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Review: Maybelline Superstay Forever Strong Nail Varnish in Ceramic Blue

A while ago I saw a blog post in which someone was raving about Maybelline's latest nail varnish offering: Maybelline Superstay Forever Strong Nail Varnish in Ceramic Blue. I don't yet have a light baby blue nail varnish in my little collection so I had to add it, didn't I?

Products used were:
- Sally Hansen Double Duty Top and Base Coat
- Maybelline Superstay Forever Strong Nail Varnish in Ceramic Blue
- 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Mini Skirt
- Model's Own Black Nail Art Pen
- Seche Vite Top Coat

Ceramic Blue is a very light baby blue which I adore. I also adore the brush to this nail varnish, it is amazing. It has an extra large surface area brush compared to other nail varnishes brushes, meaning that I can paint my nails completely in just 2 swipes - perfect.

This is a fairly opaque nail varnish but nonetheless, I still applied two coats. I then decided to do a leopard print design as an accent nail which jazzes it up a little bit. I love this baby blue/leopard print combo. What do you think? 

Review: George Satin Soft Kohl Pencil in Black

George Satin Soft Kohl Pencil - £2.00
You may or may have not have noticed by now that I am always on the hunt for an opaque, black eyeliner, albeit a pencil, gel or liquid. As much as I love my L'oreal Super Slim Eyeliner, I am always looking for another alternative to eyeliner perfection so when my mum bought me a kohl pencil from Asda, I couldn't not give it a try.

When I was younger I always wore a pencil eyeliner as, for the life of me, I just could not use a liquid eyeliner. Fortunately, the older I've grown the steadier my hands have become and now liquid eyeliner is my favourite type of eyeliner but every once in a while I like to go back to a pencil - for old times sake.

My mum recently picked me up a George Satin Soft Kohl Pencil in Black. On one end it has the pencil, on the other end it has a smudger. I personally have never liked the idea of a smudger - I believe it just removes your eyeliner and what eyeliner you do have left behind, it just moves it around your face. I obviously have never grasped the concept of it!

This eyeliner pencil is supposed to be black but when swatched lightly it is more of a dark brown but when swatched heavily it builds up to an intense black. It glides incredibly easily onto the eyelids but as I said before, you do need to go over it a few times to build it up to an opaque colour that resembles black. Unfortunately. like most eyeliners, this does transfer onto the top of your eyelids which is a real shame.

Review: // MUA Lipstick in Shade 15 Juicy

MUA Lipstick - £1.00
Last week I popped off into town on my own to go to Superdrug to buy the MUA Heaven and Earth Palette. Sadly I got all the way there to discover that they didn't sell them so ended up buying some mosquito repellent instead.

On my way out I walked past a pot of MUA lipsticks where a lovely peachy coral lippie caught my eye and I ended up buying it on a whim. I am really glad I did as I love it. I picked up the MUA Lipstick in Shade 15 Juicy. It is a lovely peachy coral which is very pretty on the lips and I think it would suit most people.

Juicy is incredibly pigmented. Paying £1 for a lipstick you wouldn't necessarily think that the product would be of a decent quality but this really is amazing quality. It is definitely worth more than a pound! It applies like a dream. Literally one swipe and you are good to go. The downfall to this product is that it does show up any dry areas on your lips so exfoliating beforehand would make for a better application. I found that this lasted around 4 hours before it started wearing off.

As this is a peachy coral lipstick, it made me think of the other peachy corals I have in my make-up bag and how they compared to each other. The answer? Not that much.
- ELF Matte Lip Color in Coral
- Barry M 147 Lip Paint (Review here)
- MUA Lipstick in Juicy
ELF, Barry M, MUA
As you can see from the photo above, compared to the other two swatches ELF's Matte Lip Color doesn't look as peachy as the MUA Lipstick, whereas Barry M's Lip Paint veers towards orange in comparison to the other two swatches.

Out of the three lipsticks above, I definitely prefer MUA's Lipstick as it is far more moisturising than ELF or Barry M's formulas as they can be very, very drying.

