Friday, 28 September 2012

NOTD Accessorize - Steel

Now that Autumn is officially here, I have started to pull out my darker nail polish shades, which has been something I've been looking forward to doing for a few weeks now! Today's nail polish is 'Steel' by Accessorize, which is a purple toned grey colour and which has a metallic finish to it. If I'm honest, I don't think I really like this colour on my nails and that may be due to the metallic look it has - I'm not the biggest fan of metallic polishes. 

It took three coats and a white toned base coat to get the opacity shown in the picture and after two days of wear (without a top coat) you can see it is just starting to chip at the ends.

Do you have any polishes from Accessorize?
They have a huge range of colours but I find them to be very hit and miss. 

Sunday, 23 September 2012

NYX Jumbo eye pencils

After hearing so much about these NYX Jumbo eye pencils on YouTube, I couldn't wait to try them out for myself and see what all the fuss was about. I decided to try 'Milk' and 'Cottage Cheese', although they do a total of 28 shades!


Cottage Cheese

The pencils have a creamy consistency which means they can be used as eye shadow or as a base for eye shadow, as well as a highlight for the tear duct area or even as an eye liner. They apply and blend out really nicely, leaving a wash of colour on your skin. 

If the amount of product you see is all that you get, then I think these are a little bit pricey but I've read other reviews which say you can sharpen these pencils but since they're in plastic packaging, I've yet to figure out how! 

These pencils are priced at £4.50 each and now that that NYX is available to buy online in the UK, you can check them out by clicking here.

Have you tried these jumbo eye pencils or anything else from NYX?

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Busy bee candles

Over the last few months I have started to really enjoy burning candles, but always seem to get frustrated that the scent doesn't seem to last very long and that I very quickly find that I can no longer smell them. During a recent #bbloggers chat over on Twitter, Gemma from Button's Blog told me about Busy Bee' Candles and how much she liked their wax tarts and so I quickly had a look around on their website and decided to make an order.

Postage from the website is £3.99 and each wax tart is £1.25. They each come individually wrapped in little sealed bags with cute little stickers with the name of the scent on. They arrived very securely packaged, wrapped up in little bundles of bubble wrap. Even though they are completely sealed, you can still really smell them through the little bags. 

The tarts I decided to pick up were: mint choc shock, rum & raisen, cinnamon sticks, cinnamon buns, black cherry, ameretto nog, pink lemonade, gingerbread, lush liquorice, peppermint kisses, sherbet lemon and ginger apple. They also included 'vanilla dream' - I'm not always too fond of vanilla scented things and this wouldn't have been one I would have picked but after smelling it, I think it may become one of my favourites! I also picked up a cute mint coloured wax burner from Sainsburys and some unscented tea lights from Tesco.

I've currently had 'pink lemonade' melting for around two hours and the scent is still very strong and fills the room really nicely. So far I am very pleased with this company!

Wax tarts: Busy bee candles £1.25. Wax burner: Sainsburys £3.50. Tea lights: Tesco £2.00 for 100.

Have you ever tried this company? Which scents would you like to pick up?

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Colour Crush: Maroon / Burgundy

Burgundy and Maroon are going two colours that are going to be popular for this Autumn/Winter season and when you look around the High Street you can see the colour popping up just about everywhere. While looking around at the trend on line I decided to pull together some of the pieces and give you a look at what is being offered in this wine coloured shade.

1. Topshop cropped tee - £8.00
2. New Look strapped wedge - £24.99
3. NL Peplum skirt - £16.99
4. New Look skinny jeans - £19.99
5. New Look ankle strap pumps - £17.99
6. New Look tights - £2.99
7. Dorothy Perkins biker jacket - £55.00
8. New Look twist knit heart jumper - £17.99
9. New Look skater dress - £12.99
10. New Look striped jumper - £19.99
11. New Look feather ear rings - £2.99
12. New Look knitted snood - £7.99
13. Rocket Dog wedges - £54.99
14. Accessorize butterfly purse - £16.00
15. New Look open front cardigan - £14.99
16. Essie - Angora Cardi nail polish £7.99

As you can see, most of these items are from New Look, so if you are wanting to add some of this colour into your wardrobe, that's one place you should definitely head too! 

Do you like this colour trend? How will you be adding it to your wardrobe?

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Balance Me, citrus and spice.

After my recent blog post reviewing a couple of other products from balance Me, I was contact by them and kindly asked if I would like to test out a couple more of their products. After looking on their website, I was intrigued by their 'Citrus and Spice' line and was very interested in testing out what they were like (and even more interested to see what 'citrus' and 'spice' would blend together to smell like!). 

Citrus and Spice hand and body wash 99% natural RRP £10.25 for 260ml

I haven't used this as a body wash and have instead just been using it to wash my hands. I was worried that with it being made with natural ingredients that it wouldn't lather very well but with two pumps and plenty of water, it lathers really nicely and leaves your hands feeling clean and fresh. I'm someone who is constantly washing their hand and after using this for around two weeks now and haven't found it to be at all drying on my skin.

The main thing I like about this soap is the smell; it smells very strongly of ginger which I really like and I find that I can still smell it quite a while after I've wash my hands. I can't imagine how good this would smell if you were to use it as a body wash in the bath or shower!

Citrus and Spice hand and body lotion 99% natural RRP £12.25 for 260ml

I've so far been using this lotion on my hands and legs and absolutely love it. One thing that puts me off lotions and creams is when they take forever to dry and leave your skin feeling sticky, but this thick and smooth lotion sinks into your skin and dries really quickly leaving it feeling super soft and refreshed.

The scent of this one is a lot different to the soap and smells mostly to me of peppermint, which I again really like and which I think helps add to the refreshed feeling it leaves on your skin. Over the soap this is the product I would be most likely to repurchase, I just love it!

Balance Me is a brand I am becoming more and more interested in and although I have been put off in the past by the scent of a few of their products, the products themselves have not disappointed so far.

If you would like to read more about what balance me say about their citrus and spice line or to look at other products they offer, you can do so by visiting the balance Me website.

Have you tried any of their products? I would love to hear about what you have tried and your thoughts.


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Polish, polish, polish.

I was flicking through someone's photos on Facebook recently, when I came across this picture and knew straight away I wanted to use it on my blog somehow. So it inspired to me to write this post..

Over the last couple of years I have fallen in love with nail polish and have managed to acquire myself quite a hefty collection. To be fair to myself though, I don't want every colour; I'm not the biggest fan of blues or greens and when I have two (or three) in almost the exact same shade, I feel slightly guilty. However, my collection keeps growing and although I have recently been on a polish ban to try and use some of the ones I already own up, there are still lots more that I really want!

Anyway, while we're talking about all things nail polish, I am curious about a couple of things:
1. What is your favourite nail polish/colour?
2. Do you have back ups of your favourite ones? If so, what are they and how many of each do you have?
3. How many bottles of polish do you think you currently have in your collection?
4. Which ones do you want to get next?