Monday, 25 February 2013

CND Shellac in Gotcha

Hi all, as some of you may know I'm a qualified nail tech so am exploring the world beyond nail polish (sorry OPI) and my new love is of course CND Shellac.
Shellac is the original Power Polish - "14+ day wear. Mirror shine, zero dry time"

I think I have 12 of the shades but my collection is growing fast! Clients seem to LOVE this treatment as its great for your nails, it makes them feel so healthy and strong.

Today I thought I'd show you the shade 'Gotcha' it's a really cute medium bubblegum pink, I added pink glitter to the ring finger so add a bit of sparkle.

Have any of you guys had Shellac done at your local salon? Or wanted to try it? If any of you have any questions then please feel free to ask! Mimi xo

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Small Saffiano Tote

Hello everyone, hope you are all well! It's been so sunny in Devon yesterday and today which has put me in a great mood - everything's always better when it's sunny!! Today I'd like to show you my Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Small Saffiano Tote bag in black.

I got this bag for Christmas from my amazing boyfriend James (obviously I chose it, I wouldn't trust him with a task like that..). What drew my eyes to it was firstly that I don't actually have a black bag! Weird right?! I LOVE the gold hardware which you can find on most MK bags, it's never too over the top but also not too discrete. I love the look of the saffiano leather, it's a bit different and it's not as common as smooth leather.

On the inside it has 1 small zip pocket which I keep a mirror in and any receipts I get. On the opposite side there is 1 larger open pocket that I keep my lip balm/ lip gloss, power foundation  etc. It's surprising how much you can actually fit inside the bag but its got a solid flat bottom so it's great to lye things flat.

For me, this bag is the perfect size, I use it everyday for work to carrying all my essentials. I believe you can get this handbag also in medium and large. The only thing I would possibly change is that there is no zip on the top - it is just a gold clasp holding either sides of the bag together, which does look great but it's quite easy for people to see inside it but I'm not hiding anything so who cares haha!

Once again, thank you Michael Kors!! What do you guys thing of the Jet Set Travel tote? Do you have any MK bags? Why don't you check out my previous post on Jet Set Large Chain East West Tote here xox

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss - Radiant

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Lip Gloss in Radiant - Review

Hey ladies! Hope you are all well. I've heard some pretty bad reviews on this lip gloss so I thought I'd share my word to help you guys figure out whether it's worth buying. There are 13 different shades in the Lip Enhancing Gloss range and today my review will be on Radiant.

The first reason why I chose this one is because ALL my lip glosses are a sheer glittery pink so I wanted to mix it up a little. I was drawn to this shade as I love the thought of a purple-ish shade with gold flecks so it went from there! Smashbox describe this gloss as 'shimmery pink plumb' which is spot on! I prefer to wear this gloss on it's own as you really don't need a lipstick underneath, the gloss has enough colour and sparkle. It is still shear but definitely adds some colour to your lips.

It definitely does make your lips appear plumper but for me I didn't find it very noticeable, if you really are looking for a good lip plumper which is glossy I'd recommend Two Faced Lip Injection which I've previously posted here

I had a good 4 hours of wear from one application which for me is great as I usually just lick it off (weird I know?!). It's not sticky and is so shiny, a great formula. The one thing which could be worked on is the fly away bristles on the brush applicator, they do get annoying but it doesn't affect the application. Smashbox Lip Enhancing Glosses retail for £14 each. Have any of you lovelies tried a Smashbox lip gloss? What are your thoughts? xox

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara

Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara Review - Before and After

I haven't done a mascara post for a while, so I figured I'd show you my favourite one I'm currently  using. Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara in Blackest Black.

Smashbox describe this product as "an all-in-one mascara that lifts, lengthens, volumizes and defines." so basically everything we want a mascara to do! And I can honestly say I believe it does every single one of those things! It separates the lashes nicely without making them look too spider-leg like, it doesn't clump and there is no flaking after wearing it on your lashes for a while.

The wand is a typical hard plastic end with lots of small bristles. As you can see from the photo above, it has one strip where the bristles are longer than the others, from my opinion this is for adding the extra length to get right into the roots of the lashes.

I have only used 1 coat in the photo. What I love about this mascara is the length it gives my lashes, I don't even need to curl them before application! It gives them a great hold all day long and I will definitely be repurchasing after the tube is finished.

This Smashbox mascara retails at £19. A cheaper alternative for this product is Miss Sporty Studio Lash Mascara, which has a very similar wand, I've previously reviewed this product here which gives similar results. What's your favourite mascara? xo
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