Friday, 14 December 2012

NYX Soho Glam Collection Review

Some of you may remember my disappointment with NYX's Glitter Cream Pallete, but this has definitely restored my faith. Still looking for a Christmas presents? I would recommend having a look at this.
Nyx Soho Glam Collection
NYX Soho Glam Collection (*)


NYX Soho Glam Collection

I thought I was a good multi-tasker but this pallet really takes the biscuit; 52 eyeshadows, 8 lip colors, 4 face colors, 4 blushers, 2 lip glosses, applicators, a lip liner pencil and a mirror, all compact and ready to travel! 

I actually came home yesterday from University for Christmas, so had the nightmare of packing makeup and beauty products for three weeks, especially because there are quite a few Christmas events I'm attending whilst I'm back home. This would be ideal for those situations when you want to be able to create a range of looks but need it to take minimal space. Perfect for if you want to go out after work/uni, going on holiday, travel a lot, or just absolutely hate clutter.

Packaging

The packaging and presentation are lovely. I'm a massive fan of black packaging, I just think it looks a lot sleeker, and stands the test of time because it doesn't go all messy after a few uses. There's a decent sized mirror, and I love how the different layers slide out, making it really compact for this amount of product. This feels really study too, it could definitely stand being in a suitcase, so like I said, ideal if traveling is on the cards.

Eyeshadows

The jewel-toned shades are perfect for the festive season, and pretty much any look could be created with matte, shimmer and glitter products being present. Pigmentation does vary a little and the glitters and shimmers coming out more vivid than the mattes but only very slightly. Another plus is that there is little, if any, fallout and they are extremely blendable.

Lips

The pigmentation of the lip products isn't perfect and all seem a bit sheer. A bit of a disappointment after the eye products, but they are extremely buildable, it'sits nothing a few applications can't solve. They are all unscented and unflavoured too, which is a massive plus.

Blush

Again, slightly on the sheer side, however perfect for giving the cheeks a healthy glow. The shade range is amazing too, with something offered to flatter every skintone and work with every look. 

Conclusion

Overall this is a good little all-rounder. The eye products are my stand out, but I think if you're off traveling around the family over Christmas and want light packing, this is the ticket. Everything is buildable, blendable and just plain lovely. The shades are so wearable. For £30, you are getting great value and a lot of product for your money!

RRP £30, and available from Very
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Monday, 10 December 2012

MAC Shy Girl Review


MAC Shy Girl review swatches

Your first MAC lipstick is somewhat of a right of passage. For me, it was the first high-end beauty product I ever bought, and luckily, I ended up choosing something I'll be repurchasing forever more.

Housed in the usual black bullet, Shy Girl is a coral toned nude and happens to be one of my favorite natural shades. So what makes this lipstick so special? Well firstly, it's in the much raved about Creamsheen formula. OK, so the wear time isn't the greatest, but if you're looking for a "my lips but better" kinda product, this is your go to. Think a slightly glossy lipstick that is easy to wear, goes with everything and provides the perfect definition for your lips. Seriously though, I'm yet to find a situation where I haven't thought about wearing this lipstick; and I have a lot of choices.

So I think the beauty Gods were helping me a little when I randomly picked up Shy Girl as my first MAC lipstick. Although I might have just been playing it safe with a neutral color, I couldn't have chosen a better one.

I am desperate to try more MAC lipsticks, anyone got any suggestions?

xoxo
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Monday, 19 November 2012

Nyx Glitter Cream Pallet Review

I was really hoping this would be a rave review. For Christmas, this pallet looks as though it would be a glittery smokey eye dream. But it's not. The only consolation is that I got it discounted at TK Maxx to £4. The colors are perfect, the packaging is lovely, put the actual product itself is a complete and utter let down.

Nyx Glitter Cream Pallet in Ice Queen

So packaging first. It's pretty flimsy but does the job. I wasn't expecting much because this is a cheap product, and the black plastic makes it look a lot better.

The color selection is perfect. Ideal for creating glittery smokey eyes on a budget.

That's the end of the positives though.

Swatches

Nyx Glitter Cream Pallet in Ice Queen


The swatches above tell the story. Each color needs to be swatched 3 or 4 times just to get that pigmentation. Even when I have swatched it that many times, the pigmentation is rubbish; you'd probably have to use half the product to achieve a full look! The glitter looks extremely clumpy and pretty loose, so you are guaranteed it's going all over your face by the end of the night. No one wants to look like that much of a glitter ball.

When you compare this to Barry M Dazzle Dust, its just a complete fail of a product. I was hoping this to be a dupe for MAC Glitter Pot's, but the quality of this pallet is like something you used to get free to a magazine as a little kid. I usually love NYX products, but this is a complete let down.

If your looking for a glitter fix this Christmas, save your money, don't go for this.

xoxo
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Thursday, 30 August 2012

A/W 2012-13 Trends: Beauty

Hey everyone. So this is the last post in the series, if you've missed any you can find all of my womenswear fashion trends posts here.

