Tuesday, 31 July 2012

MUA Starry Night Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches


Another MUA Eyeshadow Palette review for you today. 

This one is on their 'Starry Night' Palette. Which is a gorgeous palette, containing 12 shimmering shades of greys, silvers, blues and pinks. I'd say this palette would be perfect for creating that glam, sexy look for a night out on the town. 

If you aren't familiar with the MUA brand, they started out in Superdrug stores with all their products priced at just £1 each! Since then they have expanded and now have the MUA Pro range, where products can range between £1-£8. Still, great value! 

The packaging is trademark for most MUA products, the simple but stylish black and transparent case. I think this is wonderful as you can easily see what's inside the palettes without having to open them. (Great idea I'd say! I hate it when you find palettes and makeup with fingermarks smudged everywhere from people messing inside the packaging!)

The set does some with its own double ended sponge applicator, which I have actually began using with these palettes now, because I find you don't get as much fall out from the eyeshadows compared to using an eyeshadow brush with them.

Unfortunately MUA don't name their eyeshadows, they just name the whole palette. But to be fair with the huge collection they've got, it would take them forever to name them all individually! 

As with most MUA eyeshadows I've found these to be very well pigmented and the colour pay off is amazing, there is very little eyshadow fall out too. They are smooth and creamy to apply and have long wear time, especially when used with MUA's Eye Primer, just £2.50! 

*Photo shows top row of the palette from left to right
I will call them shades 1 to 6 for the sake of this review*
Shade 1 is a metallic silvery lilac.
Shade 2 is a shimmering baby pink
Shade 3 is a deep steel grey.
Shade 4 is a shimmering silver.
Shade 5 is a metallic blue/grey.
Shade 6 is a black with very little shimmer.

*Photo shows bottom row of the palette from left to right
I will call them shades 7 to 12 for the sake of this review*

Shade 7 is a mid grey shimmer.
Shade 8 is a silvery white.
Shade 9 is a light silver shimmer (similar but lighter than shade 4)
Shade 10 is a very pale blue/silver.
Shade 11 is a smokey purple.
Shade 12 is a shimmering lilac.


Overall I think this is a fantastic make up product to own, its amazing quality and so cheap too! You really can't go wrong with it.

This is available to buy from selected Superdrug stores, if they stock a decent range of the Pro products. OR you can find it online at the MUA Store, here.

Have you bought the Starry Night Palette, or will you be buying it now? :)

Monday, 30 July 2012

Review: L'Oreal Paris Rouge Caresse Lipstick - Tempting Lilac 101

I'd been debating whether to buy these new-ish lipsticks for ages, I loved everything about them & I finally caved in and bought two when I saw them on offer in Superdrug at 2 for £11. I picked up "Dating Coral" & "Tempting Lilac". 

I've heard these lipsticks referred to as L'Oreals version of the massively hyped Revlon Lip Butters, as much as I love the look of the lip butters, these just seemed to appeal to me more :) 

*Top -Layered look of the lipstick. Bottom - a blended in layer of the lipstick*

First off, I love the packaging, it looks so beautifully designed and sophisticated. It gives the impression of being a lot more expensive than it really is.

I believe there are 13 different shades in this range, and I found it very difficult to just pick two, it took around half an hour of hand swatching, umm-ing, rrr-ing and boyfriend nagging for me to finally decide on the two colours I thought I would wear most! 

One of the shades I chose, Tempting Lilac, is a deep lilac colour with beigey-brown undertones. I wouldn't describe it as a vibrant lilac (although it looks a bit like this in the lip swatch photo due to the high light levels). I think it is a very toned down shade would be perfect for a nude/natural look. 

The lipstick has a very lightweight buttery/balm kind of texture to it, I'd also describe it as having a moisturising effect. It is quite sheer, but the colour pay off is fantastic, and can easily be layered to create a more opaque look. 

In terms of wear, I'd say a couple of hours at the most, but L'Oreal aren't boasting a long lasting formula which is quite often thrown around by cosmetic companies these days when advertising new products.

