Monday, 27 February 2012

NOTD: Topshop's Chanel Dupe!

Hiiii :]

Hope you're all well?

I keep meaning to write blogs, as I have so many things I need to write down but I just run out of time or the lighting is too poor to take pictures!

'Hidden Treasure'
This is what I wanted to write about today, the Topshop 'Hidden Treasure' nail polish which is an absolute bargain at £6!

There have been a few blogs recently which have been raving about this colour, so I thought i'd look into it.

My first choice was the Ciaté polish, 'Oil Slick' but at £9 a pot, I wasn't really sold, although it was much cheaper than the original by Chanel ('Peridot') which at £17.50 is cray-zeeee!!

This is my first Topshop polish and so far, i'm pretty impressed! The application was so easy and it would have looked great with just one coat (two to be safe though)!

I wouldn't usually spend this much on just one nail polish, but seeing as it was a one-off, I didn't see the harm :]

Icky hands - hand advice needed!
Has anyone else tried Topshops nail polishes?


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Review: Big Skincare Mystery!

Hi guys,

Quite an unusual post for you today.. I'm reviewing a product which offers absolutely no information on what brand is developing and creating it. It's all part of the Big Skincare Mystery, a marketing campaign run primarily through Facebook (you can have a little look at their page here) which promises to reveal all on 1st March 2012 about this exciting new skincare range. All you need to do is like their page on Facebook and apply for your free sample of the cleanser through there! According to the leaflet, the new range is supposed to give you "the perfect dose of strength and kindness, helping to keep your skin beautifully balanced and blemish free without the risk of over drying".

Excuse the marks - that was where the sample was :)

They state this can be used as a facial cleanser or as a mask if you leave on the skin for 3 minutes. I'd had a little look around at reviews and the general concensus seemed to be that the mask was more beneficial so, considering how teeeny this sampler was, I went for the mask. (Maybe I am a greedy product junkie, but I don't know how I'd get two uses out of this sampler!)

 The smell of the product is lovely and the texture is smooth, thin enough to work with, but thick enough to really feel like it's doing something for your skin. I was apprehensive at first as usually I only go for products aimed at sensitive skin but I had no problems with this.. even as the mask began to set slightly, despite a slight tingling sensation it was absolutely fine. It was easy to wash off and.. I really didn't want to default rave about this, but it really is fab! My skin felt polished and smooth and every scrap of dirt was gone. The only criticism I'd have is that they don't suggest to use this on the eye area, so if you were to use this as a make-up remover you'd need an alternative for removing eye make-up.

I'd definitely recommend you all to give the sample a go, it's free so you're not losing out on anything and you're being given access to a brand new skincare range. Also, if you let them know what you think you could win a share of £1,000 of Topshop vouchers! Give it a pop with the link above if this tickles your fancy and let me know your opinions.

Hope you're all having a great day,
Colly xxx

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Clarisonic Giveaway! X

Hi guys,

Just a quick post to make you aware of an absolutely amazing competition over at Daisy Meadow. She has kindly decided to do a giveaway for the Clarisonic Mia.. a product with a huge buzz around it at the moment. All you need to do is head over to her blog, give her a follow and leave a cheeky comment. Good luck!

Colly xxx

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

What size are you?

Hi everyone :]

I'm trying to get back into blogging more often, so apologies if you see more of me ^_^

On Sunday I was reading the Daily Mail (groan, groan) and a certain article caught my eye, which you can read here!

For those of you who don't fancy reading it, it's introducing a new website, which should have happened ages ago. You simply enter your bust, waist and hip measurements and it'll tell you what size you are in which stores! This is so amazing, as it now means I can shop online and feel confident that the clothes I buy will fit me.

Example of the site. Black line - meaurements / Blue line - shops measurements.
Above i've popped an example of what the site looks like. It's so simple, yet a brilliant idea!

As you'll see and most likely know, not all shops have the same sizing. For example, in H&M I could be a size 16, yet i'm an 18 in Dorothy Perkins.

I wasn't sure that i'd take all shapes into consideration at first but from the image above, it gives you an idea of what size dress, shirt, skirt or trouser you should be in each shop.

I know this will help me with my future online shopping so i'm going to test it out :]

What are your thoughts on this?


Monday, 13 February 2012

MUA Love Heart nail polish

Hiiii :]

I thought I would just do a quick post on the new MUA Love Heart nail polish.

