Sunday, 15 September 2013

Celebrations! I've Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!

Hi Glossies! Today I'm doing something I wouldn't usually do, I'm not a fan of chain letter type postings but I've been nominated by three lovely different ladies so I thought it only fair to reply. Also it's nice to learn things about other bloggers, especially the ones who like me, don't have hundreds of thousands of followers. So the award is the Liebster Award.
If you're new to this award, it's basically a way for new bloggers to get to know each other. It is not actually an award, there are no judges and no special rules. If you get nominated you can choose to accept it and if you wish, pass it on. I believe when it started out, if you accepted the award you had to nominate 3-5 of your favourite bloggers who had under 3,000 followers. But as blogging has gone crazy the last few years that has gradually changed to nominating 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers. And the 'rules' are as follows:
  • You must link back to the person who nominated you
  • You have to answer the 11 questions provided by the person who nominated you
  • You must nominate 11 fellow bloggers with under 200 followers
  • You have to ask 11 questions to your nominees
  • You must make the 11 nominees aware that you have nominated them
  • You can include 11 facts about yourself if you wish
I was nominated by Jassy over at, Sammie over at and Kirsty over at So thanks girls. I don't want to be writing pages and pages of answers to questions because it will just bore you, so I'm going to answer a few questions from each of the girls (Hope that's not cheating, but it's only fair).
Jassy asked:
Morning or night person? I'm definitely a night person (even though I'm usually asleep by 10:30), I'm such a grumpy bear in a morning.
What one thing are you going to change about yourself this year? I'm going to be happy and merry this Christmas instead of being my usual Scrooge-like self.
Favourite cuisine and why? I've recently started loving spicy food, Mexican especially.
Sammie asked:
If you could travel to any country, where would you go? I'd go to Australia, I've always dreamt of visiting there.
If you had one wish, what would you wish for?  I would wish for my Uncle Stephen to come back to us, unfortunately he passed away of Motor Neurone Disease almost 6 years ago, aged only 36. I'd do anything to bring him back.
What's your favourite song of the moment? That would have to be Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine) by Klangkaarussell, it has the strangest name but it's so catchy.
What's the most expensive thing you ever bought? That would be my lovely little Phoebe, my Fiat 500. She's white and she's super cute. I love her!
and Kirsty asked:
What/who inspired you to start a blog? It all started for me when I was searching a beauty product online and Tanya Burr's blog came up as one of the results. I consequently started watching her videos on YouTube and it opened up a whole new realm of beauty related loveliness for me. I've been addicted to reading blogs and watching YouTubers like Tanya and Pixiwoo ever since. Once I stumbled across Catrine at I started to think about starting my own beauty/nail blog.
What are your beauty must haves? My beauty must haves are more skincare based, I can't live without my Bioderma, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and my Skinetica.
What item of makeup could you not live without? For me it would have to be mascara, on a lazy no makeup day, I think a little bit of mascara totally opens up the eyes and changes the face. And it takes a minute to apply.

What are your favourite pastimes/hobbies? I'm a bit of a health freak so I love my time at the gym, that's where I'm at most nights. After that I love making my nails look pretty.

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:
My questions for you lovely ladies are:
1. What are your 3 holy grail beauty products?
2. Do you prefer to wear heavy eye make up or a coloured lip? Or both?
3. What kind of blogposts do you like to read most? Reviews or tutorials?
4. What is your favourite brand of nail polish?
5. What is your favourite cleanser?
6. What is your favourite beauty brand?
7. What is your favourite nail colour to wear?
8. Who/what inspired you to start a beauty blog?
9. What are your three favourite blogs?
10. Describe your idea of the perfect day.
11. If you could get on a flight tomorrow, where would you fly to?
If you accept the award, leave me a comment below with the links to your answers. I look forward to reading them. Thanks again to Jassie, Sammie and Kirsty for nominating me and thank you to everybody for reading xxx

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Shiny Disco Ball Nails

Hi Glossies! I hope you're all well. I have some very shiny nails for you today. I went to see Jessica at Sheer Beauty in Cleckheaton yesterday for a little manicure. As I've mentioned before; I love to do different designs on my nails, but I'm not so keen at tidying up my cuticles. So every now and again I go to the salon for a manicure. Anyway, Jess was so kind to me yesterday that she gave me a couple of little treasures, she gave me the Jessica Hologram Chic Duo (which you can buy here). And the Glitzy Lips foil lip covers, which I can't actually find available to buy online other than on eBay, so check them out on there if you're after some.

