Autumnal Beauty Wishlist

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Hey everyone, I was taking a look through my extensive wishlist and realised that several things would actually be perfect for the autumnal season and so I decided to share with you ten items that I’m lusting after this season. Some are old products and some are new releases but I hope you enjoy this post.

Autumnal Wishlist

1) Benefit Majorette Blush Booster
This isn’t an autumnal product as such but it is a new release that has caught my eye. This is kind of similar to a cream blusher but Benefit recommend using it underneath other blushers to intensify the colour and pigments. Whether this is great or not remains to be seen but I’ve read some good reviews on it and am eager to try it for myself.

2) Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Crushed Plum
I’m a huge fan of berry and purple toned lip colours and in Autumn it’s great because I can wear my favourite shades and be fashionable at the same time. The Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Crushed Plum is a shade that I don’t own but it’s simply stunning and would make a great addition to my collection.

3)Charlotte Tilbury Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Dolce Vita
Charlotte Tilbury is another brand that I haven’t explored mainly because of the hefty price tag but even I can’t deny that the Dolce Vita palette looks especially beautiful for autumn with it’s gorgeous selection of neutral shades.

4) Essie Nail Polish in Stylenomics
Thinking ahead to bonfire night and Christmas one of the most beautiful polishes I have seen is Essie’s Stylenomics – A beautiful deep green that is almost black with a glossy finish. This teamed with red makes for festive nails and a green glitter of the top would be perfect for bonfire night.

5) Laura Mercier Creme Gel Eyeliner in Envy
I’m a huge fan of gel liner and I’ve coveted my Collection Gel Eyeliner in Black for a while now but I’ve literally fallen head over heels for the Laura Mercier Creme Gel Eyeliner in Envy – a very deep forest green gel that is almost black, perfect for adding a little twist to the cat eyed flick.

6) MAC Lingering Kiss Lipstick
One of MAC’s newest lipstick and I have to say it is absolutely gorgeous. This shade is perfect for rocking a vampy lip throughout Autumn and Winter and these sort of lip colours are my favourites, this lipstick is one that I need.

7) Maybelline 24HR Colour Tattoo in On and on bronze
I own four of the colour tattoos now (in endless purple, turquoise forever, timeless black and eternal gold) but I’m really drawn to the shade On and on bronze, a cult favourite in the beauty world and a colour that reminds me of autumn leaves. This would look great in Autumn either alone for a metallic finish or teamed with other neutrals.

8) Revlon Colourburst Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion
I was determined not to jump on the bandwagon and purchase any of these moisture stains especially as I wasn’t too impressed by the L’oreal versions and had heard bad reviews about them but the shade Parisian Passion is right up my street and would be perfect for a glossy berry lip in autumn and winter.

9) Topshop Metallic Cream Blush in Pulse
I’m a huge blush fiend but this shade is unlike anything that I own in my blush collection. I love the duskiness of it and think that it would be perfect for Autumn, and despite not having tried any makeup by them I’ve heard great things about Topshop makeup.

10) Urban Decay Smoked Palette
Although this isn’t a new release the selection of shades is right up my street and perfect for creating a range of sultry smoky looks for Autumn and Winter. Urban Decay shadows are buttery and pigmented so I know that I’d get a lot of use out of this palette.

So that is it for my Autumnal Wishlist I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and if they are worth purchasing.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Introducing Fuschia Makeup…

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Hey everyone, so recently I was kindly sent some items to try from Gillian – the managing director and creator of Irish cosmetics brand Fuschia Makeup. I’ve never tried any Irish brands or independent cosmetics brands before so I was super excited. I’ve trialled these items for a few weeks now and have finally come to a solid opinion on each of them, here’s what I think.