Review // Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Varnish in Viva Pink

Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Varnish - £2.49
 A while ago I was on the hunt for a really girlie pink nail varnish so when I saw the Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Varnish in Viva Pink, I bought it thinking it was the girlie pink I lusted for.

Sadly it wasn't actually what I expected colour-wise. I did want a Barbie pink but this is more of a dark pink/magenta and it actually took me quite a while to like it but eventually it has grown on me.
Products used were:
- Sally Hansen Double Duty
- Avon Nailwear Pro in Viva Pink
- 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Mini Skirt
- Seche Vite Top Coat

It took one coat of Viva Pink to get an opaque colour but due to habit I applied two. It didn't take too long drying either - quick enough to ensure I didn't smudge!

This is a colour that I, personally, could get bored of quite easily so I chose to jazz it up a little and applied the 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Mini Skirt as an accent nail and used a long nail art brush (link here) to help create some pink stripes on top. On my other hand I chose to do a few white spots using the tip of the nail varnish brush.

I found that this chipped within 24 hours of me applying it. I did use Seche Vite which everyone raves about but I am actually starting to wonder if I have just water in my bottle as it doesn't seem to prevent chipping at all. I did buy it off a highly recommended seller off of eBay but still, it ain't doing anything for me!

Other // How Much Is My Face Worth? | Part Two

A while ago I did a post titled How much is my face worth? which I thoroughly enjoyed writing so now it is time to revisit my 'every-day face' after changing my make-up routine throughout the last few months. Here is the updated version!
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory - £8.99 (Review here)
Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation in Creamy Ivory - £9.99
Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation is probably my favourite foundation at the moment but it is a little too dark for my skin tone. I wore it on it's own for a while until I tried it alongside Max Factor's Colour Adapt Foundation where I found the perfect mix of both foundations for my skin.
Maybelline Dream Terra Sun in Light - £5.99
I only picked this up last week and I've worn it every day since then but I am a little unsure about it. I'll be doing a review on it soon so you can all hear my insecurities with it!
AVON True Colour Blusher in Russet - £3 (Review here)
A lovely deep coral blusher that has a matte finish. When used lightly it looks lovely on the skin - a true summer blusher!
Vivo Blush with Highlighting Duo in Sweet Peach - £2.39
I bought this from Tesco a while ago and I absolutely love it. The blusher side to it is a gorgeous peach which is perfect for every-day use. Absolute bargain at £2.39.
Collection 2000 Face and Body Highlighter in Maldives - £3.48
This is my favourite highlighter and now I can't seem to find it anywhere which is typical. It leaves a lovely golden shimmer and looks wonderful on the cheekbones AND lasts all day. Really recommend if you can find it!
NYX Rogue Cream Blush in Glow - £3.95
I bought this off of an American website and it's the first NYX product that I own. I love cream blushers and this applies so so easily and is incredibly pigmented. If you can find it, buy it!
17 Eyeshadow and Lip Palette
I think I received this for Christmas one year but never opened it until last year when I fell in love with the shades Mardi Gras and Ivory Coast. As you can see from the photo above, both of these shades are very well loved. I use the creamy shade as a base and the brown all over my eyelid. Once these have hit pan I'll definitely be buying each shade individually.
HD Brows Palette in Vamp - £19.95
I received this in a Glossybox last year and I love it. I use it for my eyebrows and as an eyeshadow so it has multiple uses. They stay on my eyelids all day and they don't crease - perfect!
Rimmel Duo Eyeshadow in Walnut Pearls - £3
My mum bought me this last year and I've really started loving the top colour. It's cross between a light brown and a pink. I use the top shade all over my eyelids and the bottom hazel colour in the crease. These are really inexpensive and lovely, although they do crease a bit.
Custom FashionistA Palette - £21 (Review here)
It is slightly pricey but so worth it as these eyeshadows and blushers are SO pigmented and don't crease throughout the day, even without a primer. I know if you go in store to Superdrug they may have some deals on where you can get the eyeshadows/blushers at a discounted price if you buy everything altogether so it's worth looking out for!
L'oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim Eyeliner - £6 (Review here)
My favourite liquid eyeliner. I love it and probably won't ever buy a different liquid eyeliner for a long, long, time.
AVON Supershock Mascara in Black - £8.50
This is my current mascara and I love it. It makes my eyelashes look 10x longer than they usually are. Expect a review soon!
MUA Lipstick in Juicy (Shade 15) - £1
My first MUA lipstick and definitely not my last! I've been looking for a peachy coral lipstick for a while but all of the other corals I have are so incredibly drying that I hardly wear them. That was until I bought this. It's so pigmented and moisturising and only a pound! I love it and will definitely be buying more.
Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake - £7.99
I finally jumped on the Revlon Lip Butter bandwagon and I'm a little unsure about them. I absolutely adore this colour - it's a lovely warm pink that I think will suit most people but there's something about it that I'm not too sure about. It has a lovely formula and glides on with ease. Perhaps I'll need to buy a few more just to, y'know, try them out..
MAC Pretty Please Lipstick - £13.50 (Review here)
A lovely pearly pale pink lipstick which is rather sheer but very pretty nonetheless. This lipstick is perfect for when you're in a hurry as it applies incredibly easily and it doesn't matter if I miss my mouth as it won't be too noticeable. Finally, a lipstick we can apply in the dark!

