Important Notice

Hey guys,
Usually I don’t tend to do personal posts like this but I feel like it’s important to explain something to you all. First of all, I will not be blogging this week until next Monday. I’ve not really touched on this but in August 2015 I was diagnosed with a serious illness and I’m due for a surgery tomorrow to try and fix it/alleviate some of it. I’m not sure what sort of condition I’ll be in but I won’t be out until Wednesday and chances are I’m going to feel very ill. I love blogging but I take pride in my content, every post I write for you guys is a post that I want to you all to enjoy, my content isn’t churned out but I think about everything I write and I don’t want to be publishing posts that are riddled with errors and are low quality because I’m tired and sick.

So my lovely, my posts will be up next Monday, I’ll still be available on Twitter to chat @ninarossjournal and I look forward to seeing you on the other side where hopefully I’ll be healthy.

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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January Favourites

Hello everyone and hello to the start of February and the end of January. I have to say January has been a stressful month and I know that February will be stressful as I have a surgery coming up (in two days to be precise) but nevertheless there’s been some lovely products that I’ve really enjoyed using this month, there’s not masses but what I do have I’ve really loved come on let’s do it (sing the rest of the lyrics in your head haha).
faves
Makeup
I’m starting with a foundation and I ran out of my Rimmel London Lasting Finish and then the Kiko Cosmetics Second Skin Foundation I purchased was a really bad colour match for my skin (I asked to be colour matched as well!) so I decided to go back to the L’oreal True Match Foundation the bottle has changed since I last used it and I’m the shade N1 (neutral one) and I’m in love! I also tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz which my boyfriend bought me for Christmas alongside the Dipbrow Pomade and it makes my brows look ah-mazing I’m so impressed it’s now a holy grail and it just so happens they’ve just brought out a new Brow Definer which I may have to get at some point. I’ve also used my Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette a lot this month, I didn’t buy the Vice 4 as I only liked a few shades and from Rachel’s most of the glittery shades didn’t seem to translate well but this one stocked full of nudes, jewel toned shades (my favourite) plus some smokier and darker colours is right up my street, love love love!

Skincare
I have one skincare favourite and that is the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel I reviewed this earlier in the month and it really blew me away, it smells great, feels great and it makes my skin look great I don’t think I could ask for more (maybe a smaller price tag?)

Haircare
The John Frieda Dream Curls Styling Spray has been a newfound holy grail for my naturally curly hair, it really defines my curls and combats the frizz, plus it smells lovely and it’s sticky or crispy. It truly is a wonder product for curly haired curls so if you’re prone to frizz give it a go!

Bodycare
The Soap and Glory Mist You Madly has been used non-stop this month, sadly it doesn’t last well on me and I’m not a huge fan of the top notes but it’s been nice using a mist plus the heart and base notes are lovely, this isn’t of holy grail status but I needed to give it a nod at least. I’ve also been using body sprays and Charlie Pink has once more crept into my life, this juicy mix of tangerine, red berries and vanilla takes me right back to my younger days when my sister and I used to buy all of the different scents in turn and swap and share. #nostalgia

Random
I’ve not had time for a blogger or vlogger favourite, I’ve caught up on most of my favourites but I’ve just not had the time it’s a busy month, final year deadlines are looming and I’ve been in and our of hospital but I have been enjoying reading (give me all of the chick lit please) and writing my own pieces too.

That concludes this month’s favourites and I wish you all a happy February, hopefully money ill be less tight for you all! 

Thank you so much for reading.
love_nina

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My Makeup Collection – Eye Makeup

