The Blogger Love Tag

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I don’t know about you guys but although I feel that sometimes tags can be a bit of an “easy cop out post” at the same time I do think that they can be useful for readers to get to know a blogger. I stumbled across this tag a while ago and I knew that I wanted to do it, it gives other bloggers the chance to shine and allows me to share some of my favourite blogs and youtube channels with you which I thought would be nice. So raise a glass to all of these lovely bloggers and I hope that you enjoy this post.

What was the first blog that you came across?
My first ever blog that I fully read was Musings of a Muse, she’s an american blogger who also has a love of makeup in particular asian beauty brands. I remember being hooked from day one and just reading post after post writing down everything that I wanted to try.
What are your favourite blog reads?
I definitely have a lot and I’m following tons of bloggers on Bloglovin but just off of the top of my head, I like: Annie Writes Beauty, Bed in the Kitchen, Essie Button, Hello Gemma (previously Gems Maquillage), London Beauty Queen, Midnight Violets, Miss Budget Beauty, Plus+ Beauty and The Sunday Girl to name a few.

Best Blogging Friend?
I have three that I really love to pieces. The first one is Rachel from Scentsensecentral, not only do I love her blog (and I truly do love it) but she’s also my best friend away from the internet, we go to the same University and are on the same course and she’s moving in with me in September! I also love BlondeBeauty13 or Natasha as you may know her. Natasha was one of the first people to regularly follow my blog and we had a few chats on Twitter as well, I really love Natasha’s blog. I also love Katie from Plus+beauty I think it’s hard not to adore her, not only is she funny and really sweet but she’s one of those who I can have a huge chat with and I really admire and respect her.

Name a blog that enables your purchases?
Honestly there isn’t a particular blog that enables me as such, usually it’s if I want to try something and I read several good reviews on it by different bloggers that I will then go out and purchase the item if I feel that it’s something that will work with me. I do find myself trusting Miss Budget Beauty a lot when it comes to products especially as she doesn’t rely on high end products only, I also trust Sensescentcentral, not only is Rachel a great friend but she really knows her perfume and candles so I know that if she adores something chances are I will love it too. She was the one that finally got me into scented candles as well.

Name 5 blogs that everyone should be reading?
This is subjective and obviously not everyone will agree with me, but these five bloggers are ones that I’m constantly checking for updates so I can read more.
1) London Beauty Queen
For her expertise when it comes to the legal stuff but mainly because of her in depth content, when I read Hayley’s writing she draws me in, she goes into detail about every product so you know exactly what you’re having and her lengthy lifestyle posts are alsoo great for making my brain tick and making me think.
2) Sensescentcentral
I know you guys are probably thinking that I’m plugging this blog because Rachel is my friend but it’s not just that. She adores perfume and can tell you everything about the different notes, how long a perfume lasts and which ones are worth the money and not only that but her writing style is relaxed and amusing. I love Rachel’s blog on an evening when I want to unwind.
3) Bed in the Kitchen
Jaye also has a youtube channel that I love watching and she’s so honest with everything which is a trait that I really value. There’s a good mix of low and high end products mentioned as well.
4) Plus+Beauty
Great for advice and tips for plus sized girls (which I’m not but still think are useful) and a montage of in depth looks, tricks and reviews. Once you start reading Katie’s blog you probably won’t be able to stop.
5) Miss Budget Beauty
Another blogger and youtuber that I am hooked on, Khila is effortlessly funny and charming and I find myself agreeing with so many things she says, she also adores lip products and is a great source for whenever you want to try something new.

What is your favourite way to read blogs?
I found that my feed was so crammed in wordpress and a lot of bloggers I like have their own websites or use a different platform such as blogger, so Bloglovin is an app that is essential tome. I have Bloglovin on my laptop and it’s great for breaking down posts into different bloggers so I know exactly who has a new post and when.

Bloggers that inspire you?
I don’t have particular bloggers as such because all bloggers in my eyes work hard at what they do, I admire London Beauty Queen for her posts and I admire Khila for juggling a job, children, a youtube channel and a blog. She is honestly a machine and I have a lot of respect for her.

Favourite Blog/Design Look?
I love the design of most blogs but I adore the set up of Musings of a Muse, not only do I love her design but she has different ways to search products from brand, to country, to price which is so useful.