The total: £126.51!!

Fashion Trends // Union Jack Inspired Clothing

With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee currently filling the UK and the rest of the world with immense celebrations, I thought I would create a post about the Union Jack fashions brands are currently creating so we can all wear our Union Jack flag with pride. Have a look below!
- Union Jack Print Leggings £22.00 Topshop
- Floral Union Jack Hotpants £34.00 Topshop
- Union Jack Cabin Bag £14.99 New Look
- Union Jack Feather Earrings £2.99 New Look
- Union Jack Bandeau £3.99 New Look
- White Union Jack Dipped Hem Vest £9.99 New Look
- Iron Fist Jacked Up Sequinned Platforms £69.99 New Look
- Alaii Union Jack Flag Studs £5.00 Boohoo
- Brown Union Jack Watch £15.00 River Island
- Ameria Union Jack Wire Headband £4.00 Boohoo
- Minnie Retro Vintage Union Jack Large Grab Bag £28.00 Boohoo
- Jamelia Union Jack Large Grab Bag £28.00 Boohoo
- Geri Union Jack Platform Shoe Boot £30.00 Boohoo
- Blue Union Jack Print Leggings £18.00 River Island
- Pink Pattern Union Jack Passport Holder £7.00 Sass & Belle
- Navy Union Jack Grab Bag £25.00 Red Herring
- Geri Union Jack Sequin Dress £199.00 Next
- Union Jack Charm Bracelet £10.00 Dorothy Perkins
- Blue Union Jack Shopper Tote £5.00 Dorothy Perkins
- Union Jack Print Maxi Dress £35.00 Next
 - Navy Union Jack Clutch Bag £50.00 Debut
- Ditsy Union Jack Rucksack £28.00 Next
- Union Jack Flag Vest £22.00 Miss Selfridge
- Union Jack Flag Print Dress £25.00 Next

Do you love the UK (and the Queen) as much as I do?

