Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Eye of Horus - Scarab Sapphire Goddess Eye Pencil

Hello Everyone!

Today I'm showing you the newest release from Eye of Horus, the new Goddess Eye Pencil in 'Scarab Sapphire'. *PR Sample

Goddess pencils are a combination of waxes in creamy matte or metallic finishes that can be also used as an eyeshadow too. They are long wearing and glide on easily to make wear time as comfortable as possible.
One selling point for me is the formulation of Eye of Horus products is uniquely made in the style of of the ancient Egyptians using plant based ingredients and are designed for sensitive eyes... Being a bit of an ancient Egypt fan and history buff - this drew me in.

The packaging is rather mystical looking, gold on black looks luxurious and coupled with the Eye of Horus logo, it is certainly an eye catching yet classic design.

The pencil itself does indeed glide on like a dream, no pulling or tugging here at all, the pigmentation is beautiful and eye catching, depending on how you layer or smudge the product you can have a subtle colour pop or you can layer and smudge away to be left with an amazing statement look that lasts all day.

I tried this pencil numerous times and was left deeply impressed and certainly intregued enough to want to try more pieces from the line.
I created two eye looks to show you how I personally used the pencil which you will see below, in the 'statement eye' column I used the Eye of Horus pencil on my waterline and upper lash line, I used Illamasqua's Reflection Palette  on my lid (using colours 'Precipice' and 'Graphica' and then used the smudged Eye of Horus pencil on my outer eye and in the crease, as you can see it left a beautiful effect.

In the 'neutral eye' column I used the Illamasqua Refection Palette again but just using the shade 'Precipice' for a more neutral look, I then lined my upper lid and smudged a little along the bottom lashline for a little colour pop.
I personally loved both looks, I hope you enjoy them too.

What do you think of this eye pencil? Have you tried anything from the brand?
Toodles xxx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Nails Inc Edinburgh Gate Dupe - Elf Chic Confetti

Hello Everyone!

Just a quick post today to share with you an amazing dupe I have found for a much loved glitter nail polish by Nails Inc called 'Edinburgh Gate'.

As you know I love trying new beauty products but I also enjoy saving money wherever possible, that's why I love finding a dupe that matches a high end brand for quality as well as initial appearance.

'Edinburgh Gate' is a gorgeous glitter polish from Nails Inc, featuring flecs of contrasting colour is it quite a unique glitter that is perfect for the Autumn/Winter when things start getting sparkley, unfortunately, this was a limited edition release and is hard to come by now, enter Elf.
'Chic Confetti' features the same colour combination and in my opinion, a comparable quality formula for a fraction of the price (Nails Inc polishes tend to cost anywhere up to £16 whereas this Elf polish will set you back £2.50!)

The only real difference I can see on the two colours is that the Elf version has some slightly larger glitter pieces in their mix but you have to really REALLY be looking to spot that on your nails.
If you decide to pick up the Elf polish have a browse at the Blush and Bronze Powder Contour Duo - you can thank me later.

Toodles xxx

Friday, 10 October 2014

Quick Book Review - Spare Brides by Adele Parks

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm doing a new kind of post - a quick book review.
I've seen book reviews popping up on other blogs I follow and I love reading them so I thought I would add my two pence worth.

Hope you enjoy it!

First off, I'd like to apologise for the state of my copy of this book, it came everywhere when I was reading it and it ended up a tad tattered.

Spare Brides is unlike any of Adele Parks' previous books, it is actually her first foray into writing a period novel.
The story is centred around 4 women in the aftermath of the Great War, unlike previous  books by Parks, these women aren't your ordinary, everyday women, these women are high society - the 'elite' if you will.
The 4 women are called Lydia (the real lead character - appears to be traditional) Ava (American 'new money' with a carefree flamboyance and a rebel attitude) Beatrice (unattractive spinster desperate to secure a husband) and Sarah (a widow with two young children).

The book is very well written and the attention to detail is fantastic as we follow the daily lives of these 4 women torn apart by the hardship of war and the loss of so many men.
We watch Ava carelessly sleep around and act in a carefree way more befitting to the 60s than the 20s (perhaps the Americans hit the sexual revolution before the UK did...)
We watch Sarah fade into the background until we start nearing the end of the book, we discover Lydia isn't as she seems and we watch Beatrice come across desperate as she relentlessly tries to snare any man who is single (although we are constant reminded that she is just not pretty enough).

I struggled to get into this book, I normally love Adele Parks but this book did nothing for me in the fact that I didn't like any of the characters and thus I found myself not really caring what happened to them which was a shame.
I found the conversation between the women and their inner monologues to be a bizarre mash up of modern times and 20s cliché.