Overall I love the colour, packaging and the moisturising feel of this lipstick. & I will probably go and get a couple more of these in the other shades when I've got a bit more money. They are reasonably priced for the quality at £7.99 each. You can purchase from Boots in store and online, and in store at Superdrug!

What do you think? Have you got any other shades?

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Top tips on how to get rid of stained nails!

Hello ♥

I have a different kind of post for you today, hope you like it! 

Now I don't know about you, I LOVE nail varnish, but I HATE the staining that it sometimes leaves on your nails afterwards! Its horrible, it makes you look unhealthy and dirty and no matter how much soap you use you just can't get rid of them.

I've really took a stand on this lately and I've been trying out a few different methods, so these are tried and tested, and they do work!

So here are my top tips on how to get rid of stained nails :)


First off, you should prepare your nails using a nail varnish remover to get rid of any nail varnish. Then wash your hands thoroughly in warm soapy water. Then you can use 1 or all 3 of the following methods....

Method 1: Stain Removing Toothpaste!
This is my favourite method, its quick, cheap and easy! 
I've been using this Eucryl powerful stain removal tooth powder. I bought this from my local pound shop so its really cheap to buy. I use an old toothbrush and dip it into the powder and scrub all over my nails. You notice will a difference straight away, but if you do this often you will notice more of a difference and will remove deep staining over time! 

Method 2: Lemons! 
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For this method you should cut a lemon in half, rub your nails around inside the lemon for a little while. You should then leave the lemon juice to soak into your nails for a couple of minutes before scrubbing clean with a nail brush or an old toothbrush. 

Method 3: Denture Tablets & Water!
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Drop two denture tablets into half a glass/small container of water. You should then soak your nails for a good few minutes before scrubbing them clean with a nail brush or an old toothbrush. 

Final Tips!

♥ I use an extra strong nail varnish remover to remove initial staining. I know the high levels of acetone dries out your nails and skin, but a strengthening base coat and a bit of moisturiser & cuticle oil will sort this out afterwards :) 
♥ Try not to leave a certain nail polish on for too long, the longer you leave it on, the more the colour will sink into your nails.
♥ Don't use dark coloured nail varnish too often, give your nails a break with a Nude shade every now and again.
♥ Always use a clear base coat, this will provide protection for your nail surface from the nail varnish. I've started using the O.P.I Nail Envy Original, I would definitely recommend this to any one!


There are probably many more ways of removing stains from your nails but these are my tried and tested methods. Hope you found this useful :)

Let me know below if you have any more tips and tricks to share! 

Saturday, 28 July 2012

MUA Make Up Academy Product Haul :)


I wanted to share with you some of the products I have purchase recently from Make Up Academy.

MUA have quickly become my favourite budget make up brand over the past few months. Their products are such great quality and the prices are so cheap and affordable, with products starting from just £1! 

I normally purchase MUA from the online MUA Store, because although these are available in Superdrug stores, my local stores are absolutely rubbish with their stock levels so I can never get hold of new products or anything from the Pro Range.

Anyway, here's what I've bought lately...

Eyeshadow Palettes:
Going For Gold 
Glamour Days
Starry Night

I love the eyeshadow palettes, there are quite a few different palettes, all with their own themes/colour schemes. The eyeshadows themselves are very well pigmented and the colour pay off is great & they have a long wear time. The shadow palettes are £4 each, and £8 for their huge 24 shadow Immaculate collection palette!

Shades; 2,3,4,5,6,7,11,12,14,15,16

The lipsticks come in a range of colours, I believe there are 16 shades altogether. The texture is creamy, and slightly moisturising. They are smooth to apply and have long lasting colour. These lipsticks are just £1 each!

 Lip Boom - "Doin Good"

The Lip Booms are a relatively new addition to the MUA range, and have been designed along with Alexandra Burke. I love the idea of these, you get a lipstick on one end and a shimmering gloss on the other. They are priced at £3 each.

Lip Glosses:
Shades; 1,3,4

The first thing I will say about the lip glosses is that they smell absolutely amazing really sweet. They are really smooth to apply and provide a lovely glossy sheer finish! These are priced at just £1 each!