Disclaimer: These items were sent to me for reviewing purposes, all opinions are my own.

fuschia makeup

“Make your own” Five Pan Palette RRP 40 Euros (inc eyeshadows) or £31.23 (link)
palete colours
This system is very similar to the MAC Palette or Inglot Freedom System. The owners basically allow you to by the empty palette on it’s own and then you pay for each individual eyeshadow and can choose which colours your wish to be inside the palette. As you can see the palette is primarily made from cardboard but it is still very sturdy. There is a built in mirror and you can take each eyeshadow out and replace them with other ones should you wish to do so which I think is really cool. I also really like the packaging and design of the palette it’s very sleek and very pretty.
palette swatches
Although the eyeshadows I were sent have no names here are swatches of them. The shimmery ones are very pigmented and have minimal fallout. They’re buttery and longlasting and I like to use them on the inner corners of my eyes and as a brow highlight. I do like the matte shades as well although the middle one does need to be built up for an intense colour, the darker matte shades have an excellent payoff.

What I also like is that Fuschia don’t just offer 5 pan palattes you can also get different sizes for different prices depending how big you want the palette which I think is pretty good.

Brow Wax Kit in Taupe 15.50 (euros) or £12.10 (link)
brow kit
The brow kit comes in three different shades Blonde (light), Brown (medium) and Taupe (dark) pictured above is the shade Taupe. In all honesty I wasn’t bowled over by this product and I wouldn’t repurchase. The wax is very strong and does hold the brows in place which is good but I found the wax to be very sticky almost like glue and it made my eyebrows look shiny even with the powder over the top. I did like the brow powder which actually was a pretty good match for my brows but the brush is very plasticy and synthetic and doesn’t pick up the product very well so I found this difficult to work with. That isn’t to say that this product will not work for you however.
brow kit swatch
(Swatch of the wax and powder combined)

Eye Dust Pigment in Full Moon 12.95 (euros) or £10.11 (link)
fool moon pigment
I do think that this pigment is relatively expensive however it is excellent quality so I can honestly say that it is worth the price tag. This pot contains 1.5g of product and contains a sifter to prevent the shadow from spilling everywhere. The colour itself is a stunning pale golden shimmer which works beautifully in the inner corners of the eyes to brighten them. Although fallout is a slight problem as it is with most loose eyeshadows, the colour payoff is phenomenal and a little really goes a long way. I will be taking a look at some more shades of these pigments.
full moon swatch
(Full Moon Pigment and Swatch)

Fuschia Face Primer (I have a sample size) Full Size RRP 22.00 (euros) or £17.18 (Link)
primer
I personally think that this primer is quite expensive however again it is very good and you do get a lot of product for your money. This does fill in my pores and is clear in colour reminding me of the Maybelline Baby Skin. The one thing I was wary of was that this does have minute specks of glitter in it however this doesn’t turn your face like a glitterball it just adds a little radiance. This is very silicone feeling again like the Baby Skin or even the Porefessional so if you hate the feeling of silicone based primers then you won’t like this. I was actually pleasantly surprised with it and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I’m not sure if I would repurchase but it definitely wasn’t a bad product.

Candle Glow Highlighter in Pearly Pink (I have a sample size) Full Size RRP 25 Euros or £19.52 (Link)
highlighter and swatch
I absolutely adore this highlighter and would go as far to say that it is the best that I have tried. It offers a beautiful radiant glow without looking oily, shiny or greasy. It blends seamlessly into foundation and a little goes a long way. I was really impressed with this and actually prefer it over Benefit’s High Beam. This is much creamier, easier to work with and it blends into my makeup a lot better than High Beam does. I was bowled over by this and would indefinitely repurchase it. If there is one product that you must try by this brand I would definitely say to try this. Love. It.

