Monday, 26 November 2012

Nails of the Week - Glow in the Dark

Flash - It's more orange than this

Natural light - It's a lot brighter than this

Basically, it's the colour of the highlighter between the orange and pink ones. That was, and still is, my favourite highlighter shade! (source)

Glowing in the dark - This is the result after holding my fingers under a lamp for about 10 seconds. It fades quite a lot, but it's definitely still noticeable in the dark.

Isn't this nail polish pretty? I've always loved shades like this. If you're interested in it, or another shade, you can buy it from here for 99p, including delivery. The shade is number 14. I also have shade 13, and my sister has shades 7, 9 and 13.

The seller's feedback isn't the best, but my sister and I had no problems with them. The polishes did take 3-4 weeks to arrive, but I expected that, seeing as they were arriving from Hong Kong.

The formula of the polish is... adequate. It took 3-4 coats to become opaque and it feels ever so slightly gritty. However, these problems can be fixed with a base and top coat. I personally don't mind if a formula isn't perfect - I'm more interested in the colour. The glow in the dark aspect is more novelty than anything, but I love a bit of novelty!

Also, sorry about the photo quality in this post. My camera isn't great at picking up neon shades, so I had to use my phone, and my phone couldn't capture it glowing in the dark, so I had to use my actual camera!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Miscellaneous Buys (Bedding, beauty, books, socks and more)

This post was meant to be up hours ago, but Blogger informed me that I used all of my photo space up and had to buy more. Loads of bloggers have also received the same message. I think it's such a scam. Blogger/Google know that photos are essential to us, so they want to charge us. I've just switched to Photobucket, and these photos are the test to see if it works. Hopefully, you can see them!

Anyway, over the last month or so, I've been buying all sorts of things. I can't remember everything I've bought though - Below is just the majority of it!

Double duvet set - eBay - £14.95, Duck egg waffle fleece bed throw - BHS - Originally £20

You all know I love my bedding! I have the pink and orange version of the duvet set above and absolutely love it, so wanted to get it in the duck egg blue colour scheme. If you like the look of it, you can buy it here. It also goes well with my new bed throw. The throw ended up costing £14, including delivery, because I used a combination of discount codes. The only problem is, is that I don't want my cats getting it dirty because it's too pretty, but the whole point of having it on my bed is to protect my duvet covers.

Burt's Bees tinted lip balm in Pink Blossom - Super Smoocher - Originally £5.99, Vaseline Rosy Lips tinted lip balm - Superdrug - £2.05, Glow in the dark nail polishes in 13 and 14 - eBay - 99p each

I repurchased Vaseline Rosy Lips because it's probably my most used lip product. Because I love it so much, I wanted to try out another tinted lip balm, so bought the Burt's Bees one. I like it, but not as much as the Vaseline one. The nail polishes are really pretty, and are more opaque than I thought they would be! They have a decent glow to them in the dark too. You can buy them, and a load of other colours, here.

The Scorch Trials - Amazon - £2.80, The Death Cure - Amazon - £2.78, The Fury - Amazon - £5.27

I finished reading The Maze Runner the other day, and quite enjoyed it, so wanted to read the next two books in the trilogy. I also popped The Fury into my basket because it sounded interesting. I said I wouldn't buy any more books for a while because I have assignments to do, but I just couldn't resist!

Sony ICD-PX312 digital voice recorder - Amazon - £33.62, 4GB memory card - eBay - £3.35, 20 Duracell AAA batteries - eBay - £4.29, 12 Duracell AA batteries - eBay - £3.99

The items above are not what you normally see on beauty blogs, but I thought I'd show them because they're useful! The recorder is for my assignments and I'm impressed by it so far. You can buy the memory card here, the Duracell AAA batteries here, and the Duracell AA batteries here.

Marshmallow Fluff 454g - Fizzy Lips (A shop near where I live) - £4.50

After finishing my 200g tub, I wanted the large one. It's certainly large! I can see it lasting ages. It is expensive for a sweet treat, but I treated myself to it because I presented my presentation on Monday.

Deer socks - New Look - £1.99, Bumblebee socks - Accessorize - £3.50, Fox socks - Accessorize - £3.50, Fox phone sock - Accessorize - £4

I love the items above! As well as protecting my phone when in my bag, the fox phone sock will also protect my dictaphone when I need to record data for my assignments.

Briefs and shorts packs - Primark - £2.50-£3 each, Navy patterned underwear - Primark - £1, Grey and lace underwear - Primark - £1.70, Various packs of socks - Primark - £2.50 each

I went a little crazy with underwear and socks today! Underwear and socks are worn every day though, so at least they'll all be used.

Christmas print pyjama bottoms - Primark - £5, Sea green t-shirt - Primark - £3, 100 denier microfibre tights - Primark - £3, Navy plimsolls - Primark - £3 each

I bought two pairs of the plimsolls because they finally had my size in stock! Whenever I'm in need of them, size 7s are out of stock for months.

Owl t-shirt - New Look - £7.99, Dark red knitted snood - New Look - £7.99, Navy striped shorts - New Look - £2.99, Scotty dog briefs - New Look - £2.99

A few weeks ago, I also bought the items above, but they're currently in the wash, so couldn't take photos of them!