Name a blogger who you think should write a book in the future?
Honestly? I don’t really. I find myself avoiding books and things made my bloggers, not because I don’t like them but in my eyes I think that authors work very hard and I think that sometimes when a blogger releases a book people are buying it just because it has the blogger’s name on it. I don’t abhore them or the process but I just think that despite them working hard on it, that sometimes bloggers and youtubers can be packaged as a commodity and as a brand themselves, which isn’t always a good thing. If I did want a blogger to write a book I would maybe go with Essie Button, simply because I can imagine it being interesting hearing her story from her life in Canada and her transition to the UK.

I tag everyone to do this tag, why not share a little love and make somebody elses day?

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what your favourite blog is at the moment and why.

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Nail Polish in Black Cab Review

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I have to admit I am a nail polish hoarder, I buy them and I collect them and then I run out of room and realise that I have way too many. One of the ones that I had was the Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Nail Polish in Black Cab, which joined the other polish I had from the range in It’s a scorcher.

I’ve not taken a photo of the packaging as I have a photo of me wearing the polish and holding the bottle, but the bottle is rather small and just standard there’s no unusual shapes or detailing. The brush is also a standard thin brush and the polish retails for £2.99.
before
(First Application)
In terms of the formula I just wasn’t a fan of this, the polish was very thin and needed at least three coats to really build it up, it was very runny and I found it quite difficult to apply which I don’t usually have a problem with.

The colour was okay but for a black polish I would have prefered the formula to be thicker and less sheer, I also found that th elongevity was poor. To really test it I didn’t use a topcoat to see how long this would last and it chipped within the day, after a few days it looked messy and uneven.
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(After three days)

I know that in some cases people say that “you get what you pay for” and I have to agree in this case, this was a very poor polish which was disappointing as for only one pound more I could have got a Barry M Gelly Hi Shine which lasts a week on my nails without a top coat.

Overall I didn’t like this and wouldn’t repurchase, it’s a real shame because I’m seen so many pretty offerings and pretty shades from Rimmel but the formula just isn’t up to scratch in my eyes.

The Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Nail Polishes are available here for £2.99.

Have you tried any of the Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Nail Polishes? Let me know in the comments below.

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 polishes from this range and if so what your experiences were.

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

Cleopatra Inspired LOTD

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I love challenging myself and I thought that despite not having any sort of egyptian features it would be fun to recreate a Cleopatra inspired look. This is relatively simple, but I hope that you enjoy this post.
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On my eyes:
Maybelline 24Hr Colour Tattoo in Turquoise Forever
I’m desperately trying to use up my Colour Tattoos as they seem to dry out really quickly, and this turquoise shade made an excellent cream base on my eyes for the rest of the look.
Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Irresistable Summer Sea
I love these little eyeshadows by Essence they make great duos and the colours are stunning, I used the darker shade on my lid before using the lighter shade on my brow bone to really add drama.
Rimmel Kate Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks in Electric Sapphire
I’m not a fan of the Rimmel Kate range at all. I usually love the shadow sticks but I’m not the greatest fan of the Kate ones as they don’t blend as well and are less creamy. I applied this in my crease and blended it out, it didn’t blend as much as I would have liked so I used the darker shade of my Essence 3D Eyeshadow mixed in with it and blended with a fluffy brush to create a gradient.
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Black
I love this eyeliner and knew that it would be perfect for this look, I applied this along my upper lash line and winged it out as well as on my tightline and waterline to get a defined look, this also helped me recreate the almond shaped eyes.
Essence Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black
I find the stiffness and lack of flexibility with the sponge applicator of this to not work for my upper lash line, however, this worled well to really emphasise and darken the winged part of my eyeliner.
Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Mascara in Black
I used this to pump up my lashes and complete the eyemakeup.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark
I opted for the wax and powder in this brow kit over any of my other brow products because I wasnted thick and dark brows to really recreate Cleopatra’s dramatic features.

Face Makeup
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in Light Porcelain
I wanted flawless skin especially as Cleopatra had wonderful skin after bathing in milk, so I went with this foundation as it’s a great colour match has a brilliant demi matte finish and works wonders at evening out my complexion and skintone for a flawless finish.
Concealer Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair
This is my staple concealer and as usual I used this over any blemishes and under my eyes to help to cover up any imperfections.
W7 Honolulu Bronzer
This is the darkestand most pigmented bronzer I own without it being orange, I used this to contour my face and nose to create a sculpted effect.
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold
I wanted to use highlight but I wanted something that would be more subtle than a cream or liquid and something that wasn’t pink toned and wouldn’t disturb my makeup so I used my MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold to really help to make my cheekbones pop.
Sleek Blusher in Rose Gold
Sticking with the gold theme I wanted a blusher that would add a little glow and that would work with the rest of the look so I used my trusty Sleek Blush in Rose Gold to add a radiant glow.

