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