 Clear Mascara Shade 1, Waterproof Eyeliner Black, Eye Primer, Nail Varnish Shade 1

I haven't yet tried the clear mascara so I can't really comment on this yet, its priced at £1. 

Their Waterproof Mascara is something new to me also, however I've been using it for the past week or so and have come to love it, its so easy and precise to apply and it lasts ages. This is also priced at £1!

MUA eye primer, has been a staple product in my make up routine for many months now, it provides an excellent base for your eyeshadow and improves wear time and prevents creasing of the shadows. This is £2.50 from their Pro range!

Shade 1 nail varnish is my newest addition to my MUA Nail polish collection. I love the range of colours and they give great coverage. Nail polishes are just £1 each!

Eyeshadow Trio's:
Pink Sorbet

I haven't yet tried either of these Trio's but if MUA's eyeshadow palettes are anything to go by, I'm going to love these. I chose these two trio's because they are quite natural shades which is what I wear most, I love the cute packaging of these and they will be handy for travelling etc. These are priced at £2.50 each!

Single Eyeshadows:
Shades 3,4,11,24,27,30

I love the MUA Single eyeshadows, there is a huge range of colours, both in matt and shimmer shades. So there will be a perfect colour/finish for everyone. These are just £1 each!

You can purchase all these products online at the MUA STORE.
or at selected Superdrug stores.

What's your favourite MUA Products? 

Friday, 27 July 2012

Olympics 2012 Great Britain Nail Art!


Happy Friday everyone :)
Nearly the weekend! Thank goodness for that. It's been a long week! 

I wanted to share with you a quick nail design I put together inspired by the Olympics, considering its the opening ceremony tonight! Unfortunately I'm not too fussed about the Olympics, but I've tried to get into the spirit of things, and this was my way of doing so haha

I decided to go for a British theme with the Olympics symbol added in(Which unfortunately didn't turn out too great). But here you go....

OPI Nail Envy, Blue Glitter, Matt White, Red Glitter, Jewel Britannia, Magnetic Blue

For the Olympic design nail;
Matt White, Cobalt Blue, Lemon Ice Cream, LA Colour Art Deco Nail Pen, Revlon Emerald City, Barry M Retro Red.

What do you think of these? Let me know below.... :)
Are you looking forward to the Olympics, will you be watching tonight?

P.S There's still time to enter my give away, CLICK HERE!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

What's In My Glossybox, July Edition

Hey :)

Just wanted to share with you what I got in this months Glossybox and my thoughts and views of the products.

If you are not familiar with Glossybox, it is a monthly subscription service which costs £10 plus £2.95 P&P. Each month you will receive your box through the post and it will contain 5 luxury/higher end beauty product samples. You can subscribe by clicking HERE.

This months box has a "Festival" theme. The products inside are chosen specifically to keep you feeling and looking good on the go during the festival and summer season!

The packaging is the normal Glossybox pink and black themed box and wrapping. I've found a great idea from another blogger of a cute way to re-use Glossyboxes. I will reveal all in due course, I'll probably make a right mess of it though! :( Although I was quite surprised to find that I had no information card when I opened up the box so I had no idea what the theme of this box was or the actual values of the products so I've had to do a little research for this post!

Monuspa - Golden Glow Face and Body Bronzer 30ml 
On first impressions I thought this was a shower gel of some sort, but after reading the back of the bottle, I've discovered that its actually a moisturising treatment for the body and face with a gradual tanning effect. It contains Shea Butter to nourish the skin, Vitamin E to anti-oxidise the skin, and Geranium oils to keep the skin smooth. It claims to give a natural looking bronzed tan within 3-5 hours. The only thing I don't like about this product so far is the strong floral smell. This would usually retail at £23 for 200ml of product. 

