31 Dec 2011

2011 favourites

I've never done monthly favourites, but maybe I'll start in 2012 as gathering products together for this favourites of the year post has reminded me that there are so many products I've really loved using but haven't blogged about yet, ooops.  

So here are my favourite products.... some of them are late-comers in the second half of the year, but I decided I do love them enough for them to make the cut.  I've used a nice spangly backdrop as it's NYE =) 

Dove intensive repair range

I'd never used Dove before the first TOWIB event, but since then I've been loving their shampoos and have been using them all year.  The Intensive repair range is my favourite and I should really do a proper review on the mask and overnight product soon.


elf eyebrow treat and tame 

I've been using this solidly since I bought it earlier in the year and it's almost run out.  I've recently bought a proper eyebrow pencil from Paul & Joe, so I probably won't re-purchase the elf product as I want something which will give more definition, but the elf treat and tame was really easy to use for a quick effect.  



Hair products: John Frieda secret agent and thermal protector serum and Lee Stafford blow dry faster spray

These are the three products I use on my hair every day and have re-purchased lots of times throughout the year.  The blow dry faster spray in particular is a fave and I don't know another product like it.  It really does cut down the time it takes to get my hair dry, which is always a bonus in the mornings as I wash my hair every day.


Kiss false lashes 

After an awful experience trying to apply some lashes in the Summer causing me to ruin my make-up and be late for a night out, I tried these Kiss lashes when my Mum got them for me in the US.  These lashes are the easiest to apply I've ever had, even without the strings on.  


Make up forever smoky lash mascara

This is my go to every day mascara.  It doesn't flake or clump and it looks good with just two coats.  I need to get a review of this done as I have lots more to say about this product.


Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume

My favourite perfume, already on my third big bottle


Top coat and case coat 

Nothing can tear me away from Seche Vite top coat, it dries really quickly and it's super shiny.  For the majority of the year I've been using Nails Inc Kensington Caviar base coat, although about a month ago when I started to run out, I ordered some Seche base products which I'm currently road testing.


Sleek Oh so special palette

Mainly the colours on the left, but this is definitely my most used palette of 2011.


Sleek pout paints 

I've noticed a lot of people seem to have gone off these, but I still love them.  I've got lots of little pots with colours I've made which I apply with a lip brush and I also mix the colours with vaseline in the lid of vaseline lip tins for a deeply tinted balm.  They're my most used lip product of 2011 and they've got me into wearing bolder colours on my lips too.


Vivo baked bronzer and Sleek pan tao blush

My favourite bronzer and blusher of the year, it much more I need to say about that!


YSL rouge volupte

Undoubtedly my favourite beauty purchase of 2011 - I'm so glad I finally own one of these and I've been using it loads.  I've also got a new one in another colour for Christmas which I shall be blogging soon :)


So those are my favourites of 2011.  I'm sure as soon as I hit publish I'll think of something I've missed!

ETA: I knew this would happen.... how could I have forgotten Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and my Illamasqua precision ink liquid eye liner?!

Were any of these products your favourites too?

30 Dec 2011

Goodbye wonky eye liner, hello Eye Rock designer liner!

I just spotted these over on asos and I'm a little bit excited.  I'm absolutely rubbish at applying winged eye liner because I can never get both eyes to match, so these are the perfect product for me.  

They're called Eye Rock and are made by the same people behind Nail Rock nail wraps.  

You get four pairs of eye liner transfers in each pack and there are two different sets to choose from.  Each set is £7, so it's not something you'd use to apply your eye liner everyday, although these aren't everyday eye liner styles - some of those wings are fierce!  

I reckon I'll give these a try next time I place an order with asos.

What do you think?



NOTD - OPI Katy Perry Teenage Dream

I've got so many new nail polishes I've not tried yet, so expect a NOTD overload!  

This is OPI's Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry collection



It's a gorgeous baby pink glitter with rainbow glitter flecks


It's super duper princess sparkly and my photos aren't doing it justice 


I wore three coats over a white-ish base coat (Seche base)


This is an older limited edition polish which I picked up on my Peckham nail polish raid but you can still buy it from these sellers on ebay 

I'm looking forward to trying this out over other colours - I think it's going to become a firm favourite in my collection

29 Dec 2011

Christmas presents haul!