Lip Makeup
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Plumful
For my lips I wanted a deep colour that was a reddish brown so I chose this lipstick as it’s hydrating and is a deep brick red, perfect for this kind of look.

So that’s it, I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what you think of this LOTD and if you have any tutorial or LOTD requests.

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

 

DHC Cleansing Oil Review

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DHC isn’t a brand that I’ve come across before however in my first You Beauty Discovery Box it was a product that I got to try and I’m pretty glad that I did. I’m a huge fan of cleansing oils and find them suitable for all skintypes (except oily) I find that they are great for cleansing the skin, being gentle enough for sensitive skin, removing all makeup and keeping dryness at bay, so I’m glad I’ve had the chance to try this, here are my thoughts.
dhc cleansing oil
So this is the DHC Cleansing Oil, this smaller version which retails for around £4.50 has a little hole where you can pur the oil out, but the larger bottle has a pump which is always nice. The packaging is relatively plain but I’m glad that the bottle is clear because you can clearly see how much product you have left.

In terms of the formula this is pretty much identical to my Body Shop Camomile Cleanser which is cheaper however, DHC is a lot more readily available especially for people who live internationally as this is available on FeelUnique.

The oil is ligjtweight and I use this by massaging it into my skin and allowing it to dissolve my makeup before going in with a warm flannel to remove the excess and wipe away the makeup.

This is light enough that even for my spottier and oily areas such as my chin this doesn’t add greasiness to my skin, what I also like about this is that it doesn’r irritate my sensitive skin and works fine on the eye area to remove waterproof mascara and eyeliner, I usualy close my eyes when doing my eye area just to prevent the product getting in my eyes.

The product description on Feel Unique is as follows:
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil make-up remover completely dissolves all traces of dirt and cosmetics – even waterproof mascara and eyeliner – while nourishing your complexion with antioxidant-rich olive oil. Using dry hands, massage it onto your dry face, and it immediately goes to work. Add water and it transforms to a milky, vitamin-rich emulsion that rinses clean, leaving your skin feeling soft and nurtured; never dry or greasy. One try and you’ll understand why it’s the ultimate cleanser.

– In a clinical study, 92% of participants agreed Deep Cleansing Oil worked better than a leading cleanser at removing complexion make-up.
– Unique water-soluble formula rinses thoroughly.
– Rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
– Nourishes and hydrates for younger-looking skin. 

Directions:
Dispense DHC Deep Cleansing Oil into dry hands, then massage onto dry face to dissolve make-up, dirt and other impurities. Rinse thoroughly.

Personally I wouldn’t say that this turns into a milky emulsion, quite honestly that is a lie, it’s an oil and it remains an oil, however, it does leave your skin feeling lovely and it does nourish the complexion and remove all makeup so most of the claims for this are true and I would agree with them.

Overall I really like this, I’m not sure if I would repurchase simply because my Body Shop Camomile Cleanser is pretty much identical and it works just as well (and has the lovely scent which relaxes me) however this is a great alternative. My mum really wanted to try a cleansing oil so once I’d used it a few times I passed this onto her, for her to use. If you are looking for a cleansing oil and don’t have access to The Body Shop then I would recommend this, because it’s a nice product and does the trick.

The 200ml bottle of the DHC Cleansing Oil is available here for £21.50.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Hve you tried any cleansing oils? Let me know in the comments please, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

 

Introducing Roots and Rituals Haircare

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Around a month or so ago I was contacted by a woman named Karishma who wanted me to try her new heated hair towel and some haircare products from her range, I’ve been trialling the Roots and Rituals Self Heating Hair Towel, Conditioner and Hair Oil for a few weeks now and I have some mixed thoughts so I thought it would be time to share with you what I thought.

Background
The owner of Roots and Rituals (Karishma) had noticed that within the haircare market there were very few brands that focused on natural ingredients within haircare and she found that many products were loaded with ingredients such as parabens, silicones, sulphates and mineral oils that were doing more harm than good on our hair and thought that it was high time that haircare focused on the natural ingredients within the products. The luxurious haircare range draws inspiration from the ancient ritual of indian head massages and uses Avocado, Coconut and Oilve Oils to penetrate the hair shaft and lock in some hydration.

