May 31, 2013

Beautifully Disney - Ariel - Ocean Mist Polish

Oh hai gice! So yesterday I posted up my somewhat large collective haul of things I picked up this month. I included two items that I had only received just yesterday from Beautifully Disney. Yes, Disney has finally created their own makeup line! I picked up a palette and this one nail polish, Ocean Mist, that was inspired by Ariel from the little mermaid.
Now, I know nothing about the beach, despite being raised very close to one I wasn't a huge fan to be honest. Either way, this polish does not make me think of the ocean or ocean mist, I feel like it should have been called mermaid scales or something. If Ariel/the little mermaid was a live action film, I feel as though this is what her fish tail would look like.

My only issue with the polish, is the packaging. One full size bottle costs only £5 which is cheap/normal price for a bottle of polish (at least it's most certainly cheaper than some of the brands I've bought), which is great but I feel as though the packaging is kind of cheap? I did initially like the little shell on top of the bottle and the ariel print on the bottle but then I soon realised that they were all just stickers. I especially did not like the label on the bottom that looked like it had been taped onto the sides of the bottle. However when you pull it out it does have the ingredients listed in their but it was all full of tape I couldn't really look at the list. I may just be nitpicking, but either way, it doesn't change how much I love the actual color? It's LIKE MY NAILS ARE WRAPPED IN MERMAID SCALES OGODYES. It's also a great summer color.

I thought I'd add the above image so you could have an idea on the quality. I applied really thin coats because I find it's the only way I dont mess up my nails, or make minimal amount of mess. I'm sure you wouldn't need more than 2 thick coats of polish for it to be so opaque and if I'm honest, although I can maybe see a little difference in the photos between the 2nd and 3rd coat, I didn't notice a difference irl. Personally, I love this the most under direct bright light, the same way it looks under flash.

You can buy this polish online at the Disney store for £5 or buy a set of 4 mini bottles for £15. There are two sets, the princesses and villains. A lot of the colors didn't especially stand out to me aside from this and Ursula's Diva of the Deep but I already own several dupes and stopped myself from getting it. I'm not sure if you can buy these in store, but I hear these are available in Disney parks.

Have you tried any of Disney's new makeup line? Leave me a comment below!

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May 30, 2013

Big Collective May Haul

So this month I picked up a fair few things and instead of just making several posts throughout the month about each mini haul I received, I thought I'd just put up a post with everything I picked up together. A collective May haul. You can see everything I've bought in the picture above. I've divided them all into 4 categories, Eyes/Face, Lips, Nails & Nail Art. It's a rather word heavy post, I hope some of you actually take the time to read rather than just stare at the pretty pictures :P

 1. Beautifully Disney Enchanted Kiss Palette - I made a mention of this in my top 10 products i'm lusting after post and only received it today. I was extremely gutted to find it had broken during transit. I've e-mailed and sent in an e-mail to Disney about this today but have yet to hear if they'll replace it or not yet. Hopefully they will and I can post up swatches soon.

2. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils Stash - I've always loved the quality of Urban Decay's 24/7 pencils, they are super long lasting and come in beautiful colors. However they are expensive at 14 quid each, luckily I managed to find this bargain and got 5 of them for less than the price of one!

3. Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Deep End - As I mentioned above, these are super high quality! Urban Decay has recently also released a new selection of 40 pencils. Deep End was the color that instantly stuck out to me. I haven't put up any photos or anything yet but they will come. The color is gorgeous!

4. NYX Powder Blusher in Desert Rose - My only face/cheek product, I picked this up during the BeautyUK event and have yet to try it out. NYX's blushers are constantly raved about so I do look forward to finally being able to test this out.

 Out of all of the 4 groups, I've definitely already written up a fair few posts on these. I've listed these products from Left to Right. If you can't tell, I've placed most of the products next to their packaging.

1. Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial - I don't own a lot of drugstore makeup, mostly as I began getting into makeup roughly 3 years ago and I began my collection with sorta mid-end range of makeup. I've picked this up because I wanted to see what the hype was about. My verdict, I do like it but I don't love it and have my issues with it. Look out for a full review and post on it in the coming month.

2. Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet - Yet another purchase I bought on a whim to see if it was worth the hype. You can read up my thoughts and check out swatches of it here. TL;DR: I love it. I genuinely think it's awesome, I've been wearing red on my lips a lot more lately because of it.

3 & 4. Illamasqua lipstick in Test and Climax - These two colors are probably pretty boring shades compared to the rest of the shades in the Illamasqua collection. Climax is a shade I picked up during the Illamasqua 50% off sale as it's a color that's often out of stock so I wanted to try it out. Test was my very first lipstick I ever bought myself. I've completely finished my stick though so thought I'd finally restock it. No post up yet on it but look for one soon.

5. Art Deco Dita Von Teese lipstick in Bon Bon - I picked this up randomly as it was on sale on the Debenhams website and because I've been interested in trying out some orange lips. I've dont a first impressions post that you can check out here.

6. Sleek Lip 4 Palette in Limited Edition Mardis Gras - This released this month along with 5 other lip quads. I really liked (most) of the colors in this palette, I had to instantly pick this one because it had purple and it was limited edition. I've posted up some swatches for those who are interested.

 There are 11 different polishes here, but I'll group them and talk about them by brand! As you may have noticed, green is apparently my new favorite color as 6 out of 11 of these are all green(ish)! I honestly don't know what came over me this last month but it's interesting to just look at my own spending habits I guess.

1. Illamasqua polishes in Geist, Omen, Nomad and Prosperity - I love Illamasqua polishes, I've swatched my full collection in the past but may at the end of this year have to put up a second post with all of my new Illamasqua polishes to show some of the more recent colors I've added to my collection. Geist & Omen are part of the new Paranormal collection, Nomad is a bright jade polish from the Human Fundamentalism collection but I've only recently picked it up. Prosperity is such a beautiful shade of purple from their rubber finish collection. If you're not sure about the finish on these you can always just add a top coat for that gloss finish. I haven't posted up any photos of these two but they'll be up one day, probably in some form of nail art.

2. Sinful Polishes in Kissy, Nail Junkie, Call You Later & Queen of Beauty - I know Sinful Polishes are super popular in the states but I believe they've only recently launched in the UK. I'm not 100% sure on this so feel free to correct me on that.They are super cheap at only 1.99 pounds each at Boots. I've yet to try these out yet as I haven't been repainting my nails often enough.

3. Maybelline New York polish in Polka Dots - I admit, I picked this up originally to compare it to L'oreal's confetti but also because I thought in my head it would be an exact dupe of Lynderella's sticks and stones. Turned out it was nothing like it when I went back to compare. It is probably the only impulse buy in here that i looked back on and thought...why did I bother with this when I already have something so similar? Here's my dupe alert post comparing the similarities and differences of the two.

4. Konad black nail polish - Pretty straight forward, I picked up some nail art wheels at the konad stand at a trade show event and needed a polish that would work well with the stamping wheels. I went for black as I figured it would be the best option out of all the colors.

5. Beautifully Disney nail polish in Ocean Mist - Even though I already bought tons of green polishes this month, I decided to go for this polish as it has Ariel on it, I really don't know why I do this to myself. The words "But who cares...no big deal...I want MOAR" come to mind. Whenever Sephora comes out with their Ariel collection, I know I'll be rushing to buy their palette ASAP. I don't know why Ariel has this effect on me and so many other women X_x

I'll keep this section pretty short and sweet as I've kind of gone through these already in the BeautyUK trade show post. During the event, I basically stopped by the Konad stall and bought me some nail art wheels so I can make some cute new manicures. There was another stall during the event that caught my eye, HappyNailsUK, who had loads of beautiful items for people to glam up their nails including nail wraps, nail stickers, water decals and nail embellishments.

So that's everything I've picked up this month in one big post. I can imagine it looks like a lot but if it means anything, I've been picking these up slowly throughout the month and some things I ordered a while ago but they only arrived some time this month for lord knows what reason.

Did any of these items stick out to you? Have you tried any of these already? Let me know below!

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May 29, 2013

Inglot Gel Liners Swatches & Review

I keep meaning to put up another Game of Thrones house sigil inspired look but the sun hasn't been out lately. Apparently tomorrow will be different though. So today I'm reviewing yet another makeup product today! I've posted up my swatches of my 3 Inglot freedom system palettes and reviewed a few pure pigment eye shadows. Today I thought I'd finally review these Gel Liners after buying them almost a year ago! I haven't used them a lot unfortunately.

The shades are from L-R 84 (yellow), 71 (baby pink), 73 (mute purple)

As you can see from the pictures above, after owning these products for a while, some of them do end up cracking in their pot, I find the product's consistency is still the same as when I first opened them either way. The pink shade was definitely the best kept one out of the three. The yellow was the worst but still applied easier than the purple one in my opinion. The formulas generally don't dry out but in their pots they crack due to dryness which is strange.

I've used number 84 as my base for my Judge Fire look. Despite the fact that the product dries up in the pot after a while, it still makes a great base for yellow/orange shades. Especially as yellow can be such a difficult color to make super vibrant, this does a great job with it. I have unfortunately not made much use of the other two shades, although I do have a cool idea for number 71 though, which will come out at some point.

The consistency of these are quite thick. You'll have to clean up your brush right after using this. It can be a bit difficult to use without the right brushes but I do love the color range they have. They have 20 different colors, you can easily get the colors of the rainbow and a few neutrals from their range. You can get a pot either at Westfields mall in London, Grafton Shopping Centre in Cambridge or on their UK online store for £10 each. When the brand first launched I believe their products were cheaper but seemed to have hiked up along with their popularity.

Have you tried any Inglot products lately? Colored gel liners especially? Let me know below!

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May 28, 2013

Vitage Natural Eye Color in Spiced Coffee

It's been a long while since I've reviewed anything from the BrumBloggerMeet so I'm fixing this today.
Vitage is a brand that has been created by skin professionals. They have two lines, Vitage Advanced Antioxidant Skincare and Vitage Colour Minerals which complements the skincare range and creates a flawless coverage with a sheer and natural finish. Vitage Color Minerals is a complete line of mineral makeup using only naturally occurring minerals that are mined, ground and perfectly mixed to create a range of colors that are natural and wearable. This new Natural  Eye colours was given to me at the BrumBloggerMeet

"Pure, intense, natural eye colours for long lasting wear! The rich pigments within these specially chosen eye colors can create the most subtle natural eye definitions or can be worn to achieve a more dramatic look. Wearable, versatile shades that enhance and define all eye shapes, they are easy to apply with no clumping or creasing." - Cosmestore.co.uk

Spiced coffee is the color I was given, it isn't a particularly exciting color, it is a dark chocolate brown with a  satin finish. The brand has 11 colors in total that I would definitely consider safe colors that are universally flattering. I like how 'natural' the names of the other shades are like Pink Sherbet, Nutmeg Bliss and Butter Milk.

The product is versatile and can be applied wet to apply like an eyeliner or all over the crease as an eyeshadow. Personally? I use it practically daily now on my eyebrows as I've recently finished up my Illamasqua Eyeliner cake, what I like about using this for my brows is that its a soft brown whereas my previous product were so opaque and dark. I find it's great and lasts all day too. Strange how eyebrow products do so well in general and you don't even apply a primer huh? xD

You can purchase Vitage Natural Eye Colours at Cosmestore.co.uk for £14 with 1.8g of product.

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May 27, 2013

Dita Von Teese Art Couture Lipstick in Bon Bon


Hey guys! So I received this in the mail recently and wanted to make a quick first impressions post on it. I noticed these lipsticks were on sale on the Debenhams website and thought I'd grab one. My first choice was a pink shade but it turned out they ran out of that one so I grabbed Bon Bon instead as I've been meaning to try out the orange lips fad to see if I could wear it without looking like an oompa loompa. So let's start off with what we all notice first, the packaging! I love the vintage feel of it, and think the Art Deco inscribed in the lipstick is pretty cool.

Bon Bon is a shocking matte orange lipstick. So this shade may not be of interest to a fair few people. One of these lipsticks cost £16.50, as this was on sale on Debenhams though, I managed to get this for £11.50. The color range has a lot of reds an orange and a few pinks. Most shades are out of stock on the Debenhams website though so if there's a specific shade you like, you'll probable end up paying full price on BeautyBay.


This is my first Art Deco brand product, I just bought it on a whim. The first time I applied this on my lips, it turned out my lips were too dry for it, so I ended up using a lip scrub and applied a balm to reapply. I found the lipstick was rather sheer when applied personally and would have rathered it had full opacity. I'll confirm/deny this when I do a full review. It is quite pigmented though and one swipe is good enough for full coverage. So we'll have to wait and see how well this fairs in a later post. I'll make sure to write up a post in future with a full review and a pin up style look a la Dita Von Teese herself in the future.

Have you tried any of Dita Von Teese's makeup products? Have you tried wearing orange lipstick? Let me know in the comments section! 

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May 26, 2013

Last Call! Giveaway ending! Less than 5 days!


Hey guys I just want to make my final announcement about this giveaway! Ending in 4 days! I have already made a previous announcement here and here about this giveaway but I'm making this 3rd post now for those who have missed them. This is the last time I'm writing up a post about this giveaway. 

The Prize: Choice between any of the three 4-color palettes OR option of 3 Sugarpill loose eyeshadows of your choice

To clarify you have ONE choice between the Sweetheart Palette, the Heart Breaker Palette, the Burning Heart Palette or 3 loose eye shadows of your choosing. 


Rules
1. You must be living either in the US, the UK or Europe
2. You must be a follower of my blog
3. To win, you MUST enter through the Rafflecopter below
4. You must leave a comment below or in the original post stating what you'd like to win along with your email address.
5. You don't have to do every single entry, but obviously the more you do, the stronger your chances of winning.
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This competition is not sponsored by Sugarpill. All costs are incurred by me. 

Contest ends on 12 AM 31st May 2013, so I may put up a announcement on the 31st itself. I'll put up announcements through every piece of Social Media I own when the winner is announced.

Don't worry, whether you've joined in through this post or the original one, it doesn't disqualify you or anything.

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May 25, 2013

DupeAlert: Maybelline Polka Dots & L'oreal Confetti


I made a similar dupe post sometime last year on a pair of Benefit and Sleek Makeup eyebrow products. I've recently come across Maybelline New York's Polka Dots polish and thought it looked awfully similar to L'oreal Paris' Confetti top coat polish and thought it was time for another dupe alert post. To my loyal readers, the confetti polish is the polish I used in my I'mperfection inspired nails.

So let's play a game, can you guess which polish is which? You have a 50-50 chance of guessing correctly.
The one on the left is Maybelline's Polka Dots and the one on the right is L'Oreal's Confetti. They do look pretty similar and their tiny differences aren't made apparent until you actually apply them. As you can see below Polka dots has some finer pieces in it than Confetti. Also if you want full coverage you only need to apply one coat with Polka dots.


So which one should you go for?

Honestly? I would of personally gone for Maybelline's as you pay less money and end up getting more product. Maybelline's Polka Dot retails for £2.99 while L'oreal's confetti retails for £4.99. You get 7mls of polish with Polka Dots but only 5ml with L'oreal. Considering how confetti is often out of stock in many places, Polka dot could be a decent alternative for you. L'oreal apparently owns the Maybelline brand too. Also I felt as though it was a more effective top coat than L'oreals confetti. In terms of pure aesthetics though, I do quite like the slim shape of the confetti bottle. All in all, it's not a big deal, as they are both pretty cheap with only a £2 difference.

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May 23, 2013

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash

The other day I was looking online at some makeup store and noticed this pack was being sold for £13, as a single one of Urban Decay's Shadow pencils retail for £14, I thought I'd buy it but managed to find a discount code and ended up having it delivered to me for £12.50 so needless to say being able to buy 5 of these for less than the price of one? Bargain! This set originally released in September 2011 and is discontinued by Urban Decay but if you search online you can still find these on amazon, ebay or other online retail stores usually for the price of £16, I believe the set originally sold for £30 but I could be wrong.

The original shadow pencils contain 2.8g of product, these pencils contain 2.5g of product, and the original pencils also have a different silver cap as opposed to the transparent ones in the set but nonetheless, it's essentially the same product. I have purchased the full size Delinquent in the past but the formula has become all dried up over time and I probably left it near heat for too long on top of it all so I was quite happy to renew it. These are quite multi purpose, you can use them as a base, as an eyeliner or just all over the lid as an eye shadow. I'll put up an look of the day using most of these colors some time in the future. 

Colors from Left to Right are Delinquent, Rehab, Juju, Sin and Clash

Delinquent is a dark purple with bright purple sparkle
Rehab is a shiny taupe
JuJu is a lighter taupe
Sin is a beautiful champagne color
Clash is a bright turquoise with silver sparkles

What I like about the collection is the fact that you get some nice safe colors along with a few more daring shades. Out of all of these, Juju is the only exclusive shade in this collection, the rest you can buy individually in their full size. Sin is great to use as a highlighter shade and in the inner corners of your eyes. The only change I would make to this set is that they had added Clinic as I just think it's a gorgeous emerald green color and I don't want to fork out the extra cash to pay for it but I probably will anyway just because it's so pretty.

If you haven't heard already, Urban Decay's 24/7 pencils are generally quite high quality. The shadow range is especially great as I find they're more durable than the normal sized pencils. These don't crease, are long lasting, are super pigmented and don't budge once applied.

Have you tried any of Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliners or shadow pencils?

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May 21, 2013

Sleek Makeup Limited Edition Mardis Gras Lip4 Palette


This month Sleek released six different lip palettes on their site, the second they released, I made my order.

"A celebration of colour and vibrancy, Mardis Gras is a carnival confetti collection of electric purple, coral red and shocking pinks with shades in Rio, Carnival, Firework and Masquerade." - Sleekmakeup.com

The brush they give is pretty tiny, but good enough for when you decide to just throw this into your bag. I personally used my own lip brush as it's just longer and easier to handle but despite how small in length the brush is, it's still as thick as my own lip brush. The packaging is cute and...sleek (pardon the pun). I don't need to exert extra effort to open it so there won't be any future cases of me throwing or dropping the palette into the wall or floor which is always handy. The only thing I don't like about this is how messy the wet lipstick formulas can be after you use the palette, the drier ones don't seem to be quite as messy.

Colors from left to right: Carnival, Rio, Masquerade & Firework

Carnival is a cool purple, also described as electric purple.
Rio is a deep yet bright pink.
Masquerade looks rather red but kind of coral, the brand definitely did well in describing it as coral red.
Firework is a light pink and

I adore the range of shades in this palette. I love the possibilities, you can mix in shades with each other or even try and create some form of lip art, I know I'll end up trying some at some point. Personally, I found that the dryer colors lasted longer while Rio and Firework didn't last especially long. As someone who wears a lot of dry lipstick and doesn't really apply any gloss I was intimidated by Rio and Firework, bright colors and pale colors terrify me but I always like getting out of my comfort zone. After all,  I really like the purple shade and do plan on somehow making the most of it. I also adore the coral red shade of Masquerade.


Each of these retail for £8.99, if you order through the sleek makeup website, they are currently offering 50% off any set of false lashes when you order a lip 4 palette. There are 6 different ones in total, this one is limited edition they justify this as 'afterall, Mardis Gras only happens once a year', Havana is an online exclusive whilst the other four are available in Superdrug, who currently have a 3 for 2 offer.

Have you tried out any of Sleek Makeup's new lip 4 palettes? Tempted by them at all?

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May 20, 2013

Game of Thrones Makeup Series - House Tyrell

So last week's episode was written by George R R Martin, although I found it incredibly interesting seeing a lot more of Jaimie Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, their relationship has really humanised Jamie, I can't help but wish the two ended up together at some point, though I doubt that would happen. I was kind of disappointed by the lack of epicness in the episode as a whole though, especially as it was written by the author. Ygritte is apparently quite fond of saying the phrase you know nothing John Snow. Seeing Ygritte swoon over a windmill and general lack of knowledge amused me lots, she's quite feisty. The Baratheon bastard finally finds out he is Robert Baratheon's son. Arya get's taken by the hound. 


We haven't especially seen a lot from the Tyrell's this week but I have found Margaery Tyrell's scene quite interesting and her grandmother, Lady Olenna Redwyne, is quite amusing too. I do love the variety of strong female characters in game of thrones, from children, to pretty women, to mothers and even grandmothers who aren't afraid to call others out on their nonsense. Small fun fact, the actress who plays Margaery Tyrell, who is meant to be roughly 16, is in her 30s, almost double her age!


Green and gold, not a color combination I'm particularly fond of. I thought I'd try out the 'snowglobe' eyeshadow look. For a first attempt I think it's alright, but could be so much better. I suppose it doesn't help that I really don't like the color combination to begin with. I've given it a half-arsed attempt but I'm fond of the technique in general and will definitely retry this but with a color combination I'd like.

Products Used

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Midori and Tako
Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Goldilux
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Loaded
Lime Crime Uniliner in Quill
Smoock Cosmetics lipstick in Naughty
Illamasqua  Powdered Metal in Thalia


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May 19, 2013

Beauty UK Trade Show

So today I ended up attending the Beauty UK trade show at the NEC in Birmingham, it was in conjunction with Hair UK and Holistic Health UK. Entry for the event is/was free for all who registered online. It is still going on tomorrow, so if you're interested you can attend but with an entry fee of £10. 

What to expect?
This isn't exclusively a makeup trade show, it's more of a all things beauty trade show and then some extras on the side. Th exhibition was packed with nail art accessories, polishes, makeup stands,  perfume stalls, eyebrow stands, makeup/hair/nail schools, skincare consultations, hair accessories, tanning areas, massage areas, teeth whitening goodies, machines to battle cellulite and even some jewelry and accessories. I recall seeing some tarot readings going on, they had chocolate fondues, hair demonstrations, places to get manicures done and equipment for salon owners. I'm sure there's so much more I'm leaving out, I recall seeing a printer used exclusively for nail art designs. It was all really interesting to look at.

On the left: hd brows stand, the logo does remind me a lot of Urban Decay. They had a few special offers for salon owners which was interesting. On the right: When I say hair demonstrations, I don't mean exclusively for females. Watching this guy's hair get style was really fascinating.

They also had a nail art competition going on, it seemed pretty hardcore with all the tools set up everywhere. I genuinely never thought of nail art as a hardcore sport before.

Personal Highlights
The NYX stand was really my main reason for coming in. They were selling things for roughly 20% off and seemed to sell some of their makeup sets for even less than that. Man oh man was that stall so gosh darned busy. It was near impossible to try and get my hands on any of their things. The picture on the right is a picture of a bronzer they had on sale. Apparently they've teamed up with the folks from a reality tv show I begrudgingly admit I used to watch for a while. Nonetheless, that bronzer is pretty, so pretty I don't think I could ever use it. They also had a really good looking travel kit on sale that I didn't get as I couldn't justify purchasing more eyeshadows and I already have my own Z-palette travel kit that I made anyway. I had originally planned on purchasing specific jumbo pencils, mostly new shades but sadly they didn't seem to have the ones I was looking for available as they only stocked their most popular shades unfortunately.

China Glaze is a nail brand that I've heard a fair amount on, mostly by redditlaqueristas from the states so I was pretty surprised to see them here in the UK. They had some crazy offer on them, something like 24 for £90, my memory is terribly poor. For some reason, this brand is impossible to find in a store but some nail salons already own this. You know why? Because if you purchase 144 of their polishes you get a free stand on top of it all to display it in your salon. So if you fancy getting your hands on all of their colors, it's possible. 

 I am quite the magpie. Shiny things aka bling always catches my eye. So obviously the love lemonade stand caught my eye. They had so many beautiful shoes. Their trade show prices were really quite reasonable, if you're interested in purchasing any of these shoes online though, be prepared to pay roughly £250. Aside from shoes and jewelry, they also sell blinged up lip phones and skull phones.

Happy Nails UK was probably my favorite stand out of everything there. I had never heard of the company before but they had some really cool nail art stickers, embellishments and water transfers. I picked up a few things by them so expect close up shots and nail art posts in the upcoming months using their stuff but just look at all that nail art. Probably the most inspiring selection of nail art products in the whole show.

I ended up mostly picking up some nail art things at the Happy Nails UK stand and the Konad stand. I only picked one blusher off of the NYX stand as they didn't really have specific items that I was hoping to purchase there as I mentioned earlier.

I just want to make it clear that the pictures I've shown is just a small fraction of what they had going on. I've pretty much taken photos of what interested myself the most. If you wish you had attended, have no fear, tomorrow is day 2 of the event, if you have the day off you can make your way up/down there yourself and take a look at what's happening for only £10.

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May 17, 2013

Illamasqua Paranormal Collection


As some of you may gather, I am a huge fan of Illamasqua, they've been around ever since the start of my makeup addiction. When the Paranormal collection was finally released I instantly placed my order for their polishes. I would have posted this up a long while ago but I fancied wearing Omen on for quite a while before taking photos of Geist.

"The Paranormal collection was inspired by unbridled kinetic energy, spectral light and transcendental emotional forces. The things we can't explain, yet feel all-consuming. The place between dreams and reality, the door of perception is open and is beckoning you through. Step into the light!" - Alex Box, Creative Director


Out of all three shades in their new collection (green, pink & purple) I knew I had to go for Omen which is described as paranormal bright green. These aren't just generic bright neon green colored nails, they have a strange silver glitter grainy tinge in them that you can kind of make out in the pictures. Omen looks so awesome under UV light, if you look close enough you can still see the strange grain type texture even when it's under black lights. I do wish that black lights were more common just because the polish looks super cool when it glows. Omen, Ouija and Seance are available for purchase for £15.

Geist is a clear UV polish that glows a white blue under UV light. The formula itself has a sort of blue tinge to it which tends to make green polishes seem kinda blue, pink kind of purple and purple kind of blue, especially under UV light. I've found that it also turns light greens to blue after using it on top of some mint colored polish. I bought it for versatility purposes such as if I were to ever go out where I knew there's be blacklights, I could just throw this on top of whatever nails I had rather than strip off whatever manicure I had and specifically apply on Omen. I also thought it'd be really cool to just apply over some nail art or to even create hidden nail art on your nails. Geist clear polish retails for £13.

At the Birmingham Selfridges Summer Beauty event Sara from pretty-in-pink, my friend from uni, made me sit down at the Illamasqua counter and try out their new ESP lipstick as I decided to go purple with my hair and eyebrows. You can check out her post on the event here. Whilst a lot of other people were saying that the lipstick went really well with the hair and brows, I personally felt that it was too much purple all together and was kind of put off. Had I worn this with my natural hair and eyebrows I probably would have felt differently as I have seen a lot of people online try out this lipstick and thought it was wonderful. Do you think this lipstick goes well with all that purple?

Have you tried anything from their new collection? Is there anything that you want to try but haven't gotten around to it yet? Do share your thoughts.

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