Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Nails: Punked!

Got my Barry M order in the post today and I instantly went for one of Barry M's newest creations! Barry M's Instant Nails Effects in Black Magic (NP 311).
It is pretty amazing, when painted on top of a base colour, it creates such a lovely cracked effect. It dries almost immediately and when as it does it leaves a matte black pattern. Check out this video to see how it works here.

I used Eyeko's Punk as a base colour and applied a layer of the Instant Nails Effect, one layer is all it needs. The colour shouldn't be overlapped.


I am LOVING it! Can't wait for them to release more shades :) This retails at £3.95 and I'm not sure if it's available in stores yet, just online as far as I know at the moment. Currently Barry M have 15% off all orders when the code 'SEPTEMBER' is entered at checkout. Offer ends tomorrow (30th September!).
I also bought two more polishes with this order and will eventually do a collective haul post once I have everything in order :)

Hope everyone is having a great week!



♥

Sunday, 26 September 2010

What I Want This Season...

Autumn/Winter, new season, new clothes, my birthday, graduation, Christmas and hot food! Oh the things to look forward to, and the money that's going to get spent :P

Whilst browsing and window shopping online and instores, I have (in my head) compiled a list of what I'm lusting after for the upcoming months.

Knitted Jumper.
Whether chunky knit or thin knit. Long or short cut. Loose or tight fit. I don't mind, I just want one :P I'm currently loving these ones but they're about £40 each...



 
First three from Topshop. Last one from River Island.

Knitted Cardigan.
Same with cardigans, however I'm really liking the printed long cardis. 

 First four from Topshop. Last two from Miss Selfridge.

Oversize/Loose Blouse.
After the purchase of the pussybow blouse from this OOTD. I've been on the lookout for another one or something similar. I prefer baggy and loose clothing over tight fitting clothes on the top half, I love the free flowy-ness of it all.

Coats.
Every year in the build up to winter I end up with a new coat...:P
First two from Zara. Topshop.

Scarves.
I love chunky scarves! Warm warm warm!

First two from Topshop. H&M

Picture Credits from all stores mentioned.

Jill Stuart Secret Tease Collection.
I really love the packaging of Jill Stuart's cosmetics. This is this year's Christmas collection and I really want!
Picture credit: Rouge Deluxe
MAC Venomous Villians Nail Lacquers.
I am LOVING these shades!

Bad Fairy, Formidable!, Mean & Green.
Pic Credit: Temptalia

What are you wanting?



Thursday, 23 September 2010

Jasper Gavida S/S 2011

I was lucky enough to be invited to Jasper Garvida's S/S 2011 fashion show on Monday. Those who have followed me for a while now would know that I attended Jasper's A/W show as I had won a competition, I was so happy to be considered for this show too. It was AMAZING!

Firstly some quick photos of my OOTD on Monday.
Leopard Top: H&M
Bodycon Skirt: H&M
Necklace: River Island

The fashion show was hosted by Vauxhall Fashion Scout and held at Freemasons' Hall, a short walk from Covent Garden Station.
London Fashion Week is such a great time to be a part of, the atmosphere in London is amazing. The change from last week to this week is so obvious, in a good way :P LFW is usually held around Covent Garden, Charing Cross/The Strand area and it's a great opportunity to see a range of different styles that people sport from all over the country. People's uniqueness, creativity and personality shines through and I love that atmosphere as I watch in awe :D

Jasper Garvida
Jasper Garvida's Spring/Summer 2011 Collection is entitled 'Belle'.
"Inspired by Paris in 1951 the 'Belle' colllection is the epitome of femininity. With element of the beatnik movements combined with silhouette of Degas' ballet Dancers. Jasper incorporates slim-fitting tops and organically interlaced bodices with full pleated knee-skimming skirts and sweeping curves."

This collections consist of muted pale to neutral shades, which are 'reminiscent of the French impressionist colours'. The updo buns (which I love!) by Toni and Guy and the hair pieces by Louis Mariette represents the softness and femininity of ballerinas. The huge range of fabrics and prints and embellishments produces such a gorgeous collection, oozing uniqueness, sophistication and off course (again) femininity.
Such a beautiful beautiful collection. I get excited thinking about the experience again :D I adore these pieces! I really love the music chosen in correspondence to this show and for the previous season, it fits SO well with the collections.