Haul // Holiday

It feels like yesterday my mother and I booked our holiday and I can't believe that we're leaving in less than 2 weeks. Over the past few weeks I've been panic buying summer clothes, some of which I managed to wear last week during the UK's mini-summer. Here is what I bought for my holiday!
Primark - £4.00
I've never really been a hat person as I've always thought that I looked a bit stupid wearing them but last week I was in Primark and decided to give one a try. It's always awkward trying a hat on in a shop as you can't go to a changing room with it so you always hope that you can get away with standing in a quiet corner in hope a mirror is near by and no-one would stare. Sadly I had to stand in the middle of a heaving Primark trying it on, every-one stared but I don't care as I looked cool!
Next Crinkle Skirt - £24.00
I bought this lovely skirt from Next whilst spotting this as I walked through the air conditioned shop to get away from the heat outside. It has a layer underneath so it isn't see through but it is very lightweight and perfect for the Cypricate weather I will be experiencing in 2 weeks time.
New Look Mickey and Minnie Kiss Vest - £14.99
This is a very cute top featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse from Disney for New Look. Sadly the collar is way too low to wear this on it's own so I have to wear a white tank top underneath to ensure I don't get arrested for indecent exposure which is little annoying but hey ho.
New Look Studded Ballerina Shoes - £15.99
After seeing loads of bloggers wearing studded loafers I really wanted to follow the crowd but I couldn't find any that didn't look like weapons until I saw these in the entrance of New Look. They're really comfortable but I'm convinced I bought two left shoes.
Kelly Brook for New Look Swimsuits - £23 & £24
No-one likes to see a fat girl stood in a bikini whilst on holiday. I know I don't so hence why I have to wear swimsuits which I am very happy about as even if I did have a stomach flatter than Voldemort's nose I still wouldn't wear a bikini as I don't have the confidence to wear one. Anyway, it is really hard trying to find pretty swimsuits so I was so very pleased when I saw these in New Look from the Kelly Brook range.
New Look Dusky Brown Flatforms - £17.99
I was so gutted when I went onto ASOS's website to buy the black flatforms everyone has but only to discover that they had all sold out and had left the site completely. Imagine my surprise when I was walking around New Look to find that they did their own version of the flatform - and £22.01 cheaper! I bought the brown version but they sell these in black too. I orginally bought these in a Size 7 as they were uber comfy in the shop (I'm usually a size 8) but when I tried them on in my bedroom they were crippling. I exchanged them for a Size 8 but they are too big. I'll try not to walk out of them when I walk!
New Look Suede Plait Sandals - £12.99 
Another pair of shoes, another trip to New Look. I was after some summer sandals for the holiday and these are perfect.
Apricot Floral Studded Dress - £27.00
I bought this in Debenhams on Sunday and didn't actually think I would like it but decided to try it for something to do whilst waiting for my mum. Cue my surprised eyebrows when I fell in love with it in the changing rooms.
Boots Gold Collar Necklace - £3.50
I have wanted one of these necklaces for a while and I looked in H&M for one but the only one I could find was a rose gold one which is pretty but I set my heart on a gold one. I gave up the search and went to Boots for some nail varnish and saw this on the jewellery rack.
New Look Navy Blue Bird Print Skirt - £14.99
Again, Louise went shopping in New Look and bought this very pretty skirt. The website describes this skirt as mini but in real life it isn't that short, I think it depends on how high up you decide to wear it. Unlike the rest of what I have bought, this is sheer so you need to buy an underlay to cover up your modesty if you would want to wear this in public. I picked a short underlay up from M&S for £16 which is quite expensive (cost more than the skirt) but I can use it for other skirts/dresses so I'll get my money's worth.
New Look Denim Shorts - £19.99
Again, no-one likes to see a fat girl wearing super short shorts - something which the majority of shops only seem to be selling. These are the only shorts I can find that cover up my fantastically large thighs and I can't say I'm particularly fond of them but they're essential for hot weather. I wish young fashion stores would sell fashionable long shorts - long being longer than 5 inches of material. Just because I have large thighs doesn't mean I want to dress like a 50 year old. Also, not everyone wants to wear short shorts so there should be more of a variety when it comes to longer shorts, more of a variety meaning more feminine.

I did also buy these but they had to be returned.
H&M Floral Skirt - £2.99
I ordered this off H&M's website and as nice as it looks, it feels like cardboard. It says it's made out of cotton but I haven't felt cotton like that before.
H&M Floaty Vest - £3.99
I also bought this from H&M's website. I absolutely love the fit and the floaty-ness of it but it is thinner than my own skin. Honestly, if I went out wearing this I probably would be told off. I did buy this in a size small and sadly I think that is the only time where I will ever fit in a size small.