Fuschia Cream Lipstick in Vamp RRP 13.50 Euros or £10.54 (Link)
vamp lipstick
I’m really impressed with this lipstick and would definitely repurchase. It is a very nice plum colour which I think is bang on trend for Autumn/Fall. The formula is creamy enough that it doesn’t dry out my lips but isn’t slippery it offers a nice satin finish. I actually wear this over the top of the Fuschia Lip Pencil in Eggplant and I can guarantee that it will stay on my lips all day, those two products are a formidable duo. This is really good quality and I was very impressed with this.
vamp swatch
(Swatch of Vamp Lipstick)

Lip Pencil in Eggplant RRP 12.96 (Euros) or £10.12 (Link)
eggplant lip pencil

I really love this lip pencil, it’s in a lovely purple shade which I was really pleased about because I needed a good berry toned lip liner. The formula is creamy and glides onto the lips without tugging on the lip line or slipping and sliding. This works to prevent lipstick from bleeding but can actually be worn alone for a solid lip colour as well. I would recommend using a lip balm underneath this as otherwise when worn repeatedly it can be a little drying on the lips, but other than that this is an impressive product.
pencil and stick swatches
(L-R Lip Pencil in Eggplant, Cream Lipstick in Vamp)

Fuschia Lip Lacquers in Love Affair and Party Girl (I have sample sizes) Full Sizes RRP 16.50 Euros or £12.88 (Link)
lip lacquers
I was really wowed by both of these lip lacquers, they are creamy and moisturising without being horribly sticky yet they don’t dry the lips out or flake away either – problems which I nearly always suffer from when I use lip lacquers. Love Affair is the bottom shade which is a really nice dusky rose colour. Perfect for Autumn if you don’t want to go completely vampy with your lips. Party Girl is a hot blue toned pink which is very similar to MAC’s Show Orchid. Both Lacquers are lovely and wear well and have excellent longevity.
lip lacquer swatches
(Fuschia Lip Lacquers Party Girl left and Love Affair right)

Overall Fuschia have won me over, Gillian obviously puts a lot of hard work into making her products from the packaging to the formulas and I’m very impressed. If you haven’t yet checked out this brand I would definitely recommend that you do so because they have some real gems. You can purchase and view the makeup at http://www.fuschia.ie.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried anything by this brand or if you haven’t what you would like to try for yourself.
Thanks for reading.

Love x
Nina


September Favourites

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Initially I was going to film for favourites as a video however not only have I just realised that I’ve run out of batteries for my camera (oops) but I also have so many new discoveries to share with you that I wanted to be able to go into depth without presenting you with an overly long video, so without further ado here are my favourites.
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Beauty Favourites
I rediscovered an old favourite hair dye in the form of La Riche Directions Hair Dye in Cerise, this is a really bright fuchsia pink that looks gorgeous as a dip dye, I’ve just recently ombred my hair with this fresh for university and I’m in love. Now that I’ve dyed my hair again I’m worried about keeping it shiny and healthy so I’ve been constantly reaching for my Toni and Guy Finishing Shine Tonic, a nice scented shine spray that leaves my hair looking glossy and healthy.

I finally used up my Soap and Glory Righteous Butter and despite not being too fond of it in the beginning I’ve grown rather attached and was sad to see the back of it. I’m now using a different body lotion but I do miss the intense moisture that I got from the Soap and Glory offering. After using up my Nivea Daily Essentials 2 in 1 Cleanser and Toner I decided to switch up my skincare routine with some new items. The Garnier Simply Essentials Gentle Cleansing Lotion is gentle enough not to irritate my sensitive skin but also removes the majority of my makeup without being to stripping. I’ve also been enjoying the Espa Optimal Pro Tri Phase Cleanser a lemon scented cleanser that doubles as an exfoliator and can be also used as a face mask, after using this my skin always feels really clean and refreshed. Speaking of Espa I’ve also been using their Optimal Pro Serum which again is a lovely product, this hydrates my face without making it oily or greasy and leaves my skin feeling really soft and smooth. The final skincare product that I’ve been particularly enjoying is my Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner, a refreshing product that tightens my pores and prevents any grime or oil from getting trapped inside my skin.