I went along with Helen, check her blog for more (and better quality) photos :) After seeing two collections up close, I'm a avid fan! I can't wait for Jasper Gavida's future collections.

Here's the video of the full show!
Credit: sogaco
What do you think?
Thank you to Push PR for inviting me and Jasper Garvida for once again a amazing show!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

NOTD


Quick NOTD which I did at work.
Eyeko Tea Rose as the base, I love this shade! Such a lovely muted pink.
Nail stickers are from Viva la nails. Beautiful vintage-y flowers with small diamonte gems.
The combination gives my nails a gorgeous vintage, English feel :)



Sunday, 19 September 2010

Lush Ocean Salt


A review requested by Houng from London's-Boutique.
Lush's Ocean Salt is a facial scrub with a cocktail of fresh and exotic ingredients, as you can see it includes lime, coconut and vodka extractions, sounds like a real cocktail! :P It smells real good!


The product, when first opened, has a blue layer of crystals on the surface which requires a good mix. When fully mixed, the scrub is a pale blue milky colour.

Here is a thing layer of the product on my hard, as you can see some of the pieces of salt are huge! Therefore this product may not be suitable for those who have sensitive skin, the scrub may be too harsh for the skin.
What I personally do is apply a thin layer all over my face and then in gentle circular motions massage the product on my skin, this can get a little messy because of the fallout of the salt particles. After washed, it leaves my skin so SO soft, and I find it lasts a few days as well.
As it is quite a vigorous scrub, I only use this once a week. As well as a facial scrub, it can also be used as a body scrub as it would be less harsher on the body than the skin.


Ocean Salt comes in two sizes, 120g (£6.10) and 250g (£11.20).  Yes it is a lot of money for a pot of this salt fested cocktail, but other than the price I really love this product. Depending on how much product you use per week, a pot can last quite a while. My favourite exfoliator :D

If you save up five black pots from a range of Lush products, you can swap them for a full size fresh mask :) I think I have five lying around somewhere :P

Hope you all had a lovely weekend, I'm going to see Jasper Garvida for LFW tomorrow!! :D

Thursday, 16 September 2010

OOTD

Quick OOTD post with some new items I've recently purchased.
Bodycon dress (inside): H&M
Pussybow Blouse: Topshop
Tights: Primark
Boots: River Island. Bought these yesterday, sooo comfy and warm

 A little random pic, but a drink I had today:
Pandan Drink with Basil Seeds. Yummy!

Hope everyone is having a great week :D

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Marbling Nails: How To...

Heya everyone! :D
I know there are many 'How To' tutorials on marbeling nails, but it was requested by a couple of readers so I hope this helps. Sorry everything is quite messing as I tried to take the pictures quickly before it went wrong :P

So, first of all you will need:
Nail varnish remover, nail varnishes of your choice (I have Eyeko Vintage, Eyeko Military, Barry M Grey), a small plastic container and cold water, cellotape, cotton buds (Q Tips) and cocktail stick.

1.  Paint your nails with a base colour of your choice.
Eyeko Vintage

2. Cellotape your fingers! :P This decrease the amount of mess that will transfer around your finger, it is messing stuff. I put a strip around under my cuticle and another piece around the side of my nails too.
3. With your chosen shades, drop it into the water. One drip is enough. The colours usually disperse across the surface of the water.
4. With the cocktail stick, create a design of your choice.
5. Then dip your finer into the spot of your chosen spot. With you finger still submerged into the water, use the cocktail stick to draw away the remaining polish from the surface (it comes away really easily).


Ignore the pink at the botton of the container :D

6. Repeat the process for the other fingers. Once everything is dried, peel away the cellotape, clean off the excess polish with the nail varnish remover and cotton bud. And you're done! ^_^

 

Sorry it's messing, really quick marbling today xD
I hope this simple tutorial was helpful, any questions feel free to ask and come back as I will answer on this post :)
Hello to new followers, thanks for following and thank you to everyone who reads and comments on my blog. Love you all! 




Friday, 10 September 2010

Interning: Eyeko and New Products

Today marks my (sorta) one month since I started interning, what I mean by 'sorta' is that the days I worked wasn't consistant for me to say I worked the FULL month.
It's quite funny how I got this intership actually, sending countless copies of CVs to varies companies and not getting a single reply, I stumbled upon this intership offer on Twitter! (I'm so glad I joined the bandwagon! xD).
CV sent, a few email replies and I get the job within a few hours! Wanna guess where I'm interning?