I’ve been steadily showing you guys my beauty collection there’s a hell of a lot of it and today I’m onto what is one if not my favourite drawer filled with eye makeup! As usual I’m not bragging I’m just very nosy and I love peeking at other people’s collections so I assumed you might like to do the same. Let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to review and enjoy the post!
* Everything marked with a star is a product that I’ve previously reviewed, I’ve not marked the things that were sent to me simply because I’ve mentioned that in the respective reviews.
eyemakeup
I keep most of my makeup in a metal filing cabinet which actually came with the house the I rent so I’m not sure where it was from. This is a six drawer filing cabinet and this is the second drawer which contains my eye makeup with my first drawer being full of palettes. I’m pretty pleased with this draw as it’s relatively neat and everything is easy to find.
singles
At the front of the drawer I keep my singles, these are mainly single eyeshadows or small duos and then there’s some cream eyeshadows, some gel liners and the odd bits and bobs such as my brow powder by Billion Dollar Brows and my SBC Lilac Colour Corrector that I like to use under my eyes to brighten them, these include:
Au Naturale Cream Eyeshadow in Palma
Illamasqua Eyeshadow in Slink
Essence 3D Eyeshadows in Irresistible Purr-ple and Irresistible Summer Sea *
Laura Geller Mystic Eye Rimz *
Oriflame The One Cream Eyeshadow in Crushed Plum
Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bronze
Illamasqua Vintage Metallix in Courtier *
Seventeen Smoulder Gel Liner
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Noir
Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder in Taupe *
mascaras and boxed liners
Above my singles the drawer is divided into two sections, the right hand side is an old beauty box filled with mainly liners and to the left hand side is mascaras and then boxed products. I have here:
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara *
Oriflamae 5 in 1 Wonder Mascara
MUA Pro Perfect Eyeshadow Primer *
Kiko Crystal Eyeliner in 03
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Psychadelic Sister
Illamasqua Eye Crayon in Debonair
Kiko Intense Eyeliner in 04
ELF Felt Tip Liner in Teal
shadow sticks and liners
In the box is mainly shadow sticks and liners and brow products but again there’s a few odds and sods like some slanted tweezers from Wilkos and another eye primer, here is:
Fearne Cotton Shadow Sticks x4
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Collection Work the Colour Eyeshadow Stick in Vintage Blush
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing *
Body Shop Instablur Eye Primer
L’oreal Brow Artist Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette *
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz *
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liners in Black and Nude **
GOSH Velvet Touch Liners in Sky High * and Woody Green
Stila Smudge Stick in Peacock
Illamasqua Colouring Pencil Eye Crayon in Kontrol
Seventeen Make Your Mark Felt Tip Liner
boxes and sets
Finally right at the back I have piled up boxes and gift sets of products and then a few smaller products tucked at the sides. I have:
Soap and Glory Eyes in a Box
W7 Brow Parlour
17 Eyeshadow Crayon Set
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark *
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic
Urban Decay Delirious Eyeliner Set

That concludes my eye makeup collection, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like me to review, I tend to review the products I’ve had longest first working towards the most recent due to expiry dates and stuff which works for me. If you love makeup collections you can search on here my beauty rack for my haircare, skincare and bodycare collection, my perfume collection, nail polish collection and palette collection and be sure to follow to see the rest!

Thanks for reading!
love_nina

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Soap and Glory Mist You Madly Fragrance Mist Review

Soap and Glory is a brand that to me produces great makeup, some excellent body products but doesn’t seem to excel in smells. I just can’t place my finger on it but I could never get on with any of their body mists (I have Orangeasm which is nice but I barely use) until Rachel was smelling lovely and it turned out to be this that she was wearing. I’ve been trialing this all week and have found that surprisingly the scent isn’t as bad as I first thought. Here’s my review.
mist u madly
I think that the bottle of this is absolutely lovely, it’s quite plain and simply but unlike the other fragrances with a coloured translucent glass bottle, this is a white glass bottle with pink and silver and to me it looks really chic and sophisticated much nicer than its siblings. The price of this is £10.00 which isn’t at all bad for a 100ml bottle working out at a mere pound per ml which is pretty good to me!

The scent is described by Soap and Glory as a “soft fruity-floral with a spicy side” which to me sounds a little contradictory and the perfume notes are as follows:
Top Notes: Mandarin, Bergamot and Cardamom oil
Heart Notes: Freesia and Magnolia
Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood and Vanilla.

I have to say I really hate the top notes of this. I mainly smell the Cardamom which is a scent that I’m just not a fan of at all, it’s like a strong floral with a bitter citrus tang to it that I’m really not a fan of however, they don’t stick around with this being a mist and I find that as the heart and base notes unfold that’s where the magic happens.

I already know that I’m a fan of musk, sandalwood and vanilla whem combined (strange seeing as I hate musk) but this scent has something a little extra that I adore which I’m pretty certain is the Freesia and Magnolia that adds a delicate floral hint to the sweet scent that I really love.

Sadly the longevity of this sucks for me, I can’t smell this on myself or on my clothes and when I top up I get a hit of the top notes and then struggle to smell this once it’s settled, I’m pretty sure that this is down to my body chemistry but sadly this doesn’t stick around for me.

Would I buy this for myself? No I don’t think I would, for me a scent needs to be beautiful all the way through and long lasting which sadly this just isn’t but hey ho you can’t win them all!

The Soap and Glory Mist You Madly Fragrance is available here for £10.00.

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 this I know that this scent is used in products such as the Scrub em and Leave em (it smells nicer in that form) which I love! Feel free to follow if you’re not already.

