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Review // No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish in Poolside Blue

I recently started adding to my already large nail varnish collection and bought No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish in the shade Poolside Blue. Poolside Blue is a lovely bright royal blue that reminds me a little of Beyonce's fave, Nails Inc Baker Street.

Poolside Blue is really opaque in formula so you could get away with only one layer, although I painted two out of habit. I didn't apply a top coat and found that it started chipping within a day or two which is a little annoying but I will try it next time with a top coat to see how it fares.

Wishlist // Holiday Edition

At the end of June my mother and I are flying to Cyprus for a little holiday and I can't wait! I can't wait to get into the pool and try and get some sort of tan but for now though, I need to buy some holiday clothes.
ASOS Chino Trousers in Neon Coral - £24 from ASOS
Perhaps not the number one item on the 'holiday list' but they look nice and they could be useful if it gets cold in the evenings.
ASOS Distressed Leggings - £17.50 from ASOS
Again, another non-vital item for the holiday list but they look nice.
ASOS Summer Dress with Swing Hem - £20 from ASOS
How perfect is this beautiful summer dress?! I love the coral and the baby blue. This will be absolutely perfect for lazing around in.
Cream Floral Waisted Dress - £15 from River Island
A lovely floral summer dress. The only thing bothering me about this dress is that it looks like there are a few layers to it which may get a bit hot and bothersome in the heat.
Beige Skull Feathers Print Tank Top - £16 from River Island
I love this top, perfect for my holiday and with a leather jacket in the winter months!
Blue Stripe Lace Up Flatforms - £18 from River Island
I really want some flatforms but at the moment I'm really on the fence with these.
Navy Print Waisted Dress - £25 from River Island
Technically this shouldn't be on the list as I bought this yesterday but I thought I'd share it with you anyway! I have to buy something to go underneath it as it's really sheer, in fact I'm surprised it doesn't come with something underneath it already. Perfect for summer!

Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses with Internal Print - £120 from ASOS
I've been meaning to buy some of these for ages but I've finally decided to get some in the airport on the way to Cyprus. I really hope I don't sit on them and break them like I did to my beloved Raybens.

Review // Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory

After hearing good things about the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation, I decided to buy a bottle to test it out for myself. As I am very pale, and usually choose the palest foundation shade a brand has to offer, I bought the shade Ivory.
The Wake Me Up Foundation is housed in a 30ml glass bottle with an instantly recognisable florescent orange lid which I'm quite fond of. When you take the lid off you find an orange pump which makes for easy application.

The packaging claims that this foundation gives you an "anti-fatigue effect and a radiant glow" which is true. The foundation itself is filled with little illuminating particles which gives you the radiant glow that the bottle suggests. They leave the skin looking fresh and glowy, perfect for the summer! This also has SPF 15 in which is fabulous. I apply using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush which blends the foundation in perfectly.

Apparently this foundation is full coverage but I'm not so sure about that as my cheeks are horribly red and as much as it covers the redness to an extent, I feel like I need to keep applying more to try and cover it all. I found that the Wake Me Up Foundation lasted around 5 hours before fading away which is rather annoying but for the price and the initial results, I don't mind having to re-apply.

Review // ELF Natural Radiance Blusher in Glow

ELF Natural Radiance Blusher - £1.50
On a recent little shopping spree on ELF's website, I decided to buy the Natural Radiance Blusher in Glow. Glow is a peachy pink with little tiny grains of gold shimmer running throughout. It is pretty in the pan but even prettier on the skin.

The packaging to the ELF Natural Radiance Blusher is very cheap and cheerful. I personally don't really mind about what packaging looks like, hence why I don't usually include it in my reviews but I feel the need to say something about this. It's not the packaging that bothers me, it's the way you have to open it. It took me a while to figure out how to open the damn thing and even now I can't quite get the hang of it. You have to push one side of it down and the blusher slides out but they don't make it easy as the packaging is really stiff.

