Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter Nail Varnishes

I am ready for Christmas as soon as Bonfire Day is over. It is my favourite holiday, so I am forever in the mood. This includes painting my nails in festive colours ready for Christmas. Typically, the colour red springs to mind, but I like to save this for the week of Christmas, so I have put together a list of my favourite nail varnishes (that I own) that would be perfect for December, or just winter in general, with links where possible. Apologies in advance for the pictures - my lighting at university is terrible.

This is a gift set that I recently picked up from Boots of Essie nail colours that are perfect for winter. It comes in packaging that is designed to look like a Christmas cracker, so it could either make a perfect gift for someone who loves nail varnishes, or a great treat for yourself as part of Boots' three for two offer. Included in this set, are the shades; a cut above (a sparkly pink top coat), fiji (a pale pink), smokin hot (a purple with undertones of grey) and bordeaux (a red with undertones of purple). I would happily wear any of these shades, and with this set they are technically only £5 each, which is a good deal. Link here.


On the left, is a red shade, with very slight undertones of pink, from Ted Baker. This shade is always in season in my opinion, but is just extra on point around Christmas. Link here. In the middle, is a dark pink/almost red shade, with slight red glitter, from Essie called thigh high. This is my go-to shade during winter, I absolutely love it. Link here. On the right, is a new one I picked up recently from Barry M, called enchanted. This one is a good alternative, as it is not a traditional red colour. I would describe it more as a copper/burnt orange with slight red glitter, that has a duo-chrome effect where it looks gold/green in some light. Haven't tried it on my nails yet but I will soon. Link here.


On the left, is a classic glittery gold shade from Revlon, called gold coin. Gold is another colour that I instantly think of whenever Christmas is mentioned and will never not be festive. Link unavailable as it was from their last collection. On the right, is a classic glittery silver shade from Rimmel, called shooting star. Silver is again, perfect for winter time as it reminds me of ice. Link here.

These metallics are a bit alternative. On the left, is a glittery pink shade from Mac, called girl trouble. This is a good colour for the people who prefer more girly colours all year round, as the glitter still adds a festive vibe. Link unavailable as it was from their last collection. On the right, is my current favourite colour. It is a rose gold shade from Maybelline, called rose veil. It has a matte, metallic look to it and is just so on trend right now. I cannot find a link for it on the boots website, but it was purchased recently in my Maybelline Haul

Top Coats

These two are shades that are slightly transparent, so I would suggest putting over another colour. On the left, it is a Tanya Burr nail varnish from her advent calendar last year, called carnival night. It is a purple, with big multicolour pieces of glitter. Perfect for someone who likes every colour. Link unavailable as it was from her last collection. On the right, is a confetti style polish with red and white glitter from Revlon, called daring graffiti. This is a cooler look that still features the red shades that are perfect for Christmas. Link here.

What are your favourite winter nail varnishes?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Wish List Inspiration

By now you have probably had the classic text or phone call from your parents asking you what you want for Christmas. Or, like my mum, asking for a whole list. I have compiled a list of products that I either have or want, to give you inspiration on what you could ask for, or for you to just buy yourself.


1 - Charlotte Tilbury 'Bond Girl' Lipstick - This lipstick has been on my wish list for about a year and a half now. It is a beautiful brown shade with red undertones, in a matte formula in the prettiest gold packaging. It is £23.

2 - Zoeva Brushes - The set pictured is the set I got last christmas and these brushes are just perfect, but I would honestly recommend any of their sets, or just single brushes. They have the softest bristles, with chic black and gold handles. They are easy to clean and apply makeup brilliantly. The sets range from £35 to £200.

3 - NYX Contour Kit - Contouring has been a big trend for a while now, but I have been wary of trying it as I'm pale, so finding a shade that is natural is a problem. This kit does have the potential to be too dark, but it has at least one shade that could act as a contour for me, and the other three brown shades could be good bronzer shades. This is £18. 

4 - Zoeva 'Nude Spectrum' Palette - This palette has the perfect selection of nude, gold and bronze shades. They are very wearable colours for all skin shades, with a mixture of shimmer and matte finishes. I know I don't really need any more eyeshadow palettes, but a girl can never have too many, right? This is £28.50.

5 - NARS 'Laguna' Bronzer - I'm pretty sure almost everyone has heard of this product by now as it is one of NARS' best sellers. The shade looks suitable for paler skin, as it has more of a grey tone rather than an orange tone, so could work as a contour shade or a bronzer. This is £28.

6 - NARS 'Sheer Glow' Foundation - Christmas is the perfect time to ask for a refill of your favourite foundation, if it is on the pricey side. I love this foundation, and went through a whole bottle earlier on in the year, but I haven't been able to repurchase it yet as it is in the more expensive price range. This is £31.

7 - Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers - I have poker straight eye lashes, so curling them can be a struggle sometimes. These eyelash curlers are supposed to be amazing, and I have heard great reviews on youtube about them, so would of course like to try them on myself! This is £20.

8 - Charlotte Tilbury 'The Golden Goddess' Eyeshadow Quad - These shades are the type of shades that I could wear everyday of my life and not get bored. I have a different palette, 'The Dolce Vita', and the quality of those eyeshadows are very high. They have good pigmentation and shimmer, which I also expect of this palette. This is £38.


1 - Daniel Wellington 'Bristol' Watch - Not only do I love this watch as it is named after where I live, but it is also a beautiful watch, with a brown strap and rose gold around the clock face. What's not to love? This is £139.

2 - Casetify 'Emerald Doodle' Case - A way to keep pretending you got a new phone, is by updating the case. This phone case has a beautiful design of a flower, in greens and blues. This is £31.