Having had a look online, most the reviews seem positive so my opinion might be in the minority so don't let it put you off trying this book if you wish but bear in mind that Parks has written much better books in the past and in my opinion, this one just doesn't cut it.

I hear she is writing another historical novel which I will be giving a miss but I'm looking forward to her return to more familiar waters.

And there we have it,
I hope you enjoyed this quick review.
Toodles xxx

Thursday, 9 October 2014

My Autumn Nail Favourites

Hello Everyone!

Autumn has finally arrived, the leaves are turning yellow, red, orange and brown and the nights are drawing in.
Fashion and beauty is as its best in Autumn in my opinion and so I've been dying to put away my summer colours (I'm looking at you vegas volt!) and pull out the darks, so without further ado, I bring to you, my top 5 nail colours of the season.

1. 'Taboo' by Chanel

Not the cheapest option here but this is by far, one of the most beautiful nail polishes I've ever seen. It is like a galaxy print in a bottle with the purple/blue colour that looks fuscia in certain lights.
The micro shimmer and light reflective colour make this a multi dimensional polish that is hard to capture on camera but is stunning in person.

2. 'Facet' by Illamasqua

This is another multi-toned nail colour, with a taupe/mushroom base coupled with gold shimmer, the overall effect is autumn in a bottle, beautiful and earthy in one, the golden shimmer looks like an Autumn sunset through the leaves (call me a romantic but it's true)
Illamasqua nail varnishes are my favourite higher end nail paints and I own more bottles than I should admit to, but this one is very special to me.

3. 'Kink' by Illamasqua

Another Illamasqua offering here with this unusual shade, a bottle green that compliments an Autumnal colour palette well.
If you're looking for something simple yet unique, this is your fella, it is also a surprising break from the plumb and blood red tones that flood the market at this time of year.

4. 'Countess' by Barry M

If Illamasqua is my favourite high end go-to for nail varnish, then Barry M has to take the high-street crown, I have loved Barry M nail polishes for many years and have so many favourites, 'Countess' is one of them.
With light catching gold shimmer, this colour can look brown in the bottle, however, once applied, the purple base really comes through and the gold shimmer becomes more of a background compliment rather than being 'in your face' glitter-tastic.
See the swatch above to note how different this looks out the bottle than in!

5. 'Gorgeous Grape' by Leighton Denny

This was my first foray into Leighton Denny nail polish and I wasn't disappointed, this is a more transitional shade from Summer to Autumn for those who aren't quite ready to switch to muted colours just yet.
I would describe this as a darkened fuscia and can be quite the statement colour for those of you who prefer to keep statement colours to your hands rather than your face.
Also, a nod to the pretty bottle too!

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have written an autumn nail post please link me I'd love to see your favourites.

Toodles xxx


Monday, 6 October 2014

Perfume Tips for Sensitive Noses

Hello Everyone!

Today's post is for those of you who love the idea of perfumes but can't wear them because they have sensitive noses, I am one of these people, wearing a fragrance can often leave me with a throbbing nose or a headache meaning that for a couple of years I avoided perfume altogether, however, I devised a few tips for myself that helped and now, I love perfume!

Tip Number 1:
Control the amount you use, although it can be tempting to press the spritz button several times, the reality of that is an overpowering scent, you will more than likely end up with a headache within the hour and your friends and family will smell you about 10 mins before you arrive!
Stick to two squirts at the most - this might seem a small amount but remember, you're trying to deal with a sensitive nose here.

Tip Number 2:
Rather than spraying your perfumes onto your body, try spraying a scarf, that way you can carry your scent around all day and if it all gets too much then you can just take the scarf off, simple!
Word of warning, some perfumes can stain so make sure you test this perfume on your scarf in a small unnoticeable spot first and never ever spray a silk scarf, they're more likely to show a stain and also they are generally more expensive.

Tip Number 3:
For a more subtle scent that is unlikely to cause you a headache or irritate your nose, don't spray yourself or any of your clothing, instead, spray the air infront of you then walk through it, this way the scent particles stick to various parts of you so that the smell is not concentrated in one area and the overall effect is a subtle fragrance.

Tip Number 4:
If you have been avoiding perfumes for a while, an expensive perfume can be very strong as a starter scent, try buying yourself a body mist instead, that way you can work your way into perfumes without spending a lot (incase you don't get on with it) and also body mists tend to be weaker than actual perfumes.

Tip Number 5:
Finally, if you just can't get on with body mists or perfumes but still want a signature scent, try adding a few drops of essential oil to water and splash yourself with it in the morning, I'm talking a couple of drops in a whole sink of water. You're going for a hint of scent here, essential oils are very concentrated do they must be very well diluted if you're going to wear them on yourself.

There we have it!
Have you used any of these tips yourself?

Toodles xxx

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