Monday, 1 November 2010

ASOS Haul Part 1 - Preview

I placed 5 ASOS orders at the weekend thanks to a glitch / discount code that appeared on the net and 3 have arrived.  Even though I've just got in from work, I had to take a pic to show you all!

  • Anatomicals Another Bloody Shower Gel (bought for the name!)
  • Carmex Cherry
  • Anatomicals Energy Patches (needing these at the moment!)
  • Barry M polish in Dusty Mauve
  • Essie polish in A Splash of Grenadine
  • Essie polish in Little Brown Dress
  • OPI Teas-y Does It

Look out for NOTD /  reviews of these very soon, and also the rest of my ASOS order which should arrive tomorrow / Weds.  I love getting parcels in the post, it felt like Christmas today (which is only 1 payday away - eek!)

Did anyone else get lucky with the ASOS glitch?

Sunday, 31 October 2010

NOTD - Essie Island Hopping and new lipbalm

I couldn't wait to try this beauty out.  I love, love, love this...

This is two coats and fully opaque.  Very similar to Chinchilly and Sew Psyched in formulation, applied very easily and fabulously glossy - no topcoat in the picture!

It's a murky purple not so far removed from OPI Parlez Vous, OPI? however this definitely has a more mauve look to it. It's unique in my collection and fills a whole I didn't know I had.  I can see me wearing this lots!

In general, I'm finding Essie longevity to be very good, I can get a good 3 days without chipping or tipwear whereas my OPIs tend to average at 2 (though I do find the designer series last longer.)  It will be interesting to see if this continues as I collect more Essies, I only have 3 at the moment so perhaps I've been lucky with no duffs.

Onto something else... my lips are feeling the effects of the British winter already so I ordered the following from Dorothy Perkins for £3 each.

I was sucked in by the cupcake packaging and the scrummy sounding flavours.  I opened up Very Vanilla to find the lipbalm was bright red!  Not what I was expecting from something vanilla cupcake flavoured.  Thankfully the garish colour doesn't transfer onto the lip!  The scent is a bit artificial - I get hints of coconut and maybe strawberry but it's quite fake-smelling if that makes sense - not unpleasant, just not what I was expecting!  They are averagely moisturising, my lips feel smooth and soft after application but I doubt it would be effective on full on chapped lips.  I'll stick to Carmex on those occasions, I think.

So overall, not fantastic but not bad for the money and hey, you can never have too many lipbalms :)

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Lush & MAC giveaway at Coffee & Roses

I just came across a great giveaway over at Coffee & Roses.  The blog looks fab, i can't wait to have a good read later.

Snow Fairy | Shower Gel

Go check it out and enter!

Coffee & Roses

Thank you Mr Postman!

Ok so none of my ASOS orders have arrived yet but the postie did bring a few treats with him this morning!

Glamour magazine with  free Nails Inc polish in Saville Row which looks to be a rich, berry toned purple.  I don't normally get the Glamour free gifts with my subscription so I was pleasantly surprised and can't wait to give it a go.  This will be my first Nails Inc polish so I'll report back ASAP!

I'm sure this new cover for my Blackberry is an acquired taste but I love the OTT-ness of it.  I bought it from Ebay for a fiver.  I love the strange mix of graphics - abstract florals with the coloured balls.  It's really unusual.

These are the latest polishes I ordered from Ebay.  I opted for OPI Extra-Va-Vaganza and Essie Island Hopping.  I'm really looking forward to trying the Essie polish, hopefully it will be on a par with Chinchilly and Sew Psyched in terms of finish and application.  I imagine it will be a while before I try the glitter polish; my nails are a bit wrecked from wearing Mad as a Hatter and Absolutely Alice consecutively so will wait until nearer Christmas to road test it :)

What do you think of our pumpkin?

I'm quite impressed with our family effort!

Fin and I are making Wizard's Hats with the pumpkin flesh - yummy!

Happy Halloween everyone... I hope you enjoy your extra hour in bed tonight :)

Friday, 29 October 2010

Where has this week gone...?

Apologies for the lack of posts this week, I'm in shock that the weekend is once again upon us.

For those that don't know, I began a Business Studies degree in September and it's become very intense quite quickly.  It's one evening a week of formal lectures so I attend each Wednesday from 4.30pm - 9.00pm and then alongside that there are extra skills sessions for things like assignment writing and referencing, which I need!  Also, we have a group presentation to undertake as well as assignments due very shortly.

I had my first exam on Wednesday night just gone - the topic was elasticity of demand in the Contemporary Business Analysis module.  Quite mathematically challenging - lots of formulae and equations but I think I did ok.

I can wholeheartedly say that I love the course and I am excited about the opportunities that will present themselves as a result but it is hard going.  I work 25 hours a week minimum as well as having a 3 year old so I'm living a pretty full on life at the moment.

I've spent 6 hours in the library today working on a marketing assignment and I'm now 1300 words into the first draft, so I'll sleep well tonight now I've made a start.

Anyhow I've done quite a few beauty hauls lately thanks to an ASOS glitch so I'll be sure to post about them as soon as they arrive - I finally decided on which polishes I wanted from the OPI Burlesque collection so they will feature of course!

Multiple G&Ts and a Chinese takeaway with friends is the plan for tonight.  Have a good weekend everyone!

Monday, 25 October 2010

NOTD - OPI DS Coronation

Today I'm wearing another of my OPI Designer polishes - Coronation.


I'm not a fan of silver nail polish, in fact this is the only one I have in my vast collection.  To me, it's just a little bit... er... 1995.  Does that make sense to anyone?  Maybe because it was my colour of choice throughout school.  Grey polish? - most definitely... silver? - not sure.

As far as silvers go, this isn't a bad one.  It did take 3 coats and is still only about 90% opaque.  As with other Designer Series polishes, it is a holo however a very subtle one compared to the others I have.

What I love about the DS polishes is how easily they apply; it takes no skill whatsoever just to swipe on the colour and another positive is that the finish is completely smooth, even without a top coat unlike Mad as a Hatter and Absolutely Alice which have that gritty feel.

This is only the second time I've worn this polish and I've had it for ages.  I can't imagine me reaching for it again anytime soon.  I guess being pretty pale at the moment doesn't help - maybe it would look better with a tan?  But when I have a tan I want to wear bright and fun colours - corals, hot pinks, oranges and so on.

Am I alone in my apathy towards silver polish?  Would love to hear from you x

P.S. A few of us Mums are taking the kids to watch the Fireman Sam stage show today... wish us luck!

I need this in my life...

I've just come across this fab jewellery creator in Facebook and upon browsing, have found my dream ring!

How special is that?!

Are you there Santa, it's me Chicky (not sure why Judy Blume popped into my head)

Anything take your fancy from the page?

Miss Millie