The Jessica Hologram Chic Duo consists of a base coat called 'Retro Revival' and a holographic silver glitter called 'Disco Diva'. In the bottle the silver doesn't look holographic, but once it's on the nails it's like looking at a disco ball... hence my title for this mani.
The Glitzy Lips are actually foil lip covers for lip art, but I used them to try and jazz up my nails. It consists of a primer which is essentially a glue and a roll of holographic foil.
So on to my manicure, here's what I used to get my Shiny Disco Balls:
To start I did a light coat of OPI Nail Envy as always. I left that 5 minutes to dry before applying 1 coat of the whiteish appearing Jessica Retro Revival. I left that 10 minutes to dry and then followed with a coat of the Silver Jessica Disco Diva. Even after one coat it was pretty dazzling, but after drying I applied another coat and it was fully opaque.
Then I had a go at applying the Glitzy Lips on my ring fingers for an accent manicure. It says on the box to 'Apply adhesive to lips and let dry until clear. Apply desired length of foil to lips and remove quickly from one side to the other'. So I made sure my nails were completely dry before applying a thin layer of the primer to my ring fingers. I waited for it to go clear and almost dry, (about 3 minutes) before tapping the foil all over my nails. I found holding it down, smoothing it out and peeling off quickly didn't really leave much behind. So I tapped all over the nail and it appeared to work. This is what it looked like after applying my Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat.
With the Jessica Hologram Chic Duo it states that top coat isn't required, but I wanted to seal the manicure in for a few days so I applied anyway. I don't think it has affected the hologram at all, however I do think it has ruined the effect of the Glitzy Lips. They look really holographic and eye catching alone, but with the top coat they just look like silver tin foil. So I think if I use these again I'll leave the top coat off. However, the texture is still eye catching and makes the ring fingers pop. The first two photographs are taken in natural light, but it really doesn't do the polish justice. So the last photograph I took underneath the light and that looks more like a real life portrayal of the colours.
I'm very happy with my manicure, and I feel like a little magpie, I can't stop looking at them. I'm also really grateful to Jessica for giving me these, I'm sure they'll be used again in a Christmas sparkly manicure. So thanks Jess!
Have you tried any of the Jessica Hologram polishes? I believe there is a Gold and a Silver Top Coat as well as the Hologram Chic Duo. Maybe you've tried some holographic polishes from another range? I've wondered if these might work with normal polishes underneath. Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below. Or if you've tried these out leave me your links. I hope you're having a lovely weekend and thank you for reading xxx

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Newspaper Nails

Hi Glossies! I'm sorry I've been a stranger but I'm back and have a nail post for you. I thought I would give the newspaper manicure a go. It's only my first attempt and it hasn't gone perfectly but I still like it. So here's what I used:

(From left to right: Surgical Spirit, Nails Inc. Colville Mews, OPI Nail Envy, Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, a small bowl to decant the surgical spirit into, some cuttings from a newspaper)

I started by applying OPI Nail Envy as a base coat to all my nails. Then I chose Nails Inc. Colville Mews for my background colour as it's beige and I wanted it to look quite editorial and neutral. I did 3 coats of colour to get it to full opacity.

Next for the fun bit.... I dipped one finger into my bowl of surgical spirit (I bought this from a chemist for £1.30 for a 200ml bottle) for about 10 seconds before pressing one of my newspaper clippings onto the nail for about 15 seconds, being careful not to move the paper and smudge (this is where you could really use 3 hands). I repeated this process on every nail. To finish I applied my Seche Vite Top Coat.