Elizabeth Arden - Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion with SPF15 - 5ml
& 3 x 2ml sachets (Exfoliating Cleanser, Optimizing Skin Serum, Skin Balancing Lotion)
I've never tried any Elizabeth Arden products before but I know they are a well known brand and a lot of people love their products. I am looking forward to using the mini Skin Balancing Lotion. It has light formula and is oil-free, designed for combination skin and it claims to leave skin feeling healthy and radiant looking. I must say it did leave my skin feeling super luxuriously silky after the first use. Unfortunately I'm not expecting too much from the sachets as they are only just enough for one use. The Lotion would usually retail at £32 for 50ml of product.

Clynol Salon Exclusive - Enrich Colour & Care Shampoo 50ml 
I've never even heard of the name Clynol before but I'm expecting good things from this shampoo. I've coloured my hair since I was about 13 years old and its not in great condition. But I always love to have a vibrant healthy looking hair colour, hopefully this will help me achieve just that. The shampoo is packed with liquid jewel extract to provide a "diamond like shine". It aims to reduce damage and resist colour fading. It says you should use it every day, but come on, who has the time to wash their hair everyday?! I'll be most impressed if this product manages to live up to its claims. It normally retails at £9.35 for 300ml.

Jelly Pong Pong - Ice Cream Pavlova Lop Frosting - 15ml
I absolutely adore this product, when I was having a nosey at what everyone else got while I was at work earlier this was one of the products I was really hoping to get. The packaging is so cute, the smell is gorgeous and it looks really pretty, honestly the name of it fits so well, it looks like frosting on the top of a cake, almost good enough to eat! You can use it on your lips to provide a gorgeous glossy shimmering shade of pink, or use as a cheek tint to provide a healthy glow. This is the full size product and retails at £10.

HD Brows - High Definition Brows Eyebrow Palette - Vamp
I know there has been a lot of hype around these eyebrow palettes, and a lot of other blog posts I've read today have mentioned they already have a lighter version of this palette from a previous Glossybox. On first impressions it looks fantastic and I'm quite excited to try it out! These 4 natural matte shades have been housed inside a handy handbag sized palette. They can be used as eye shadow, eye liner and to define your brows. I love everything about this product and it has to be one of the best products I've received in a Glossbox for a long time. This is actually the full size product and it retails at £19.95! 

Overall I was really impressed with this months box. I think this is the first box that I will actually use all the products out of! I love that I've received two full size products which are both absolutely fantastic. Well done Glossybox, you've managed to keep me subscribed for another month! :)

What do you think of the products this month?! 

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Review: Technic Hide It Multi-Concealer Palette


While I was "window" shopping over the weekend, I saw this little bargain in Bodycare and just had to pick it up. I've never really used a concealer before, but I thought I would give it a try as it was so cheap and it has multiple uses! 

*Photo taken in natural light*
From L-R Afterglow, Dewkist, Nude, Sand
*Photo taken with camera flash*
From L-R Afterglow, Dewkist, Nude, Sand

So the product itself comes in a pocket sized palette which contains four shades of concealers and two double sided applicator sponges. The combinations of 4 shades of concealers can be used to conceal under-eye darkness, blemishes and skin imperfections. The 4 shades can be mixed and matched to provide the coverage you personally require.

The first shade is "Afterglow" which is a yellow toned concealer. This one should be used to make skin appear brighter, possibly to use as a highlighter or to cover up dark circles under the eyes.

The second, "Dewkist" Which is a green toned concealer.This would ideally be used to tone down any redness and cover blemishes.

The third is called "Nude", and is a pale pink/beige coloured concealer.This can be used to brighten up the skin, to camouflage discolouration, and could also be used as an eye shadow base/primer.

The last shade, called "Sand" is a dark beige coloured concealer.This can be used to mix with "Nude" to create your perfect concealer shade for your skin tone.

The texture of the concealers is smooth and creamy, and they are extremely blend-able into your skin. I think each of the shades work perfectly for their different purposes. 

This is a fantastic product for such a cheap price, I managed to pick this up for just 99p from my local Bodycare store. It is a new product so may not be available just yet from your store.
However if you do like the look of it and can't get hold of it, You can buy it from eBay HERE.

What do you think? Let me know what your favourite concealer is below or if you have any recommendations for me!