Oct 16, 2014

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Awesome Instagram Nail Artists for you to go wow at

I’m in awe of the women who do amazing things with their nails. Seriously, this is a whole new level of nail art, this IS ART. A lot of nail art queens are on instagram, and I’ve been loving their 15 second tutorials, like, OMG, what they can do in that time (though speeded up).

Without further ado, sit back in wonder!

(Image via ChristabellNails )

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Oct 15, 2014

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Andy Warhol gets the Glossybox treatment

I’m a big fan of Glossybox’smonthly beauty boxes, and now I’m really regretting I let my subscription lapse. One of my favorite things about Glossybox is that the boxes are so pretty. They’re sturdy and perfect for storing all my junk, really, a number of them line my dresser, each with eyeliners and lipsticks inside.

This month Glossybox is sending out adorable Andy Warhol emblazoned boxes in four different colors and I’m in lust. They would look so cute on my shelves.. and the fact that they’re stuffed with products by Nuxe and Ciate doesn’t hurt either.

10GBP from Glossybox

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Sep 17, 2014

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WANT: Face á Face Bocca glasses

I recently discovered this amazing range of glasses and they’ve changed my life. OK, that’s a lie. I WANT them to change my life.

I’ve embraced glasses as a cool way to add style to the face, the shape, the frame, but I never really thought the glasses themselves would stand out all that much. But these, wow. These Face a Face glasses are Dorothy’s dream world, wonderful cats eye styled shapes all with little feet on the sides of the frame. As in real miniature shoes. Everything from high heels to brogues.

OMG, I’m almost too overcome for words. Manolo Blahnik eat your heart out, these frames are everything I always wanted glasses to be, but gave up hopes of ever achieving. It’s such a simple idea, I’m amazed this hasn’t been done before and these images make my heart sing.

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Sep 14, 2014

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Irresistible Me Hair Extension Review

I’ve been a big fan of hair extensions for years but due to my hair going through a delicate phase have been avoiding them. Clip ins seem the perfect compromise and I was thrilled when Madison from Irresistible Me offered me the chance to to road test their clip in hair extensions. They had a nice selection of colors and lengths to choose from and I opted to go for the Silky Touch 20 inch golden blonde clip ins.

The packaging: The hair came in a nice black box and I was impressed that inside the sealed bag was a mini pouch. This pouch had a color test for you to try before you opened the full sealed packages- as extensions are non refundable, the mini strands were a nice way to make sure you had the right color.

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Aug 23, 2014

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Lazy blogger Sure deodorant review: Your sweat won’t smell – Maximum Protection!

How does a beauty blogger review deodorant? Let me count the ways.

1. Take artsy Instagram photos of the product and refer to it in a third person way #nofilter

2.Go for the gritty close up shots of armpits, slo-mo GIF spraying it on and perhaps a gentle “aaah”.

3. Comedy moment: Take over a tube station and get disgruntled commuters to smell pits. Low cut top advised.

4.Think about rehashing the press release using spin words like “scientifically proven for wetness protection” (ugh) and “Body-responsive fragrance technology”.

5. Feels like too much effort. It’s a bloody deodorant. Leaves review alone and actually start using product. It is summer.

6. Discover that product works (minimal surprise, it is deodorant).

7. Product works and NO white marks. Also, the roll on has weird little white bubbles that appear as you twist base. Play a game to decide how many you need a day, wipe excess on kitchen towel, will blame that on the dog.

8. Happy to not scare strangers with BO, writes up said review. Takes 2 pictures of product, considers underarm picture and then eat a Galaxy Bar.

If this has sold you/ not sold you/ made you indifferent yet wistful/hopeful about clean underarms and think that the brand recognition will make you pick this up in Boots, details are as follows:

Sure Compressed Cotton Dry 75ml RRP £2.10, Sure Maximum Protection RRP £5.10 

If you want more science, read their website. If you want cats that look like pinup girls, go here.