First of all, sorry for the naff quality of these pictures - I took them in the winter gloom.  Secondly, I won't be apologising for showing what I got for Christmas.  I've seen so many bloggers feeling anxious about doing this in case they get some sort of backlash and that makes me really sad.  I share most things on my blog, so this is no different.  I've got lots of exciting bits which I can't wait to review - it'll keep me busy with blog posts for months =)

Bath products


Choc noms


Jewellery and accessories 



Sparkly nail polishes


Cuddly toys, pjs and slippers


Bags and perfumes


Fun stuff


Candles


DVDs, gift sets and my Sigma brushes, woop woop!


Cosmetics



Didn't I do well?!  I know I got lots of presents,  in my family and everyone likes to get lots of little things rather than one big expensive present.  Plus this is all my presents from extended family, friends, boyfriend etc.

I can't wait to try out all of my lovely new OPI and China Glaze polishes, burn some yankess, watch Glee and of course use my Sigmas brushes - I've wanted these for literally ages!  

Apologies again for the crap pictures, I took them in a bit of a rush before I went out to see this lovely puppy my friend's family got just before Christmas.  Isn't he a cutie?


Plus my boyfriend has just bought a rather flash and exciting camera, so I'm hoping I'll get to borrow that from now on for some of my blog photos =)

I hope everyone had a fab Christmas xxx

27 Dec 2011

A very Wintry OOTD with Joe Browns

You don't often catch me with an OOTD post.....


But I need to show you my gorgeous snowflake leggings which were sent to me by Joe Browns


I absolutely love them and have worn them four times already since I got them!  Everyone keeps coming up to me asking if they're tights or leggings (they're fairly thick leggings) and where they're from.  My boyfriend thought they were a bit crazy, but what do boys know?!


I also got these lovely gloves / muffs called 'the modern muff''.  Here it looks like a traditional hand warmer /muff, but....


...it's in two parts - so you can use your hands whilst still keeping the muffs on and your hands warm.  


I've paired this Winter combo with a snowflake snood which I bought from this ebay seller here - watch out because it looks grey in the picture on the listing, but it's actually black (I was a bit disappointed as I had been expecting grey, plus the price has now been reduced from the £8.99 I paid to £4.50 grrr!).


I hope you like!  

Thanks to Joe Browns for the leggings and muffs - check them out here and they're now having an up to 60% off sale!

26 Dec 2011

Christmas crackle nails with new MUA glitter nail quake

These are the nails I was sporting on Christmas eve eve!


I started off with a coat or two of China Glaze four leaf clover 


Next I added a coat of the new MUA glitter nail quakes in green glitter


Without flash - it doesn't look like there's that much of a contrast between the base colour and the crackle


With flash - but in brighter light it looks fab!


 Later that day I opened a bright green glitter polish from my friend, so I slapped some more on over the top - I look like I've been out tickling elves!


I love Christmas as an excuse to whack out all the glitters.... there's more to come! :) 

24 Dec 2011

Little updates - a Christmas road trip

I feel like such a bad blogger as I've had no time to post this week.  Christmas prep has been getting in the way!  I have still been taking photos of things I intend to blog about, so hopefully I'll be able to catch up with those after Christmas with lots of exciting new posts.  

For now, these are some photos from a little Christmassy trip to Bath with the girls.  Picture heavy - enjoy!

Road trip head-wear


Ever so exciting view from the back of the car


Nearly there!


First glimpses of Bath - all of the buildings are so pretty


Lovely Christmas lights



Mulled wine 


Beaut decs



Mulled wine accident / Zara stars in a scene from Twilight




Checking out the Christmas markets





I bought this lovely star lantern



Great name for a shop!





Always necessary to replenish the body's liquids after a long shopping sesh


Proper pub grub!


I have no words for what's happening here


And finally, we found a CCO at an outlet centre in nearby Swindon.  I thought you'd like to see the MAC stands so I took some snaps.  I was very restrained and didn't buy anything for the sake of it - only if I really liked the colours.  I picked on lipstick and lipgloss which Heather is giving me for Christmas, and I got an Estee Lauder foundation which  shall be reviewing soon.







I hope everyone's excited for Santa coming tonight!