:D Eyeko!

It's been quite a journey for me, after the first day rather than feel excited for the next day I wasn't sure how I was feeling. I guess it was because it was nothing as what I expected to be, the task of making press calls the very moment I walked in was a very daughting thing, press are scary! The rest of the day went by so quick but first impressions had taken me aback.
I felt as though I was out of my depth as what I had to do was not what I knew, in the back of my mind I wanted to give it up as I tripped over the first hurdle (yeah I sound so weak, but the experience was nothing as what I though I would be doing). But I'm so glad to have such lovely lovely people around me, supporting me, convincing me, shouting words of encouragement so I could stand up and continue and finish this race.

Why did I want to give up so soon? It's something in me, I've always taken a back seat in most of the things I do. Let the people who want to talk talk, let the people argue argue, I was the quiet one who kept most of her opinions to herself. I never fought back, but i'm learning, I'm growing (although it's taken me a hell of a long time) and I'm fought passed those negative feelings. It was more my feelings towards myself rather than my feeling towards Eyeko.

The remaining days of the first week were much better, I took the first 'dodgy' day with a pinch of salt and stood up tall to faced the music.

And after a month, I'm still there. The company is small, therefore I get a all round experience and I love the people there. The PR side of it, I get to get in contact with blogger, read blogs, find new people to follow and then there's the customer' side to it, dealing with emails, orders, it's a good experience!

I'm back in the office on Monday, I guess I'll be there for as long as they have me and until I find a job :)
(Sorry for the babble, just wanted to let it all out in a post :P)

"You’ve only got three choices in life-give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got"


While I'm on the subject of Eyeko, let me give you some info on a few of their new items.
Two new nail polishes in Military and Pastel. With all Eyeko nail polishes, the colour payoff is amazing and for £3.50 per bottle, bargain for a quality product.
Military is a lot darker than i expected it to be, I knew it was going to be a army green but in my mind I thought the lighter army colour. However this is proper Military green and I think I kinda like it. With two coats, it is fully opague and glossy. Khaki colours are this A/W's colour!
Pastel is a repackage version of a existing colour. It was one of the first shades Eyeko released (old version), the bottle and formula changed, Pastel is a lovely pale blue colour with a slight faint blue-y shimmer (like Eyeko's Rain).

(Excuse the PJ bottoms :P)
The Cotton tote bags are back in stock! The perfect size, not too big nor too small, nice and sturdy too and for £5...go get one! :D

All the products are now online, enter my code to get a free gift with your purchase :) (Click on image)


Finally, I have added a few new items on my blog sale so check that out here.
Have a lovely weekend! :)

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

NOTD: Marbling Nails


The results of my first attempt at nail marbling.
This technique of nail art is very messy though, but what I love about nail marbling is that no two nails would result in the small pattern, every nail is unique and unpredictable.

Base Colour: OPI Rumples Wiggin'
Nail polishes used for marbling: Barry M Limited Shade (available at Boots only) & OPI Noodoo Voodoo.

Monday, 6 September 2010

This Or That Tag

I got tagged by the lovely Ling (moonbeamstarlight) :D
So...This or That?


Makeup
Blusher or Bronzer
Blusher, I have a huge addiction to all kinds of blushers at the moment. Powder, pressed, cream...it's evergrowing!
 
Lipgloss or Lipsttick
Lipstick! :D Not a huge fan of lipgloss.

Eyeliner or Mascara
If I had to go without one it would be mascara. So eyeliner, makes my eyes more awake.

Foundation or Concealer
Foundation, Nars Sheer Glow FTW! 

Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow
Neutral usually, only when I feel adventurous do I use colour.

Pressed or Loose Eyeshadow
Pressed, only as they are easier to work with.

Brushes or Sponges
Brushes.

Nails
OPI or China Glaze
OPI. Love the size of the brush, the application is amazing!

Long or Short
Long? -ish. Not too long or short.

Acrylic or Natural
Natural, acrylics feels too weird, can't do anything with them on.

Brights or Darks
Brights.

Body
Perfume or Body Splash
Perfume, much more variety.

Lotion or Body Butter
Lotion, body butters are too thick for my liking.