The blusher feels rather chalky in the pan but I can forgive that as it makes up for it in its pigment. One swipe with a finger was more than enough for one of my cheeks but I do apply this with a brush which probably isn't the best option. I dipped my brush into it and sweeped it across my cheek and ended up like Coco The Clown. Seriously. In fact, every time I've worn this I have put far, far too much on and have ended up looking fairly silly.

You only need a very small amount of this to get a nice healthy glow. My advice would apply it very lightly and then build it up. I thought the gold glitter would put me off but it is very subtle when applied to the face. I think this will be perfect for the summer months!

Personal // Introducing Teddy!

Meet my new puppy, Teddy.
Teddy is 8 weeks old and in 2 weeks time he will be our new house mate. Isn't he gorgeous? He is a Pomchon, which is a Pomeranian x Bichon Frise. He is absolutely beautiful, I can hardly stop squealing when I see his photos. I can't wait for him to come home and be my new forever friend.

Review // Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets

I have quite oily skin and I absolutely hate looking in a mirror during the day and seeing a shiny face. But alas, I have found my little solution which comes in a shape of the Kleenex Shine Absorbing SheetsI know you can get these type of oil absorbing sheets from various brands in various stores but I have never seen them in a shop before. I actually found these in a supermarket but you can buy them in Boots or in Superdrug.

The Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets come packaged in a little cellophane packet which I like as I'll know that no-one has put their sticky little fingers in the packet and touched them. Inside the little cellophane packet is a little cardboard encasing where the 50 sheets are stored. The sheets themselves are like really thin bits of paper with a plain deep purple on one side and a deep purple print on the other side.

In the packet is 50 shine absorbing sheets. As it says on the packaging, you press the plain side of the paper on any oily parts of your face (in my case that's around by my nose and on my forehead) and you'll be able to see the results on the paper. It's pretty gross to look at and it makes you feel bad for having that on your face to begin with but hey, what's a girl gonna do?

What I love about these Shine Absorbing Sheets is that they keep the make-up in tact, regardless of pressing a sheet of paper onto your face. The only thing it takes away is any excess oil which is perfect as once I have put my foundation on, I don't want to have to re-apply it. I really enjoy these Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets. Yes, they make me feel gross but they work and do their job well.

Wishlist // Part Four

1. Yellow Envelope Clutch - (link) - £15.99
2. Disney Couture Carriage Ring - (link) - £12
3. Love Snake Tutu Dress - (link) - £45
4. Sultry Platform Court Shoes - (link) - £65
5. ASOS Skinny Cross Bangle - (link) - £6
6. Model's Own Nail Varnish in: Meringue, Misty Grey and Utopia trio - (link) - £12
7. ASOS Vera Pointed Flatform Shoes - (link) - £40

Skincare // My Current Routine

I have to admit and say I'm not really one for using loads of different skincare products. Mostly because I'm convinced they do me more harm than good. Whenever I seem to use them they bring me out spots, which could be a pure coincidence but I try not to use too many lotions and potions. Up until about last September I didn't really use any products regularly. I bought them regularly and they looked nice in the bathroom but I couldn't seem to get myself into a routine.