As you can see from the last photograph, my right hand has come out better as I'd got the hang of how long to hold the paper on for. They're not perfect but I quite like that.
I like this look, it's something a little different but with minimal effort. My favourite kind of look! I want to try it with maps if I can find any that are small and detailed enough, I think that will look really interesting.
Have you tried the newspaper manicure? Or even tried it with maps? What base colours did you try? Leave me a comment below with your links as I'd love to see your attempts, or tweet me at @glossypolish / Instagram me at @rachaelsmith89
I hope you're all having a great weekend and thank you for reading xxx

Monday, 15 April 2013

NOTD - Ted Baker and Studs

Hi Glossies! I hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend. The sun has been shining where I live today and I had the day off work so it's been a real treat. I haven't had anything exciting on my nails for a few weeks now so I thought I'd do something a little more fun. In a previous post (here) I mentioned that a while back my Auntie had given me a few nail polishes as she gets her own nails done at the salon. Along with two Estee Lauder polishes she also gave me a polish from Ted Baker. It doesn't have a name or a number but in the bottle it has a likeness to Barry M Mushroom. Two coats on the nails and it looks more of a milk chocolate colour.

I started by painting 2 coats of OPI Nail Envy on all my nails. My nails have been worse the past couple of months than they have in years, they just keep breaking. So I had to file them all really short and thought I'd buy some of this to help them on their way as I've been wanting to try it for ages anyway. It is definitely speeding up the growing process and works as a great Base Coat.

Next I painted two coats of the Ted Baker polish on all my nails, leaving 10 minutes drying time between coats. I was impressed that it was opaque after 2 as I thought it would need 3. Then I applied my Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat. To bling them up a bit I added some studs that I bought from the Born Pretty Store (here). I dabbed a little bit of Top Coat at the base of each nail and then used a cocktail stick dipped in Top Coat to pick each stud up. I placed the stud onto my nail at an angle. Once I had applied one stud to each nail I covered the whole nail in another layer of Top Coat to seal the studs on.

So there we go, simple yet eye catching. And when asked a guy's opinion I was told they made him think of chocolate. Ha! I've had pastel colours on my nails for the last few weeks so it's nice to be wearing something neutral. I love the studs but not sure how they will survive the next few days! The formulation of the Ted Baker polish is really nice, I would definitely buy more of them. Have you got any polishes from there? Have you tried out nail studs before? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you got on with them. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Monday, 25 March 2013

NOTD - Easter Nails

Hi Glossies! Firstly sorry I've been a little absent for the last week or so. I just haven't had time to fit in my blogging and nothing particularly exciting has been going on my nails other than a one colour manicure. So I thought I'd do a little Easter themed design. Even though the weather outside is horrendous, (well it is here in West Yorkshire) I like to get the pastel colours out at this time of year and generally live in them until I absolutely have to stop when it gets round to winter again. 

So for this design I used Barry M Berry Ice Cream which is a pastel purple and Revlon Colorstay in Buttercup which is pastel yellow. Both are perfect for Spring and Easter if you ask me.

I used my usual Base Coat and then applied three coats of Barry M Berry Ice Cream to all my nails except my ring fingers on both hands, leaving 10 minutes drying time between each coat. I did the same thing for my ring fingers except I used Revlon Buttercup on those. After my 3 coats I waited 15 minutes to make sure they were completely dry; then I took my number 4 Dotting tool and used the larger end to create my design. I blobbed a small amount of Buttercup onto some cardboard and dipped the dotting tool into it, dotting randomly onto all of my purple nails. Then I did the same with Barry M Berry Ice Cream on the yellow nails. I waited 15 minutes again for them to dry before applying my Top Coat to seal it all in.

Excuse my red skin, I had just done the washing up in really hot water and quickly applied my hand cream before photographing my nails. I love this design, it is so cute and reminds me of yummy Easterness. Somebody told me it reminds me of Party Rings (those little biscuits with the holes in the middle that come in pastel colours) so I was happy enough with that. Also I don't get much use out of the Revlon Buttercup polish as it doesn't suit my skin tone on its own so it was nice to be able to use that colour. 