Hair

So firstly, hair wise. Dyed hair is still big, so if your tempted by ombre hair, go for it! Top Knots are also really fashionable, seen a lot on the catwalk, so now you have an excuse for your quick hairstyle. Side partings were also seen along with braided hair. Theres some really easy tutorials on YouTube if you type in braided hair, so check those out! You can even combine two, to make a really effective hair style, like the top knot braid in the picture below!

Hair trends


Now, focusing on make-up, the face was often left very bare, with dramatic eyes or lips.

Eye Makeup

Eye-wise, bold looks are really big. Strong filled in eyebrows were all that were seen on the catwalk, so invest in a brow kit now! Coloured mascara is also huge, particularly blue, but if you have blue eyes like me, purple really makes them pop!
eye trends


Lips

Lips. Berry lips are really key this season, but if your looking for a statement look, glitter lips were also seen! Check out Limecrime for glitter lip gloss, or try applying eyeshadow over a base!
lip trends

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

A/W 2012-13 Fashion Trends: ETC

This is the 3rd of four posts discussing A/W trends shown at London Fashion Week. If you missed it, you can find all my womenswear fashion trend summaries here.

Like I explained in the first one, I've tried to group the trends together as best as I can, but inevitably, some just don't fit anywhere. This post deals with those that don't fit anywhere.

Trends 03 - 01


Trends 03 - 02


a/w 03 - 04

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Watching Women's Hockey Final at London 2012 Olympics

London 2012 Olympic Park

If you don't know, I love (field) hockey. I play on my University, and its a massive part of my life. I was lucky enough as part of my birthday present to get tickets for the Olympic Women's Hockey Final and it was honestly the best experience I have ever had. The park was amazing, the hockey was enviable, and the atmosphere was breathtaking. GB won a bronze (so amazing to see us get a medal)! It was a day of a lifetime and I am so grateful for my parents getting me tickets. I know you can now do tours of the Olympic Park, and I'd recommend it hugely because you have no idea of the scale of things until you are there yourself. It's so big, and makes your hair stand up on the back of your neck just by walking round, it's that amazing!

I took over 200 pictures that day, but heres some of the highlights, although its still pretty picture heavy.

London 2012 Olympic Park

London 2012 Olympic Park

London 2012 Olympic Park

London 2012 Olympic Park

London 2012 Olympic Park

London 2012 Olympic Park
London 2012 Olympic Park

London 2012 Olympic Park

London 2012 Olympic Park
London 2012 Olympic Park

London 2012 Olympic Park
London 2012 Olympic Park

Olympic Women's Hockey Final 2012

London Olympic Women's Hockey Final 2012

London Olympic Women's Hockey Final 2012

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London Olympic Women's Hockey Final 2012

London Olympic Women's Hockey Final 2012

London Olympic Women's Hockey Final 2012

London Olympic Women's Hockey Final 2012

Olympic Women's Hockey Medal Ceremony 2012

London Olympic Women's Hockey Medal Ceremony 2012

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London Olympic Women's Hockey Medal Ceremony 2012

London Olympic Women's Hockey Medal Ceremony 2012




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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

A/W 2012-13 Fashion Trends: Prints

This is the second of a series of four posts discussing all the trends seeing on the catwalk at London Fashion Week, including beauty. If you missed the first, you can find my royalty inspired fashion trends post here.

Prints

As the title suggests, this post is dedicated to prints. Luckily, a lot of these have appeared quite recently on the high street, meaning you can recycle your wardrobe and just top it up with accessories! So whether your going to make like Missoni and don zig zags or wear some Topshop digital prints, there is something for everyone this season.
A/W Womenswear fashion prints trends


A/W Womenswear fashion prints trends

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Friday, 10 August 2012

A/W 2012-13 Fashion Trends: Royalty Inspired

The first of four posts, over the next couple of weeks I'll be focusing on the key womenswear fashion trends set to appear up and down the high street following yet another successful London Fashion Week.

Royalty Inspired


This week I'm talking about the trends that are inspired by the royal family. Since Kate and Will's wedding, the royal family seems to have become more relevant in today's society, and this has transferred into fashion.

Key Colours


The colour palette is very rich and regal. Think warm tones in burgundy and purple. For me, these are true a/w colours.

Key A/W 2012-13 Fashion Colours


Key Fabric

Following the royal trend, both velvet and fur played a large role on the catwalks.
Key A/W Fashion 2012-13 Fabrics


Now onto the clothes. Luxurious layering is a huge trend, so layer up on trends, and tick all the royal trends at once. For all those magpies like me, intricate embellishments are big, so stock up on bibs and collars for subtle flashes, or invest in a trophy jacket for a bold statement. A-line skirts flatter all shapes. High-waisted versions cover hips and stomachs, whilst pleats will create curves. Capes also play a role this season. Look for caplets, coats and even cape details on dresses and tops to fit this trend in with your style.
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Clothes

Top's wise, necks are higher. Roll necks and conservative high necks are key to this look. If that's not your thing, maybe a lower cut jumper go for one with fur enhanced shoulders.