The Self Heating Hair Towel
Karishma has now created a new and improved version of the Self Heating Hair Towel which is now larger in size and machine washable, although I was perfectly happy with the older prototype that I was sent which I found to be pretty effective. For those of you who don’t know when applying things like hair masks and oils to the head if you wrap your hair in clingfilm or something similar this heats up the product which allows it to penetrate the hair better, so this towel not only reduces drying time of your hair without the harmful damage of blasting it with a hairdryer, but it also increases the effectiveness of the other products within the range.

There is a step by step guide to using the Self Heating Hair Towel and some information on how it works so I’ll explain that.

You may be concerned about the hair towel being electric and frying your head but this is very cleverly designed, it contains an insulating material which not only aids with trapping the heat inside the towel but also seperates the hair from the wires so there’s no health and safety hazards. The way the towel works is that you charge up the battery pack then plug this into the towel which allows the towel to heat up, once you’ve done this you place the towel on your head and it instantly works at drying your hair, it has a similar design to a turbie towel in that it clips in place so will stay on your head. Here’s a step by step guide.
hair towel

1) Plug the battery pack into the charger and plug the charger into a plug socket, turn on and allow to charge after turning on the battery pack until the charger reaches number 5 which means it is fully charged.

2) Unplug the charger and plug the battery pack into the hair towel, wrap the battery pack up in the towel and leave to heat up for twelve minutes, you can control the heat settings and have it on a low heat or a high heat, I used the maximum heat (which is 3 I believe) which nicely heats up my hair but doesn’t burn.

3) Keep the battery pack plugged into the towel, when you want the towel to cool down unplug the battery pack and the heat will lower before being cool to the touch.

I personally found the towel to be great, it felt really snug on my head and really helped to dry my hair, I did at first find that it only heated up one spot of my hair but when you charge it fully you can adjust the towel on your head to heat up and dry your entire hair or just sections. I really enjoy using this and my boyfriend gave it a go to and loved it, it’s very relaxing and saves my wrecking my hair with a hair dryer or having to walk around with dripping hair.

The Self Heating Hair Towel is available here for £49.99.

Roots and Rituals Conditioner and Hair Oil
roots and rit products
Next up is the accompanying products thay you buy seperately but are designed to work in conjunction with the Heated Hair Towel. I’ll start with the conditioner.

I found this conditioner to be pretty good and it’s free from sulphates, parabens, artificial fragrances and silicones which is a welcome addition. I have a sensitive scalp and my hair is always dry and damaged as I dye it a lot so it’s useful to have a product that can aid with those problems.

The conditioner was pretty lightweight yet thick and I personally loved the thickness which instantly made my hair incredibly soft and shiny. This is naturally scented and contains the scent of Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Rosemary which I’m really not a fan of but could bear for the conditioner just about.

The conditioner is incredibly moisturising and has now been formulated into a hair mask which is pretty cool. If you don’t mind herbal scents then you will enjoy this product and it definitely leaves your hair soft and silky.
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This is the new packaging for the conditioner which has been altered and changed into a hair mask. I don’t know about you guys but I LOVE this packaging, it’s reminiscent of the Macadamia Oil packaging with the swirl designs but the gold just screams luxury and frankly I think it’s beautiful.

Onto the hair oil now and sadly this was one product that I wasn’t a fan of, however this doesn’t mean that the product won’t work for you, I just wasn’t a fan. The Oil is designed to be a hair treatment not a serum and again increases the hydration of your hair and locks in moisture.

In terms of the effectiveness of the hair oil I did found that this worked so a thumbs up to that however I wasn’t a fan of the consistency and scent. Starting with the consistency of the oil I found it to be thinner than expected and there was no pump or filter on the bottle so when I opened this it started pouring out. For me the deal breaker on this product was the scent, again this has the Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Rosemary scent but it was incredibly overpowering and ended up giving me a migraine which I was really sad about because I wanted to love this product. It also clung to my hair for days and even after washing it again I struggled to get the smell out which was a shame for me.

The Roots and Rituals Conditioner and Hair Oil are available here for £6.49 for the conditioner (soon to be hairmask) and £15.99 for the hair oil.