Have you tried any Easter nail designs? Do you have any ideas of designs you would like me to try? Do you struggle with using yellow polish? I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Monday, 18 March 2013

Follow Me on Bloglovin

Hi Glossies! So seeing as though we are saying goodbye to GFC and Google Reader in July I thought I would just keep you all updated on where you can follow me. I haven't quite got the hang of how to use Bloglovin yet but practice makes perfect and you can find me at I'm also on twitter so you can tweet me or follow me on @glossypolish. I have Instagram too @rachaelsmith89 if you'd like to follow me on there. I don't yet use any other platforms but I've seen a few bloggers using She Said Beauty and a few other sites, I'm not sure yet I may just stick to Bloglovin but if anybody has any recommendations for what to use then please let me know. How sad as it that we will no longer have Google Reader?! Have a good week and thank you for reading xxx

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

NOTD - Matte Vs. Glossy and Short Nails

Hi Glossies! Firstly it was a devastating week last week for me as my thumb nail on my right hand broke when I was filling up my beloved Pheobe (my car) with fuel. So when I went to the salon for my cuticles sorting out (I don't know the appropriate term for cuticle treatment in manicure's... possibly removing, there we go!) I knew it was time to get all my nails filed down to the same length. I usually shape my nails myself but I was already going to the salon so I thought why not get the lovely Jess to shape them for me. So I've gone from super long rounded nails to short square nails. My fingers feel short and stumpy but I'm sure my lovely nails will grow back soon enough. Moan over... sorry guys.

So on to my nail design. A few weeks ago my auntie gave me two Estee Lauder Nail Lacquers from the Pure Color range. She got them as gifts but she never paints her own nails so she gave them to me. I was like a magpie with a shiny object, the bottles on these polishes are so pretty; I would happily have a shelf full of them on display in my bedroom as they are just so eye catching. The colour I used in this design is E1 Black Iris. 

I applied my Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat to all my nails. Then I applied 3 coats of Black Iris, leaving 10 minutes drying time between each coat. Next I applied my Rimmel Pro Matte Finish Top Coat and again waited 10 minutes for them to dry. Finally I applied my glossy tips by using my Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat to the tips of my nails. I held the brush over my nail and rolled my finger rather than the brush so to keep the line as straight as possible. And this is how they look: 

The camera doesn't quite pick up the glossy tips as much as I would have liked it to but you can see it better in the second photograph. What do you think of my short squared nails? Do you like matte and glossy together? Do you have any of the Estee Lauder Nail Lacquers? I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Friday, 8 March 2013

My Every Day Face Of The Day

Hi Glossies! I hope you're all having a great week. Today I'm going to share with you my every day makeup routine. To some of you this may seem like the most boring makeup ever because I like to look natural 99% of the time and I like my skin to be able to breathe as much as possible. So here are the products that I use for this look:

I start by applying my Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin. I like this BB Cream because it evens out my skin tone and gives me a healthy glow. It also prevents me from getting too shiny throughout the day as it is oil free and specifically targeted at combination to oily skin. It contains SPF 20 so my skin is protected from the harmful effects of the sun. I apply this by putting a small amount onto the back of my hand and using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to buff it into my skin.

Next I apply my MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer in NC15 under my eyes, around my nose and on any blemishes I may have. I again put a small amount onto the back of my hand and apply underneath my eyes using my ring fingers to pat it into my skin. I cover blemishes and apply around my nose by using my Real Techniques Detailer Brush to dab it on and then pat with my fingers to blend it. This is not the best concealer for coverage, I went to MAC wanting the Studio Finish Concealer but the lady talked me out of it saying my skin was 'too nice' for such heavy coverage and that Moisture Cover was the best idea for a multi tasking concealer. It does a reasonable job but once it runs out I am tempted to try the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer that I've read good things about.

Next I comb through my brows using the comb end of my Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil. I then use the pencil to fill in my brows very lightly and then comb through again to make sure they look natural. I am not confident at filling in my brows and could do with a lesson really. If anybody has any tips or videos then leave me a comment below with your links. I use the colour 002 Hazel as I have quite light brows for a brunette. 

Next up I apply my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly all over my lids using my fingers. It just gives a light wash of a pinky colour and prevents my lids from looking oily throughout the day. First impressions of this product weren't great for me; you can read my review here. But I have persevered, learnt to love it and now use it every day. I then apply my Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Pencil in 005 Nude to my waterline to brighten my eyes. I love this liner it just makes you look so much more awake than you actually feel at 7 in the morning. I like to curl my lashes again to make my eyes appear more open and brighter, so I use my Shu Uemura lash curlers to do this. 

Lastly for my eyes I apply my No 7 Exceptional Definition Mascara to my top and bottom lashes. The wand has one side with longer bristles so I use this for my top lashes and the other side has really tiny bristles so it is perfect for bottom lashes. I got this in a set at Christmas so it is only a mini version but I will definitely be purchasing the full size when it runs out as it is perfect for natural looking lashes.