Onto makeup there has been a lot of products that I’ve been loving this month the first of which is my Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base with SPF15, I use this as a primer but it also doubles as a colour corrector and works really well to counteract my redness. I’ve also been addicted to my Sleek Brow Kit in Dark which I’ve mentioned a lot on my blog already. The pigmented wax is great for shaping and filling in my brows and the setting powder sets them into place and prevents them from looking too fake. I’ve been really enjoying red lips this month and I’ve been reaching for my Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Cherry Red which is perfect for a bright pop of colour. On my nails I’ve been wearing Barry M’s Blue Grape which is a really nice indigo colour from their Gelly Hi Shine Range. I was also lucky enough to test some products from Irish Cosmetics brand Fuchsia and I particularly enjoyed the five pan eyeshadow palette, lip lacquers and my favourite item of all their Candle Glow Highlighter in Pearly Pink.

Random Favourites
Onto my more obscure favourites now, I’ve been eating Curiously Cinnamon (aka Cinnamon Grahams) but the box load this month, something about the dry cereal flavoured with sweet cinnamon has just had me craving them all month long. For any history nuts out there I’ve also been watching online a show called Deadly Women which is a documentary series on female serial killers, it is rather dark and not for the faint hearted but it’s also quite interesting as well. I finally got around to watching the Lord of the rings trilogy and I’ve completely hooked, I’ve watched all three films (extended editions) and I’ve worked my way through the first book. I know I’m so late to the fandom but eh well. Continuing with films I also watched The Purge – Anarchy which has just been released in cinemas. I can confirm that it is absolutely amazing and a must watch for any horror fans. Battle Royale was also watched this month and I really enjoyed that, if you haven’t seen it think The Hunger Games but darker, older and more realistic.

Bloggers and Youtubers
My favourite blogger of the month has been Allison Anderson also known as Amarixe to some. I also love her youtube channel but her purge series on her blog where she has been clearing out her makeup was a really enjoyable series to read and particularly stood out to me.

For youtubers my favourite of the month has been Sara from Glitter Lips Beauty, I love all of her videos and how down to earth she is. I love how she features mainly drugstore products on her channel as well which is great for people who can’t always afford the higher end offerings.

That concludes my monthly favourites, I know it was a long post! If you enjoyed reading this please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what some of your monthly favourites have been.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Nivea Powerfruit Delight Shower Gel Review

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Although it isn’t the most scintillating topic for a blog post or conversation I have to admit I do love a beautifully scented shower gel and when it’s a budget buy it’s even better, today I have to share with you the Nivea Powerfruit Delight Shower Gel a stunning product that is cost friendly and effective.

nivea powerful delight shower gel
This shower gel is priced at £1.99 at Boots (link) although I actually picked it up for a pound from Savers which is an absolute bargain. The packaging is nice a hot pink tube with the logo, necessary information and a fruity image and the lid is one of those flip of flip down lids which is simple enough to use.

The product is described as such: Nivea Powerfruit Delight. Fruity freshness to energise your skin and sense. Experience the vibrant scent of Goji Berry while this refreshing shower gel turns into a soft foam – leaving you revitalised and full of energy.
* PH Skin balanced – Skin compatability dermatologically improved.

First of all the scent of this is absolutely divine, it’s really fruity as this product contains Goji Berry Scent, Vitamin C and Cranberry Extracts. I particularly like using this in the morning because it erases all sleepiness and grogginess and makes me feel refreshed and ready to start the day.

As stated in the product description this does turn into a foam which feels really luxurious and lathers up really nicely on the skin to leave you with really nice soft skin. This is made by Nivea and I would say it is suitable for sensitive skin, I know that it hasn’t irritated my skin but just in case any of you have allergies to particular ingredients here is the ingredient list:

Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Glucoside, Sodium Arscorbyl Phosphate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Juice, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyquanternium-7, Benzophenone-4, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Parfum, C1 16035.