They have a range of different colours, but this was really the only one I wanted to try for now. This one is called 'I <3 U' and was priced at £2.00 which is really good value! The brush isn't amazing, as it feels a little.. plasticy but after a couple of coats, you can smooth this out and have lovely looking nails.

You can find the full range here or Superdrug :]

'I <3 U' - just in time for Valentine's :]

MUA also have a deal on their makeup at the moment, which I will include tomorrow along with a MASSIVE haul.

Has anyone tried or wants to try any other colours? I'd love to see what they look like :] xxxxx

Thursday, 9 February 2012 Beauty Boxes scrapped!

Hi there,

Just a short post I felt I had to write after only last night submitting a blog post reviewing the February edition of's Beauty Box. I received an email from them this morning stating they were closing this service indefinitely as they state "there's a better way of delivering a bespoke, high quality sampling service based on your individual needs". Such a shame as this was a brilliant subscription! Sadface. :(

Colly xxx

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

February Beauty Box!

Helloo all,

This post may seem a little random as I haven't actually updated about Beauty Boxes since November! I have still been receiving them but boring life priorities like studying have got in the way of me updating on all the goodies (they have all been fab, I'm sure there are hundreds of reviews on blogspot of Dec and Jan if you fancy a peek). But here we go, I am back on the productive train and here is a little information on what is available in this month's edition..

February Beauty Box 2012
  • Elemis Lime and Ginger Hand and Body Wash - This sampler is a pretty generous 100ml, I was pleased with this one.. I have an Elemis sample given to me by a spa and it's teeny - I'm surprised they offer samples this size! For the full 300ml whack it will set you back £18.40. I've heard the occasional rave review about Elemis body washes, so perhaps worth the rather steep price tag.
  •  Philip Kingsley Elasticizer - I've never heard of a post shampoo treatment before (am I being dim here?) so I'm excited to give this one a go. Again, this 40ml isn't to be sniffed at.. the full product isn't even double that at 75ml and will cost you £12.25. A nice little bargain I think.
  •  Decleor Phytopeel Face Peel Cream - Yikes, the name of this makes me a little terrified for my sensitive skin. I am a big fan of Decleor though and have used a few of their products from the same Aroma Cleanse line. They have always been soothing and never caused me any irritation - fingers crossed for the same results here! The sampler is a bit of a weeny 15ml, but not bad considering the full sized 50ml tube is £23.40.
  •  Nuxe Hulle Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil - I have absolutely no idea of this brand, so all I can go by is the description on feelunique's website. According to that you can mix this oil in with your foundation for a dewy finish (a tad bizarre but will have to try that), apply directly onto skin, in your hair, in your bath... I assume it's suitable for everything but your eyeballs so seems like a good all-rounder. Another thumbs up is that this oil is suitable for all skin types, even for little ones past the age of 36 months - so ideal for mums! The sample I've received is 10ml and for a 50ml bottle you'll be paying £17.00.
  •  Leighton Denny High Performance Colour - I really like this sample, it's a lovely gunmetal grey nail varnish called 'Steel Appeal' but I've noticed others have received different colours so I guess it is a bit of a lucky dip. Might do a NOTD when I try this one out! The sample is 4.5ml and for a 12ml bottle it will cost you £11.00.

So that's everything included in the box, bar one men's perfume sample from Jean Paul Gautier which  I gave away to my boyfriend. I have to say that was the only downside to this box.. all in all, a good month! You can subscribe to beauty boxes here at £9.95 per month.

Hope you're all well.. let me know about the beauty boxes you've been receiving! Colly xxx

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Simple & Easy Valentines NOTD ♥

Hiiiiiii :3

My nails are in terrible condition at the moment due to the cold weather, but they looked so bare without any colour :( so thought i'd do something bright and Valentine's-y!

I know they're not perfect... I used a paint brush heehee :]

Such a small picture - sorry!

Have you got any Valentine's Day nail ideas?


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Soap & Glory Mascara (free with Elle)

Hi everyone :]

This is just a little post to let you all know that the new Elle magazine has just come out (not usually something I would buy) but there's a free Soap & Glory - Thick & Fast Mascara with it! This usually retails at £10, so for the price of the magazine (£3.90) you can get an amazing bargain!!!!

Hurry out and buy now :]

PS: I think there are also money off vouchers inside the magazine!