Tuesday, 30 November 2010

MAC/Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Lipstick

As most of you are aware now Nicki Minaj teamed up with MAC to create a Limited Edition lipstick called Pink Friday which was named after her debut album Pink Friday. It is only being sold for the next 3 weeks and only on Friday's until 17th December. I managed to place an order last week Friday at 7am before leaving my house in the morning *cheeky grin* and it arrived today.

Pink Friday is described as 'a bright, creamy pink satin formula' and is priced at £12.50.
The first thing I am going to say is that I am very disappointed with the colour and I don't think it was actually made for females with brown to dark skin. As my complexion is not too far from Nicki's but it looks terrible on me however I have seen it on lighter skin tones and it looks alright on. Pink Friday also looks very chalky on and does not look flattering in photos, I will not be wearing this colour anytime soon.

Looking at the colour online it resembled MACs Pink Nouveau but it was a little bit lighter when swatched as you can see from the image below:

Friday, 26 November 2010

New Hair Cut

After having my hair in weaves for over a year I decided to go back to my short locks and went for the chop (again) a few weeks ago. Even though my hair had been in a very short pixie cut when I started growing it agian, it had grown quite a lot in a year and I had a lot more hair on my hair than I anticipated.

(My hair after leaving the salon)

My hair inspiration for this cut was Frankie from The Saturday's, I have always admired her hair since they came on the scene. The main part of the hair style I wanted to re-create was the volume and body in the front section of her hair which I stressed to my hair stylist as my hair tends to go quite flat. She advised me this could be achieved by putting layers all over my hair and I love it!!

(What it looks like now)

I can't wait for part two of my new hair style which will be the colour. Despite the fact that I am adventourous with my cuts I have never coloured my hair apart from a few Crazy Colour red rinses when I was younger. I have ALWAYS wanted to colour my hair but never had the balls to go through with it and after talking to a friend and also a colour technician my colour has been decided and I will be doing it in a few weeks.....

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Pink Monday... and Friday

Yesterday I decided to go for a BRIGHT shade for my nails, I have always loved wearing bright colours on my nails so Shocking Pink by China Glaze (Neon) was a great colour to try for the first time. China Glaze describe the colour as 'High Voltage/Wow factor' which is very fitting for the colour.

The colour is really bright and is quite neon in natural light and I actually feel a bit like one of Nicki Minaj's Barbie's with the colour on lol. Applying this colour was quite annoying as it dries quite matte and opaque and after two coats it looked blotchy and uneven. It took about four coats and a topcoat of Seche Vite to achieve this look.

 My neon pink nail colour choice also coincided with the release of Nicki Minaj's album Pink Friday yesterday. After watching Nicki Minaj's appearance on the Wendy Williams show I also learnt that she will be releasing a bright pink lipstick in conjunction with MAC called Pink Friday and it will be available for four weeks from Friday 26th November to Friday 17th December but only on Friday's. The colour is allegedly a mixture of MAC's Girl About Town (a fuchsia pink) and Pink Nouveau and will be available to purchase in the UK online from MAC and Selfridges. I am not Nicki's biggest fan but I actually can't wait to buy this lipstick and try it as I have both Pink Nouveau and Girl About Town from MAC.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Lush: Sweet Lips Lip Scrub Review

My first ever Lush buy is the Sweet Lips Lip Scrub which is a vanilla and chocolate flavour. I bought this a while ago and I have used it a few times but I mainly keep this in my make up kit for my clients. A little amount of the scrub is needed and then rubbed into to the lips to remove any dry skin and the product can be licked off to reveal smooth lips. The fact that the scrub is edible makes it even more better as it actually tastes very yummy too.

The Lush Lip Scrubs comes in 3 varieties and are priced at £4.50 each:
Sweet Lips - Vanilla and Chocolate flavour
Bubblegum Lips - Bubblegum flavour
Mint Julips - Peppermint flavour

What Lush say:
"Vanilla extract and jojoba oil keep your lips moist, castor sugar gently exfoliates, and the rich, deep fragrance of cocoa absolute gives this an irresistible touch."

