Thursday, 31 October 2013

Polish Party October - Halloween Nails

It's the second month of Polish Party! This month the theme was Halloween.  I've seen some really incredible Halloween-themed nails all over the internet in the lead up to today and I really wanted to come up with something original, but due to being in the US for the last ten days (look out for some haul posts coming up soon) and school and life generally, I've plumped for a quick pick and mix selection of designs I've seen (a big thank you to Alice at One Nail To Rule Them All for her spiderweb and Frankenstein tutorials).

(The candy corn ring finger nail is a little nod to America's favourite Halloween candy).

I used a selection of polishes for these nails - including Essie Fear or Desire, Essie Mojito Madness, Models Own Black Magic, Models Own Snow White, Models Own Amethyst and Barry M and Models Own Nail Art pens.

Fundamentally Flawless: Halloween Nail Art

Fundamentally Flawless: Halloween Nail Art

Fundamentally Flawless: Barry M Halloween Nail Art

Fundamentally Flawless: Models Own Halloween Nail Art

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Monday, 28 October 2013

Liz Earle Skin Care

I'd been meaning to get myself a new skin care regime for the past few months, so when I went to the Liz Earle bloggers event a few weeks ago and tried out the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (£14.75 / 100ml) and Instant Boost Skin Tonic (£13.25 / 200ml).  They felt and smelt so lovely that I couldn't resist ordering them from the website as soon as I got home.  I wanted to complete the range so I also bought the Skin Repair Moisturiser (Normal/Combination) (£19.25 / 50ml) and the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion (£10.75 / 150ml).  I got the Superskin Concentrate (£20 / 10ml) in travel size roller free when I ordered the cleanser, tonic and moisturiser.

Liz Earle Skin Care

I generally don't have bad skin at all - I get the occasional spot, but thankfully I've left the greasy skin and outbreaks of my teenage years behind me.  My mother always taught me to look after my skin properly - and everyone always says she looks incredible and you'd never know she's the age she is, so I'm inclined to listen to her and follow the cleanse, tone, moisturise mantra!  

I've really enjoyed using these products and I love the calming routine of it when I wake up and before I go to bed - in the evening I start by removing my eye make up with the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion - and soothing it certainly is.  I wear contact lenses so often by the end of the day my eyes are feeling dry and tired and this goes a long way to revitalising them before I go to bed.  I don't think it's really for removing eye make up, more calming puffy eyes, but it works quite well (the cleanser gets the rest off).

Next, I use the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser which comes with a little muslin cloth.  The pump dispenses a perfect amount of cleanser which you rub onto dry skin, then use the cloth and hot water to take the cream off.  It removes the rest of my make up really effectively and leaves my skin feeling really clean and clear.

I follow with the Instant Boost Skin Tonic which smells really fresh and clean and takes off any of the remaining make up.  It contains active ingredients such as aloe vera and calendula, chamomile and cucumber, all of which soothe and refresh the skin.

A few times a week at night I use the Superskin Concentrate which has a really strong aromatic smell - it contains argan and rosehip oils to soften and neroli, lavender and chamomile to soothe - but makes my skin feel beautifully soft in the morning.

After all of that I finish the routine by massaging in the Skin Repair Moisturiser all over my face and neck.  I've not had tight-feeling dry skin (which I usually do at this time of year with the changing temperatures all over the place) since I started using it.  It smells clean, though perhaps with aromatic notes which are rather pleasant to go to sleep smelling!

When you place an order with Liz Earle they always pop in a trial size bottle of one of their products - the last order I put in, I called them to place it and specifically asked for the tonic (because I already had the cleanser and eyebright lotions).  These were perfect for me to take on my recent trip to New York.

What skin care regime do you use?  Have you tried Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Cleanser yet?

You can find all of the products above at

Friday, 25 October 2013

Liz Earle Make Up*

A few weeks ago I went with my friend Emily of Blog Me Beautiful to a Liz Earle blogger event at their King's Road store.  We had a lovely evening - which included having our make up done by the gorgeous Nathalie Eleni.  She chose the perfect tones, shades and tints to suit our complexions and then we were lucky enough to be sent the products a week later.

The products photographed above:

Signature Eye Colour in Bronze 05 (£13.50 / 3g)
Sheer Lip Gloss in Petal 06 (£13.50 / 5ml)
Healthy Glow Cream Blush in Rose 04 (£16.50 / 2g)
Brow Pencil in Fair 01 (£11 / 1g)
Eye Pencil in Golden Bronze 03 (£11 / 1g)
Sheer Skin Tint SPF 15 in Beige 02 (Medium Skin Tones) (£21 / 40ml)
Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Sheer Ivory 02 (£19.50 / 10g)
Signature Lip Colour in Heather 17 (£14.00 / 3.5g)

I've never used Liz Earle make up before now, but having tried out the products below, I can safely say that I'll be going back to explore the full range.  The Signature Lip Colour in Heather has become a firm favourite - it's a lovely muted dusky pink which looks like you're wearing lipstick (and thus finishes a face perfectly) but it's not over the top.  It has avocado oil and shea butter in it which mean that it feels really soft and smooth and has a light shine finish.  Staying power is great - I love being able to have a cup of tea and not need to reapply straight after!  It looks particularly pretty with the Sheer Lip Gloss in Petal over the top of it, for a more glamorous evening look.