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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Urban Decay Primer Potions Review

A good eyeshadow primer is essential if you like to wear eyeshadow, particularly if you like to create bold eyeshadow looks. I’ve only ever tried budget eye primers but the most talked about eye primers (in my opinion) are the Urban Decay Primer Potions and I’ve somehow managed to acquire three of the sample booklets so I’ve been putting them through their paces. Today I’m reviewing all four of the eyeshadow primers, I hope that you like this post.
booklet products
This is a little sample booklet and inside is information on each primer potion and what differentiates them. I’ve taken them out of the booklet and as you can see each sachet has quite a lot of product in (more than you need for one application but no way to seal unless you use tape which I recommend.) The primer potion packaging is shown on the front of the booklet and they now come in squeezy tubes with different coloured lids, the price of a 10ml primer potion is £16.00 which I would describe as high end.
all four
There are four primer potions available (although there’s now the Ozone pencil and Sin has be renamed to Minor Sin) each dramatically increases the longevity of your eyeshadow and prevents creasing but with different formulas to suit different preferences. Within this booklet we have the following four with their product descriptions.
Original – This undercover wonder works invisibly to keep color in place.
Eden – This nude matte formula preps lids and prevents shadow meltdown.
Sin – Just a dab of this shimmering formula prevents fading and creasing.
Anti – Aging – Makes shadow last AND in a week of clinical study:
– 100% of participants had a measurable improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
– 100% had measurably brighter skin.
– 97% had a measurable improvement in radiance and clarity.
sin and anti ageing
(Sin top and Anti-Aging bottom)
So here’s my experiences with each of the primer potions and which are my favourites.
Original:
This had quite a thick texture which seems to be the case with all of the primer potions if you look closely at the above photo. I did end up using more than I needed and at first I was concerned by the orange looking tint but it does blend into the skin and turn invisible. When I used this I did find that my eyeshadow looked more vibrant and lasted much longer. I did feel that the thick texture made my eyes feel almost stiff as it did have a heavy texture, but I can see why it is so popular.

Eden:
This is more of a nude shade but again blends in seamlessly to provide a solid eye primer. I did like this but the tint is more prominent with this primer so I think that it would be best to use this with nude eyeshadows. Having said that, this did work well with bright eyeshadows as well and I preferred this to the original primer as it didn’t seem as heavy in texture.
sin and anti ageing on me
(Left eye Sin Primer Potion, Right eye Anti Aging Primer Potion)

Sin:
This is probably my least favourite of the bunch and you can’t really see from the photo how shimmery and glittery this really is! This is incredibly shimmery great as a base for shimmer eyeshadows but it’s easily messy and probably not the best for matte shadows or if you’re on the go or in a rush. Having said that once again it offers a great base for eyeshadows with colour intensity and longevity aplenty.

Anti-Aging
Surprisingly this is my favourite of the bunch, although I’m only twenty one I’m planning on having a head start with anti-aging skincare to keep my skin looking healthy. I do have fine lines under my eyes and what I loved about this is that it felt like a mini eye lift plus it’s so brightening. I don’t know about you guys but the photo of my eye on the right of the photo above has really helped my dark circles plus it’s provided a great base for the product.

All in all, I do like these but for me the standaout product has to be the anti aging eye primer, it doesn’t just provide a great base but really helps with my skin and to essentially prime my under eyes as well. Would I repurchase? I would use these again but I’m not sure I’d fork out fifteen pounds a piece I think if I did repurchase the anti-aging one would be the one I’d go for but none of these are dud products. I’m not sure if I’d recommend these I think it’s definitely worth getting some samples if you shop at Urban Decay regularly and trying them for yourself, I have to say they were very different to how I imagined them, but they do work as a base and definitely help to prevent creasing.

The Urban Decay Primer Potions are available online on the official websites, on Feel Unique and here for £16.00 per product.

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 and if not which one you’d choose. Feel free to follow if you’re not already, I’m always up for meeting more people, also catch me on twitter @ninarossjournal.

Thanks for reading!
love_nina

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Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation Review

I’ve finally tried all of the foundations by Rimmel London and this is the Stay Matte, the only one I hadn’t yet given a go. I have to say I used to adore high coverage matte products but these days I’m much more of a light to medium coverage, dewy skin kind of gal, nevertheless this has definitely impressed me here’s my thoughts.
stay matte
I had a little sample sachet of this to try and as you can see the packaging image is on the front. I tend to prefer foundations with a pump simply because I find they tend to hold more product and last longer but I’m all for a squeezy tube as well and at least you can get out a lot of product from this. The price of this foundation is £5.99 which is the cheapest of their foundations (excluded the BB Creams).

