Jan 16, 2015

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Thoughts on Addicted to Beauty Number 69 (in top blog awards)


Try and take your dirty mind away from the number 69, and instead replace my lovely blog in that spot.

Rebates Zone collected and collated a whole lot of beauty and style blogs and rated them based on Alexa rankings, Twitter and Facebook accounts and ranked my blog in 69th place. Honored to be on the list which includes some of my favorite blogs out there, and in this busy world nice to know that my penchant for pretty things — and strange things — is being noted and appreciated.

Yes, I’m not a fool, and I know this list was created partly for promotional purposes, a.k.a you scratch my back, I scratch yours. But still, even with that proviso, the names on the list; A Beautiful Mess, British Beauty Blogger; these are blogs I admire and enjoy.. and who make me feel guilty that I’m a semi-sporadic blogger with a lazy streak and medium photo editing skills.

Blogging has changed a lot over the years, first it was all about being “first”, having exclusives and great access. Then it was about amazing photography, lovely layouts and a voice that made you go gooey inside. There are the YouTube bloggers whose skills far surpass my own, and the haters who call me out when I mess up my eyeliner or try to teach something I don’t excel at. But whatever. The world is big and people gravitate to what they like, what resonates for them and what they enjoy.

Things I like: New, quirky products that make me laugh. Pretty, amazing collections that I want to buy, store and never use.. hoarder style. The occasional mind blowing product that does everything it promises and more. And lots in-between. Beauty blogs have an honesty, a rawness, a “I don’t care what you want, this is what I LIKE SO LIVE WITH IT feel.” That’s why I go to them.

Once $20 for makeup seemed crazy.. now it’s less crazy but it’s still not exactly free. And I hate waste. So maybe I’ll review the just OK stuff to, just to give you an idea of whether it works for you. The main thing is, people blog as they enjoy it. It’s fun. There are pretty things and thoughts we want to share.

Hopefully you like reading this.. If not I wish you well, and no trolling please.

Peace out and blog well. xoxoxox

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Jan 14, 2015

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Nail Armor Nail Jewelry is fierce

These Nail Armor pieces provoke a mixed reaction in me. On one hand, they’re clearly well designed, ornate pieces of artwork, but on the other hand, the vicious looking points and the twisted curlicues that create these seem to whisper of violence. Or at least, some Cosplay inspired Game of Thrones roleplay.


But they are beautiful and if you can get over your slight fear that you’ll somehow stab yourself while zipping up your jeans, these might be a fine addition to your set of ring n’bling.They come in a variety of finishes and the filigree is just gorgeous.

$18 for a set of from JekyllHydeJewelery on Etsy

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Dec 17, 2014

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Paint and Peel Tinkerbell Nail Polish back in the game

Remember the Paint n’Peel nail polish of yore? Nope? Well I don’t blame you, it’s kinda blurry for me. Thankfully Buzzfeed reminded us about it – and also told us that a new, re-named version exists today.

Bo-Po is the same formula and does everything you don’t remember, but amazingly will let you remove that chipped polish with ease, and dare I say, fun? Beats biting those nails to bits right?

Get them here, $3.99 each

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Dec 17, 2014

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Celebrity Nail decals.. with celebrities on them

The nail art trend has been a bit crazy over the last few years. We’ve seen crackle, foils, sparkly, wraps, art that uses brushes, stamps etc. Decals are not super new — essentially they are stickers for your fingertips. However, up till now I’ve never see anything this entertaining- or culturally relevant. Yes, these are celebrity nail decals, but forget about Beyonce, we have stickers that pay homage to the most beloved of all things hip — the television show. Yup, fans of Orange of the New Black and Girls can use their fingers to pay homage, counting down the days to the next drama filled episode.

And modern pop icons get a look in to, with the Nicki Minaj decals showing her anaconda pose to perfection. I love this mix of old and new icons with the playful imagery and the supercute drawings let you get more than a finger-full. Wear however you please – I’d suggest one pr two accent nails and a contrasting color for the wow factor – and to make them last a little longer.

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Nov 7, 2014

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The Fairest of Them All Makeup Bag

Christmas is a coming! Halloween candy is on sale, you’ve scrubbed off that nasty white face paint and decided that joke Ebola costume should NEVER see the light of day again.

Now it’s time to get festive — and start planning the large amounts of gifts you’re going to need to buy your loved ones (with a few thrown in because you’re worth it.)

Yes, I’m feeling like flexing my credit card muscle, can you blame me?

So, let’s take a look at the many lovely things on the market that make me go all girly. First off, this pretty Alphabet makeup bag brings out my inner Disney diva and the colors are very seasonal. The pouch is super cute and perfect to throw in a tote on the go. Bring on party season!

$33 from Selfridges, London

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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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