Overall I have mixed feelings on this range, the packaging is great and Karishma has listened to her customers and is constantly trying to better the products an attitude which I find really inspiring. I did love the hair towel but the smell of the conditioner and oil unfortunately was a little too much for me, however I do understand that Karishma is avoiding artificial fragrances. I don’t think I’d use the conditioner and oil simply because of the headache it gave me but I definitely use the towel and I have a lot of appreciation and respect for the time and effort that has gone into this range.

Further information about Roots and Rituals can be found on the official website here.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what you think of this review, would you try the products? Do you like the concept of a self heating turbie towel? Let me know down below!

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

Topshop Lips in Wicked Review

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Topshop’s makeup range has been something that I’ve wanted to delve into for a long time, I’ve heard glowing reviews and seen so many beautiful swatches that it was only a matter of time before I tried the range myself. I picked up the Topshop Glow in Polished and the Topshop Lips in Wicked and today I have a review on the lipstick.
topshop lips
So here is the lipstick bullet, I love the grungy/punky feel of the packaging and the round bullets are so easy to store which I love, I find the packaging to be simple but effective and indefinitely iconic. The lipsticks are priced at £8.00 each which is really budget friendly for a really good lipstick, I would go as far as to compare the lipstick I have tried to one of Mac’s and it’s almost half of the price.

swatch
It’s not very springly (if that’s a word) but I do love this shade, it’s a deep raspberry which is unlike any of my other lipsticks. The formula is a satin so this goes on really easily and when it fades, it fades to a stain and then nothing at all, there’s not flaking or patchiness which is so convenient. This doesn’t bleed either so you don’t need to have a lip liner to hand or to start panicking that it will smear everywhere, it stays put.

This does look darker in the tube than it is but I did use the testers to swatch so I was aware of the colour, I just find this to be really sophisticated and something a little more interesting than a dark red.

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As you can see on me this is a really pretty colour and it’s extremely striking against pale skin. I absolutely love this and will definitely be adding more of these lipsticks to my collection.

The Topshop Lips in Wicked is available here for £8.00.

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 makeup by Topshop and what you think of this colour.