It took me a little while to get used to the Sheer Skin Tint SPF 15 - although the colour (Beige) is a great match for my skin and it blends in well, it has a bit of a sticky finish to it (it's hard to wash off hands after application, even with soap) - it does look lovely and dewy and radiant (as the box says it will!) but I'm not keen on touching my face and feeling it a bit tacky to touch.  To avoid this, I used the Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Sheer Ivory to lessen the sticky feeling and that worked a treat.

All of the Liz Earle make up range can be found on the website:  (I've ordered various other bits and pieces from them before - post coming up next week) and the service is amazing - really quick delivery and everything is all wrapped beautifully in tissue paper which makes it a real treat to receive it!)

*PR sample

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Rainbow Stripes

I went to a party a couple of weeks ago that was 'colourful' themed - we had to wear as many different colours as possible - and there were certainly some awesome outfits! I wanted to get as many colours on my nails as possible too, so I went for the design below - I can't remember all the polishes I used, but I almost got a full rainbow in there (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and indigo!)

Fundamentally Flawless: Rainbow stripes nail art

Fundamentally Flawless: Rainbow stripes nail art

Monday, 21 October 2013

Barry M Matte Black with White Stitches Nail Art

Ah wow, it's been a whole lot of time since I last posted. I sort of thought I'd be able to keep up with the regular posts when term started back in September but turns out, the job and life took over and I've had so little time to paint my nails, take photos, edit them and write posts. I'm going to try to do it as much as possible - but it's not going to be as frequent as it was in the summer. I have got a few posts scheduled for this week (a mixture of nails and beauty), so look out for them.

A few weeks ago now I bought the new Barry M Matte nail polish in black - I love the look of matte nails, especially black ones, and it's great not to have to paint shiny black and then use a matte top coat.  These dried really quickly and coverage was really opaque - these show two coats below.  I have to say that I got tip wear very quickly on these - after just a day they were looking a bit tired.  I suppose that's the trade off with it not being a top coat!

I wanted to do some really simple nail art (because time was a factor), so I went for a white stitch design, using the Barry M white nail art pen.

Barry M Matte Black nail polish

Barry M Matte Black nail polish

Barry M Matte Black nail polish

Barry M Matte Black nail polish

Barry M Matte Black nail polish

Have you tried any of the other Barry M matte polishes yet?

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour - Ebb Tide and Parade*

September has been such a busy month with being back at school that I've been extremely slack about both painting my nails and posting about them. I'm hoping I'll get back into the swing of things soon!

A couple of weeks ago I went to a lovely Liz Earle event at their King's Road store.  It was such a fun evening of trying out new products, eating yummy canapes, sipping prosecco and having our make up done by the very talented Nathalie Eleni.

I'm planning to review some of the make up I've been sent, but today is a swatch of one of the new Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colours - Ebb Tide*, which is described as 'An elegant muted mushroom with a soft hint of mauve' - and I think they've hit the nail on the head with it!  Mushroom is exactly the word I was looking for!  The box says that the colour lasts for up to 12 days - I can't comment on this because I never leave my polish on for more than a couple, but it wore very well for those couple of days.  It painted on smoothly and opaquely - one coat would be fine if you were in a rush, but I always go for two with any polish.  It dried quickly and with a glossy finish.  The polish is enriched with avocado and borage oils which are supposed to help strengthen and protect nails during wear, which is a great addition since with the change in weather recently my nails are feeling rather more brittle than they were during the warm summer months.

I really loved this colour, which is more muted than I would usually opt for.  It's a nice sensible work polish, but I wanted to add something to make it a bit more special, so after I painted my nails with Ebb Tide, I added some of my gold nail studs from The Nailasaurus' Emporium and put on a top coat of No 7 Stay Perfect Quick Dry.  I loved using and wearing these studs - and I was even able to save them when I took off the polish, so I'll definitely be doing more manis with these in future.

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour Ebb Tide and Parade
Ebb Tide and Parade

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour Ebb Tide and Parade

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour Ebb Tide

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour Ebb Tide

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour Ebb Tide

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour Ebb Tide

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour Ebb Tide with Nailasaurus Nail Studs

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour Ebb Tide with Nailasaurus Nail Studs

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colours are available in 12 very wearable shades, priced at £7.50/12ml which I think is very reasonable for a polish (putting it in the mid-range between Models Own and Nails inc).

*PR sample