 

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Aug 23, 2014

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TrainHard Jewelry lets you look good, offers #fitspiration

I don’t think I’m alone in not being the most motivated gym goer. I know the benefits, know that I feel SO much better after and really enjoy a strong tight body. But I’m lazy. But maybe with the TrainHard Designs jewelry range I could be a little more incentivized to get my sweat on?

The company offer a variety of really attractive workout inspired accessories, from adorable necklaces with slogans such as “Train Hard” to cutesy bracelets in gold that say “Lift”. Yes, it’s not rocket science or subtle but it might work as a better reminder than that dusty Fitbit… They seem to focus on products that are well made and use precious materials and CrossFit does seem to be a theme, with one necklace having those words in small rings.

I think the Pirouette earrings are particularly lovely, they describe them as “Golden spiral double twist earrings mimics the beautiful whirl and fluid movement of a dancer.” Poetic huh?

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Jul 30, 2014

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Feline Face Masks bring out the cat lady in you

Face masks can be fun – and if you’re Japanese they can be positively feline. Can’t really leave the cat puns at home as this new face mask range has been inspired by Cats the Musical, meaning that every cat shaped mask has an amazingly Andrew Lloyd Webber inspiration.

These masks work in the traditional full mask way, with eye and nose cut outs, to allow you to breathe while the mask – laden with skin loving ingredients – gets to work.

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Jul 14, 2014

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$10 Coastal Glasses Review

Can you get a good pair of glasses for ten dollars? That’s what I wanted to find out. Coastal currently offers a First Pair Free offer fro glasses when you use the code “First Pair Free.

I was in the market for new glasses and due to feeling pretty broke this month though this would be a good idea. Technically they are not “free” as the title of the post explains, as around $10 should be budgeted for posting. You also need to have a prescription or this would be pointless. So first things first.

Picking the frame. The free versions are not as nice as the other options – obvious I guess.

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Jul 13, 2014

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Korean Beauty Boxes A Great Way For Western fans to Enjoy Kawaii Eastern Beauty

I’ve spoken a number of times about the Korean beauty brands that I love. Problem is, no matter how great all these brands are they are HARD to get hold of in the USA or UK, as stories don’t sell them and shipping them from eBay can be expensive.

Awesomely I just discovered that subscription beauty boxes exist to fill this problem and I’m happy to introduce you to some that I’ve been eyeballing for a while now.

Q Box

What is it?:

This is an awesome offer. The Q Box gives you 5-7 full sized items every month, all hand picked from Korea and Japan. You can opt for one box, 3 months, or 6 months and the stuff you get is adorable. Reviews on other websites suggest that you get a mixture of kawaii jewelry and skincare/makeup stuff all which has my heart anticipation anticipation. Woop!

Cost: 1 month will cost you from $21.95-$24.95 (not sure why the prices vary) but for such novel and diverse products it seems like a bargain.

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Jul 7, 2014

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Miss Dior Perfume Review

It sounds a little cliche to say that I’m a fan of Miss Dior, and to that end I was almost predetermined NOT to like the scent. It came in a small bottle that could almost be kawaii, but how can a a million dollar corporation really “get” kawaii with their polished golden edges and font choice that denotes luxury and excess.

You can see here that the odds were stacked against Miss Dior from the start but begrudgingly I was forced to admit, that yes, Dior really DOES know what it’s doing with the perfume and that brands get a good name for a reason. Sometimes I’m so caught up in the new indie brand that I don’t pay enough attention to the big boys and Miss Dior in its sweet, fresh, girlishness is definitely a keeper.

It’s a light feminine scent that whispers on the nose, rather than overpowers it. It has citrussy overtones a sweet jasmine like heart and a warmth spreading through its thats due to the patchouli base notes. It feels light at the offset and I wondered at its staying power but it develops on the skin, giving me wafts of delight throughout the day and scenting my hair and pillow in repose.

I’m not sure it’s strong enough to be a signature scent, but its fresh and light enough to be a happy addition to my fragrance wardrobe , a pick me up piece of pep for summer that’s wonderful.

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