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

Ten Brands I Recommend

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I love beauty and naturally I’ve found my fair share of brands that I love too. I wanted to put this post together because with all of the brands on the highstreet and in department stores I find that some brands get overlooked. Today I have for you ten brands that I’d recommend, some are budget friendly, some are high end and some are indie, I hope you too find a new brand that you love.
Argan Oil (Poundland)
argan oil
Argan Oil is a brand that I stumbled across in Poundland, Home Bargains and Bodycare. In this photo I have featured three products including the Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask, all of which do wonders for my hair. These products are incredibly moisturising and are great for dry or damaged hair, as someone who colours their hair a lot it’s vital to keep the hydration locked in. I would avoid the face wipes which are also part of the range as they are very thick and heavy and not great for the skin but if you are looking for good quality, budget friendly haircare then I’d recommend this brand.
Beauty Formulas (Bodycare)
beauty formulas
Beauty Formulas is a brand that I rave about here on my blog but their products are so darn good. I’m not a huge fan of the spot treatment however the face masks in particular the Cucumber 3 Minute Clay Mask and Glorious Mud Face Mask deal with any dryness or spots that I have and always leave my skin feeling and looking great. The products range between £1.00 and £1.99 and can be purchased in Bodycare and Savers, this is an Australian brand and you can also find their products in many wholesale stores and on their website.
Cuccio Colour (Nailpolishdirect)
cuccio colour
(I do not own this photo copyright goes to rightful owners)
My boyfriend treated me to three polishes from this brand a while ago and I’ve recently fallen in love. I have three shades which are Totally Tokyo, Brooklyn Never Sleeps and Alternative Energy. I don’t find the glitter shades to be particularly good however the creamier shades such as Brooklyn Never Sleeps are bold, vibrant and have an excellent formula.
ESPA Skincare (Espaskincare.com)
espa skincare
Espa Skincare is a brand that I discovered purely through this blog and PR, however I’m so glad that I got the chance to try this brand. Their products are widely available on their website and in department stores such as John Lewis and Harvey Nichols. Espa is a high end brand but their products are great quality. The Tri-Phase Cleanser pictured above works as a cleanser, exfoliator and face mask, their Optimal Pro Serum is amazing at adding hydration and I recently tried their tinted moisturisers which really changed my view on tinted moisturisers. If you’re willing to pay a little more and want high quality products then I’d definitely suggest you check out ESPA.
Fuschia Makeup (fuschia.ie)
fuschia makeup
Another brand I discovered through PR was Fuschia Makeup. Fuschia Makeup is an Irish Makeup brand with midrange prices that offer some really amazing products. I love their eyeshadow palettes, lip lacquers and lipsticks but it’s their highlighter that really won me over. Their Candlelight Glow highlighter just glides onto the skin without disturbing makeup or dragging and leaves a stunning soft focus glow onto your cheekbones. You can purchase these products from their official website.
Grace Cole Fruitworks AKA Grace Cole England (HouseofFraser)
grace cole
Grace Cole is such an underrated brand and yet their products are amazing. I picked up this Passionfruit and Guava Body Spritz for £5.00 from House of Fraser and it’s lasted me well over a year. The products smell absolutely gorgeous and the range offers pretty packaging and stunningly scented products for reasonable prices.
Illamasqua (Debenhams)
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With their Glamore Lipsticks (a selection of nudes) and their Hydra Veil Primer, Illamasqua finally started getting some of the spotlight but I think that they deserve so much more. If you love wacky coloured lipsticks and nail polishes, beautifully glowing skin and smoldering eyes then Illamasqua does it all. Products are available in selected Debenhams stores, in their own boutiques and on their website Illamasqua.com. If you haven’t tried this higher end brand and are getting bored of MAC or feel like pushing the boat out then give Illamasqua a try.
La Riche Directions (lariche.co.uk)
La Riche Directions
If you hve ever had a nosy through my blog and noticed me rocking bright colours on the ends of my hair then this is always the brand that I have used to achieve such vibrant colours. I’ve been using Directions by La Riche for five years now and I still adore the brand. These dyes are easy to work with and over the top of bleached hair offer long lasting vibrant colours that you simply can’t get anywhere else. I’ve tried a variety of their colours and my most recent forage has been their Alpine Green shade. You can find their hairdyes on their website, in market stalls and in selected hairdressers.
Sinful Colors (sinfulcolors.com)
sinful colors
(I do not own this photo copyright and credit goes to their rightful owners)
Sinful Colors offer amazing polishes with great formulas. If you have liked my Facebook page you may have noticed my turquoise glitter nails and the glitter was from thsi brand. What I love is that the glitter polishes are not simply glitter suspended in clear polish but are also tinted so you can wear them alone orover the top of a matching polish. You can purchase Sinful Colours from their website, Walgreens, selected Boots stores and Target.
Topshop Beauty (Topshop.com)
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I’ve tried two products from the Topshop so far and I love both of them. I have a Topshop Lipstick which is a stunning formula and colour and the highlighter which glides over the skin and is a lovely shade even suitable for paler girls like me. Topshop’s prices are again mid-range with products ranging between £4.00 and £15.00 depending on what you purchase, however, the quality of the products makes it worth it. Thumbs up also go to the grungy packaging.

So that is it for this post, let me know in the comments if you have or would like to try any of these brands.
Thanks for reading.
love x nina

What’s in my makeup bag? #1

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Despite my blog being over a year old I recently realised that I’ve never done a “What’s in my makeup bag?” post which is crazy because I’m constantly rotating my makeup bag as new products are received and old products need using up, so I thought it would be fun to share with you what I’m currently using.
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Before we get started I do have a very large makeup bag and usually I apply my makeup in the morning and it lasts the day so I don’t cart all of these products with me!
makeup bag
(My makeup bag was a Christmas Gift from my mum and dad, so unfortunately I can’t share a link with you as I have no idea where it is from!)

Eyes
No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Eye Cream
My friend Rachel gave me this and although I recently purchased the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream I haven’t opened that yet whereas this was already open so I thought I’d try to use it before it expires. This is really nice, if you are looking for a radiant cream that reflects light then this isn’t really it but this hydrates my undereyes and protects them from damage, the hydration also prevents my dark circles from looking as bad. I use this morning and night and I really like it.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Endless Purple
I threw away my black shade of this and gave my gold one to my mum leaving me with this shade and the turquoise one. This shade is really pretty but the formula of these just sucks, they make for great eye bases or colours but they dry out so incedibly quickly that I’m constantly having at add oil to them to revive then. I’m close to using up this colour (literally I’m scraping the bottom of the pot) and I won’t repurchasing. This is a nice colour though and a great colour base.