Overall I think that this a good product and also very reasonable for the price. If you have dry and flaky lips this is your product as it exfoliates the lips but in a non abrasive way leaving your lips soft as the sugar in the scrub is quite soft and not harsh. This product is also good to use before wearing lipstick as it removes all the dry/dead skin. Definitely a winter must have!

The Sweet Lips Lip Scrub is made from Castor Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vanilla Extract, Tagetes Oil, Cocoa Absolute, Flavour.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Fashion Buys

Here are a few of my recent fashion buys:


1. Topshop - Fur Hood Parka £95. I wasn't too sure when I first bought this Parka but I now LOVE it because it is so warm which will be great for the winter months. The waist can be adjusted to make it look more fitted but fur hood is a little on the heavy side.

2. H&M - Waterfall Jacket £14.99. I actually bought this in September but had to take it back as it was faulty but they didnt have my size in stock until now.

3. H&M - Long Skirt £14.99.

4. ASOS - Ankle Boots £55 (Sale Price £16). These boots have become my go to pair of boots at the moment and I have been wearing them quite regularly.

I also picked up a faux leather skirt from H&M and an oversized top which I do not have pics of, but will try to include them in an Outfit of the day soon.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Essie - Marshmallow

My current nail colour is Marshamallow by Essie. Essie describes the colour as a 'cloudy sheer white, perfect for french manicures' which I agree with but as you can see I did not use it for a french manicure. I like the fact the sheerness of the coulour makes it more wearable than a normal bright white/tippex shade. As you can see my application is rubbish but it took 3 coats for that finish.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Weekend Beauty Buys

This weekend is a quiet one for me so I am doing nothing but relaxing, cooking and catching up on my beauty routine. Here are a few beauty purchases I made this weekend.

As you can see I LOVE Cocoa Butter especially the Palmer's make. My mum bought me this stash and she does tend to go overboard when buying beauty products so this will last me a very long time maybe the whole of winter lol.

Montagne Jeunesse - Green Tea Peel Off Mask (I usually get 2 applications from these packs)
Body Shop - Tea Tree Oil (This is one of my must have products for my face)

Sally Hansen - Maximum Growth Cuticle & Nail Treatment
Superdrug - Cuticle Sticks
Revlon Touch Control Mirror from boots £26.99
I'm not to sure about this one yet, the light doesn't seem bright enough for me.

This was a random purchase but I have an obsession with cupcakes at the moment but I am terrible when it comes to baking. This book stood out to me from the numerous cupcake books at WHSmith because the recipes looked lush but quite simple to make than the others and it was a bargain at £4.99.

I want to try this recipe once I learn how to make the plain basic cupcake lol.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Nail Haul

Here are the items I got from my last nail haul.

Essie- Marshmallow
 Essie - Haute As Hello
 Essie - Flirt
Essie - Bahama Mama

OPI - Mod About You
China Glaze - Liquid Leather
CND - Girlie Pink
CND (Effects) - Violet Shimmer (Looks great over a lot of my polishes)

Nail Tek - Quicken (Top Coat)
Orly - Sec 'n Dry (Top Coat)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

October Babies

Last month was my 25th birthday and my sister's 18th birthday. I celebrated my birthday by doing a little bit of shopping and going out for cocktails/dinner with two lovely ladies, and my 'family' dinner at the end of the week turned out to be a surprise dinner with all of my friends that I love.

This is what I wore on my actual birthday

My outfit for my Surprise dinner & me sporting my Headmasters updo (check this post)

To make the surprise dinner even better was my yummy birthday cake from the Hummingbird Bakery and it was a red velvet cake with 25 vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes too. I love my family and BFF for organising this for me.

For my sister's 18th birthday she decided she was going to out all weekend so I did her hair and make up for both nights.