I am extremely lucky in that I very rarely get spots. I never suffered from acne as a teen and for that, I am incredibly thankful to the skin Gods. I do get the odd spot but it is very rarely so I am lucky I don't need to rely on spot treatments or such. Instead, I just concentrate on moisturising, cleansing and toning.
My morning routine
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash (link) - £4.50
I love this facial wash as it makes my skin feel lovely and soft and it takes away any shininess from the skin. This also helps to sooth sore spots and doesn't irritate them in any way. I already have a back-up of this for when I run out!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner (link) - £4.50
I love this toner! I seriously could not live without toner these days. I always thought it was a waste of money as it didn't really do anything but how wrong I was! This completely refreshes my face when I wake up and it takes away any bits of old make-up that I previously missed. I apply this using a piece of cotton wool as I find it applies better rather than using a cotton pad.
Garnier Fresh Essentials Hydrating Day Cream (link) - £4.99
This moisturiser is incredibly lightweight and not greasy at all. I put it on just after using my toner and it's perfect for sitting under my make-up and doesn't make my foundation slide all round my face. It smells quite nice too.
My evening routine
Clean and Clear Blackhead Clearing Daily Scrub (link) - £3.69
I have been using this for AGES and I still have loads left in the bottle. A little goes a long way with this product which is crammed full of exfoliating micro-beads which seem to get everywhere. As I have been using this product for a while now, I can't really see a difference in my blackheads but I will carry on using this. If anyone knows of any miracle product that will get rid of my blackheads then please, feel free to share!
Nivea Visage Pure and Natural Cleansing Toner (link) - £3.36
Another toner! I use this at night and apply it using a cotton pad as it smells lovely and fresh and I know it won't bother me when I try and get to sleep with it on like The Body Shops Tea Tree Toner might do. It refreshes my face once I have taken my make-up off after a long day and also helps remove traces of make-up that my make-up wipe failed to take off. I wouldn't use this with the Tea Tree products at the same time as the two smell awful when put together. 
Skin System Anti-Ageing Day Recovery Cream (link) - £3
I know, I know, anti-ageing do I hear you cry? Well, I shall tell you why I use anti-ageing cream. I don't know if any of you watch the television programme Benidorm, but there is a lady on there who rides around on an old person's mobility scooter and she has aged well, one might say..
After watching her in this programme before bedtime one evening, I had a nightmare that I woke up, walked into the bathroom and saw myself in the mirror with my face on her body, Basically I had a nightmare I got wrinkles so now I use anti-ageing cream! Of course I don't look any younger since using it, blah blah blah, but it's nice to use and it smells really nice. I use this just before I go to bed and it's really thick and creamy. As it is thicker than my other moisturiser, I wear this 'day cream' at night-time as it is far too thick to wear underneath my make-up.
Other products I like using are:
The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Exfoliating Pads (link) - £6
Clearskin Blackhead Eliminating Deep Treatment Mask (link) - £1.75
Clean and Clear Morning Energy Skin Energising Daily Facial Scrub (link) - £3.99

Review // Models Own Nail Varnish in Grace Green

A while ago I bought two Model's Own Nail Varnishes from Boots and this is one of them. This is Grace Green by Model's Own which is a lovely pale khaki, or as my Uncle calls it, "diarrhea green." Nice.
Products used:
Sally Hansen Double Duty - Base and Top Coat
Model's Own Grace Green - x2 coats
I applied two coats of Grace Green and got a lovely opaque colour. It didn't apply streaky at all, however, on 6 of my nails it dried with a bubbly finish which isn't so great. I'm not sure why this is but it isn't too attractive. I didn't experience this with the other Model's Own Nail Varnish I have tried but yes, it ruins the look slightly.

I really love the colour of this, it's just a shame that it dries a little bubbly! I seriously recommend Model's Own Nail Varnishes if you haven't tried them before as they apply effortlessly and are extremely opaque in colour.

Review // ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose

ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour - £3.50
A while ago on my last order to ELF I bought the ELF Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose to see what it was like. I did originally want the coral lip colour but they didn't have it and Tea Rose was in the sale so I bought it as I am weak.

The matte lip colour comes in retractable packaging, just like a retractable pen which makes it much easier than it being in a pencil form as I can't be dealing with the process of sharpening. The bottom of the lip colour signifies which colour you are looking at, very handy if you have more than one. The colour Tea Rose is what I would describe as a dusky mauve, which looks very natural and pretty on the lips. I would go as far to say it even sits nicely in the 'Kylie Jenner Lip Colour' category.

I usually suffer badly with dry and chapped lips but when I applied this matte lip colour it didn't highlight my problem areas like lipstick does. (Barry M, I'm looking at you!) It applies very easily as it's very creamy and surprisingly it isn't very drying either. I could feel this on my lips but I didn't really mind it. It didn't feel tight or uncomfortable, unlike Barry M's 147.

I enjoyed Tea Rose so much that I have now purchased a few more shades in ELF's Studio Matte Lip Colour range. Coral is a beaut, let me tell you!