And that's the end of my varied haul! Enjoy your evening :)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Empties #001

Hello and welcome to my first empties post! I haven't written one of these before because I really only go through my essential products, and they're quite boring. Knowing what products people use as their essentials can be interesting though, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

TRESemme Salon Silk Shampoo - I've been using this shampoo for a couple of years now, and it still works wonders for me. I either use the Salon Silk or Naturals ranges. The 900ml bottles last ages and they're so affordable. Repurchase? Already have! I have 6 bottles of the shampoo and conditioner stocked up because they were recently half price.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioners (Lusciously Light and Take The Heat varieties) - This is another product I've been using for years. I don't buy it all the time because my hair gets used to it, but I like to stock up when it's on offer. It also smells amazing. Repurchase? Yes.

Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning Shower Gel - Oh, I love this! It smells like Starbursts. Repurchase? Definitely! I haven't repurchased it yet though because I have about 6 bottles of shower gel and several bars of soap to use.

Ayuuri Natural Neem Body Wash - I received this in a Glossybox yonks ago. I really liked it! The tea tree and peppermint made my skin cool and tingly. The bottle was hard to squeeze though. Repurchase? No, just because it costs £4.95. However, I will be buying Original Source's version.

Maybelline One by One Mascara - This was my 4th tube, I think, so I obviously like it. It's nothing special, but it makes sure my lashes stay clump free. Repurchase? Already have :)

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - This must be my 10th tube - I've used it for years! It covers my blemishes and dark circles, blends well and is very affordable. Repurchase? Again, I already have.

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets - I don't use these very often, and I wouldn't say they've become part of my essential routine, but I really like them. Just like their name, they absorb any excess oil I have on my skin. Repurchase? I already have because they were half price in Superdrug and Tesco (At just £1.49).

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes - I won these in a goody bag. They did their job, but the texture was unusual. Repurchase? No. I either buy Skin Therapy facial wipes or large packs of baby wipes because they're cheaper. Speaking of Skin Therapy facial wipes...

Skin Therapy 3 in 1 Fragrance Free Facial Wipes - I regularly buy these because they're 2 for £1 in Wilkinson. They do their job, just like most facial wipes I've tried in my life. Repurchase? Most likely. However, like I said, I've started to buy packs of baby wipes because they're more cost effective.

I hope you found this post useful. My next one will most likely be up sometime next year ;)

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Nails of the Week: Essie Bikini So Teeny

Natural light


Another nail polish post! Sick of them? Then don't read them ;)
Essie's Bikini So Teeny is a cornflower blue with tiny specks of silver glitter in (they are barely noticeable on the nails though). The formula is pretty good, taking an average two coats to become opaque. The wide brush made the streaks minimal, but some were still detected on the first coat, like most nail polishes.
If you would like to buy this colour, it is currently available on the Fragrance Direct website for just £1.99. I can't see it being available for long, so hurry!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

New Essie Nail Polishes

The other day, I was browsing Fragrance Direct, and thought I'd see if they had any new Essie shades available. I wasn't expecting them to, so was surprised to see that they did! I was also delighted to see that the shades were releases from this year. The shades I bought are Bikini So Teeny, Lights, and Bazooka. The other shades available are also nice, but I already own similar ones. After a quick search, I found a 15% off code (PAYPAL15. I'm not sure if it still works though), so for all three polishes and P&P, I paid £7.06. I can't wait to wear them, especially Bikini so Teeny. It has tiny specks of silver glitter in!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Nails of the Week: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Pomegranate

I'm loving this nail polish! It's a beautiful berry/pink toned red. The photo above and photos I've seen online make it look a lot pinker than it actually is. I would say it's more red than pink. I'm pleased about this because I've been looking for a berry coloured shade for a while. I think Pomegranate is the pink toned version of Raspberry, which is one of my all time favourite nail polishes. The formula is a dream - Above, I'm wearing just one coat. It does have a nice shine, but it's not drastically shinier than the polishes in the normal line. I can see myself wearing this shade a lot in the next few months! Next week, I'll be wearing Blueberry, another nail paint from the Gelly range.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Autumn Dolly Shoes

Hello! Just a quick post from me this evening to show you my new dolly shoes. They're from New Look and are normally £15.99, but there's currently £5 off selected shoes, so I paid £10.99 (Actually, I paid even less because of my student discount). I've been looking for some more dark red/burgundy/berry shoes because they go with most of my outfits (I love wearing navy and this shade goes well with it). It's currently raining and hailing, and tomorrow's weather doesn't look like it's going to be any drier, so I can't wear them just yet. Hopefully, I'll be able to at some point this week!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

New Barry M Nail Paints

I've wanted these nail polishes for months, but was waiting for Superdrug to have a 3 for 2. Typically, because I was waiting for a 3 for 2, Superdrug didn't have one for absolutely ages! Anyway, the shades I bought were Blueberry, Grapefruit, Pomegranate and Amethyst Glitter. The Gelly paints are £3.99 each and the glitter is £2.99, but because of the offer, I received one of the Gelly nail paints and the glitter one for free (The glitter one was free because I bought two other nail polishes for my sister for Christmas). I also got 10% off because of my student discount, so ended up saving £8.58. I've swatched them all and really like them. Blueberry and Grapefruit take 2 coats to become opaque, Pomegranate takes 1-2 coats and Amethyst Glitter takes 2-3 coats. For a glitter, that's impressive! I'm going to paint my nails with Pomegranate first because the berry shade is beautiful!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Aztec Phone Case

I'm quite smitten over my new phone case. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, it's bold and tacky, but I like it (obviously, or I wouldn't have bought it!). I first saw it for an iPhone and was instantly drawn. I hoped they had it for a Samsung Galaxy Ace (my phone) and they did! If you also have a Samsung Galaxy Ace, you can buy it here for £3.25, including P&P. If you have an iPhone, can you buy it here for £2.99, including P&P. I have the blue version, but there's also a pink one, which I'm tempted to get!

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