Overall this is a really nice product and I would definitely repurchase, I particularly like it now that the weather is turning colder as it reminds me of summery days and is really uplifting. Also a little fun fact for you is that this product contains Citric Acid and it’s been scientifically proven that the smell of citrus fruits actually helps to lift the mood – bonus!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what bath or shower products you are currently using and if you would recommend them!

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Eternal Gold Review

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If you have followed my blog for a while you’ll know that I really like the Maybelline 24 Hr Colour Tattoos and already have three shades in Endless Purple, Turquoise Forever and Timeless Black. I recently picked up one of the more neutral shades in Eternal Gold and thought that I’d share my thoughts with you.

maybelline colour tatoo
I’m sure that you have seen the packaging of these before but just in case you haven’t these come in a little glass pot with a twist off lid. These retail for £4.99 and you can buy them here.

swatch
The colour payoff of this is quite good, as you can see this colour is a pale gold shimmer which I think is lovely for autumn. The texture of these eyeshadows is nice and creamy and they last relatively well, you can wear these on their own or as eyeshadow bases.

on me
Unfortunately the good things end here, I’ve found that the formula of this colour feels slightly different to the rest of the tattoos, it’s a lot dryer and I’ve found that it flakes off and creases. I’ve not had this very long yet it’s dryer than the rest of the colour tattoos which I own which tells me that Maybelline have been a little inconsitent, I’ve also heard other people complaining saying that the neutral shades are dryer than the brighter colours.

Overall I’m actually disappointed with this, I thought that it would be just as creamy and beautiful as the rest of the range yet it seems to be a lot dryer. I will probably try and use this anyway, I’m thinking of maybe putting all of my tattoos in a bowl of hot water to try and melt them a little and make them a bit creamier. I wouldn’t repurchase this shade though simply because of the formula.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. If you have tried any of the Colour Tattoos please leave a comment and let me know which shades you own and how dry they were, I’m curious to see whether it is just me that has a dud product or if this is an ongoing problem with the more neutral shades.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

No7 Rosy Control Review

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I’ve been on a bit of a quest lately and have delved into the world of colour correctors in an attempt to find a product that can calm my redness. I did review the Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base which I really enjoyed and I’ve been giving the NO7 Rosy Control a whirl, here’s what I think.

no7 rosy tone colour control
The product comes in a mint green squeezy tube, my mum actually gave me this and as you can see the packaging is quite battered. I believe that this has been discontinued now as I can’t find an RRP for it on the Boots website, but you can now pick it up for £2.95 from Amazon (link) although I’m sure it was a lot more expensive when it was sold in Boots.

swatch
As you can see by this swatch this product doesn’t just have a green tinge it is pure green. The liquid is quite runny and doesn’t absorb into the skin very well, I’ve also noticed that a small amount isn’t enough to conceal or correct any redness but if you use any more than a pea size amount your skin ends up turning green and even when you apply your foundation your skin still has a green tinge.

Personally I don’t think that this corrects very well and it doesn’t have great longevity either. Even worse it clings to any dry patches you have and turns them green so you basically look like a zombie.

on me
In this photo the product seems to have corrected my skin quite well but in reality my skin was very green, if you look at my jawline and towards the lower half of my face you can see hints of green which isn’t great.

Overall I wasn’t impressed with this product and will probably only use it for Halloween tutorials or if for some reason I want green skin. I’m pretty disappointed especially as it was No7 who made this and usually their products are good quality. I wouldn’t recommend this and I wouldn’t repurchase.

I hope that you enjoyed this post if you did please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried this and if you had the same problem.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

A-Z of beauty brands

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As a child I used to play this game with my family and friends where we would take the alphabet and a topic such as songs and we had to come up with one for each letter of the alphabet. As a beauty addict I thought that it would be fun to do the same for beauty brands. Today I give you an A-Z of beauty brands and the products I’d recommend or want to try by them. I’ve tried to stick mainly to drugstore and affordable brands but for certain letters a few higher end brands have sneaked their way in, I hope that you enjoy this post.

