Monday, 18 May 2015

Lipgloss Saviour

Swoon Lip Gloss Aid
Swoon Lip Gloss Aid
Swoon Lip Gloss Aid
Swoon Lip Gloss Pick Up Artist - $12

Today's post is a little post about a tool I'm pretty sure won't be in your make up bag!

When searching Sephora one night in the midst of a haul I stumbled across something I had never seen before. Designed exclusively for Sephora, Swoon is a lip gloss applicator that picks up every last drop of your lip gloss from the bottom of the tube. Perfect for extending the life of discontinued shades, simply place the scoop into the tube and use it to apply your gloss. The wand itself is flexible and reusable, fitting into any brand of gloss. At first I was a bit uncertain as to how hygenic this is but the actual head doesn't absorb any product making it easy to clean with makeup brush cleaner or a baby wipe, and there's a cap that snaps shut to keep it clean.

I've never seen anything like this before, but I think it's a really great idea. Now you can get full use out of all your limited editions and are able to make your favorite gloss last that little bit longer.

What do you think of this? Have you seen any interesting tools lately?

Friday, 15 May 2015

Match Your Tips With Your Tan

Nail Varnish to make you look more tanned

When I'm deciding on what make up to take on holiday, I always struggle to settle on a nail colour. For some reason I feel an urge to coat my talons in a bright shade, a million miles from my usual understated pastel and nude tones. There is a beauty reason behind my sudden shift, bright shades help to make your tan glow. As the nearest I'm going to get to a tan is a couple more freckles and a bit of a shiny t-zone, I'm hoping my nails will perform miracles. Well, a girl can hope. Stepping on to the more vibrant side isn't easy though as even then, there's something for everyone, from those who just like to lie on a sunbed reading, to those who lie on a sunbed hungover. 

Somehow I've managed to narrow down my options to these six, but I'm still torn between the two Illamasqua offerings and Essie's Mojito Madness. Decisions, decisions ...

From left to right
1. Essie Style Hunter
2. Illamasqua Radium
3. Barry M Gelly Grapefruit
4. Nails Inc. Great Tichfield Street
5. Illamasqua Marquise
6. Essie Mojito Madness

What shade would you choose?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Kindle: A Bookworm's BFF?

kindle vs books

Kindle, Amazon's best-selling e-reader that makes transporting your entire library wherever you may go possible. Having bought an early Sony e-reader when electronic books were a revolutionising concept, and then upgraded to a Kindle a couple of years ago. You would understandably assume then that I am a pro-ebook, but the truth is, I'm still on the fence.

Don't get me wrong, I adore e-books. I love that you can taken literally hundreds of books with you on your travels. Gone are the days when you have to decide on one good holiday read. Now you can take everything and choose whatever picks your fancy that day. At University, I downloaded a lot of my textbooks so I didn't have to carry thick, heavy law books around with me whenever I wanted to do work. Not only that, I find it a lot easier to read on a Kindle on public transport, be that a plane, train or bus, than a physical book. You don't need much space to hold an e-reader, but I need to be super comfy to read a book, and that does involve space. Stepping away from portability, I love that e-books have made reading a lot more accessible. Anyone can write an e-book. There's course and tutorials a plenty showing you how to get started. It's helped open to door to publication and give budding writers experience that they otherwise might never have gained. E-books are generally cheaper, than physical books (if not free), making it more economic, once you have the actual Kindle. It's also easier to click download than it is for some people to get to a book shop. If I had to physically go to a book shop, I probably wouldn't have as many books as I do now. It's also that instant gratification you get when you can download a book, and in less than a minute start reading it. It's just quick, simple and easy.

Despite all this, I'm still undecided. Although I've upgraded to a Kindle, I still haven't stopped buying physical books. If a book is by one of my favorite authors or I'm pre-ordering it, I'll usually opt for the physical rather than the digital. But why? No matter how many pro's a Kindle might have, it still can't replicate physically holding a book. As I said previously, whilst I downloaded my textbooks, I also bought the physical copies for home too. No fancy features beat being able to physically highlight, underline and write notes on the pages. Sometimes you need to step away from technology. I spend all day at work on a computer, I spend quite a lot of time at home on a computer, even my phone is basically a computer. Reading on an e-reader is essentially reading from a computer. I like reading because it gives me time to relax and switch off. Whilst it's great to be able to relax anywhere with a Kindle, the physical book allows you to take a step back and escape from all things electronic without getting distracted. 

Kindle books have made reading more effiecent than ever before, but maybe that's not good thing. Many people enjoy reading because they can do it in their own time, without feeling the need to rush. Being able to access so many book so quickly can make you feel like you should be speed reading rather than relaxing. Personally, I think there's a time and place for both formats and don't think we'll see the end of hardbacks just yet. 

What's your opinion on Ink vs IT? Love or lothe e-books?