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As always the military trend pops up this year. Team it with country classics and gloves (particularly elbow gloves) and you'll tick three royal inspired looks in one outfit.
A/W 2012 2013 Women's Fashion Trends


So that's the royal inspired trends for this season. Personally, these are some of my favorite and so versatile.

Make sure you follow me so you get the other three posts in this series covering the A/W trends featured in London Fashion Week.

Thanks for reading,
xoxo
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Sunday, 22 July 2012

How To Have A Successful Doctor's Appointment

How to talk to the Doctor
Most people I know always complain that whenever they go to the doctors because they don't get the result they wanted to. I used to be so intimidated by going to the doctors, and only really got over it after I became a regular in the waiting room thanks to a long-term condition. Although it's very rare to find a good GP, the way you talk to the Dr./Nurse can have dramatic effects on the diagnosis and outcome of your appointment. Here's a few tips to make appointments a lot less frustrating:

Know what the aim of your appointment is

Until recently, I used to go to the doctors after feeling ill for a while and had no idea what I wanted them to do. You need to know roughly what you want to achieve before you even phone for an appointment. This might be really simple if you want a repeat prescription or want to change existing medication, but if you're presenting a new problem or following up with an existing one you need to know why you're there. Do you want treatment? A referral? Tests? Doctors note? Of course, this dependent on what is actually wrong with you and I'm not suggesting you need a referral for flu, but having a realistic idea of what you would like doing will help make your appointment more successful.

Ask for what you want

I think its a British thing that we tend to let the doctors do whatever they want, and forget this is a service you are paying for, albeit not as directly as the USA. I used to just go with whatever the doctors wanted when I knew I didn't want it and it wasn't suitable. It probably helps that I tend to talk to my mum (medical professional) if I'm ill and get an idea of what may be wrong and what needs to happen, but I think people should try and ask for what they want if it is realistic and reasonable. For example, I had been going to see the Dr a few years ago about a stomach "bug" that wasn't going away through medication for a good 5/6 months. The time had come when I was starting to get fed up of being in pain and asked is it possible to be referred to a consultant or get some tests done because it was clear it wasn't going away. In the end, this saved everyone's time, and the NHS some money because the tests at the hospital showed it wasn't a bug but a health condition. Just be careful you don't demand and ask nicely, Dr's do know what there talking about after all!

Know Your Symptoms

Sounds so obvious but I know for a fact that most of us don't tell the doctor or nurse everything that we're experiencing. Everything from energy levels, mood, concentration, balance, pain, temperature and sleeping habits is relevant so don't skip anything out. It might help to ask a couple of people who have been around you a lot while you've been ill to see if they've noticed any change in you; you'd be surprised at what you don't notice when you're not well. Maybe even keep a note of what time of day you feel ill or if it is affected by any activity, environment or food. Ensure your doctor understands the change by explaining what you were like before you became ill. Although you might think you're telling the doctor a lot of pointless information, it will speed up diagnosis. A lot of things have very similar symptoms, with only one or two differentiating them. Telling them everything may help find those differences quickly. If you're like me and struggle telling people how you feel, try and describe what it could be compared to or feels like, for example, it feels like you have a lump in your throat, like your heads underwater etc. This will give the doctor a clear idea of what you are experiencing. Make sure though your descriptions are not over-exaggerations or under-exaggerations!

Ask Questions

If you don't understand what the doctor is saying, ask them to explain it simply. Sometimes it's easy for them to assume knowledge, but if you don't know, get them to explain even if it takes a couple of attempts to get it clear in your mind. Also, if your unsure about something (Can you drink on this medication? How long do you take it for? etc) or still have a question (How did this happen?, How can I prevent this happening again? etc.) make sure you speak up. You've come here to find out what's wrong with you, you don't want to leave with more questions that you came with. If you think of something while your at home, and it's an important question, phone up your practice and see if either a nurse or the doctor could phone you back with the answer.

Don't Be Scared to Disagree

Very controversial, but I have in the past, and it got me my correct diagnosis. Dr's have to start with the most common and probable diagnosis first, and work their way along the list hence why it may feel like your wasting your time and theirs. You know your own body, and if the doctor is telling you something that you feel is inaccurate or they don't appreciate the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing, tell them. Yes, they have a medical degree, but only you know how your feeling. Follow what they suggest initially, but if it isn't working for you, speak up! Suggest that you think your symptoms are more severe, agree to take the medication or have the treatment they prescribe, but ask how long you should give it to be effective. Once this period is up, ask if you can try something else. At the end of the day, you are both trying to solve the problem so work together.

I know this all seems a lot when your ill, but if you become more direct with your appointments your more likely to get the problem sorted quicker, and get back to being yourself again.

If you have an suggestions on future How To's... let me know.

Thanks for reading,
xoxo
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