Body Wash or Soap
Bodywash, soap slips out of my hands :P



Fashion
Jeans or Sweat Pants
Jeans, although I don't really wear them much now. Leggings all the way! :D

Long Sleeve or Short
Short sleeves for tops, long sleeves for cardis, jackets etc.

Dresses or Skirts
Dresses. It's all I wear nowadays :)
 
Stripes or Plaid
Plaid, only because I have more plaid clothing than stripes.

Flip Flops or Sandals
Sandal, they're easier to run in!

Scarves or Hats
Scarves! I have too many! :P

Studs or Dangly Earrings

Studs most of the time.

Necklaces or Bracelets
Necklaces. Bracelets rarely fit my small arms.

Heels or Flat
Flats for convenience and for walking faster :P

Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots
Cowboy boots. Riding boots are too plain for my liking.

Jacket or Hoodie
Jackets, but I do love my hoodies for lazy days :D


Hair
Curly or Straight
Straight, because I'm too lazy to curl my hair.

Bun or Ponytail
Ponytail mostly for work.

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips
Bobby pins? Too old for butterfly clips :P

Hair Spray or Gel
Neither? I don't use any. If I had to, it would probably be spray.

Long or Short
Long, it's how I always have my hair. Although I want to try a bob soon :)

Light or Dark
Dark....red! I'm really liking the colour of my hair at the moment. Dark watermelon colour.

Side Swept Bangs or Full Bangs
Side swept fringe, full fringe annoys me all the time!

Up or Down
Down, because I'm lazy to do anything else to it.


Random
Rain or Shine
Shine, I love the feeling of the warmth on my skin.

Summer or Winter
Summer. It gives people more opportunuities to go out and spend time together.

Autumn or Spring
Spring, blooming flowers and build up to summer.

Chocolate or Vanilla
Chocolate!! Yum!

I'm want to tag every single one of my lovely followers for this tag. Send me a link if you decide to do it :)
I'm sorting out my blog sale post and re-pricing everything, it'll be up later on today. I just need to get rid of everything :D

Friday, 3 September 2010

Day Out With Helen! Food Galore! ♥

Anyone who follows me on twitter will know that I went to meet Helen yesterday. We spent most of our afternoon/evening in Covent Garden and indulged in delicious food :)
Firstly we stopped at Ponti's for a drink, some snacks and a chat. The lemonade was really good! Olives and almonds were lovely too, we also had cheesy garlic bread but I must have forgotten to picture it...

We then stumbled upon an amazing food market at the far end of the courtyard at Covent Garden. Located in Apple Market, the Real Food Market is on every Thursdays 11am to 7pm. We were able to try some delicious and homemade food. To anyone who loves food, definitely a place in London you have to go to :D

 
It was my first time having a raw oyster and wow it was yum! Really meaty and full of different flavours from the tabasco sauce, the vingerette and the oyster itself.




Pretty dessert shots, Helen and I tried this enchanted looking one. Raspberry, strawberry, white chocolate with chocolate flakes and glitter. Really really good!

Macarons! Really cute bitesize pieces for 80p each, the lady who makes them had so many varieties, it was a pity most of them were sold out (pity for us! XD). She has a website too: www.lorchidee.co.uk, she makes savoury macorons too, interesting!
We also shared a taster size of black truffle rissoto. Both rissoto and black truffle were new foods for my palette, it had a interesting mix of flavours but it was rather delicious, too rich for a full portion though.



Helen, on her journey of losing weight and healthy eating (check out her new blog), wanted to try out some vegan/vegetarian restaurants. We had planned to go to 'Food for Thought' which is located opposite the MAC store in Covent Garden. But as it was such a small restaurant it didn't take cards and unable to find a ATM machine, we found another place.
Otarian. A nice place along Shaftesbury Avenue. Helen and I shared a combo meal consisting of a small soup and large salad. All items on their menu were clearly marked with a carlorie count a key of whether meals were wheat/gulten free etc.
The pea and spinach soup was lovely. The roasted vegetable cous cous salad was alright, but it was cold so we thought it would have tasted better warm. We also tried the 'Choc O Treat' which is like a muffin, it contained no milk or eggs but tasted like one which would. Really surprised, yummy stuff.

I had a great day, it was a real eye opener for me and I got to try a lot of foods I had never tried or would have never thought of trying :)