A is for Accessorize
Accessorize is a brand that seems to be slowly fading away in the beauty world. Every time I go into Superdrug the Accessorize shelf seems to be empty and so I haven’t tried anything by them but I have to say I do have my eye on their baked merged blushes which just look adorable.

B is for Benefit
I know that Benefit isn’t the cheapest of brands but it is a popular one in the beauty world, I haven’t tried a lot of Benefit products but what I have tried I have enjoyed. I recommend the They’re Real Mascara and the Porefessional, two products that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with.

C is for Collection
I don’t know if you guys agree with me but in my opinion Collection has just gotten better and better over the years especially since they’re rebirth from Collection 2000 to Collection. My favourite product by them is they’re Cream Puff in Cotton Candy, a vanilla scented lip cream that offers a mid toned pink matte finish.

D is for Dior
Dior is definitely not a budget brand but as I thought of D all I could think of was Dior and Diptique. I don’t think I need to go into detail about how luxurious Dior products are I have tried the Maximizer Lash Growth Serum but I have my eye on the Dior Addict Fluid Sticks, luxury liquid lipsticks at their finest!

dior fluid sticks

E is for E.L.F
Okay shoot me I still haven’t tried anything by E.L.F but I really want to! I do have a list of things that I want to try by E.L.F and I do have a particular interest in the HD powder which looks to be a dupe for the more expensive Makeup Forever version.

F is for Fyrinnae
For those of you who haven’t heard of this brand Fyrinnae is an indie cosmetics company that make the most beautiful looking eyeshadows and lip lustres. I particularly want to try the Pixie Epoxy which is like an eye primer which works to intensify pigment and glitter in eyeshadows.

G is for Garnier
Surprisingly I haven’t delved much into Garnier simply because I have a love affair with Nivea (we are married and everything) but I recently tried the Garnier Cleansing Lotion and it’s so gentle and refreshing on my skin.

H is for Holika Holika
Korean beauty converts step this way. Holika Holika is one of the most popular brands in Asian beauty and I definitely want to give their BB Cream a go. Koreans just do BB creams perfectly. If you are a BB cream lover but aren’t happy with British offerings then head over to Sasa.com and check out some korean offerings.
holika holika

I is for Illamasqua
I desperately want to try the skin base foundation by Illamasqua and I absolutely adore their lipsticks. My personal favourite is Kontrol a unique grey toned blue/purple which is unlike any lipstick I have ever seen. It may sound scary but it’s actually really cool.

J is for Julep
Every time I’m on Bloglovin or WordPress there is always someone talking about the Julep Maven box and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t in the slightest bit envious. Julep have created some stunning colours that I’m just dying to get my hands (and nails) on.

K is for Korres
I’m a Korres virgin let’s just get that out their but I have to say that the Korres Lip Butters just appeal to the lip balm hoarder in me. I do not need any more lip balms, treatments or butters but these offerings are still pretty tempting.

L is for L’oreal Paris
L’oreal Paris is a huge brand in the beauty world covering all bases from makeup to skincare to haircare. I do find their Color Riche lipsticks a little on the drying side but I adore their True Match Foundation which offers medium coverage and matches both the colour and the texture of the skin.
l'oreal true match foundation
M is for Makeup Academy
Oh MUA how I adore you. My favourites from MUA have to be their lipsticks however I do have both of their Undress Me Highlighters to try, and their eyeshadow palettes are pretty great too. I do want to try the Undress Your Skin Foundation which promises a radiant glow to the skin.

N is for Natural Collection
Natural Collection is a brand which I feel is often overlooked which is a shame because they have some really nice products. Their Solo Eyeshadows are great for adding a subtle wash of colour to the lids and their Blushed Cheeks consist of a range of matte blushers to add a natural looking flush to the cheeks, but it’s the Moisture Shine Lipsticks which have stolen my heart particularly the shade Cherry Red which is my perfect red.

O is for O.P.I
Literally every blogger and youtuber I love seems to own at least one O.P.I polish and I still haven’t tried them mainly because of the hefty price tag which puts me off every time but I can’t deny that they have a wonderous shade range which I could stare at forever.
opi

P is for Pixi
Pixi is a brand that I want to try for both their skincare and makeup. In terms of skincare the Pixi Glow Tonic is something that I have heard a lot of people rave about and I also really like the look of the Endless Silky Eye Pencils which Zoella and A Sprinkle of Glitter rate, that’s before I even get started on the cute packaging.

Q is for Q.V.C
I have to say I chose this brand simply because I really struggled to think of a brand beginning with Q. I think that the Q.V.C makeup brushes look like they would get on with the rest of my brush collection though.

R is for Rimmel London
I struggled to choose between Rimmel and Revlon for this letter but I’m gone with Rimmel as their products are slightly for affordable. I adore the Match Perfection Foundation and Stay Matte Pressed Powder and would definitely recommend both products to anyone who has not tried them. The Scandaleyes range and the Moisture Renewal Lipsticks also have made it into my collection. Rimmel for me is one of those brands that I can always rely on.
rimmel london
S is for Soap and Glory
I’m a bit hit and miss with some of the Soap and Glory body products mainly because I loathed the Hand Food but I do love The Righteous Butter and have almost used up an entire tub of it. I also quite like the Soap and Glory makeup especially the Thick and Fast Mascara. The Archery Brow Tint and Precision Shaping Pencil is also quite nice for eyebrow beginners.

T is for Tony Moly
Yet another asian beauty brand, I’ve mainly mentioned this simply because I am lusting after the Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm a product that evens out the skintone and comes in shiny egg packaging!

U is for Umberto Giannini
I bet a lot of you thought of Urban Decay for you but as great as their products are they are a little on the pricey side. Umberto Giannini isn’t a brand that I’ve yet tried but I have my eye on their Keratin Spray which would work perfectly on my damaged hair.
umberto gianiini

V is for Vo5
Vo5 is another brand that I find a bit hit and miss but one product that I did enjoy is their Oomph Powder. If, like me, you hair can look a little on the flat side\ fear not, just sprinkle some of this into you roots, massage in and watch your hair gain texture and volume in an instant.

W is for Weleda
Weleda is yet another brand that I haven’t yet try but I desperately want to try the Skin Food especially after hearing so many people rave on about it. I don’t care how much it is my skin needs it. Fact.
X is for Xen-Tan
I mainly stuck this in just because I couldn’t think of another brand for X. I don’t bother with fake tan simply because I’m pale and proud but a lot of youtubers I watch do fake tan and I’ve heard a lot of them rave about this brand. I don’t know much about it but if you are a tanning addict then it may be something worth checking out.
xen tan

Y is for Yves Saint Laurent
YSL is definitely not a budget brand but their Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks are just perfection in a tube. The lipsticks not only look nice but they smell and taste fruity as well! I’d definitely repurchase and adore mine.

Z is for Zoeva
All of you people who own the Rose Gold brushes by Zoeva I’d like you to know that I’m extremely envious of you – emphasis on the “extremely.” I also love the look of their makeup particularly their eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks.

So that is it for my A-Z of Beauty Brands, I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this post, have tried any of these products or if you would like this to become a regular feature.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Jigsaw Puzzle Piece Nail Art Tutorial

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a nail art tutorial so I came up with this cute little jigsaw design. It can be a little tricky especially if you have short, bitten nails like myself but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

you will need
You will need:
Two contrasting nail polishes:
I’ve chosen Calvin Klein Splendid Color Nail Enamel in Red Red
and Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blinding Blue.
One black nail polish: I’ve used Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Nail Polish in Black Cab.
One white nail art pen or thin tipped white nail polish: I’ve used Barry M Nail Art Pen in White.
Base and a Top Coat: I’ve used Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

Step One:
step one paint nails first colour
Once you’ve applied your base coat and it has dried you need to take the first of your chosen colours (not the black polish) and then paint each of your nails except your middle finger. Then take your second chosen colour and apply that to your middle finger which will be an accent nail.