To finish off my skin I apply my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent using my Real Techniques Powder Brush. I gently swirl the brush in the powder pan and then tap the brush on the back of my hand before applying to my T Zone and chin. I don't like to look too matte and my BB Cream is already mattifying  so I just apply the powder where I need it. I also use a tiny amount of this powder on my Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply it underneath my eyes to set my concealer. I intend to buy the Real Techniques Setting Brush for this purpose but the contour brush is small enough to do the job for now. For Blush I use Rimmel Powder Blush in Pink Rose. It is the perfect peachy pink that just goes with everything. I apply to the back of my cheek bones in an upwards swirling motion using my Real Techniques Blush Brush.

For my lips I quite often just use a colourless lip balm but if I'm feeling like a little bit of colour I use Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 206 Nude Pink. I think this is more of a summery colour but it is a really pretty shimmery peachy coral colour with gold in it and it just adds a bit more colour to my face. 

And here is the finished look (If you can call it a look, it's not really a look)

I hadn't realised until I just wrote it all down that my favourite brand is clearly Rimmel, I just love their products and they're so affordable. Do you use any of these products in your daily routine? Leave me a comment with links to your everyday makeup. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Saturday, 2 March 2013

NOTD - Barry M Textured Chevrons

Hi Glossies! Last weekend I bought two of the Barry M Textured Nail Paints. Superdrug had them on an introductory offer of 2 for £6 so how could I refuse? (I think they will normally be priced at £3.99 each) I got them in Shade 1 Atlantic Road and Shade 3 Kingsland Road. They're such pretty colours, pastel blue and pastel pink, I couldn't wait to try them out. 

There are 4 Shades in this line, all named after famous haunts where Mr Barry Mero began his early working days in the markets of South and East London. The other two colours are yellow (Station Road) and Aqua (Ridley Road) and I may have to buy these next time I pop into Superdrug or Boots. The formula itself Barry M describes as 'a grainy, matte formula' that creates a unique textured effect for a grunge-chic look. I think of textured wallpaper when I look at them on the nails but that's just me.

So onto the design. I thought I'd do a pretty design with both colours, it's kind of a Spring look but hey it's the 2nd March, that's Spring enough for me. I started by painting all my nails with my trusty Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Basecoat. I waited 5 minutes then applied 3 coats of the pink (Kingsland Road) Textured Nail Paint, making sure to leave 5 minutes drying time between coats. I then waited half an hour for my nails to completely dry before adding my chevrons to my nails. I used two strips of masking tape to tape off the chevron shape at the tip of each nail. Then I applied two coats of the blue (Atlantic Road) to the tips of my nails, I did these two coats one straight after the other and then waited about 1 minute before removing the tape. I find if you wait until the polish has dried to remove the tape it just pulls part of the design off with it, so it is best to remove when still wet. I waited about 10 minutes for my nails to dry before applying my Rimmel Pro Matte Finish Topcoat just to seal it all in, at first I thought I had ruined the texture as it appeared to smooth it out; but then once it had dried the texture was still there.

So there is my first Spring manicure of the year. I'm really happy with it and I love these Barry M Textured Nail Paints. I think they will be on my nails a lot over the coming months; they just add something a little bit different. I've had quite a lot of comments on my nails since I did this design so thumbs up from me. I'll be rushing off to Superdrug as soon as I can to get my hands on the other two colours.

Have you tried the Textured Nail Paints? What do you think? Maybe you've tried Nails Inc Leather Effect? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of them, or if you have any ideas for designs I could do using these textures. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Review - Organix Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi Glossies! I've been using this shampoo and conditioner for about 3 months now so I feel like I've used it for long enough to give you all my true opinion of them. My hair is naturally very thick and quite frizzy. It is not straight and not curly, more of a wavy frizzy mess (I paint such a nice picture of myself don't I?). I also colour my hair every 8 weeks. So I've been in search of the perfect shampoo and conditioner to calm my frizz and leave me with nourished hair that during the week when I'm working can just be dried after washing and not require much styling. I may just have found them in the Organix Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. 

