I'm bigging myself up but sometimes you just have too!)

Hot Lizard Boutique is bespoke crystallizing company. You can have your iPhone cases (of any phone case), shoes, handbags...........You name it I'll crystalize it. I use only Swarovski Crystals, good quality satin ribbon and acrylic accessories.  

It's early days, however I have some orders already that I'm starting to work on. 
Below are some images of a pair of Next childrens hi-tops I've just finished.

If you'd like to know more please head over to the Hot Lizard Boutique facebook page


Wednesday 22 January 2014

YOU Beauty Advent Calendar 2013

In November I treated myself to the YOU Beauty advent calendar. Those of you who follow me on Instagram would have seen my daily pictures of what was behind each door.

Today I’ve put together a post to show you the contents of my calendar, and which products I’m excited to try out over the coming months.

Monday 20 January 2014

Crown Professional 78 Palette

I recently bought the Crown Professional 78 Palette, and although I wasn’t planning on reviewing it (it was a work purchase for a photoshoot), it’s so good I just have to share it with you!

Inside what appears to be a very plainly packaged palette, you will find all you will ever need to create beautiful eye makeup and more…..

The 78 Palette contains; 72 highly pigmented eye shadows in a selection of matte and shimmers, plus 6 cheek colours. You will also find a good sized mirror and 2 double-ended sponge applicators (which I haven’t used yet). The 78 Palette is also a reasonable size, its hard to imagine when looking at a picture online, but I was pleased to find it isn’t too big. Not that I’m saying it’s small because it isn’’s just right :)

I have had a great deal of fun with this palette. It has the perfect combination of colours so you can create subtle, dramatic, bold and bright eye makeup looks. Seriously I’m sure the options are endless!!!

RRP £22.99

Wednesday 15 January 2014

New Year, New Hair

Well the new year is here, and this called for a new hair style. My hair has been long for years (literally!). I’ve had short layers cut in, blunt fringes, side sweeping fringes and every time I’ve ended back where I began.

My latest visit to my hair stylist couldn’t have come quick enough. I’d decided to have several inches cut off, and was driving Mr KME crazy going on about it.  Although I felt nervous about having so much cut off (and then having to deal with it at home) I can safely say its been a joy so far…….!

So without further adue, here is my new hair cut,

I’ll be bringing you some new hair tutorials for styling which I hope you will find helpful.

Be back soon xx

Monday 13 January 2014

KORRES Lip Butter - Jasmine

I’d been looking into Korres products online for some time now, but never really got around to ordering anything (you know how it is!). So when I discovered my local Waitrose store stocked Korres it was inevitable I would buy something from their range.

I settled for a Lip Butter in Jasmine.

This time of year my lips dry out terribly, so I’m always on the search for a new product that will combat drying and cracking. I will admit I chose this purely based on its fragrance; a sweet floral scent which isn’t overpowering. Korres Lip Butter is slightly tinted, and mine being Jasmine it leaves a pretty nude gloss on my lips. The Shea Butter content ensures great moisturising, although it can be a bit sticky if you put too much on.

The packaging is also a big plus for me. It’s stylish and well thought out. I particularly like the ‘box in a box’ design, it gives it a very expensive feel. I think it’s perfect if you’re making up a hamper of beauty products for a friend.

Unfortunately I can’t find my receipt, but the website shows a price of €9,70 (at the time of writing). For more details about the Korres Range check out their website.


Friday 10 January 2014

2013 Favourites

Some of you may remember back in January 2013 I published a favourites post, featuring the products I liked most from 2012. Well this January is no different, and today I’m showing you my top products from 2013.

First up is my favourite haircare range, this was L’Occitane’s ‘Radiance & Colour Care’ range.
This range was amazing. Anyone familiar with L’Occitane products will know how concentrated their products are!
“This haircare collection is designed with coloured hair in mind. Containing 5 essential oils, that all help leave your hair feeling beautifully nourished and healthy looking.”

 Next lets have some makeup…….This would have to be the NYX Round Lipstick in ‘Indian Pink’. I’ve probably worn this lip stick more than any other since I bought it.
NXY Cosmetics says -
"NYX Round Lipstick is our classic lipstick for all-year round. The mineral-based emollient formula offers a beautiful velvet texture, saturated colour and it resists wear and smudging. It's your go-to lipstick"

Lets look at my favourite nail polish from the last 12 months. This has to be the OPI 007 Bond Girls ‘Liquid Sand’ set I bought.

This set was the first I’d used from OPI’s ‘Liquid Sand’ range. At the time I wasn’t over keen on the gritty feeling that was left once the polish had dried. However the more I’ve used them, the more I’ve fallen in love with them. I should also mention that they’ve been a hit with my clients; they seem to love ‘Liquid Sand’ polishes.

Last up I’m going to show you my favourite fashion look for 2013. I feel it’s safe to say this is my go-to look when working. I feel most comfortable in these clothes :)
This is My Work Style

There you have it, some of my 2013 favourites. What were your favourite items from last year, I’d love to know.

Happy New Year
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