There’s six shades of this foundation available the lightest being porcelain which is great for cool toned skin that’s very pale, and the darkest being natural beige which unfortunately won’t be dark enough for deep complexions, I have the shade Ivory which is my usual shade in a Rimmel foundation anyway dependent on which foundation it is.

Before I start picking apart the different elements to this product here’s a product description for you:
” Feather light, liquid mousse blends flawlessly for natural-looking, all day shine control. Silky smooth formula leaves a perfectly matte, baby-soft finish. Lightweight texture won’t feel heavy of greasy. Minimises the appearance of pores. Oil free.”

Starting with the texture of this product this does feel quite thick like a mousse foundation so I always apply these with my fingers or a sponge, for this foundation I opted to use my fingers to gently warm the product and I found that using my fingers worked well for the texture. To me this is a full coverage foundation and has the highest coverage of all of the foundations I have found to date, it doesn’t feel greasy but I did find this to feel a little heavy so I don’t agree with the lightweight texture claim, having said that it’s not the heaviest I’ve ever used so I’d say that it is on the lighter side of a mousse texture.

The formula was actually pretty smooth and blended into the skin however, upon first application it is quite thick until you smooth it out wit your fingers, I used this without primer but I get the feeling that primer would ball up under this. It adhered well to the skin concealing everything I needed to and it did fill in pores without looking cakey, I think I’d use this in summer when my skin is on the oilier side and I wouldn’t use a primer or concealer, I did find that despite my skin being dry at the moment it didn’t cling to any dry patches.

on me
The shade for me is perfect for when my skin is a little darker (and by little I mean ever so slightly – probably not worth going darker with my foundation) as you can see in this photo, my face is matte and flawless looking but without being dead looking, I did like that this foundation still allows a slight glow through so it doesn’t look unnatural. The lack of oil is appreciated as for those with oily skin the last thing you want is any silicones or oils on the skin.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised, I didn’t think I’d like this but I’m pretty impressed it does what I’d expect a decent matte foundation to do and it doesn’t have any major downsides. I don’t think I’d use this as an everyday foundation but I would use it if my skin was particularly bad and I think I may pick up a full sized tube when the weather warms up and see how it fares. I would recommend this to those with oily skin who find that their base wears away through the day as I didn’t need powder with this.

The Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation is available here for £5.99.

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 this or how you think it looks on my skin. If you’re not already following please feel free to do so, so I can check out your blogs.

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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Barry M Silk Nail Paint in Orchid Review

Anyone who knows me well or has been a long time follower of this blog knows that I’m a huge fan of Barry M Nail Polishes, with a wide selection of shades, a variety of formulas and finishes and a budget friendly price tag it’s not hard to see why they’ve become so popular for nail polish addicts everywhere. The Silks Collection is one that I’m very much on the fence about, some of the colours I adore but wish they had a different finish, some of the shades I love and some I don’t, so today I present you with the shade Orchid and my thoughts.
barry m polish
This is the shade Orchid and it’s a beautiful pink toned violet shade that I absolutely adore. I’ma huge fan of purples and this is an absolutely stunning shade, so I was very excited when I picked this up. Like all of the Barry M Nail Paints, this comes in the same square bottle with plenty of product for your money, all of these have a thin, standard polish brush and this is priced at £3.99.

The best way I can describe the formula of these is that when you apply them they dry to a frosted finish, this range started with a selection of pastel shades but has since branched out to include darker and brighter shades as part of the collection.
on me
It took only two coats for this look in the photo here, as you can see my nails still have shine but there’s more of a metallic frosted finish rathet than a standard glossy cream finish. I have to say the polish goes on easily and although it may look messy after one coat, a second coat is enough to fix any patchiness and end up with a smooth even coating.
chips
Unfortunately chipping is a major issue, this photo was taken after a week of wearing the polish and it’s nearly all come off with a few stubborn patches. You may think that a week is a fair time for a polish to chip however, I have found that on me without a topcoat the Gelly Hi Shine Range by Barry M lasts a week without chipping whereas this chipped after one day.

Overall I do like the colour but not the formula, I would keep this but I have a lot of nail polishes and I know that Rachel is dying to get her hands and nails on this! I probably would still purchase other shades in the range I think I prefer the pastel shades to the darker ones, but I would say that chipping is an issue and a top coat may affect the finish.

The Barry M Silk Nail Paints are available here for £3.99.

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 any polishes from this range and what your thoughts are. Also, as usual feel free to follow if you’re not already I’d love to see your blogs too!

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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