Both products come in 385 ml bottles. The only downside to these is the bottle shape in my opinion, it seems difficult to squeeze the product out, especially the conditioner because it is thicker than shampoo. So once the bottle is half full it becomes quite difficult to squeeze out the conditioner and I end up having to take the full cap off the bottle. However these bottles are eco-friendly, manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. So we can't complain too much, but please Organix if you get to read my review, redesign your bottle shapes.

Organix state that their Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioners are a 'unique precious blend of Moroccan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while helping to strengthen and create soft, seductive, silky perfection. Also protecting hair from harmful styling heat and UV damage'. It contains natural vitamin E and antioxidants which renew the hair's cell structure, sealing in shine and creating 'lush' softness. 

I don't think you need instructions on how to use a shampoo but it states to apply the conditioner generously to hair, working through to the ends and wait 3-5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. So I usually shampoo my hair and rinse thoroughly, then apply the conditioner and comb through with a wide tooth comb to distribute the product evenly through my hair. Then I usually lie back and relax for 5 minutes because I like to leave conditioner on for as long as possible to give my hair a bit of TLC. These products smell amazing; clean and fresh but not over powering. After 5 minutes I rinse thoroughly with warm water. After I've got out of the shower or bath I like to add a little more oil to my hair. I have a bottle of Argan Oil which I purchased from Boots for £12.99 (You can get it here). I use one pump of this on damp hair and comb through with my Tangle Teezer before applying my heat protection spray and blow drying. 

This combination has left my hair in the best condition it has ever been in and I have only just repurchased them after 3 months. I wash my hair 3-4 times a week so I think that is pretty good going. The shampoo & conditioner is £6.99 each so they're not as affordable as your Herbal Essences but they are much more affordable than the Moroccanoil or Ojon brands which retail at £15-£20 each. You can get the Organix range from Boots (here). I now have soft, silky, manageable hair and I believe it is all down to Moroccan Oil and Argan Oil. 

Have you tried this shampoo and conditioner? What are your thoughts on them? Maybe you've tried one of the other ranges from Organix? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you got on with them. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Sunday, 24 February 2013

NOTD - Almost Nautical

Hi Glossies! I had a few hours spare yesterday afternoon and thought I'd do a simple little nail design. I went for nautical colours, but I'm not sure the pattern is very nautical so this design is aptly named 'Almost Nautical'. 

I used Barry M White and Nails Inc Chester Terrace. Chester Terrace is a matte deep teal colour. On some of my photographs it looks black, I did photograph in natural light and tried to capture it as well as I could, but it still looks darker than it is for some reason. Unfortunately it slipped my mind to take a photograph of it when it was matte and I wanted the manicure to be glossy so I've added a top coat. Barry M White is just a pure white colour.

I painted my ring fingers on each hand in two coats of Barry M White and all my other nails in two coats of Chester Terrace. I waited 15 minutes for the polish to dry and then I used a dotting tool to create my design. I got this in a set of 5 from ebay and the set cost around £2, they each have different sized dots on both ends. I put a few drops of Chester Terrace onto a piece of cardboard and used the largest end of my dotting tool first. I dipped it in the polish and dotted 4 large dots to the far left of my ring finger on my left hand and the far right of my ring finger on my right hand. I then used the smaller end of the dotting tool and dotted 3 small dots at either side of the row of large dots on each of my ring fingers. I waited 15 minutes until the polish was completely dry before painting on a coat of my Save The Nail 45 Second Top Coat. 

I'm really happy with this design and it will stay on my nails for the next 3-4 days. Have you tried any designs with a dotting tool? Have you tried any nautical designs? Leave me a comment below with a link to your design if you have. Also if you have any ideas for designs that you would like me to do, leave me a comment. I'd love to know what you'd like to see. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Saturday, 16 February 2013

OOTN Something A Little Bit Different

Hi Glossies! I went to York for a night out this week for my friend's 21st Birthday celebrations and my outfit of choice was a little different to what I would usually wear so I thought I'd share it with you. 

My dress is from ASOS and it is the ASOS Petite Exclusive Skater Dress with Cut Out and it was actually in the sale at £17.50 down from £35.00 and it also comes in red (available here). This dress is so daring for me, I never wear anything revealing so I threw myself in at the deep end with this. The petite range at ASOS is just perfect me, I'm only 5ft 1in so finding dresses that fit correctly is hard, but I will check out ASOS petite range from now on. 

