Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Beauty Buys: Essie, Illamasqua, Real Techniques & L'Oreal

I have currently been doing a fair amount of online shopping (I blame it on being ill & cooped up at home with nothing to do). Last week I bought the below Essie nail polishes from Fragrance Direct for a whopping £1.99 each. Bargain or what? Considering they retail for £7.99. Unfortuantely I went back to the site a few days later to order some for my sister but they had sold out on nearly all of the colours (sorry guys).

I know the nail polishes are bright and not in "Season" at the moment but I really don't like to follow rules and I always love a bright nail colour on my nails all year round.

Essie - Bikini So Teeny
Essie - Off the Shoulder
Essie - Lights
Essie - Bazooka
Essie - Orange It's Obvious

I decided that I would like to try a cream blush for the first time and the Illamasqua Cream Blushers seemed enticed me and because I love Illamasqua make up products as they are very pigmented and work well on all skin tones. I currently do not own that many Illamasqua products (which I hope to soon change) but when I did a make up course at AOFM a few years back we used a lot of Illamasqua make up and I had no complaints at all. 

After a bit of research on the net I also bought the Real Techniques Stippling Brush to use with my new cream blush. The L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara is my favourite drugstore mascara (review here) so this was just a repurchase.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

My Life Captured via Instagram Pics

Here's what i've been getting up to lately via Instagram. I am addicted to this app and there is rarely a moment when I am not either uploading pics or liking pics of those that I follow. 

1. Running a Snow Fairy bath | 2. My surprise Birthday pressie (Links of London bracelet) | 3. Yankee Candle in Fluffy Towels | 4. Spa day @ The Sanctuary Spa Convent Garden for my bday | 5. Tea with evaporated milk (Nigerian style) | 6. Me rocking a wig with MAC's Rebel on my lips | 7. Tea & Cupcakes | 8. My infinity necklace | 9. My Blazers (Bday pressie to myself)  | 10. Wrapped up warm wearing my Faux Fur Trapper hat to work | 11. Bright outfit for work | 12. Me in my bright work outfit

13. Breakfast in bed when I was sick | 14. Lunchtime order of Pie & Mash @ work | 15. Random pic of me going out | 16. OPI nails | 17. Another random pic of me :) | 18. New Muji 5 drawer storage for my make up | 19. Zara delivery | 20. What I ordered from Zara | 21. Photo shoot make by me in Black Beauty Magazine | 22. Greedy Pizza Hut order during the week | 23. New Essie polishes | 24. The amount of Scotch bonnets my mum bought today

If you don't follow me already you can follow me on Instagram by my username: Henessy85 (or by clicking the link)

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Nars Gina Blush


Nars Gina Blush - £21

Nars describe Gina as a 'true tangerine', and on inspection I would say that it looks like more of a matte peachy colour blush with a very smooth finish.


When I first spotted this blush I was a bit sceptical as I thought it may be a bit too light for my skin and make me look ashy but, instead Gina is a blush that allows you to build up colour very easily without making your face look dry or ashy on the medium to darker skin toned ladies.

Gina swatched a few times

I tend to wear Gina when I am wearing a bright/vibrant lipstick such as Rebel as it is a more subtle colour than my other blsuhers and it doesn't over power the face with too much colour. I wear Gina once i've done a very subtle cheek contour with the Sleek Contour Kit (Dark) and then build it up to get the colour to stand out a bit more on my skin tone. 

This is my second item from Nars but I must say I am very impressed with their blushers and I hope to try out their other products soon, such as the matte lip pencil in Dragon Girl.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Winter Brights: Work OOTD

Today for the first time in ages I had spare time whilst getting ready for work in the morning, so I decided to take pictures of my outfit that I compiled together on my bed (as you do lol). I decided to opt for a bright outfit to give a faux sense of 'warmness' despite the weather being freezing and to also warm up my mood as i've been extremely exhausted lately (which weirdly enough kinda worked)

Pic of my outfit minus the black tights


A cheeky toilet mirror pic of my outfit when I got into work.

Blouse - Zara
Skirt - Primark
Ankle Boots - Office
Necklace - H&M
Ring - H&M
Watch - Gc

Monday, 5 November 2012

Models Own - Hed Kandi - Hedonist

Last week the weather decided to turn much colder as it awlays does during this time of year but instead of bringing out a 'typical' autumn/winter nail shade to paint my nails I decided to go for Hedonist by Models Own (part of their 2012 Ibiza range). I have always been the type of girl that doens't conform to the norm and prefer bright nails all year round.

I'm not too sure how to describe Hedonist but it is very pinky/neony with a coral tint to it. In some lighting it comes of slightly orange and even red but I assure you that it is not a red or orange shade.

I found the application to be very straightforward and it only required 2 coats and I used a fast drying top coat to dry it quickly and give it an extra added shine.

No matter how many pictures I took or the different lighting I used I just couldn't capture the "neon-ness" of this colour but be assured that this a bright neon colour. Definitely one to be worn on holiday with a tan to compliment it. I will be taking this with me on my upcoming holiday.