3 - Michael Kors 'Selma' Handbag in Cinder - I just love the look of Michael Kors handbags, especially in this design. They look so chic, especially in this taupe colour. It is simple enough to go with any outfit, yet classy enough to be a statement bag. This is £310.

4 - Anna Saccone 'Capricorn' Necklace in Rose Gold - Anna Saccone is one of my favourite Youtubers. If you are not familiar, she is part of the Saccone-Joly's on Youtube (you should definitely check them out!). She has her own collection of necklaces, with a beautiful story behind them about her father, and the idea is that you get your star sign. I, obviously, love the look of it in rose gold. This is £64.

5 - Pandora 'Dazzling Daisy Band' Ring in Rose Gold - I'm clearly following a trend of rose gold at the moment. This ring is beautiful - either alone or stacked. Pandora jewellery is such high quality, for quite affordable prices (for a premium product). This is £75.

6 - Adidas 'Gazelles' Trainers in Pink - These trainers are beautiful. They are girly and cute, without being impractical. They are still comfortable and can go with jeans for an everyday look. This is £75.

7 - ASOS Mermaid Blanket in Pink - I mean, why has this not been a thing before? Of course I want to look like I'm a mermaid, whilst staying warm. Living in university accommodation, I am almost always on the cold side, so I feel like I need this now. There are many different versions of these blankets, but these ones on ASOS are £32.

8 - LUSH Bath Bombs - The bath bomb pictured is 'Intergalactic' which is a solid favourite, but I honestly recommend any bath bombs from LUSH. Bath bombs are such a great product, as they colour your bath and make beautiful patterns, but also relaxes you and nourishes your skin at the same time.

What is on your Christmas list?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Maybelline Haul

The age-old, classic story happened once again. I went into Boots for concealer, and left with some new products from Maybelline, but no concealer. There was a deal at Boots, where if you bought three products from Maybelline, you got a free bottle of their setting spray, so I succumbed and bought three products. I feel like I got a bargain though as I got four products for only £12.98!

'Super Stay 24 Makeup-Locking Setting Spray' - This is the spray that kicked it all off. I have oily skin, so anything I can try to prolong my makeup's staying power without having to touch it up, I will. This one sounds interesting as it claims that it is oil-free and makes your makeup last 24 hours, which I probably will never try, but I guess it is a bonus for a long day at university. I will get back to you on how I think it works. This was free.

'Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Varnish' in 882 Rose Veil - This nail varnish immediately caught my eye, even before I saw the deal. Recently, I have been loving anything the colour of rose gold, specifically jewellery and clothes. When I saw this nail varnish in the perfect shade, and with a metallic glitter finish, I knew I was going to buy it. It is also a festive colour without being too over the top for the beginning of December. This was £4.49.

'Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick' in 01 Light - I have not had much luck with finding 'acceptably priced' cream contour products, as they have all been too dark for my skin tone. However, I keep searching in hope of the perfect match. I picked up this stick which has a side for a matte contour shade and a side for a matte highlight shade, because I have seen it advertised and it looks quite creamy and easy to blend. Again, I will try it and review it for you soon. This was £6.99.

'Brow Satin' in Dark Blonde - I have once again been loving filling in my eyebrows, as I think that, with help from my roommate Becs, I have finally shaped my eyebrows to a good shape after a horrific encounter with a lady who basically waxed them into thin tiny little worms - not a good look for anyone. I picked this up as the powder that I usually use is running out, so I thought that I would try something different. One side is a pencil, which you would use to shape the eyebrows, and the other side is a filling powder for the rest of the brow. This was £5.99.

Have you got any of these products?

Roisin <3

Friday, 2 December 2016

November Favourites

Soap & Glory 'Mist You Madly' Spray - Now that it is once again winter, I have gone back to using more subtle perfumes, with a lighter scent. This is a floral based scent, that is quite girly, but I think that it would suit anyone of any age. I have had many compliments on how I smell, even ten hours after putting it on, which is always a great feeling, and so it clearly lasts a long time.

L'Oreal Paris 'True Match' Foundation in Rose Ivory- This is a relatively new purchase for me. I picked it up completely randomly one day, after looking at the extensive shade selection and seeing that they had a shade that looked light enough for my skin colour, which is quite rare amongst cheaper foundations. It is a medium coverage, but it is easily buildable. It surprisingly lasts quite well on my oily skin, as it isn't matte, but once powdered stays matte for around four hours before I feel like I need a retouch.   

MaxFactor 'Excess Shimmer' in 25 Bronze - This is a cream eyeshadow, and it is beautiful. It is quite a dark bronze colour - in comparison, much darker than 'On and On Bronze' by Maybelline. A little goes a long way as it is has a very smooth texture and applies quite wet. I love this eyeshadow all over my lid, quickly blended out before it sets for a more smokey look. The colour payoff is excellent, and the shimmer is definitely in excess.

MAC 'Taupe' Lipstick - Of course I have a MAC lipstick in my favourites. I bought this lipstick in the summer time, and purposely left it for October/November as it is such a perfect Autumnal colour. This time around it is the shade 'Taupe', which is a brown shade with red undertones, in a matte finish. I have pictures of me wearing it in this post if you want a visual. It is quite a bold colour, but is definitely still wearable.

Essie Nail Varnish in 'Master Plan' - Yes, this is once again in a favourites post as I am still loving it. I had acrylics on for most of October and November in a light purple colour, so when I got them off I really wanted a nice, neutral colour. 'Master Plan' is a grey shade with brown undertones, and it honestly goes with everything I wear. Essie is one of my favourite nail varnish brands too as they're good quality, pigmented colours.

What have you been loving in November?

Roisin <3