Natural Collection Solo Shadow in Lavender
I just don’t give these eyeshadows enough love, they’re pretty in an array or pastel and shimmer shades and they’re cheap as chips. I’ve been applying this across my lid over the top of the Colour Tattoo and my eye makeup has been staying on all day. This is a pretty blue toned purple shade (basically it’s lavender) and it’s pale enough that it’s great for spring.

Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Irresitable-Puurple
I adore these 3D eyeshadows from Essence and I need to review the two shades I have! These have an amazing colour payoff, are budget friendly and have a lovely, longlasting finish. There is a slight amount of fallout but nothing major. Each of these shadows has a bold, dark shade which I use in my crease, then a paler shade which is great towards the brow bone and in the inner corners and lower lash line to brighten up the look. This works perfectly with the Colour Tattoo and Natural Collection Solo Shadow for a bold purple look.

Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
This is the latest mascara in my makeup bag after I used up the Revlon Lash Potion Mascara. I’m hit and miss with this, the brush and formula are okay and they do seperate and lengthen my lashes but I feel like if the plastic bristles were longer like the Benefit They’re Real Mascara that this would work better for my lashes. On the plus side this doesn’t flake or transfer to my lower lash line which is a welcome change.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Eye Kohls in Nude and Black
I’ve mentioned these kohls on my blog before especially the nude one, these are creamy, longlasting and easy to apply. The black one is what I use on my tightline and occasionally on my waterline if I want to define my eyes, but it’s the nude one that has my heart. This little nude kohl of joy is amazing at brigthening my eyes and making me look like I’ve had a decent night’s sleep.

Sleek Brow Kit in Dark
I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s not the products I’m using in this kit it’s the handy little brushes. I use the straight powder brush to apply my Billion Dollar Brows Brow Power in Taupe and it works perfectly.

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder in Taupe
I’ve reviewed this already and it made it into my last favourites post. This is a new addition to my makeup bag after this was sent to me by Wantable and I cannot get enough of this. This fills in my brows but in a way that looks really natural as I can see my brow hairs through them. This makes my brows look sculpted but soft at the same time.

Natural Collection Lash Care Clear Mascara
This isn’t something I need to tame my brows as such because the brow hairs on me are very fine however I like to apply this to makeup sure that my brows are waterproof because I can’t have my brows melting away in the rain! This is budget friendly and not only does it work but it is a great multi purpose product.

Face
Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer
I’ve been using the Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer recently as I thought I’d give it a go to review however, this isn’t great. It’s a white cream that you rub in but for me it doesn’t seem to do anything, it doesn’t fill in pores, blur or even make me matte like the name says so in all honesty this has been something I’ve just been using up whilst I’m at home.

ESPA Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturisers in Nude and Blush
I recently was sent these by ESPA and reviewed them and I’ve been really enjoying these. These offer me a semi sheer coverage, hydrate my face and give me skin the glow that I never thought I’d be able to achieve. The shade Blush is slightly dark for me, but if I mix that with Nude it works well and is lovely for spring time.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in Light Porcelain
Although I have the tinted moisturisers in my makeup bag I am a foundation girl at heart and if I’m having a bad skin day or need a confidence boost I will reach for a foundation. This one is actually really good, it offers a demi matte finish so you aren’t shiny but you’re not matte either, it lasts really well on my skin and the colour match makes me look flawless as well.

Avon Ideal Flawless Matte Mousse Foundation in Ivory
You may be wondering why I have four base products in my bag and I know it’s definitely odd, but I have a smidgen of this left which I’m trying to use so I can add this to my empties. I do like this but it’s heavy so you only need a small amount and it looks awful on bare skin so I use this on any trouble areas over the top of foundation just to really help smarten up my skin.

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair
I’ve nearly used this up and will be replacing it with another concealer I have in my stash, but this is one of my staple products. I love the texture, the finish and how it conceals blemishes and works under my eyes. This is actually a repurchase.

Avon Morph Tones in Range of Rose
I was getting a little bored with the whole bronzer shebang and after using this I fell in love. This is actually a little duo with a creamy white highlight on one side and a metallic dark rose cream product on the other side. I thought that the rose shade would be too dark as a blush for me however, I tried this as a contour and I like it. Metallic rose may sound strange as a contour but it actually works on my fair skin especially when it’s blended right in and adds a nice glow. The highlight is very pretty too and I like to dab this onto the high points of my face namely my cheekbones.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent
I have very unusual skin it’s combination but I only really get oily on my chin, I’m on the drier side with redness on my cheeks and I have sensitive skin as well. I use a very light dusting of this on my face when I’ve finished with my makeup (unless I use the moisturisers) just to help to set my makeup and make it last longer.