Step Two:
step two paint on two diagonal black squares
Next take your black polish and very carefully paint two squares that are diagonal to each other. This can be a bit tricky but don’t worry if they’re slightly misshapen because we can tidy this up later. This should create a kind of checkered effect on your nails.

Step Three
step three paint on jigsaw shapes
Once the black polish on your nails is completely dry take your white nail art pen or thin tipped white polish and around each square draw an outline of a jigsaw shape. These can be any shape you want and you can use the outline to tidy up any overlapping colours or wobbles.

Step Four
step four apply top coat
Finally to complete the look, add glossiness and to prevent chipping apply a top coat over the top of your nails. I’ve used the Seche Vite Top Coat but you can use whatever you want. I would advise against any top coats that add an effect such as matte top coats as this may overcomplicate the design.

That is it for this post, I hope that you enjoyed it and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments what you think of this design and if you have any post requests.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

L.O.T.D Maleficent Inspired

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Hey guys, this is just a quick post today but I thought I’d share with you this autumnal look that I created inspired by Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, I hope that you enjoy this post.

lotd

Eyes:
SBC Eyeshadow in 25N Frosted Khaki Green (all over lid)
Collection Dazzle Me in Mystery (outer corners and crease)
L’oreal Contour Kohl in Black (lower waterline)
L’oreal Telescopic Mascara in Black (lashes)
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark (brows)

Face:
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base with SPF15 (Primer)
Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation in Ivory (Foundation)
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair (under eyes and on blemishes)
Astor Deluxe Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever (as a contour)
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 003 Peach Glow (all over face)

Lips:
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Plumful (Lips)

So that is it for this post, if you enjoyed it and would like me to do L.O.T.D regularly please hit the like button and let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Natural Collection Solo Shadow in Crushed Walnut Review

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I’m a huge fan of Natural Collection and I feel like I’m always banging on about either their Solo Eyeshadows, Moisture Shine Lipsticks or Blushed Cheeks Blushers and I now have yet another eyeshadow to share with you, this is the shade Crushed Walnut.

natural collection eyeshadow
First of all I just love the cute packaging of these eyeshadows. It’s so simple and minimalist with the plastic pot, screw on lid and cute little logo but something about it just appeals to me. These are small and convenient as you can easily pop them in your eyeshadow drawer or slot them into your makeup bag and they don’t take up a lot of room. This is also an extremely budget friendly product priced at a mere £1.99 per eyeshadow and whenever I have change I’ll always pick one of these up to add to my collection.

swatch brown
(Ignore the shimmer and glitter I was swatching a different product earlier and the glitter clung to my skin)

This shade is a nice, matte chocolate brown. I like how it’s cool toned as a lot of my neutral and brown eyeshadows are all warm toned, I particularly like wearing this in my crease and on the outer corners of my eyes to create a smokey look. Without an eyeshadow primer these last surprisingly well (a good few hours before they fade depending on if you pack them on or not). If you prefer a subtle look then one swipe of this will add a nice wash of colour, or if like me, you prefer a bolder look you can build these up to be as intense as you like. This shadow offers a matte finish so I particularly enjoy using this as a setting powder for my eyebrows.

brows
This is the eyeshadow on my brows over the top of the wax from my Sleek Brow Kit. This works really well for my eyebrows as it’s darker than the powder in my brow kit and it doesn’t really have much fallout with it being a pressed eyeshadow. This works really well to seal my eyebrows in place and to prevent the wax from melting which I love.

Overall I really like this eyeshadow and I’d definitely repurchase, if you love a good twofer (product with two uses) then I’d definitely recommend that you pick this up.

You can purchase this eyeshadow and view the rest of the eyeshadows in this range by clicking here.

I hope that you enjoy this post, if you did then please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried this product or would consider buying it.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

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