The dress is made from stretch fabric and you can't really see because of my hair but it has a sweetheart neckline with cut away straps, a cut out waist and flared skater skirt. At the back the zip is exposed so that is quite a nice detail. I've included a picture below of the picture from ASOS website so you can see the straps properly. I think the skater style is a good look for my body shape because I'm quite pear shaped and they show off my waist but hide my thighs. The only negative point I have about this dress is that the middle bit of fabric on my waist didn't lay flat to my stomach, it stuck out a little bit as you can see in the first photograph. Also where the skirt starts at the waist was actually too big for me so I had to get it altered and taken in a little bit to fit me properly.

On my feet I wore my favourite sparkly shoe boots from Kurt Geiger, again you can't really see them clearly in the photograph so I've included a closer picture below. They are black suede and have glitter all down the heel, they are just the best shoes ever and I'm completely in love with them. I bought them in store in October in the sale so I can't find them online but they were £40.00 down from I think £90.00.

On my nails I wore Essie Eternal Optimist on all my nails and then on my two middle fingers on both hands I used Nails Inc Chelsea Square for a bit of added sparkle. This colour combination worked really well with my Michael Kors rose gold watch as well.

Apologies for my awkward pose in the above pictures, I'm still not confident at having my photograph taken. I hope you enjoyed my Outfit of the Night and thank you for reading xxx

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Review: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Oxford St. Fuschia

Hi Glossies! I hope you're all OK and having a fabulous week. I'm quite new to wearing lipstick, I've always been a bit of a nude lip girl, as in brushing my foundation over my lips when applying it to the rest of my face, followed by a colourless lip balm for day time or a slick of some very sheer pink lipgloss for an evening. So at Christmas time I threw myself in at the deep end and decided I was going to try out one of the Kate Moss by Rimmel lipsticks and I chose a matte deep red. I haven't looked back since and have definitely found a new addiction. . . Lipsticks!

So I was shopping in Boots last weekend and of course it was 3 for 2 on Rimmel again, I was picking up my trusty Stay Matte powder and I'd been after a really pink lipstick so I went for the Rimmel Moisture Renew in Oxford Street Fuschia. I thought the Moisture Renew range seemed like a good idea for me because my lips do get quite dry, I'm forever applying lip balm throughout the day to keep them hydrated. Rimmel say the Moisture Renew Range has an 'Innovative formula with 3 super moisturisers. Lips feel up to 70% more hydrated and up to 60% smoother.' They contain SPF20, Vitamins A, C and E for protected lips.

Oxford Street Fuschia is one of 3 colours that were designed by Rimmel last year inspired by the streets of London. The Rimmel website now states that there are 17 shades available but that doesn't include any of these three extra colours. However I found mine in Boots so I'm sure they must still be available. The colour itself is what I would describe as a bubble gum pink, it doesn't look that bright in the bullet, as when I chose it I thought it looked more like a subtle rose kind of pink. But I was wrong! On the lips it is bright bubble gum pink, however I still love it and think it brightens up my face. I intend to wear it as in the photo below with minimal makeup everywhere else to really get my lips to be the focal point. This photograph is in as much natural daylight as I could get it, I was getting ready for work in a rush and it was about 8:00 in the morning.

The formulation is creamy and smooth, although I wouldn't say it feels quite as moisturising as Rimmel make out, my lips still felt drier than they would had I not been wearing any lipstick, so I still applied my lip balm over the top after about an hour. But maybe I have exceptionally dry lips. The colour lasted fine on my lips through drinking coffee and water all morning. I re-applied at lunch time. This kind of lasting power is good enough for me. I just applied straight from the bullet, I didn't bother with lip liner or a brush as I just wanted this to be an easy, brighten me up look.
These lipsticks are £6.29 in Boots but as I said I got mine on the 3 for 2 Offer. They are a little more expensive than the Kate Moss ones which are £5.49, I'm not sure why the pricing is different really. This kind of price range is perfect for me, but if you're a MAC lover then these lipsticks will be a real bargain for you. I think I will be buying more from this range in the future. Thumbs up to Moisture Renew from me. Do you have any of the lipsticks in this range? How did you find them? Leave me a comment below and let me know. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx