Sunday, 23 December 2012

Models Own Gun Grey (Leather Effect Nails): NOTD 22/12/12

Apparently the newest trend in nails is leather effect, to me it's a little reminiscent of the matte nails fad that faded out quite quickly. Nails Inc's new leather polish sold out in the US apparently. Anyway, I was already wearing Models Own Gun Grey, a gorgeous gunmetal metallic grey, on my nails for my work's Christmas party because I thought my Elle Woods-esque pink dress needed toughening up. 


I popped Boots Matte Top Coat (discontinued I think but lots of brands make them now) over the top and in less than 30 seconds my nails had a (kind of) leather look for less when compared to the £19 price tag on the Nails Inc set.



Here's a picture of what Gun Grey looks like without the matte top coat. I did set these with the Sally Hansen Insta Dri top coat which gives that amazing shine. From one extreme to another!

As always, I never seem to have any problems with Models Own polishes and their metallics last really well on my nails. I love this colour because it's dark while the texture and tiny shimmers keep it interesting and glam.


Models Own Nail Polish in Gun Grey - Boots or Models Own - £5

Love Georgia xxx

Monday, 17 December 2012

Beauty Stocking Fillers and Christmas Gifts (£5 and Under)

Quick suggestions for anyone who needs ideas for cheaper presents or stocking fillers. Most of these would suit teenage to young adult females or for anyone who loves beauty products. Of course these would all make great treats for you if you feel like you need one!

All these are bits and bobs that you should be able to pick up in-store which is great if you've left it to the last minute like I have.


Next and M&S Perfumes - From £3.50



Both of these stores do a great range of perfumes, which if you have a sniff may smell familiar to popular ones. I have two from M&S, Azure Breeze which smells similar to D&G Light Blue and Butterfly which smells somewhere inbetween Daisy and Be Delicious.

I haven't treated myself to a Next scent yet but again their prices are reasonable and they have other products like bubble bath, lotions and even candles in the same fragrances. I've been eyeing up Just Pink, which reminds me of Ralph Lauren Romance and Diamonds, which smells familiar and similar to Miss Dior Cherie. Both shops do a range of sizes and M&S even do some of theirs in tiny bottles for £3.50 so they're great to pop in a handbag and don't have the feeling of commitment when buying an expensive fragrance for somebody else.

Impulse Body Sprays in Very Pink, Very Very Pink and Loving Words - £1.99 each (Currently £1 at Boots)



I love these because they smell a lot like popular perfumes e.g. Very Pink smells similar to CKin2U and Loving Words smells really fresh. Very Very Pink is more masculine, warm with sandalwood and musk. They're great to throw in your bag for school, uni, work, gym etc but also for going out because they're not in fragile bottles like most perfumes. A cheap little stocking filler.

Soap and Glory Indulgent Minis - £2.50 to £3.50




Soap and Glory has become a Christmas staple in the UK. Hopefully Santa may bring me some of their newest delights, but for stocking fillers you can't go wrong with their travel sized products. I know it takes me a while to go through most body products so smaller sizes are great, especially to try out before investing in the larger size.

Of course their staple products like Flake Away Body Scrub and The Righteous Butter Body Butter are available but I really like the Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em Body Buff. It contain little beads to buff away dead skin and the smell is similar to their Mist You Madly spray. Mist You Madly Body Spray is also available in a smaller size too and contains notes of 'notes of bergamot and blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk'. I love their body sprays, as they're strong and smell as good as more expensive perfumes.

Balmi - £4.99*




These may look a little gimmicky but I really love to use mine. They come in a range of flavours and are the cutest spherical lipbalms, which mean that you can apply them without touching the balm itself. I've done a review on these here, if you're intrigued and would like to find out more.

Boots Body Butter Collection - £10 for 5




Although technically not under £5, for £10 you get 5 small tubs of body butter (50ml each and a quarter of the full sized tubs) in a selection of scents, which would be perfect to split up and give separately. I have the Brazil Nut scent and it's gorgeous, applies really smoothly and smells like warm cookies so I have high hopes for the other scents.


Barry M/Models Own Polishes - £2.95/£5 each



Both brands have a large range of colours, creams to metallics to glitters to special effects. There's simple, classic colours to crazy, unique shades for the nail polish lover. I always find nail polish is easier to choose for someone else rather than a make up type product.


The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss and Gingerbread Sparkle Shower Gels - £4 each




I sniffed these when I was on a solo Christmas shopping mission and thought it would make a great stocking filler. The price is really reasonable and the packaging is rather festive. A vanilla scented product can be quite fail safe for a present but if you're looking for something a bit spicier, their Gingerbread Sparkle might be worth a try.

Ardell False Lashes - £3.98 - £5.50



A pack of false lashes are a cute stocking filler because it can be a pain to have to go out and spend money on a fresh pair so it's great to have them their especially with Christmas parties and New Year coming up shortly afterwards. If your buying for an inexperienced user, go for a simpler design with a thinner band as they're easier to apply and hide. I like the Ardell Demi Wispies the best as they don't look as fake and obvious as some other lashes.

I've found Ardell lashes a little cheaper in Sallys Express stores and online where you can get for under £4. They don't come with the glue like the ones in the larger packaging from Boots but if your buying them for an regular lash user they probably already have some or prefer to buy it separately. Eyelure and Ardell packs with the glue included are around £5.50 so get those if you think they'll need glue and also those packs usually come with instructions on how to use them. Ardell are also available on eBay for really reasonable prices.

Love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

ELF Flat Top Powder (And Foundation) Brush: Review

Of all the ELF products I've tried from all of their lines, I'd say the products I like and use the most are their brushes, especially from the ELF Studio line. ELF is a company who only sell online to the UK and even though their prices are really reasonable, it can be scary buying things without being able to try them out or see them in person first so I thought I'd review each of their brushes that I own. I thought I'd start with an obvious choice and probably their most talked about brush - the (flat top) Studio Powder brush


ELF say: "This new anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Be a professional makeup artist and create a flawless look with this e.l.f. studio brush! Creates a professional sculpted look. Full coverage colour. Use for powder or blush for perfect contouring".

The name of this brush definitely undersells it as it does more than just apply powder. I've used mine for foundation (liquid and cream), powder (loose and pressed), bronzer and blusher (mostly cream). The flat top and dense bristles make this a great brush for quickly applying foundation while blending it in effortlessly or it's also great for using with heavier foundations. For use with other face products I feel it applies a little heavy handedly and too precise if you're not careful but it's perfect for really pushing powder onto the skin or blending in any face product, especially if you've gone a bit over the top (trying to do a Kim K-esque contour anyone?). 

I actually ended up with two of these so I tend to keep one for foundation and powder and the other one for products like blusher. To make sure I don't mix them up and end up with shimmer foundation I put a hair tie on the end of one.



The synthetic hairs are really soft and I haven't had any problem with them shedding from the brush. I've washed mine countless times and it does take a while to fully dry out because of how dense the hairs are. I did have a problem when the plastic bit with the brush head detached from the handle but I didn't lose any hairs and it glued back on. This could have been my fault if I'd washed it and any water had reached the handle and loosened the glue.  

For only £3.75 the Powder Brush is a great buy whether you're just starting out with make up or a more skilled user. I love how multi-taking this brush is and the quality is amazing for the price!

ELF Studio Powder Brush - Eyes Lips Face - £3.75


This is the first of my ELF brush reviews. View more of these here.

Love Georgia xxx

Thursday, 6 December 2012

No7 Stay Perfect Nail Polish in Dreamy: NOTD, Swatch and Review


Just a quick NOTD of a polish that was given to me by a work friend of my mum who was having a clear out and knew I loved nail polishes. Unfortunately I think this colour has been discontinued but you can still pick it up online a lot cheaper than it was

On the nails Dreamy is a copper toned gold with shimmer. It did apply quite thin so it took 4 coats to reach the opaqueness shown above. Overall a nice metallic polish for winter and coming up to Christmas!


No7 Stay Perfect Nail Polish in Dreamy - Amazon - £2.25
eBay - £4.55

Love Georgia xxx

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Pixie Pant UK Dupe from Primark?

I've seen Pixie Pants, from J Crew, on American YouTubers like MissGlamorazzi and on her recommendation when they went to the US - FleurDeForce and Tanya Burr. I don't own Pixie Pants and because we don't have J Crew in the UK I haven't had the opportunity to see what they're like or try them on but from the way they've been described I've found a similar type of trousers for a lot cheaper.


J Crew Pixie Pants are $88 from their website (approx £55) but if you're shipping them to the UK from their site they're actually £72.82 - sneaky! They are slightly different to the one's I've got below, as these have a zip up the back but the general idea is similar - stretchy, tight fitting trousers in a heavier but still soft fabric than leggings.

I bought these trousers about a month ago but Primark should still have them in stores. You could say they're a tregging - a fusion of trousers and leggings but they remind me a bit of jeans as well.

Not the most flattering angle and the grey socks don't help! I'd usually wear these with boots and something loose and longer on top like a jumper

The pair I got are black and they're very black in colour (blacker than the picture) and thicker than leggings. They're also not see-through like leggings and don't let the cold in as much as the thin type tend to. They fit very tight to the skin like leggings and are made of a stretchy, soft, thick cotton fabric but not the same feel as jeans.

These remind me of though jeans because they have belt loots, a button and zip and pockets on back while still being tight. I love them as well because like leggings they tuck perfectly into boots, unlike most skinny jeans which crease up. I've also worn these to work, with ankle boots because I prefer them to average work/school type trousers and they don't look too casual.

Gemsmaquillage on YouTube recently hauled a bottle green pair and mentioned a maroon/berry colour so Primark must be selling them in different shades so they're a great way to be on trend without investing too much money. I bought mine in my normal trouser size at the moment, especially in Primark where I find their bottoms don't have a lot of room in the thighs and hips when compared to shops like New Look.  My waist, where I like the tops of trousers and jeans to sit, is proportionally smaller than my hips so most trousers and jeans tend to be a bit loose so I like being able to wear a belt and these have belt loops and stretchy jeans and trousers are a must. The one problem I've had with these trousers is they tend to want to sit on my hips rather than my waist but that's probably my shape. These are also quite stretchy and cling in a good way

They're great for winter and so much better than wearing leggings as trousers, much warmer and you don't see your underwear through them!

Overall for £9 these are so handy and can be found in the jeans section of Primark.

Love Georgia xxx

*And a bonus picture of Bertie, my puppy. Look at his furry little face!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

3 of the Best: Jumpers for Autumn/Winter


1. Reverse Stud Jumper - USC - £33.60 (reduced from £48)

I love the bright pink mixed with the black studded pads and this would go great with leggings or jeans for a comfy but stylish look. I was quite tempted when I saw this again in-store with the discount but I've bought quite a few jumpers recently. 

2. Tetrine Knitted Mix Jumper In Pink/Khaki/Multi - Missguided - £19.99

Great basic, chunky knit jumpers available in different colours. Again, I love the candy pink colour to make an outfit more feminine and cute and would especially cute with leather panel leggings. The khaki jumpers a good way to get some of the army inspired colour palette into your autumn/winter wardrobe and I also love the multi coloured one as it'll add loads of colour to any outfit without being too bright.

3. Cream Heart Print Chelsea Girl Jumper - River Island - £35

This jumper looks slightly festive without having a big Rudolph on the front! The arms do remind me of candy canes though.

If you're interested in seeing more jumpers, check out my Primark haul here.

Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick in Kiss Me: Review and Swatches


I find describing the colour of this lipstick so hard. Sometimes it looks orangey toned and other times more pink toned, so it would be a good neutral red to fit most skin tones. The texture is like a satin with good colour pay off and not a lot of shine, however this doesn't dry out my lips.

I remember spotting these for £1.99 each on a discount make up stall in a shopping centre and remembering the distinctive packaging and bright colours from when Ruby had used them on Hollyoaks, while she was going through an especially evil phase applying bright red lipstick all the time on camera, and way before they started placing  L'Oreal products in every shot. Although this colour is bright, it can be used like a stain and rubbed into the lips for a more natural look.


Some may find the packaging tacky but I love it, especially for a range called colour show off! The only problem I've ever had with these lipsticks is I'm not overly keen on the taste. I don't like the taste of any Rimmel lip products I've tried because I find them overly flowery or soapy but if those tastes don't bother you then you should be fine. 


I'm gutted this line of lipsticks seems to have been discontinued, on the bright side though it means that you can pick up the range for under £4 when the RRP was over £6. There's lots of shades available on eBay for £3.99 and maybe check pound shops or discount make up shops to grab a bargain.

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick in 140 Kiss Me - eBay - £2.39 (Including P+P)

Love Georgia xxx

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Free Models Own Nail Polish or Lip Gloss in More Magazine!


I've been buying More magazine weekly for the last 3 weeks because I'm hoping to examine and discuss it in my dissertation. So just imagine my joy when I saw that More were offering a free gift this week, which you don't get a lot with a weekly magazine! There's a choice of two different Models Own nail polishes or lipglosses but my Superdrug only had one colour of each so you may have to search for the other colours. I don't know the names of the lip glosses, and I've haven't any of their make up products as of yet, but there looked like there's a pink and a coral colour available to anyone who fancies them.

I fully recommend Models Own nail polishes so this is definitely a good deal. Their polishes have a great consistency and formula and because they're usually £5, you're saving £3.50 per polish by getting the magazine for £1.50!

 


The colours on offer are Raspberry Crush which is the colour I chose. I haven't tried it on my nails yet but its a raspberry pink, cream finish. The other colour is Nude Beige, which I resisted getting when I saw it on another copy of More in Boots later because it reminded me of Accessorize Fudge that I already own.

The main story on the cover made me laugh too. I doubt very much that Kristen desperately wants to have R-Patz's baby imminently and this is the perfect example of the crazy, old fashion representations of women in these awful magazines. But hey, atleast I got to enjoy the 'Come To Bed Ed!' feature.

Chuck Bass or not, he's a bit of a dish!

Love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Halloween FOTN: Evil Fairy (A Belated Halloween Post)

Lately I've been slacking when it comes to this blog and I'll admit that I've let university work get in the way. Because of that, now I have a backlog of posts that I've intended to write or finish but I thought I'd crack on and get them posted. So here's a Halloween face of the night, ooh spooky!


This year was my first, and probably last time, going out in Newcastle for Halloween. I wasn't in love with any costumes I seen so I decided just to go for an 'evil fairy' look, reusing some fairy wings I've had for years that for the whole night just ended up hitting people in the face. I took the chance to make my make up a little over the top and added massive lashes, glitter and red lips; I also added glitter eye liner to my lashes to make them extra sparkly! I love that I got the chance to use the red toned shades I've got in Sleek palettes but never use. 



I'm so annoyed these pictures turned out blurry, I couldn't tell on the viewfinder that they weren't focused properly and I was in a hurry before the taxi came.

Face:

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light*
Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry in Buff mixed with Rimmel 25 Hour Foundation in Ivory
NYX Pot Concealer in Orange
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand
Rimmel Match Perfection in Light
Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder
Elf Studio Blush in Pink Passion
Sleek Contour Kit in Light
Benefit HighBeam

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sleek Ultra Matte Darks Palette (Red and dark purple matte shades)
Sleek Oh So Special Palette (dark purple metallic and black shades)
Sleek Bad Gal (metallic and matte purples)
MUA Eyeshadow in Shade 2
Maybelline Gel Liner in Black
Collection 2000 Glitter Liner in Rockstar
eBay Lashes (similar here - style 12)
17 Peep Show Mascara

Lips:

ELF Mineral Lipstick in Cheerful Cherry
Revlon Colorstay Lipgloss in Strawberry (review/swatches)



On my nails I wore W7's Cosmic Purple but unlike the picture above, I wore it with Barry M Vivid Purple underneath. I didn't get a chance to photograph it though as I only painted on the glitter when I was at my friends before we went out - #lazy.

Link to the original NOTD


Good old Sheldon Cooper photo-bombing in the background

When I got to my friends' flat for pre-drinks I decided to go with the flow and add some fake blood as I didn't feel spooky enough. Once we finally hit the town, it was obviously that 'add a bit of fake blood to any costume' was a bit of a theme!

I hope everyone had a good night if you ventured out, I wouldn't blame you if you didn't and were nice and cosy at home.

Love Georgia xxx

Products with a * next to them indicate that they were sent for review purposes. This doesn't affect my opinions on these products.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Primark Purchases: Winter Essentials?

I had that moment last week where I realised that my wardrobe is completely unsuitable for colder weather. I also fancied a trip to Primark as I hadn't ventured there in about a month, as the one in Newcastle is a bit of a building site at the moment while it's being renovated into a three floor haven of cheap clothes and home-ware. The shopping experience was typical Primark - stressy and busy with people pushing each other out the way and being ran over by buggies but I stuck it out for the bargains!

Charcoal Knitted Jumper - £6

I'd seen a similar jumper in another Primark haul but in a purple grey tone, unfortunately I didn't see that colour but couldn't resist this charcoal, grey marl colour. The jumper is stretchy but oversized, a little bit of an oxymoron, but really flattering and I didn't have to go a size up to get the right fit. The sleeves are longer than most jumpers so it looks really cosy under a jacket or they can be pushed up for a slouchy look. The back covers enough bum to be worn with leggings too and for £6 I thought this was a great buy.

Cream Aaron Style Jumper with Gold Studs - £14

This is different to jumpers I usually choose, it's quite chunky and square, which I usually think is unflattering but I thought it would go nicely over a dress or skirt. The price is a little much for Primark so you could properly customise a jumper like this if you already have one or can pick one up cheap.


Acid Wash Studded Denim Shirt - £13

This shirt caused so much trouble. I went round woman's wear 3 times to get it after some bad customer service at the tills but I've come to expect that from Primark to be honest. Anyway, I've wanted a denim shirt since the summer and I really liked how this one was acid wash. I love the look of acid wash jeans but they wouldn't flatter my shape so I thought I'd go for this instead to layer over dresses or buttoned up.


Black Leather Style Studded Bag - £3

Who could resist this little make up bag? This one looks suspiciously like the studded ones that are in Topshop so I had to have it to replace my current make up bag for my handbag.

Overall a successful trip. I love watching and reading Primark hauls because you get a chance to see what's in currently but don't have to go through the stressful experience.

Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 16 November 2012

Wishlist: Tiny Gold Cross Necklace as Seen on Britney Spears

A couple of months ago I went for it and finally bought the infamous sideways cross necklace that was popular on YouTube a year or two ago, made famous mostly by Lollipop26/Laura from Buy Now Blog Later. I've been wearing that necklace every day; I love how dainty it is and how it goes with any outfit. 

And now I've found a new necklace to lust over.


I've seen Britney Spears wear this style of tiny cross necklace lately on X Factor USA or when she's at press events and again I really love how small and understated it looks. I noticed that she also likes to layer it with a sideways cross necklace and when I first spotted this it's sad to say that I was quite excited. 

It would be an understatement to say I'm just a casual Britney fan and I love seeing her doing so well on X Factor.


A similar necklace I've found is by Morgan Prather on Etsy, which is where I bought my sideways cross, and it's 14k gold filled. The price and postage cost are reasonable and this necklace becomes especially tempting with the great US dollar to UK pound conversion rates.

Who knows, maybe this will be flying it's way over from the US to me sometime in the future. I think, like Britney's, I would have the tiny cross on a shorter chain so that it sat higher up than the sideways cross. I love the layering look and I know a lot of high street shops, even Primark, have started doing small necklaces for layering but I always find the metal in those ones irritate my neck, can leave a green stain and then the jewellery goes rusty, so a gold filled necklace for me is a better investment.

Tiny Cross Necklace in Gold by Morgan Prather - Etsy - $21/£13.60 (With P+P to UK approx. £16.19)


picture from Godtidote

I had to include this flawless picture. Sorry.

Love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Jergens Original Beauty Lotion - Cherry Almond Scent: Review

Once again, the Internet has convinced me into buying a product but unlike all of the great products I've found out about through the on-line beauty community, this is one I'm not so happy to recommend.


After an afternoon in the university library, I passed Superdrug, like I do twice a day when I'm going to uni, and decided to treat myself to the Jergens Original Beauty Lotion, which I'd heard such great things about. The scent of course is what drew me to this product, as I adore anything with a cherry or almond smell like Dr Pepper and Battenburg cake, so I had to have a cheeky sniff in the bottle before I took it to the till. The scent was like pure Battenburg cake, cue excitement.

So imagine my disappointment when I got home and applied it to find that it smells like cherry almond for about 30 seconds then dries down to a powdery smell, similar to the Nivea scent. Not all body moisturisers smell as strong as they do in the bottle once they're rubbed in but this changed completely. I tested this out with Boots Extracts Almond Body Butter (a favourite, review soon) on one arm and Jergens on the other to see if I was just imagining it and the smell did completely change whereas the Boots one smelled like it did in the tub.


Even though I'm disappointed by being conned into this thinking it would keep smelling like cherry and almonds after 30 seconds, I only paid 74p in Superdrug for this as I used 100 points from my Superdrug Beauty card for the rest. I wouldn't buy this again and if I'd wanted something that smelled powdery or like a Nivea product I would've bought one instead!

Jergens Original Beauty Lotion - Cherry Almond Scent - Superdrug - £1.74 on sale (RRP £3.50)


Love Georgia xxx