Sleek Blusher in Rose Gold
I have so many blushers but this is one of my favourites and I thought it would be nice to dig this back out of my stash and to use now it is spring. This is a dupe for the infamous Nars Orgasm and adds a lovely coral and gold shimmer to my face which warms my face up and brightens my complexion.

Lips
Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Creme
I’ve very nearly finished this lip butter and although it was nice I’m definitely a little bored with this, especially when I have so many fruity delights in my lip drawer. I’ve nearly done with this so I’m trying to use the last little bit up.

Topshop Lips in Wicked
So I know it’s spring and this is when everyone cracks out the nudes and pale pinks, but I was trialling this raspberry pink lipstick and it’s just so amazing I can’t stop using it. My full review of this is coming up this week but let’s just say that the formula and the shade both rock.

So that is what I have in my makeup bag at this moment in time, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you have floating around in your makeup bag at the moment.

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

Ghost Eclipse Perfume Review

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My sister was kind enough to give me a sample of the Ghost Eclipse Fragrance, so after using up the entire sample bottle she gave me I thought it would be time for a review, especially as this is a great spring/summer fragrance and one that I really want to get the full size of.
sample
(The sample bottle)
Ghost Eclipse perfume
(The full sized bottle – I do not own this photo copyright and credit goes to its rightful owners)
First of all let’s talk packaging. I adore this crescent moon style bottle and I like the fact that it has a flat base so you can stand it up properly rather than having to lay it on it’s side. The bottle colours remind me of a sunset which reinforces the idea of an eclipse. The price of this full sized bottle is £24.50 for 30ml which is pretty budget friendly compared to most perfumes.

The scent of this is gorgeous, if you love fruit then this perfume is definitely going to be one to add to your lists. This is a Fruity/Floral scent and when I sniff it I can definitely smell the peach and the mandarin.

The Product Description according to The Perfume Shop is:
A tangling explosion of fruit notes set the senses on alert. Sweet bergamot, lemon, mandarin, apple and peach draw you into memories of crisp, care free summer days.

In contrast, the romantic heart of freesia, Lotus Flower and sensual rose create a feeling of femininity with a soft playful character.

Delicate touches of amber, peach and musk bring sophistication and sensuality to this addictive and unforgettable fragrance.

Perfume Notes are as follows:
Top Notes: Sweet Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Apple, Peach
Heart Notes: Freesia, Lotus Flower, Sensual Rose.
Base Notes: Amber, Peach, Musk.

All in all this is a lovely fragrance and I’ll definitely be picking up a bottle as soon as possible.

The Ghost Eclipse Fragrance is available here for £24.50 for the 30ml and £33.50 for the 50ml.

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 or wish to try this fragrance.

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow in Lavender Review

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I’ve been using the Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadows for years and since I got into palettes I kind of forgot about them, until I shopped my stash and realised that I haven’t even tried the shade Lavender yet. Here’s what it is like.
lavender eyeshadow
So this is the eyeshadow in question, I have reviewed different shades before so I won’t bang on about the packaging but it has a clear plastic screw on lid with a cute image and logo. These eyeshadows retail for £1.99 each in Boots.
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The shade Lavender is a lovely blue toned purple, the shade is quite light and is perfect for spring. These are pressed shadows and do suffer with a tad of fallout however these are very versatile and can be worn alone or as a base or even mixed with other shadows. I’ve done all three, but I think that if you are scared of using colour on your eyes then a sheer wash of one of these is a fun and budget friendly way to get started.
on me
As you can see these are very sheer however you can build up the colour, these don’t last all day when you wear them alone unless you use a good primer underneath but I think that that goes for the majority of eyeshadows.

In this photo I am wearing the shadow alone, but I’ve been using this a lot in a different way, I’ve been applying my Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Endless Purple then adding this over the top before applying my Essence 3D eyeshadow in Irresistable Purple to my crease and inner corners and with mascara and liner this is a great look.

Overall I do like these and I’d forgotton how useful that they could be, I think I’ll be picking up for of these I’ve used Fine Silver, Aqua Shimmer, Crushed Walnut and Lilac Shimmer but I have my eye on Secret Lagoon and Sky which I think will be lovely for spring.

The Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadows are available here for £1.99.

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 these. Crushed Walnut is a shade that is great for eyebrows as a budget brow powder!

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

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